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Found 23 Pros in Austin, TX, USA | Birth doula support
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Parris Tiumentsev

Austin, TX

2 reviews • 150 families supported • 14 years experience

2 reviews • 150 families supported • 14 years experience

Welcome to Circle Birth, a haven for personalized doula support led by the dedicated Parris. Recognizing the individuality of each birthing journey, our philosophy centers on open communication, personalized attention, and a thorough understanding of your preferences. Going beyond conventional doula services, we offer guidance on crafting birth plans, emotional support during labor, and assistance in transitioning to parenthood. Our services extend to diverse locations, embracing Round Rock, Leander, Kyle, Lakeway, and beyond within the Austin, TX area. Whether you choose the renowned St. David’s North Austin Medical Center or opt for the warm environment of Cedar Park Regional, we stand ready to be your unwavering support. At Circle Birth, we understand the financial aspects of this journey. From accepting HSA/FSA payments to exploring insurance plans for potential doula coverage, we ensure accessibility to our comprehensive services. Expect more than just care; anticipate a steadfast commitment to your voice, choices, and unique experience. Circle Birth transcends being merely a service; it transforms into your ally on this remarkable journey, ensuring you feel supported, informed, and empowered at every step. Your birthing narrative is distinct, and with Circle Birth, it's met with unparalleled care and compassion. https://www.circlebirth.com/

Care philosophy

At Circle Birth, we embrace the uniqueness of each birthing journey. Led by Parris, our philosophy prioritizes open communication, personalized attention, and a comprehensive understanding of your preferences. From pregnancy to parenthood, we're your dedicated ally, ensuring support, empowerment, and compassion every step of the way. Your voice matters, and your choices are valued.

Areas served

  • Austin Texas
  • Cedar Park Texas
  • Round Rock Texas
  • Lakeway Texas
  • Bee Cave Texas
  • Georgetown Texas
  • Pflugerville Texas
  • Hutto Texas
  • Leander Texas
  • Buda Texas
  • Kyle Texas
  • Liberty Hill Texas
  • Hutto Texas

Reviews

  • Brittany
    April 22, 2024 at 7:57 am | Client review

    Parris Tiumentsev was our labor and delivery doula. We had the absolute best experience with her from start to finish! She’s very professional, intelligent, highly experienced, has an easy-going and calming personality, and is super knowledgeable about the entire labor and delivery experience. She was an invaluable resource both prenatally and postpartum! She was also a great advocate for us as we navigated communication with the doctors and nurses and helped to ensure I had a voice in all the decision making around pain management and interventions. This was my second birth at a hospital and I honestly couldn’t have asked for a better support partner. ALL our praise for Parris!!!

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Alejandra Prusaitis

New Braunfels, TX

3 reviews • 128 families supported • 5 years experience

3 reviews • 128 families supported • 5 years experience

Coming from a massage therapist background, my goal is to help you balance your body with exercises and movements that address your unique posture and daily habits. A balanced body has optimal space for baby to move and get into the best position for labor - and that makes all the difference in delivery! By addressing postural nuances in pregnancy you can have an easier labor/delivery and recovery, which frees you up to bond with your baby in that post birth glow!

Care philosophy

I believe that birth is a moment for you to have agency over your body and to sink into your inner knowing. I believe that birth can be an incredibly empowering moment for you and the family you are expanding. That is the core of my philosophy on birth. It’s about the journey to get to meet your baby, and I want to help you have the best journey possible!

Areas served

  • South Austin
  • Buda
  • Kyle
  • New Braunfels
  • Canyon Lake
  • Cibolo
  • Schertz
  • Live Oak

Reviews

  • Alexis
    December 22, 2023 at 10:12 am | Client review

    Alejandra attended the birth of both our first and second babies. She brought a sense of cool, collected, knowledgeable energy to the room and allowed me to just focus on laboring.

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Juliet White Eagle

Liberty Hill, TX

0 reviews • 1 families supported • 1 years experience

0 reviews • 1 families supported • 1 years experience

Hello! My name is Juliet and I am so happy you’re here. I am a mother of two girls and I’m blessed to get to stay home with them. I love the beauty that birth brings and all it is. I hope that I help support you and help you achieve the birth experience you’re wanting!

Care philosophy

From pregnancy to postpartum to breastfeeding I will make sure to give you emotional and physical support through your journey into motherhood. I will provide guidance so you will have a positive experience through your pregnancy, labor, postpartum and breastfeeding.

