Birth Fee: $850 to $1200
Fee Details: I am happy to work out a payment plan if that is what works best for your birth. I also offer ways for friends and family members to contribute to my fee through gift certificates, PayPal, or direct payment through cash or check. Include the doula fee in your gift registry, wish list, baby shower, or blessing way so that your friends and family can help you have the support you desire! Contact me for more information or schedule a free consultation.
Birth Doula Experience: 7 years and 36 births attended
Clients per Month: 0 to 3Attends hospital births? All Hospitals
I am on the board of directors of Babywearing New Mexico.
Languages spoken: English
From Elizabeth: When Dwenna came to our home to meet for the first time, I knew right away that I wanted her to attend the birth. We connected instantly and I felt intuitively that she would be the voice to remind me of my body’s capability and power as I strove for a natural VBAC. Dwenna and I kept in touch throughout my pregnancy, which was low-risk except for the VBAC factor. I had come a long way from being terrified of pregnancy and birth to embracing my body’s strength – and Dwenna was the coach that helped get me to the finish line.
Dwenna and my partner were with me through 18 hours at the hospital with only 1-2 short breaks each. I lost my will at some point late morning and while Dwenna had been motivating me all along, at this point she somehow gave me space to admit I was losing steam, not feel judged for that, and simultaneously helped me dig deeper to find more strength.
After that, things happened very quickly. Dwenna took photos of the delivery, and these are now some of my most treasured possessions. She advocated for me. She was a wonderful resource for my partner. She took notes of the entire process, so I have a detailed record the birth. When she came for a postnatal visit, we debriefed and she made sure to check on my mental and emotional health as well as my physical recovery. Dwenna will always be very, very special to me. She helped me have the birth of my dreams and find a part of myself I didn’t know I had.
From Randall: Dwenna was a great help during a long labor process. She was a wonderful emotional support when we needed it and also allowed me to get some rest and take short breaks. I would have been much more confused had she not been there to help guide me through the process and ensure us that everything was going to be fine even after many hours of labor. We are very grateful for her dedication and assistance!
I felt an immediate connection with and respect for Dwenna-she is a gifted Reiki healer, a sensitive and caring soul, and a fierce, no-nonsense advocate for her clients. She is passionate about being a doula, and she has truly found her calling.
Dwenna helped me focus on what I wanted in my birth plan, which was empowering for someone so disassociated from their body after years of trauma.
My labor escalated rapidly, then stalled for a long time. She was physically and mentally strong when I needed her to be, in it for the long haul, and her strength gave me strength. She was incredibly kind and intuitive and tender too.
I had a difficult path to this pregnancy and held on to a lot of fear right up until the moment of delivery. With Reiki, Dwenna helped me energetically let go of the fear and find a calm strength and my faith in myself and my child. She helped me bring my baby into the world and me back to myself.
Through it all it was critical to her that I remain in charge of my experience and feel supported in any decision I made. It was the most profound, perfect, challenging, empowering experience of my life and I will always be grateful. I’m so glad she is my doula.
Securing Dwenna as our doula was one of the best decisions we could have made for the delivery and birth of our second child. She not only made herself available to us on short-notice (after we were notified the hospital doula program we were originally signed up for unexpectedly ceased services 5 weeks from my due date), but was so kind and attentive from our very first meeting. I immediately felt comfortable in her presence, and relieved of extra stress going into the final month of pregnancy. She was also a wealth of information and resources, and provided additional services (placenta prints, encapsulated placenta) after the birth that made the experience for our family unique. When I went into labor she met us at the hospital and was a strong, centering presence in the face of unexpected medical changes to my birth plan. She helped me focus on the questions I wanted to ask of the medical providers as we negotiated a comfortable and safe adaptive plan to both me and baby. In the end, and with her attentive physical and emotional support and encouragement (not to mention my husband's, of course!), I could concentrate on laboring without pain meds, decide on a comfortable birthing position, and bring my baby into the world in a way that felt completely right. Dwenna stayed with us until we were moved into our post-partum room, and followed up regularly in the days and weeks after. We are so grateful for our experience with her and for her passion, competence and professionalism as a doula. Were we to have more children we'd want her back in a heartbeat and very highly recommend her to anyone considering a doula for labor and delivery.
I found Dwenna’s website before I moved back to Albuquerque and knew she was the Doula I wanted. When my husband and I met her in person we knew she was the perfect fit for us. After a short conversation and hearing about what we liked and disliked about the birth of my son she directed us to a birth center in Albuquerque with midwives and a facility that would be perfect for us.
