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Carrie Whitacre, CD(DONA)

Joyful Hearts Doula Services, LLC

Furlong, PA Service range 45 miles

570-956-1569

http://joyfulheartsdoula.com

Birth Fee

$975 to $1000

Birth Fee

$975 to $1000


Birth Doula Certifications

  • DONA International - Certified Birth Doula

Birth Doula Experience

6 years and 58 births attended


Doula Training

  • DONA International, June 2014

Type of practice: Solo practice

Clients per month: 2 to 4

Attends hospital births? All Hospitals

Attends birth center births? All Birth Centers

Attends home births? Any Home Birth
Any home birth with a certified nurse midwife present.


College Education

BA/BS


Special Services Offered

  • Aromatherapy
  • Childbirth education services
  • Military families support
  • Miscarriage support
  • Reduced rates for women considering adoption
  • Satellite doula (for remote and rural clients)
  • Sibling support (for your older children at the birth)

Relevant volunteer or advocacy work

I work with certified back up birth doulas to ensure, that in case of an emergency, you will have a doula to support you at your birth. Member of several doula support groups and organizations to keep up with current and relevant changes in the birth world.

Languages Spoken

  • English

Fee Details

I will offer discounts to those in need and with special circumstances. Tiered pricing scale for virtual support. My goal is to make it possible for all women who want a doula to have a doula.

Furlong, PA Service range 45 miles

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Gen K.

5/29/2020

Where do I even begin? Carrie supported my husband and I through our 1st pregnancy with our daughter, and had to shift the way her support looked due to COVID-19. I don't know what we would've done without her. Her care and support during such uncertain times was so reassuring and a source of strength when we had no idea what to expect on our girl's birth day. She provided a wealth of resources ranging from books she lent, podcasts, videos, etc. and went so far as dropping off care packages that included positive affirmations and things she would've brought to the hospital if she could've supported us in-person. Her check-in's, virtual meetings leading upto our daugher's birth, and virtual support during labor and delivery were exactly what we needed to navigate such an unpredictable time to have a baby. We're so glad we decided to have a doula for our 1st child and beyond grateful that it was Carrie! 

Tabitha A.

1/24/2020

Its hard to put into words how impacting Carrie was on our pregnancy and birthing experience. Our son was born August 23rd, 2019 and we met with Carrie several times leading up to the birth. I decided on a doula because though I love my mother and mother in law, I knew it would be best for my mental state and focus to have a doula instead. Throughout the pregnancy, Carrie was so warm, supportive, and informative. She was never overwhelming and never judgemental of any questions we asked or approaches we wanted to take (a rarity when you're pregnant!). She was also so cognizant of what we were going through and how our particular personalities needed to be equipped to manage this time in our lives. 

Our son arrived three weeks early, completely unplanned to the last minute. We went into the doctor one random day because I had had a strong headache that wouldn't go away, and when the doctor took a look at me they recommended I be induced that night. We were in shock, having no idea we would be delivering that day, no time to mentally prepare. Our first phone call was Carrie and she immediately made us feel at ease and supported. She arrived that night and stayed with us from the very beginning, getting me through the induction process and all the way to the birth of our son 24 hours later. Throughout labor Carrie was undeniably critical to my mental state. She made me feel like I'd done this before and that everything was OK. And on top of that my husband is not good with hospitals and gets woozy easily, so it was amazing to have Carrie there so steadily during my epidural and other procedures that I needed support for. 

I cannot imagine not having Carrie there in the delivery room. She brought such comfort, warmth and steadiness to the room and gave me such strength in myself to do the best job I could do for our son. We will forever be connected to her for helping us through one of the most unreal and beautiful times of our lives!

Andrea

1/5/2020

Carrie was our doula for the birth of our first baby and she was simply tremendous. 

Carrie met with us three times before birth and provided significant support before delivery. She was available, frequently checked in to see how I was feeling and provided numerous resources (books, podcasts, websites, etc.) to help us prepare the arrival of baby. She was confident, knowledge and extremely friendly. And as I neared my delivery date, Carrie connected almost daily to ensure I was feeling ok. 