Areas served

  • Liberty Hill
  • Leander
  • Cedar Park
  • Round Rock
  • Georgetown
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Zoey Brooks

Austin, TX

0 reviews • 45 families supported • 5 years experience

0 reviews • 45 families supported • 5 years experience

I grew up in Austin, TX in a sweet old neighborhood bursting with young families. I was raised to be a very open minded, generous, and compassionate individual. I was also very curious and fascinated by pregnancy and birth from a very young age. I quickly became a favored child caregiver because of my strong work ethic and calm, nurturing spirit. As I continued child care through and after college, these varied and rich experiences with parents and children naturally led me to my interest in becoming a birth, postpartum and sibling doula. I have trained with both Doula Trainings International (DTI) and Doulas of North America (DONA). Training with two different organizations has given me a diversity of lenses when it comes awareness and education on how to best support the families I work with. I have also opened my scope and skills additionally, by becoming a reiki practitioner. Giving emotional and physical support to birthing people before, during, and after the life-changing experience of childbirth has become my passion. Through education about good prenatal health, labor, lactation, delivery and postpartum care, I hope to help birthing people feel confident and empowered. Apart from my doula work, I love cooking and eating delicious food and dancing! I absolutely love being in nature, and enjoy taking off on adventures whenever I have the opportunity.

Care philosophy

My philosophy of care as a doula is that the parent comes before the baby. I believe that if parents are being taken care of, then they will be better parents. Of course babies should be loved and nurtured and have all of their needs met, but the parents need these things as well. In a society so far removed from the village culture, I try to bring that back, through guidance and support.

Areas served

  • Anywhere within 30 miles of 90004
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Melanie Wergin

Round Rock, TX

3 reviews • 22 families supported • 1 years experience

3 reviews • 22 families supported • 1 years experience

Melanie made the decision to become a Full Spectrum Doula in 2019 and chose Doula Trainings International for their inclusive training programs. She named her practice Doula Guided Care ATX because her philosophy is that of providing a guiding service to you and your partner as you prepare for birth, postpartum recovery and bringing your baby home. She will be there to guide you in making informed decisions as you navigate your new journey.

Care philosophy

As a Full Spectrum Doula I offer a guiding service that supports and empowers you and your partner throughout your reproductive journey.

Areas served

  • Austin Metropolitan Area

Reviews

  • Dominique
    May 6, 2021 at 4:25 pm | Peer review

    Melanie is an awesome person to have on the birthing team. She has been my back up doula a number of times and have always shown to be a reliable person.

$ flexible
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Stephanie U’Ren

Austin, TX

4 reviews • 25 families supported • 3 years experience

4 reviews • 25 families supported • 3 years experience

Stephanie has been a birth labor doula since 2018. She is trained by CAPPA, and continues on-going learning by attending other trainings (such as TENS For Labor), reading pregnancy/birth/postpartum books, and listening to podcasts and TED talks regarding birth procedures, care, and culture. As a birth doula, Stephanie does not practice medical care, but tends to the mental, emotional, and basic physical well-being of her pregnant and laboring clients. She provides comfort techniques for mothers to use while pregnant and laboring, helps families process the emotional transition into parenthood, and assists a family in preparing for birth and the immediate postpartum l.

Care philosophy

Stephanie is passionate about supporting the birth experience that a family envisions for their own family. She is also skilled in educating a family so they may make informed decisions to create an enjoyable birth experience.

Areas served

  • Round Rock, TX
  • Leander, TX
  • Cedar Park, TX
  • Liberty Hill, TX
  • Georgetown, TX

Reviews

  • Carrie
    April 13, 2021 at 5:38 pm | Client review

    Stephanie was very supportive throughout my experience with her- from prenatal to labor to birth and postpartum. She was quick to communicate via text, email or phone and was on call from the weeks leading up to my due date until I went into labor (post dates). At our request, she made a special clause to our contract in case we were allowed only video call support during COVID. Fortunately we did not need it! Stephanie was supportive of my desire to have an unmedicated birth- met me to assist with labor before heading to hospital. She was a great advocate throughout labor and supported me with a postpartum visit and many follow up texts. She still checked in with me a couple months postpartum. Stephanie goes above and beyond and truly cares about her clients.

$ flexible
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Vivian Jauregui

Austin, TX

1 reviews • 7 families supported • 1 years experience

1 reviews • 7 families supported • 1 years experience

No matter the stage you are at in pregnancy, life, she will support you however is needed and believes every person should have a fully supported and empowering birthing experience. Vivian is a bilingual Full-Spectrum Doula who is here to help cultivate true bravery within birthing people, partners, and families through this transformative time. Vivian holds a bachelor's degree in Studio Arts from the University of Colorado, is a certifying Full-Spectrum Doula through Doula Trainings International and serves the community as a volunteer doula through GALS (Giving Austin Labor Support). Here to be present, engaged, and active in challenging times while nourishing and loving ourselves.

Care philosophy

Vivian is here to celebrate each person and family she supports and meets you where you are in life. As a Birth Comadre, she follows the guidance of our ancestors who were taught that a person goes through many ceremonial stages throughout their lifetime, each unique in its own right. She supports all persons including BIPOC and those who identify as LGBTQIA+ through their perinatal journey.

Areas served

  • Serving Austin City Limits and surrounding areas.