My birth was only 4.5 hours from start to finish and fortunately Dwenna came to my home very quickly after we called her to let her know I was in labor. Upon her arrival, Dwenna was immediately able to provide me with some relief from contractions by applying counter pressure while calmly reassuring me that I was doing great. We quickly made our way to the birth center where she helped me get into the perfect position in the birth tub to deliver my daughter. Even though everything went remarkably smoothly, Dwenna stuck around after delivery to support me because she knew I was feeling anxious because my son was taken to the NICU shortly after his birth.
The whole experience was made even more magical because the midwife on call who delivered my daughter also delivered Dwenna’s daughter and both daughters of the nurse in the room as well. If you are thinking of hiring a doula, which I highly recommend, Dwenna is truly a wonderful Doula who can assist you and your husband with any questions you have during pregnancy and provide excellent support during and after delivery.
On a surface level Dwenna was very professional, always punctual and willing to meet at locations convenient to us. On a deeper level, Dwenna is clearly an experienced doula who has amazing energy the moment you meet her. She provides an open space to discuss your birth plan without judgement. When I found out my baby was in a breech position, she was quick to provide me information for a chiropractor, acupuncture therapist, prenatal massage therapist and of course words of encouragement. Our birth story included a c section, an experience that wouldn't have been as amazing without Dwenna. She prepped us in advance about questions to ask and expectations and I know due to this we had the family centered c section we wanted. During the c section she was the one thing that was constant and was paramount to the entire experience- she added calm mixed with confidence and was a huge support to my husband and I. I strongly recommend having a doula for any birth experience and highly recommend Dwenna. She is clearly an experienced birth worker who has mastered the fine balance between professionalism and bringing a personal experience to one of the most sacred times of life. She's the best!
If you decide to have a medication-free birth and/or it is your first child, a doula is a must in my opinion and for us Dwenna was a perfect match. She helped immensely in so many ways. Starting from the first contraction until birth, my wife was in labor for about 26 hours which included 4.5 hours of active pushing (crazy! I know), not to mention all of it was medication-free. It was an epic journey and all along the way Dwenna somehow knew exactly what to do and when to do it. The times when action was necessary, Dwenna was there getting us what we needed or providing words of encouragement. The times when a passive approach was needed she instinctly gave us space or was soothing in one way or another. The time right before our son's birth was slightly hectic as we were nearly required to have a c-section, we were transferred to a different hospital room and ended up needing to have both an episiotomy and vacuum-assisted birth (all of which deviated from our birth plan.) I was physically and emotionally exhausted at this point (my wife much more so) and it seemed at the time like we had to make these split second decisions. Had it not been for Dwenna, I would not have had the wherewithal to ask the hospital staff what they were doing. Dwenna stepped in only at the appropriate times and that allowed us to be informed about what the staff recommended. In the end, this birth would not have been possible without Dwenna. Her knowledge and experience in addition to her willingness to take on much of our physical and emotional burden made her not only valuable but very necessary for the birth of our son. Thank you Dwenna!
Dwenna was the perfect doula for us! She was with us every step of the way and helped me with all questions I had. She gave me helpful yoga postions to prep for labor and made me feel totally ready and capable. She makes you feel like you're a goddess and a badass and 100% supported. What I appreciated most was how down to earth she is and her sense of humor. She makes it so easy to feel comfortable. I was really happy with my prenatal and birth experience and that is largely due to Dwenna. Of course finding the right doula for you is key but I recommend Dwenna to everyone I know. Meet her! Check out her fantastic website! i can't say enough how glad I am that we met her and were able to have her support.
Dwenna was AMAZING! She is down to earth, realistic and I NEVER felt judged. She made sure we were adequately educated on all of the decisions and potential interventions in the birth process. More importantly, she didn't lead us towards what she thought was the best birth plan; instead she listened and asked us questions. She even helped me choose my midwife and hospital (Lovelace)! In hindsight- my husband and I both feel that this was money well spent. We will use Dwenna with every pregnancy. She made me feel empowered and gave me great comfort when I didn't feel in control of the situation.
I also purchased placental encapsulation and tincture through her. It seems to help, but I don't have anything to compare it to. Her delivery was fast and packaging was good.