The labor process is really where Carrie shines. She arrived at the hospital quickly and immediately began assisting me. She stayed up through the entire labor (20+ hours) and coached me along. She provided excellent knowledge as questions arose, and worked to ease my anxieties. He calming presence, expertise and general ability to assist in the labor process is outstanding.

I simply cannot recommend her services enough!  

Laura Pfeifer

12/18/2019

Amazing! I can't say enough good about this angel of a woman. I had a very long and difficult birth and I couldn't imagine getting through it without Carrie. She not only supported me and my husband, but my anxiously awaiting parents in and out of the waiting room as well. She was patient, kind, informative and followed my flow so well. I was in labor for days, and it was all hard, but Carrie was our invaluable resource. From the early meetings getting to know each other and her sharing great information to seven months later and I still think of her often and share pictures of my beautiful boy as he's growing. My family will always consider her family. The most thoughtful moment I will forever remember and be grateful for was through the night, I was having such a difficult time. Shortly after my first epidural, I began to feel anxious. My legs were numb and I was getting scared. I asked Carrie if she could keep her hand on my legs so that I could still try to feel them. I woke in the middle of the night to her, half asleep, but still holding my legs and rubbing them to try to keep me calm and help me to sleep. She's an angel, one of the most warm hearted people I've ever known. Carrie will always have a special place in our hearts and we would recommend her without hesitation.

Rachel Miller

5/27/2019

Since I can remember I've been terrified of child birth, because of this I had terrible anxiety during pregnancy so my counselor recommended I seek out a doula. After a few interviews we decided Carrie was the doula for us - she exudes warmth and a gentle kindness that is instantly comforting. Carrie provided us with books from her library and handouts with details about labor, labor activities, thoroughly explaining each one so we didn't have to take a class. Carrie checked in on me via text consistently from our first meeting through the days before labor.  When labor started (of course at 11:30 pm), Carrie was extremely responsive to texts and calls at all hours of the night. She even came over to our house and traveled to the doctor then hospital with us and didn’t leave my side for the entire delivery (14ish hours). It’s hard to put into words how much Carrie did for my husband and I during those 14 hours. She was our emotional and physical support, our guru guiding us through the unknown, helping us make decisions, and making us feel at ease, especially during scary moments like when the babies heart rate dropped and what felt like dozens of nurses rushed into the room. She tirelessly provided counter pressure on my back for hours and even after I got an epidural she stayed right by me massaging my legs and arms and telling me how great I was doing. My husband and I both agree...you can't put a price on what Carrie does for you during such a crazy, overwhelming, scary time - she's priceless! Not only that but you can feel the joy Carrie gets from being a doula, you can tell this is more than a job, it's her calling. I can truly say that despite my fear of labor I had an overall positive birthing experience and I owe a lot of that to Carrie. When we get pregnant again, Carrie will be one of our first calls because I have no doubt she will be more and more in demand as word gets around. As far as I'm concerned there's no one better.

Ashley Taylor

4/12/2019

Not too long after I found out I was pregnant, I spoke to my husband about my desire to hire a doula for labor and delivery.  When I was in my teens, I had spinal surgery and had always been told that I would not be able to receive a epidural when I would eventually have children.  Knowing I would be having an unmedicated labor, I wanted someone in the room with expertise in natural pain relief and techniques that would help labor go smoothly (and quickly!).  I also wanted to do everything I could to avoid a cesaerean because my spinal surgery also made that much more complicated.  My research told me that hiring a doula statistically lowered the chance of c-section by a significant percentage.

From our first meeting we felt confident that Carrie possessed all the qualities we were looking for in a doula.  She provided us with all kinds of information to help us be as prepared as we could be for the birth.  We met several times before the birth and she was always extremely flexible with appointments, which was very much needed due to my husband's unpredictable schedule.  Carrie was also readily available anytime in between our appointments as well and always promptly responded to emails and texts.  

When it came time for the birth of our daughter, Carrie was ready and waiting for our call that labor was starting.  She arrived promptly at the hospital and quickly made the room a comfortable place to be.  I felt so much worry come off my shoulders when she arrived knowing there was someone with so much knowledge of what was normal for labor and what to do at each stage. Once the contractions were coming so frequently, it was hard to think about anything else and it was so comforting to have Carrie there telling me what positions would be best and things I could do to speed along labor.  Our labor and delivery was almost too good to be true and we owe so much of that to Carrie!

