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Found 6 Pros in Aspen Hill, MD, USA | Birth doula support
EXPERIENCE
0 50
Families served
0 3500
Birth fee
$0 $7500
HOURLY RATE
$0 $500
$ flexible
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Allison Stewart

MD

2 reviews • 30 families supported • 3 years experience

2 reviews • 30 families supported • 3 years experience

I love supporting families and have done so for over 20 years. As a preschool teacher, I had the pleasure and privilege of working with families and being a part of their village. After becoming a parent myself, I wanted to support them in a new way. I decided to become a doula, which enables me to support families during one of the most exciting and life changing moments of their lives. I believe in customized care, answering questions and concerns with honest, evidence based information. My goal is to assist my clients so they can make the best decisions for their growing family and have a positive birth experience. As a new baby comes into the world, the entire family goes through a change and postpartum support can be helpful during such an exciting time. I offer both in person (in MD & DC) and virtual services, as well as monthly events and workshops designed to help support parents through pregnancy, labor, and their postpartum journeys. I even have a community for parents and their families designed to help them thrive! Find out more at letsdoulathisllc.com.

Care philosophy

I see pregnancy, birth, and the growth of a family as one of the most exciting and sacred times in our lives. As a Doula, I am privileged to assist and empower families during these life-changing experiences while helping to make them as positive and healthy as possible. I am proud and honored to offer support families virtually and in person in the Maryland and DC metro areas.

Areas served

  • Maryland
  • DC
  • Virtual support

Reviews

  • Sahira
    October 10, 2022 at 11:01 am | Client review

    Allison was helpful and a calming presence. She seeks to understand your needs and worries. A great advocate. She is a good communicator and very responsive through text.

$ flexible
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Sakeenah Nasser

MD

0 reviews • 1 families supported • 1 years experience

0 reviews • 1 families supported • 1 years experience

As a newly trained doula, I will be offering my services for a low price in order to qualify for my certification. We will discuss prices during our consultation! My services include a free consultation/interview, 2 prenatal visits each lasting 1-2 hours, available 24/7 for emotional support via text/call throughout pregnancy, assistance with creating a birth plan, physical, emotional, and informational support throughout labor and birth, 2 hour immediate postpartum care and basic breastfeeding support.

Care philosophy

Proudly serving the Montgomery County area birthing people with evidence-based information and equality-driven support. I want to help you feel confident in your birth, and I will help you advocate for what you need. As your doula I back every decision you make and I will be there for you every step of the way.

Areas served

  • Gaithersburg
  • Rockville
  • Silver Spring
  • Contact me to discuss further!
$ flexible
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Elisha Wilson

MD

3 reviews • 35 families supported • 1 years experience

3 reviews • 35 families supported • 1 years experience

Here at Divine Doula I provide the expectant parent(s) the support needed from the moment of conception until after birth. I am a Certified Birth Doula, Postpartum Doula, Breastfeeding Counselor w/Advanced Lactation, Perinatal Nutrition Educator and Childbirth Educator.

Care philosophy

Assisting families in having the best birthing experience possible based on what you desire. Also helping families during the postpartum period, with breastfeeding and nutrition. A divine birth with a divine doula.

Areas served

  • Prince George's County, MD and Virtual
  • DMV area

Reviews

  • Kyara
    March 18, 2021 at 9:34 am | Client review

    Elisha is very patient and hands on with you. She makes sure you are comfortable and has your best interest in mind.

$ flexible
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Heather Whitten

Ellicott City, MD

4 reviews • 20 families supported • 3 years experience

4 reviews • 20 families supported • 3 years experience

I come into full spectrum doula work after a decade of growing my own family through infertility, fostering, adoption, and IVF and documenting our life and births along the way. Showing the power, truth, and beauty of these moments through photography is truly the cornerstone of my work. Being able to facilitate a space that feels safe enough to explore all of your options and decide what's best for you and your family is something I'm very proud to be able to provide to clients from a variety of backgrounds without judgement. Education, connections to other professionals in the industry, and comforting touch are all things my care include.

Care philosophy

As a photographer and Full Spectrum Doula I document and support pregnant people no matter the outcome of their pregnancy, be it a chosen outcome or not. I work hard to build strong, meaningful connections with my clients so that they trust me in their most vulnerable moments.

