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Tacoma, WA6 reviews • 40 families supported • 4 years experience
6 reviews • 40 families supported • 4 years experience
Seattle, WA2 reviews • 40 families supported • 12 years experience
2 reviews • 40 families supported • 12 years experience
Puyallup, WA0 reviews • 6 families supported • 1 years experience
0 reviews • 6 families supported • 1 years experience
Federal Way, WA2 reviews • 75 families supported • 3 years experience
2 reviews • 75 families supported • 3 years experience
Seattle, WA2 reviews • 10 families supported • 3 years experience
2 reviews • 10 families supported • 3 years experience
Seattle, WA8 reviews • 101 families supported • 8 years experience
8 reviews • 101 families supported • 8 years experience
Renton, WA2 reviews • 154 families supported • 5 years experience
2 reviews • 154 families supported • 5 years experience
Lynnwood, WA5 reviews • 54 families supported • 6 years experience
5 reviews • 54 families supported • 6 years experience
Bothell, WA3 reviews • 17 families supported • 2 years experience
3 reviews • 17 families supported • 2 years experience
Seattle, WA2 reviews • 366 families supported • 12 years experience
2 reviews • 366 families supported • 12 years experience
Federal Way, WA3 reviews • 8 families supported • 2 years experience
3 reviews • 8 families supported • 2 years experience
Tacoma, WA0 reviews • 21 families supported • 1 years experience
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Puyallup, WA4 reviews • 6 families supported • 1 years experience
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Olympia, WA4 reviews • 2 families supported • 1 years experience
4 reviews • 2 families supported • 1 years experience
Buckley, WA3 reviews • 6 families supported • 1 years experience
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Seattle, WA3 reviews • 300 families supported • 17 years experience
3 reviews • 300 families supported • 17 years experience
WA2 reviews • 30 families supported • 2 years experience
2 reviews • 30 families supported • 2 years experience
Seattle, WA2 reviews • 16 families supported • 5 years experience
2 reviews • 16 families supported • 5 years experience
South Hill, WA0 reviews • 37 families supported • 4 years experience
0 reviews • 37 families supported • 4 years experience
Seattle, WA0 reviews • 48 families supported • 4 years experience
0 reviews • 48 families supported • 4 years experience
Bellevue, WA4 reviews • 500 families supported • 26 years experience
4 reviews • 500 families supported • 26 years experience
Bothell, WA0 reviews • 10 families supported • 1 years experience
0 reviews • 10 families supported • 1 years experience
Silverdale, WA0 reviews • 2 families supported • 2 years experience
0 reviews • 2 families supported • 2 years experience
SeaTac, WA2 reviews • 45 families supported • 2 years experience
2 reviews • 45 families supported • 2 years experience
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 Auburn, WA.
You can browse through the available doulas in Auburn, WA 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 Auburn, WA in three easy steps:
While the cost of a doula can vary based on experience and the services offered, the average cost of a doula in Auburn, WA is NA, but typically ranges from NA to NA. These costs are based on a representative group of doulas surveyed by Meela in the Auburn and Seattle areas. The average cost of a doula in Auburn, WA is higher than the average cost of a doula in the state of Washington, which is $1,037.
To put this in further context, the cost of a doula in Auburn, WA is NA the U.S. national average cost of a doula, which is $971.
When hiring a birth doula in Auburn, WA, 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 Auburn, WA: 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 Auburn, WA, 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 Auburn, WA 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 Auburn, WA 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 Auburn, WA will typically stay with the parents for several hours after birth to help them with birth recovery.
Evidence suggests that a birth doula in Auburn, WA 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:
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 Auburn, WA; 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.
ElissaJanuary 20, 2023 at 5:53 am | Client review
I found Charity fairly late in my pregnancy for the hospital birth of my third child. I am in Burien, WA and Charity is in Lakewood,WA- I was concerned about the distance but was assured by Charity that it would be ok. I went into labor at 8pm 12/14/22 and let Charity know my contractions were 10 mins apart. At 10:40pm they were grouped to 6 mins for a while so I went to hospital at 11pm and was communicating back/forth with Charity via text. My daughter was born at 12:50am and Charity walked in after she was born and in my arms. I never was coached in the pushing positions (like I had requested from the start) that I needed to be in so my rectocele prolapse wasn’t aggravated- this never happened and now I’m left with a very serious prolapse that is negatively impacting my daily life. I felt cheated out of support, knowledge and financially ($850) at a most vulnerable time in my life.
From the start I didn’t feel like Charity was able to give me the time and attention I needed as a pregnant woman due to her busy life and schedule as a mom.I asked that Charity might donate her services to a low income mother in the future when she is able since she did not make it to my birth, and didn’t offer any partial refund after I requested one. She did not respond to that communication. I can’t recommend Charity as a doula as my previous experience with a doula was much better, my first doula was much more professional and made me feel like a priority and secure in my birth.