Stephanie Karmokolias

7/30/2018

As a first time mom I was very nervous about labor and delivery. I wasn’t sure how my husband would react in the delivery room, if I was able to get the pain medication I wanted, how much support I would have from my doctor and nurses and how strong I would be. Meeting with Carrie before delivery eased so much of my worry. She was the constant I knew I would have in labor and delivery. Her calm demeanor soothes you with just her presence. I knew that Carrie would be calm and present during my delivery despite any of the unknowns that present themselves during delivery. A specific moment that stands out to me was a moment when my baby’s heart rate dropped. The doctor and nurses moved very quickly to flip me over into a different position and put oxygen on me. I was very nervous because they weren’t explaining what was happening and I wasn’t sure if something was wrong. I remember looking over to Carrie who reassured me that it would be okay. I trusted her in that moment and knew I needed to relax. Throughout delivery I needed Carrie’s reassurance that things were ok, and that things were moving along the way they were meant to. Reassuring text messages from Carrie leading up to delivery eased my anxiety. Physical exercises Carrie promoted helped during my pushing and recovery. I loved having someone to remind me that everything would be okay in the weeks and days leading up to delivery. With a long early labor throughout the week before delivery, Carrie even made a home visit at nighttime when I would feel the most anxious. Carrie provides special touches such a scent, sound, physical touch and emotional support to get you through your big day. We loved reading our son’s birth story that Carrie presented to us at our home visit after delivery. Allowing someone into the birthing of your child is an important decision, and we thoroughly enjoyed and valued Carrie as a part of ours.

Julie Sankin

5/30/2018

I had the pleasure of hiring Carrie for the birth of my first child. I had the best experience with Carrie as my doula. She met with me prior to my birth. She answered all of my questions via text or email. She checked in on me as it got closer to my due date. When it was time for me to go into the hospital for my induction I contacted her to come be with me the next morning. She arrived with lavender oil, candles and gave me some cute socks with the word I am powerful.


She also provided support for my husband who needed to know it was OK for him to get something to eat, or go rest as Carrie as there to keep me company. Carrie provided pressure points when my contractions were strong and had my husband use them as well. She advocated for me to go into the Jacuzzi to help relieve pain. She helped distract me by asking me questions about my life and it helped. She told me I can do this each time I wanted to give up with all the pain of my labor. As it was time to push she kept telling me I can do it and that I am strong. After my son was born she told me what a great job I did and congratulated me on the birth.


After I delivered she also provided resources of lactation consultants as I was having a challenging time breastfeeding my son. She checked in on me to see how I was doing being a new Mom. She stated she was available if I had any other questions in the future as a new Mom. I loved having Carrie be present for the birth of my first child. I would highly recommend her for anyone who is searching for a doula to help the with their birth experience.

Jacquie Schriver

3/8/2018

When I found out I was pregnant, I felt compelled to hire a doula. I mentioned it to my husband who said he would keep it in mind but that it seemed like a luxury. I sort of agreed with him after I thought about it. When I was 30 weeks, we started a birth class. My husband's ideas about child birth began to change with the new education we were receiving. Even for me, it started to feel real. Learning that first time births can be 24 hours or longer, and that many first pregnancies run later than 40 weeks, we talked more about how we would both cope with labor and delivery. I was passionate about having as little intervention as possible and my husband supported that. As a note, my birth plan was flexible even though I wanted to forgo the epidural, and did not want to be induced. During the second to last birth class, my husband said he thought we should hire a doula. He wanted me to have the most support possible, and he wanted to be supported as my primary support person as well. When we met with Carrie for the first time, there was an instant feeling of comfort and ease. She is like a mom, without all the emotions. My mother and I are so close, that she may not have been the best choice for my support during labor (aka we both cry a lot!) Carrie provided education during the first meeting, asked us lots of questions, what we wanted for the birth, and was genuine the whole time. She visited us at home twice more before the birth and made us feel confident and comfortable. Perhaps the best and most surprising part (even though she told us she would do it ), was that she was present during my entire 24 hour hospital labor. She calmed us down when we expressed worry abour the labor. She didn't even leave to eat a meal. She advocated for me to the nurses, and continued her unwavering support. Even before the labor, she texted or called me every other day or as needed. Short story, we would not have been able to do any of it without her ! 