Areas served

  • greater DMV area

Reviews

  • Zoe
    February 12, 2021 at 4:30 pm | Client review

    Heather was great to work with. As a first time Mom anxious about breastfeeding, she suggested a couple of wonderful resources for me that made a huge difference. She was such a champ during my 26-hour labor, providing hours and hours of counter-pressure relief during low-back contractions. She also had all the “things” to try to help, like a TENS machine, which did help for me. I felt really comfortable given Heather’s experience and knowledge and would recommend her, hands down. We’ve gone on to use her for babysitting as our daughter is growing up and she absolutely adores Heather!

$ flexible
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Antwanette London

MD

3 reviews • 10 families supported • 8 years experience

3 reviews • 10 families supported • 8 years experience

As a doula, I offer non medical support to mom and partner during pre-pregnancy, pregnancy, birth and post partum. My goal is to provide comfort measures during labor and birth, allowing the experience to be non-traumatic and more comfortable for families. Helping you to understand the medical terms and procedures by expressing your right to know questions to your provider.

Care philosophy

A Christian doula offering non-judgmental services through emotional and physical support. My passion is to educate mom and families on how to advocate for themselves by providing evidence based resources. As a doula, my goal is to help keep mom and baby in a safe space by empowering the family with the necessary skills.

Areas served

  • PG county, Montgomery Co, Howard Co
  • Anne Arundel Co
  • Washington, DC
  • Virtual Platforms

Reviews

  • Latasha
    January 8, 2021 at 6:31 am | Client review

    Antwanette is absolutely amazing! We were so blessed and fortunate to have her a part of our birth experience. I felt like a “new mom” as our pregnancy was totally unexpected and our oldest daughter was 13. Her patience, professionalism, support, guidance, and knowledgeable advice made us feel content and at peace throughout the pregnancy. She was always flexible/available to answer questions and promptly meet our needs without hesitation! The calming spirit she exudes made our experience both genuine and trustworthy. When we found out we were expecting, I was filled with stress, anxiety, and the fear of starting all over 13 years later. In addition to this, I was labeled by my doctor as “high risk” due to my age. Interacting and conversing with her daily quickly decreased my stress and anxiety level. My doctor talked very fast and wanted to conduct several blood test that I was unsure and quite confused about. She sat me down and informed me about all the new blood tests while also explaining all the specifics of each test as well as my rights and options as a mother. There was nothing that I felt uncomfortable asking her. She goes above and beyond to put your mind at ease so you can focus on carrying and birthing a healthy baby. We could not imagine our birth experience without her support. I would highly recommend her to all expecting mothers. She will definitely enhance both your prenatal/postnatal birth experience.

$ flexible
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Shay Stancil

Lanham, MD

0 reviews • 8 families supported • 2 years experience

0 reviews • 8 families supported • 2 years experience

I believe that by empowering and equipping clients with evidence-based information, I am preparing you to ask the right questions and be confident in voicing your needs and desires during birth. I aim to create an environment that is safe, peaceful, and without fear so as to usher in a new life in a way that is beautiful and trauma-free. I seek to understand the desires of each client and work within my scope of practice to bring your wishes to fruition.​ I work to minimize barriers that negatively affect pregnancy, birth, and postpartum care for each client and family, and provide clients with the tools and knowledge necessary to navigate their community resources to produce the best outcomes for themselves and their babies.

Care philosophy

My clients are served with dignity, respect, compassion, and integrity; and I ensure to keep what you want, need, and deserve at the forefront of our service. It is my distinct intention to serve birthing persons to whom doula services may not be easily accessible, in an effort to normalize doula care and improve birth statistics for this population.

Areas served

  • Washington DC
  • Prince George's County MD
  • Anne Arundel County MD
  • Howard County MD
  • Montgomery County MD
  • Arlington County VA
  • Fairfax County VA

Doula Services: FAQs

A doula is a professional that provides emotional, physical and educational support to new parents before, during, and after childbirth and into the early postpartum period. Doulas are companions who strive to give families a safe, positive, and healthy labor experience. They provide parents with evidence-based information and education on childbirth and are someone who the parent can turn to with questions and concerns about having a baby. Doulas also take an active role in collaborating with the parent to create a birth plan.

A certified birth doula offers advice and techniques to help reduce the stress that the parent often experiences during childbirth and provides you with education about different aspects of delivery and labor and what comes after.

There are two ways you can hire a doula through Meela in Aspen Hill, MD.  

You can browse through the available doulas in Aspen Hill, MD and send the doulas you are interested in a message, introducing yourself and setting up an interview. We recommend interviewing at least three before hiring your top doula.