I can't say enough about how helpful she was for my husband and I! I don't know how people have babies without a Dwenna :) A++
I was skeptical about having a doula when I first found out I was pregnant, but my husband had a doula with one of his other kiddos so he was really interested in me having one. I NEVER regretted the decision. From my first meeting with Dwenna, she was nothing but supportive, kind and loving and made me feel completely at ease. Every meeting was like talking to my best friend. She answered all of my questions and was a wealth of knowledge and resources for anything I was curious about. She also helped me to think of things that hadn't even crossed my mind. Once the decision was made to induce labor because my munchkin was stubborn, Dwenna was there every step of the way. She helped to remind me that I was strong enough to handle the pain, brave enough to make the right decisions for us, and important enough to speak my mind and stand up for us. She stuck it out with me through 2 days of laboring and then was able to be in the operating room for my cesarean. She brought peace to my mind when I would start to feel out of control and was a source of calm in the room. Dwenna is amazing and I highly recommend her to anyone considering a doula for their childbirthing experience.
My experience with Dwenna was amazing! I highly recommend her to any family welcoming a new baby. I had specific plans for my birth experience, all natural, water birth, using affirmations, and yoga techniques. My experience however was 100% different. My baby was breech, she wouldn't turn, and I had to have a planned C section. Then, my water broke days early but my baby hadn't turned so... plans changed again and again and again. Throughout every heartbreaking change and loss of my preferred birth experience Dwenna was supportive.
We are a military family without friends or family close and Dwenna provided a safe place for my husband and I to voice frustrations, cry, and celebrate. She provided us with help from big issues to small. She helped me find extra pads and gowns in the hospital room and she helped us to find our voices with hospital staff. Dwenna was able to use healing touch to help me manage my labor pains while I waited for my c section. She also provided emotional support when plans changed again and again causing me anxiety and frustration. Through it all she was calm, patient, and kind. Dwenna was able to give me emotional support at a time when I was incredibly anxious, and by doing so, modeled to my husband how to support me emotionally. That one interaction has changed our relationship and has made us better co-parents and partners.
Following delivery Dwenna was able to help us advocate for how we wanted to care for our daughter. Everything from skin to skin contact with my husband to delaying nonmedical care. She helped my daughter latch for the first time. She helped us find baby wearing and breastfeeding resources. Even though I had the exact opposite birth experience I planned for, my doula experience was just want I wanted.
On April 29 2016, I had the most amazing birth experience with my 3rd child. I don't think it would've been the same without Dwenna Nelson's help and support. I wanted to experience a natural birth and allow things to progress on their own. I was referred to Dwenna and went to one of her prenatal yoga classes to meet her. I immediately felt drawn to her and knew she was the right person to help me reach my goals. Her knowledge, support and resources prepared me both physically and mentally for what would be the most beautiful labor and birth experience. From the prenatal yoga that helped my body and mind, to the reassuring conversations and messages, Dwenna was there for me and my fiancée every step of the way. The week leading up to my baby's birth I had been in early labor with mild regular contractions. Dwenna checked in with me daily, offering support, and reassurance, putting my mind at ease. On my due date, I checked in with Dwenna after my appointment to let her know everything was fine, and there were no changes. A few minutes later, my contractions started intensifying. About a half hour later I checked into OB triage and I was already in transition. My sweet baby girl was born about 10 minutes after walking in. Active labor was a breeze, contractions were really manageable using breathing and focus techniques I learned with Dwenna, and once I began pushing I was able to just tune into what my body was telling me to do and just go with the flow. My first 2 active labors were each about 12 hours long, with epidurals and episiotomies! This time I got exactly what I was hoping for, no epidural, no IV's, no episiotomy, and the whole thing lasted under 1 hour from the time the contractions picked up steam to the time baby was born. I got even more than I had hoped for, a truly easy and smooth labor and birth experience! I can't express enough gratitude for everything Dwenna has done for me!
Labor is a process that both you and your husband or partner are going through. Dwenna kept us both focused, fed, and allowed us to fully experience it together, to make it OUR birth, not just mine. And toward the end, when I thought I had nothing left to give, she guided me very deep within to get through those final pushes. This allowed my husband to witness and aid in our son's emergence. Having a doula gave us the freedom to share the experience together.
I don't even know how to begin expressing what an amazing job Dwenna did supporting my husband and I through our daughter's birth! We especially appreciated that she et with us a few times before our due date and then followed up after the birth to make sure we had the support we needed. While we had planned for a natural birth, we found out at 38 weeks that our baby was breech and that I would be having a c-section. Then when my water broke and I went into labor the day before our scheduled procedure, Dewenna was at the hospital 20 minutes after we called her. She helped us both stay focused and ask the right questions of the staff while we were waiting for the OR. During the actual surgery she was by our side. Once our daughter was born and my husband stepped away, Dwenna was right in his spot giving me the play by play of what was happening with our daughter until they both came back over to me. She stayed with us in recovery, helping me initiate breastfeeding and making sure we had what we needed. Dwenna has such a great personality and is genuinely passionate about ensuring that you have the birth experience you desire. We will definitely be calling her for the birth of our next child!