tara Tett

2/7/2018

Carrie was God sent to us. This was my first baby and I wanted my experience to be as calm and focused as possible and Carrie brought this immediately when we met her. I knew we had to hire her after first speaking to her on the phone before our initial meeting. She's so sweet and calm and really took the time to get to know me, my husband and my birth needs. She was always available to answer my questions and sometimes just to calm my nerves as I was terrified of giving birth. During our prenatal visits, she helped prepare us with information and coping tips to help with the pain. She was amazing during my labor and delivery, she never left my side and provided all the necessary support to help me through the pain. I truly couldn't have done it without her. I will definitely be calling Carrie again for my next baby.

Sarah Ashlyn Foote

12/21/2017

My husband and I hired Carrie to be our doula for the birth of our baby girl. Initially upon meeting her, I appreciated her calmness and understanding to my needs and wishes. She brought a level of expertise and experience that helped me better understand what to expect throughout the pregnancy and birth. This helped open my mind and helped me get to a place where I was flexible should things not go as planned. She welcomed an open dialog to discuss my feelings and preferences and addressed them with empathy and knowledge. When it was time to go to the hospital, Carrie was by our side, helping me through the entire labor and delivery and making the environment a claming one. Having Carrie as a guide, coach and friend throughout this process made the entire experience a wonderful one. I would highly recommend her services to anyone looking for added support during this special time in their lives. 

Molly Lorentz

10/31/2017

I don’t think I would have been able to get through my pregnancy, labor and birth without Carrie. This was my first child and her support with my choices was welcomed. I made it through my labor and delivery completely naturally and Carrie was by my side the entire time! Carrie made sure to included my mother and two best friends that were all in the room for my labor and delivery. She helped me get through my contractions and I was so proud of myself that I could do it. Carrie also referred me to somebody for my placenta encapsulation. Her knowledge and experience was such a help and made me more at ease for my first birth. She is an amazing person and an incredible doula! She will always be a part of our family!

Jenna Porcelli

9/24/2017

3 weeks ago I gave birth to my second child with Carrie by my side- it was a wonderful, magical day- large in part due to her.  I did not have a doula with my first child and it was a big regret, because for a significant portion of my labor (overnight) both my husband and I felt very powerless.  We didn't know if what we were experiencing was the norm- it was my first time in a hospital and even something as simple as a shift change was kind of a big deal.  Some nurses were experienced and compassionate, and then a new nurse would come on that seemed green and couldn't explain things well.  It felt a bit like being in a foreign country and only knowing a few words of the language!  So we agreed that having an advocate by our side for the second time around would be a good idea.  Someone who knew what to expect, who knew me & what I wanted, and who could help bridge the communication gap if history repeated itself.  After researching I found Carrie, we all sat down in person to chat, and both my husband and I agreed she was a perfect fit for us.   She was a fantastic source of emotional support throughout my very difficult pregnancy, and no matter what came my way she helped keep me calm and focused on the end goal of delivering a healthy baby.  When the day finally came, she was checking in while I was laboring at home and gave me the confidence to not rush to the hospital.  Then she met us there when the time came to make a move, and the fun began!  From that point on, my labor was fast and VERY intense.  She knew exactly what I needed emotionally & physically to make it through without medication, which was my ultimate goal.  I will be forever grateful to her for holding my hand and helping me through that special day.  Any mamas- to-be reading this...you will never regret having a doula and you certainly won't regret choosing someone as special as Carrie!!