You can also hire a doula in Aspen Hill, MD in three easy steps:

  1. Post a job for free: answer some questions and receive responses from top-rated doulas in Aspen Hill, MD. It takes less than 30 seconds to post your job.
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  1. Hire a doula with confidence: schedule virtual or in-person interviews with your top doula choices. Hire your top doula and start getting the care you deserve.

While the cost of a doula can vary based on experience and the services offered, you can expect the average cost of a doula in Aspen Hill, MD to be $972, which is the average cost of a doula in the state of Maryland. The cost of a doula in Aspen Hill, MD can range from $771 to $1,173. These costs are based on a representative group of 107 doulas surveyed by Meela across the state of Maryland. The average cost of a doula in Maryland is about the same as the U.S. national average cost of a doula, which is $971.

When hiring a birth doula in Aspen Hill, MD, you and your doula will discuss and agree upon a fee structure, and your doula will send you itemized invoices through Meela, which you can pay securely through the app.

Some insurance companies will cover all or part of the cost of hiring a doula. Contact your insurance company to find out if they offer any coverage for hiring a doula; not all insurance companies do.

You can hire two types of doulas in Aspen Hill, MD: a birth doula and a postpartum doula. The birth doula is during your pregnancy and through the birth of your child. They provide you with emotional, physical and educational support during your pregnancy, your labor and delivery and for the first few hours after your child is born.

A postpartum doula will support you for the first few weeks after the baby is born. They provide in-home assistance, including teaching you how to take care of your newborn, acting as lactation consultant, and can provide some night nanny services.

Yes, a birth doula can provide support during a Cesarean birth and delivery. Doulas are non-medical professionals and do not replace obstetricians, physicians, midwives or nurses. They are an additive member to the team and provide emotional, physical and informational support to the birthing parent, partner and family. It is up to you whether the certified doula can remain in the operating room during the procedure.

When you hire a doula in Aspen Hill, MD, your services typically include several in-person prenatal sessions, 24/7 phone and text support, full attendance throughout your labor, and several hours of support immediately following your birth.

A doula in Aspen Hill, MD can help you in any kind of birth. Certified doulas are able to assist parents in creating the ideal “birth environment” and help parents deliver their baby safely. A doula can provide support during the birth whether it occurs in a hospital, a home, or another birth center of some kind. Doulas are there to support you in your desired birth preferences, whether that is a preference for natural, non-medicated, assisted, C-section or anything else.

Certified doulas can also act as a liaison between you and hospital staff regarding your childbirth expectations and preferences. For example, if your preference is to have a non-medicated birth, a doula can help guide you through that process and create a personalized birth plan. A certified doula in Aspen Hill, MD does not replace medical staff (such as your obstetrician and nurses).

When a surgical procedure is required, there are some situations in which a birth doula can also remain in the operating room, although this is not an expected obligation. A certified birth doula can also assist hospital staff to improve the overall birthing experience. A doula in Aspen Hill, MD will typically stay with the parents for several hours after birth to help them with birth recovery.

Evidence suggests that a birth doula in Aspen Hill, MD can help improve parent satisfaction with their baby’s birth and delivery. The involvement of a doula can also lead to shorter deliveries with less complications.

Recent studies show that parents who have a support person like a doula by their side throughout labor and childbirth are more likely to:

  1. Give birth without the need for pain medicine
  2. Describe their birth experience in a positive way
  3. Give birth without the need for medical intervention, such as C-sections or vacuum delivery
  4. Experience a shorter labor

You can hire a doula early in your pregnancy to allow you time to get to know each other and to begin planning for your later trimesters, labor, birth, and aftercare. It is ideal to hire a doula when you are around 20 weeks along, but you can start looking for one before that.

It is never too late to hire a doula in Aspen Hill, MD; you have right up to your due date to find a doula near you and receive all the benefits of doula support.

While many people think that a doula and a midwife are the same thing, their educational background and job duties are different. Doulas are non-medical professionals who provide emotional, physical and educational support, while also offering actionable advice and guidance to new parents about how to nurture their baby.

A midwife is a certified nurse-midwife (CNM) or a certified midwife (CM). CNMs are medical professionals that are certified and licensed by the American College of Nurse-Midwives. CMs are also certified, but they do not have nursing backgrounds.

Doulas are not medical professionals; they focus on the emotional support for the parents and the family before, during, and after the birth of the baby. Their job is to provide information, advice, and support to the family not diagnose any medical conditions or provide medical advice.

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