I suppose I should start by saying I was very skeptic about using a doula. I gave Dwenna a very thorough grilling about what her job really entailed. Being very closed minded, I just sat and listened. My wife and I had met 3 other doula's and I have to say I wasn't impressed. After getting my questions answered to the full extent, we decided to go with Dwenna. The meetings before our daughters birth were good to get to know Dwenna, and if you are reading this; she is amazing. Our baby was scheduled to be a c-section due to her being breach and she decided to come early. Dwenna showed up to the hospital within 20 minutes of the call at 1 a.m. Her support during the laboring process was excellent. She knew all the right questions to ask my wife about her wishes for her health care and was good about trying to help keep her comfortable. During delivery Dwenna was in the OR supporting us and as a first time dad, her being there was worth every red cent. She helped keep my wife calm and once our daughter was born, she gave my wife the play by play with what I was doing. After the birth and once my wife was out of the OR, Dwenna helped start the breast feeding process and then stayed with us another few hours. I was dead set against having a doula and now looking back, I think this was one of the best decisions we made. For our next baby, Dwenna will be one of the first people we call once we know my wife is pregnant. Not going to miss out on having her there to help us!
I am forever grateful that my husband and I hired Dwenna as our doula. We've been in Albuquerque for less than two years and don't have any family in the area, so we knew we wanted some extra support. We both felt immediately at ease with her - she was exactly the right balance of soulful and sarcastic, knowledgeable but humble, helpful without being pushy, and supportive without getting in the way. Her presence added so much to our experience. Our meetings before the birth were fun and organized, helping us to talk through our priorities and get us all on the same page as a birth team. She sent messages of support and helpful suggestions (for yoga poses, meditation practices, and concrete things we could do to prepare for baby/postpartum) throughout the final days of pregnancy. Her presence during labor at home and at the birth center was exactly what we wanted from a doula - she supported us staying connected to each other, noticed when we needed comfort or guidance, cheered us on, celebrated us, and helped to keep the atmosphere quiet and calm throughout the whole process. After our baby was born, she reflected on the birth with us and honored the sacredness of our experience. She connected us to other clients/friends in the community who shared our values, helped me find a ring sling for babywearing, and accompanied me to breastfeed in public for the first time. Having her along for the journey felt like having a sister with us, in the best way possible. I would highly recommend Dwenna to anyone looking for a kind, experienced, supportive presence for any kind of birth!
I knew from the beginning that I wanted to find a Doula early on to support and have there with us on our special day. I didn't want just anyone and definitely did not want to settle with whomever the hospital gave me. Matching personalites and basic commonalities were key to us finding a doula. After a few interviews, we were finally able to find Dwenna. My partner and I both loved her from the begining. She was able to connect with us on a non-doula level (as friends) and then as a doula, offering educational resources and literature to help guide us on our 9 month journey. My partner and I had everything planned out (for the most part) up to the delivery on the big day. Dwenna was a large part of that. She helped us prepare, but stay calm and excited. Sadly, nothing we planned worked out, but we as well as Dwenna were able to adjust to the unavoidable journey to birthing, pretty gracefully. She was there, offering emotional support to both myself and my partner, holding my hand when I needed it held and never far from sight. Her presence was a relief for both of us and I was honered to have her there to witness the birth of my healthy daughter, for Dwenna to be able to hold her and to help guide me through the very important, first initial breastfeeding. Although the birth of my daughter has come and gone Dwenna will always be a part of that story and I feel like I gained a new friend from it, and for that I am truly grateful.
When I first found out that I was pregnant, needless to say I was scared. As a first time mom I had only ever heard stories of women reflecting back on their difficult but rewarding birth experiences. Although I knew I would have my partner by my side, I knew it might be unrealistic to expect him to know exactly what to do. I could have visions of him patting my brow with a cool cloth, whispering encouraging words in my ear, and doing all of this without so much as breaking a sweat- but let’s be real. I knew he’d probably be just as scared and frantic as I would.
We both knew a doula was the best way to ensure that our birth experience would not only be positive, but would meet our expectations as well. From the first time we met Dwenna until the moment she walked into the hospital room when I was well into labor, she helped ease our fears. With each meeting prior to the delivery date we felt more and more connected to her as though she was becoming a part of our growing family.