Jeka S

7/20/2017

From the moment I first heard Carrie's voice on the phone I knew this is who I wanted by my side for one of my biggest and scariest experiences in my life. I say scariest because my plan was to have a drug free natural birth, no easy task. I was looking for someone to help soothe, calm and motivate me through my birthing experience. I browsed through the website and read the bios of a few doulas, mainly those with a lot of experience. Some had plenty of births & years of experience, perhaps a bit more than Carrie, but something told me she was the one, call it intuition perhaps. Although I was a bit nervous to call her or unsure of the right questions to ask, she made me feel at ease immediately. I knew right away she'd be the perfect doula for me. We met a few times before giving birth, I had a lot of random/weird questions during my pregnancy and she was so helpful and reassuring throughout the whole process. She checked in with me periodically, which made me feel very comfortable and close to her. When it came down to delivery day she came to the hospital as soon as I let her know my labor started. She helped me with breathing exercises, different positions to help ease contractions, massaging different pressure points and good conversation to keep me distracted between contractions. She was a perfect liaison between myself and nurses. She helped me say the things I couldn’t say and do things I would have never thought to do to help me through labor. I was able to give birth with no drugs/pain meds/epidural. She was very reassuring, comforting and reminded me of what I was capable of doing, for that I am eternally grateful. If you're looking for someone knowledgeable, comforting to help bring peace to your birthing experience, contact Carrie. By far the best decision I could have made.

Christine McCarron

6/19/2017

Although my husband and I were aware of doulas, we originally were not going to go with one. However, after meeting Carrie at one of our childbirth classes, we couldn't imagine delivery without her by our side and honestly couldn't have done it without her. She was so caring, attentive and sweet throughout the whole process. From texting and giving advice while I decided to labor at home for a while, to being at the hospital and providing both physical comfort and emotional support and reassurance to not only me but my husband as well, she was there with us every step of the way. Considering this was our first child, we were not sure what we were in for and it was so nice to have someone there that had been through it all before, especially Carrie. She even wrote our sweet little boy a story about his birth and gave it to us when she met with us after we were home from the hospital. I'm really happy that we decided to have Carrie as such a huge part in our birth story and you can bet that I will be reaching out to her again if we decide to have another one!

 

 

Cen(Mia) Zhao

2/15/2017

Carrie helped me delivered my daughter in Dec 2014 and my son in Jan 2017. She has been a huge help to my family through these two births.


I had to deliver my daughter through scheduled induction and she was able to help me go through the whole night by encouraging me at the right time, massaging when contraction came, making sure my body was warm. It was about 12 hours and we couldn’t make through without her.


Since we had such a good experience with her. We decided to have her as my doula again for my son’s birth. This time I started around midnight and forgot to bring enough supplies to the hospital. She was considerable enough to bring me the thick socks, blankets and even candles! With her help, my birth became more smooth and I was able to deliver in 6 hrs. It was such a good experience with her.


Carrie is a very considerable doula. While Carrie made suggestions, she didn't push her own point of view. She was "all about me," and very respectful of my opinion and views. Also, Carrie is wonderful in communicating with my husband. My husband enjoyed talking to her and was comfortable asking her questions and seeking her advice.
Carrie loves babies, and cares about your feelings. You should consider her as your doula and you may end up with a friend with her.

Kristina Kilty

10/19/2016

When my husband and I first met Carrie, we felt an instant connection with her. She was so calming, friendly, supportive, and knowledgeable – talking with her was like talking with a close friend. I was hoping to try for an unmedicated, natural birth and we knew Carrie would be perfect for us.

On baby’s birth day, Carrie arrived at the hospital shortly after we did and immediately went to work to create a peaceful, relaxing environment in our delivery room. Carrie was wonderful with guiding my husband on how to coach me through my contractions but once they increased in frequency and intensity, he felt it would be best for her to continue with coaching. Carrie remained by my side, coaching me through every contraction, rubbing my back and arms, keeping me focused on staying calm, while also keeping my husband involved in the process.

After 20 hours of labor, I ended up needing a C-section. I was so grateful that Carrie waited for and stayed with me in post-op as my husband had gone with our little guy to the nursery. It was wonderful having her there for emotional support and reassurance. She stayed in contact with me in the weeks following my son’s birth, checking in to see how everything was going and how I was doing. When I think about my birthing experience, I’m certain that I could not have gotten as far as I did in the laboring process without Carrie’s help. My family and I feel so blessed to have met Carrie and would recommend her to everyone. She truly is an amazing doula!

Julia Ramsey

9/30/2016

I knew I wanted to have a doula for my first childbirth because I did not want a cesarean if at all possible. I had hired another doula early in my pregnancy but when I was about 32 weeks pregnant she informed me that for health reasons she had to stop working and could not attend my delivery. I was panicked and immediately reached out to several doulas in the area. I met with Carrie a few days later and she immediately set my mind at ease. She is very organized and comes prepared with lots of information. My husband got into our car after our meeting and decided she was the doula for us! A week later I found out that I was measuring very large and they wanted me to have a growth scan, they were concerned I would have a very large baby and need a cesarean. At our next meeting Carrie again eased my mind letting me know I could even deliver a big baby and if a cesarean would be necessary she would make sure it was as positive and relaxing as possible for me. Luckily, I didn't need the cesarean.

When I went in labor, Carrie was on call and came to the hospital at 3:30 am when I was admitted, she did not sleep until I delivered at 10:24pm the next day. She was there for me, putting me in different positions, giving me light massage and setting a relaxing mood. When I decided to get an epidural she let me know that it was the right decision for me and not to feel guilty. She kept my husband and family relaxed as well. When I was pushing for the last hour she was by my side and stayed with us until after Max was born and breastfeeding. A few days later, in a baby blues fit I called her in tears and she came right over to hold the baby while we my husband and I ate dinner together and once again, put us at ease. Carrie was such an asset through my journey and I can honestly say she isn't just a doula, she is a friend. I highly recomment Carrie to first time moms or veteran moms!

Kristen Furst

7/28/2016

I am a single mother and I was extremely anxious about the labor process. My mom and I met Carrie in early April, about 2 months before my due date.  We were both immediately impressed with her knowledge of labor, and felt so at ease talking with her.  She provided me with resources (books) that I could read to prepare for labor.  She also suggested apps and videos on YouTube that I could watch. Carrie has a heart of gold and I could not help but feel more calm about labor and delivery after speaking briefly with her. (I met with her 3x before I went into labor).  When Carrie arrived to the hospital when I went into labor, she immediately took charge.  She made me feel like I was in good hands.  I trusted her to comfort me through the process, and she did just that.  She stayed with me throughout the entire labor, and my unplanned c-section.  She left after 1:30AM, and made sure she met my son.  It was so wonderful to have her help and support throughout this whole process. I am so grateful to have connected with her!

Lindsey Vogeler

6/10/2016

I could talk for days about how grateful we are for Carrie.  She is AWESOME!  What started as a client/doula relationship very quickly turned into a friendship, and from our conversations it doesn't seem uncommon for that to happen with Carrie.  This was our first experience with a doula and although we were hesitant at first due to the cost, we couldn't have made a better choice.  Carrie is worth every penny.  I had a long labor that lasted all night and she was there every second as though she was immune to fatigue.  Whether it was offering encouragement, giving massages, or showing different techniques to aid in relaxation, she was super supportive the entire time.  I doubt whether or not I could have had a VBAC without her.  If you're reading this, congratulations on your pregnancy and look no further...you found your doula.  

Elizabeth Secord

5/7/2016

My husband and I are very happy that we invited Carrie to be a part of the birth of our daughter. We became aware of the doula role through pregnancy books and participating in a labor class. We were researching doulas when we encountered some complications with the pregnancy and became distracted with doctor’s appointments and rushed preparations for arrival of the baby.
Enter Carrie, who was willing to help us out even though it was possible an induction could be only days away. Thankfully on-going monitoring of the baby indicated the baby was healthy and the pregnancy continued for another three weeks. During this period of monitoring, Carrie was a supportive presence who followed up after my scheduled appointments and offered a reassuring voice. She loaned us a number of books that we found informative.  We met several times, where we discussed our wishes and concerns for labor and practiced labor pain coping techniques. Overall we felt more prepared after our meetings with her and relaxed knowing she would be present with us to help guide us if we became overwhelmed.
When birth day arrived, Carrie had the effect we were counting on – supportive, calming and knowing. I could tell Carrie how I was feeling and she was able to suggest a position that would meet my needs at the time. As I began to experience the emotional and physical effects of the induction hormones, she provided reassurances to both my husband and myself that these were normal side-effects. Her presence also relieved my sleep-deficient husband from being my sole source of comfort and support. We are truly grateful to Carrie for helping us experience the type of delivery we had envisioned – a calm delivery without pain medication. We were glad to have Carrie share with us the welcome of our beautiful daughter into the world. Carrie is our little girl’s first friend, and as such, continues to check in with us after the birth.