As I was in labor Dwenna did an excellent job of coaching me on how to breathe and work through each contraction. She was calm and encouraging and solely focused on me and my needs while ensuring my husband wasn't left out. She was completely supportive with our birth plan and did not impede in any way or try to influence our decisions. Our birth experience was so positive and relaxed that my husband, Dwenna, and I found ourselves able to crack jokes and actually make the process of birthing fun!
Not only would I absolutely include Dwenna if I were to ever have another child, but I would absolutely recommend her to anyone who is expecting, whether it be their first time or 10th!
My husband and I were a little hesitant at first about hiring a doula. We interviewed with a couple and Dwenna was the only one I felt comfortable with immediately. My husband was still a bit hesitant about hiring a doula, he thought hiring her would leave him out of the birth. On the contrary, hiring Dwenna was the best thing we did to help welcome our baby girl to the world. Seeing that I was a "high risk" pregnancy and delivery woman we had a very rough pregnancy, especially in the beginning. We had a hard time finding the right team to carry through the whole process to make sure that baby and I would not have many complications. After meeting with several OB's and not feeling comfortable with my situation I felt hiring a doula would help advocate and be our voice of reason when the time came. Dwenna was amazing through the whole process. She allowed my husband and I to be connected and intervened when needed. We were both even able to take a nap during labor. We were able to stick to our birth plan for the most part and she helped keep us out of the OR. Anytime the doctors tried to "bully" us into doing something Dwenna stepped in and allowed us to talk amongst each other before being forced to make a decision. Her massages helped ease the pain while my husband was able to comfort me. Seeing that this will most likely be my only birth, I am so glad we hired Dwenna. No words can tell how appreciative I am with her services. We were able to welcome little Harmony to the world in 11 hours. If you're looking to have a magical birth experience with little needless interventions Dwenna is the perfect doula!
Dwenna brought peace and support to my pregnancy from the first day that I met her. Our time together preparing for the birth of my 4th child was something i will never forget. She imparted wisdom and strength through her words and information. She was a source of support before labor even began. She encouraged me to follow my instinct and trust my own stregnth. Her advice helped me to go in to labor when it was the perfect time for my body and my baby. She offered incredible support during labor through reassurance, positioning, massage, counter pressure, suggestions, advocacy and more. The peace of mind that i had from knowing she was my 100% champion gave me the strength to have the delivery I had always dreamed of. She was extrmemely knowledgable and unfaltering even though my baby had shoulder distocia. She remained calm and clear headed and I thank her for being able to deliver my baby boy in the way that I had dreamed, avoiding intevenetion. She is an incredible person and an amazing Doula.
I went into labor on Sept 5th 2014 and was terrified. I have no family or friends in the state of New Mexico, therefore I had no support besides my husband. He and I were at the hospital being treated very poorly my the staff and I was being cornered by 2 OB's who were determined to knock me off my dream of having a VBAC (VBA2C). During the first night of my labor my contractions were very mild, but my fear and anxiety were at an all time HIGH. I updated my support group (who I love!) and they were just mortified by what the doctors were telling me. Selflessly, they all researched for a doula in my area and found my Doula Angel, Ms. Dwenna The Doula! Without much detail she dropped everything and came to my rescue. She called to get my details and to tell me I stay calm. She told me "don't worry because I'm on my way." I didn't know it then but I needed someone to help me stay strong and confident. When she arrived we were both in tears. I told her everything I was going thru and it melted away. Her energy was just perfect. She knew what she was doing and I could tell she cared.
Not an hour after she had gotten there I was in like FULL BLOWN LABOR! The fear was holding my body back from doing what it needed to do. But once my doula got there I felt like I could do anything. I didn't get my VBAC but I could NOT have gotten as far as I did without Dwenna. I am forever grateful for everything she did for me on the weekend of my child's birth. She's a wonderful person, and SO meant to do this job!! :)
Dwenna was a terrific doula and I highly recommend her to anyone. She was instrumental in getting me through the days prior to and during labor. I had experienced prodromal labor for several days before my son was born. Dwenna helped me through that difficult time over the phone and even driving to meet me for lunch at a time when I thought I'd lose my mind if I didn't give birth soon. Although my son's birth didn't go as we had planned, she gave me the support that I needed. Her confidence and strength helped me through the most difficult parts of my labor. I am so glad that I met Dwenna. She is a genuinely warm and generous person.
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