Lindsay Barrett-Adler

3/17/2016

From the very first meeting, my husband and I knew Carrie would be the perfect doula for our first child. We met with some other doulas, but Carrie wowed us with her professionalism, knowledge, and inherently caring manner. In the weeks before our little girl was born, Carrie was in touch frequently to check in on us and offer advice or resources when we were stumped. I hoped to have an unmedicated birth, but ended up having an epidural just in case the doctors needed to perform an emergency c section. Carrie was a great person to have in the delivery room as she thought to ask all the questions my husband and I were too overwhelmed to remember. I had some complications after our daughter was born and Carrie didn't leave my side, continuing to offer encouragement and support. Just as she was always available before our daughter was born, she remained in touch afterward and talked me through a new mom freak out the second day my daughter was home ("I'm so overwhelmed! Why won't she stop crying?", etc.) I'll always remember Carrie's calm and reassuring words during that call and in the weeks since my daughter's birth. My husband and I would highly recommend Carrie to any family lucky enough to work with her!

Nicole Brown

10/28/2015

We are so grateful to have had Carrie as our doula for the birth of our first child! At our first meeting, she was very prepared in terms of explaining her role and providing reading materials, videos, things to ponder, and suggested exercises prior to our birth. Ours was Carrie’s first home birth, which she was very open to and excited about being part of.  When the time arrived, my husband called Carrie and our midwives around midnight. I remember how comforted I was by Carrie’s warm presence suddenly lightening the dark night. My labor was long and slow, which got frustrating as I became increasingly tired. They say  the number one reason why first-time moms transfer to the hospital/ask for medication despite wanting a natural birth is just becoming too tired. I can totally relate to that: I know that if I had not had the full support of Carrie and our midwives, I would not have had the birth that I wanted. Carrie showed amazing endurance, staying with me while my husband caught a few much-needed hours of sleep: I think she herself only had a half-hour of sleep in almost 24 hours of labor! She was calm, reassuring, intuitive, and very responsive to what I needed at any moment. For example, my husband and I had practiced different methods of counter-pressure, but during my actual contractions, I didn’t want any of the massaging we had practiced much to my surprise. Carrie was able to fine-tune her touch to provide just the right combination of sensation and relief. I also remember her gentle touch clipping the hair off my face, holding the straw for me to sip water, and sponging my face  - as well as her professional expertise and literal physical support. My most enduring feeling about her presence at our birth is that I felt so cared for, nurtured and mothered – which made the physical and emotional process of becoming a mother myself so much more special and full of comfort and confidence.

Megan Iurilli

10/19/2015

Even before I went into labor, I knew that I was in good hands with Carrie. Initially, I was SURE I only wanted my husband and doctors present for the labor and delivery. However, like many first time moms, by my third trimester I was more nervous than I would have liked to admit. That is when I turned to Carrie, who was, and remained a calming voice of reason and support throughout the remainder of my pregnancy.

Honestly, I was hesitant to contact Carrie as I thought I wouldn't need the services of a doula – but having her by my side in the delivery room was the best decision I could’ve made. She gave my husband and I such peace of mind, that we were able to focus our attention on each other throughout a very long and difficult labor. Through thick and thin, Carrie was there. She comforted me during my epidurals, gently talked me through hours of constant contractions, made inquiries of the medical staff on my behalf, offered encouragement and guidance to my husband – Carrie did everything in her power to keep me relaxed and focused on the task at hand.

People are not kidding when they say that labor is work, I was completely exhausted emotionally, mentally and physically long before my son came into the world. Nothing can truly prepare you for what you experience during the labor process, which is why I am so grateful for Carrie. In addition to her doula training, she brings with her the calm and patience that likely stems from her experience as a mother and grandmother. It was a wonderful gift to have someone who talked me through what I was feeling as if I were her own daughter.

If you are looking for a doula who is efficient, personable, and caring, you have found that in Carrie. She is a wonderful support person, and her presence in my labor experience was invaluable. I cannot recommend her more highly for your doula needs!

Birth Availability for Carrie Whitacre, CD(DONA)

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