Reviews

  • Courtney
    March 31, 2021 at 9:08 pm | Peer review

    I have loved co-doulaing with Vivian over the last year. She is evidence-based, client-centered, and super kind and compassionate. She shows up 100% for her clients and supports their wishes and preferences. Vivian’s presence is steady and calm. It’s an honor to work alongside Vivian!

$ flexible
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Samantha Parrish

Austin, TX

3 reviews • 15 families supported • 2 years experience

3 reviews • 15 families supported • 2 years experience

As a co-doula practice (meaning you essentially have two doula serving you as one), my doula-partner and I are a balance of both medical and holistic approached to birth. We believe birth is a sacred, transformative experience and is best prepared for with the amount of education thats best for you. We hold space for any thing that our parents feel will make their birth experience more positive, serving families with tools mainly learned from Hypnobirthing and Bradley training.

Care philosophy

Hi there! I’m Samantha, the owner of The Austin Doula, no matter what kind of birth is ideal for you, we’re fully committed to supporting your ideal birth. Our practice is committed to celebrating motherhood, from conception to postpartum, in a way that pulls from both traditional and modern practices.

Areas served

  • Austin, Tx
  • Cedar Park, TX

Reviews

  • Angelique
    March 20, 2021 at 5:01 pm | Client review

    I will never get the love and compassion that I felt when Samantha walked through the doors of my birthing suite. It was the night that I was being induced and having her at my bedside brought me so much comfort and peace.

    She has a unique gift of making one feel empowered, especially during one of the most sacred times of a woman’s life: childbirth.

    I am very blessed that she was part of my birthing experience as a doula and a friend and highly recommend her.

$ flexible
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Jess Edwards

Austin, TX

0 reviews • 75 families supported • 5 years experience

0 reviews • 75 families supported • 5 years experience

Check out my website at https://honeybirddoula.com

Care philosophy

This is your birth. I am here to make sure you are comfortable, informed and supported throughout the process.

Areas served

  • Greater Austin, Round Rock, Buda, Kyle
$ flexible
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Alicia Power

Cedar Park, TX

3 reviews • 77 families supported • 2 years experience

3 reviews • 77 families supported • 2 years experience

My path to becoming a doula began in 2014 with the birth of my first child. It was then that I learned the value of a positive birth experience. My next two children taught me how unique each birth could be. In early 2019, I served in the role of doula to another birthing person for the first time. That experience showed me how important a caring, sensitive, and knowledgeable support system is during childbirth. I knew I had found a calling and I discovered DONA International. I trained with DONA International in September of 2019, have completed my certification, and have been continuously supporting families in the Austin area since.

Care philosophy

I recognize birth as a key life experience that you will remember for the rest of your life and I vow to protect your memory of this powerful event. I have no personal agenda and I aim to be as inclusive as possible in my practice. This means that I am dedicated to supporting you regardless of your birthing location, use of pain medications, personal beliefs, or how you define yourself or family.

Areas served

  • Austin and surrounding areas

Reviews

  • Sarah
    February 3, 2021 at 5:06 pm | Client review

    “Alicia is an incredible doula and we are so grateful she was part of the birth of our second child. We had a lot of trauma and anxiety after a difficult birth experience with our first child, so we wanted to do everything possible to make our second birth a more positive and empowering experience. It was clear from our first meeting with Alicia that she was a perfect fit for our vision for this birth. She provides the perfect blend of sensitive and compassionate emotional support and practical, evidence-based advice. I especially appreciated that Alicia has an extensive background in science and uses it to inform her practice. During my pregnancy, she provided thoughtful and practical guidance for preparing physically and emotionally for the birth. Her support helped me feel confident and ready.

    During labor and delivery, Alicia provided calming, intuitive support that helped me manage my pain and kept me from becoming overwhelmed or discouraged. She anticipated my needs by providing practical advice, soothing touch and massage, and encouragement during rough moments. She also helped support my husband so that he could be responsive to my needs.

    Overall, my son’s birth was as close to my vision of a perfect birth as I could have possibly hoped for. It was an empowering and healing experience, and having Alicia as our doula played a huge role in making it so positive and joyous. I would strongly and enthusiastically recommend Alicia to anyone looking for a doula.”

$ flexible
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Molly Simmons

Austin, TX

2 reviews • 2 families supported • 1 years experience

2 reviews • 2 families supported • 1 years experience

The first time I witnessed the miracle of birth I was fourteen and supporting my sister through her first pregnancy and birth journey. I was so drawn into the moment, amazed at the process of birth and the vulnerability of it all. Fast forward several years and I was able to be a support person for her during her three other birth experiences. Each one so different but every time so incredible. I have been called to birth work for a few years and now is the beginning of my official start to the work. I hope to provide a grounding presence, an open-mind, a reassuring support when you need it, and a calming energy. I recognize how important this moment is for an individual and their family. For that reason, I am passionate about it becoming an empowering moment full of support and validation.

Care philosophy

My values as a doula include compassionate care, open-mindedness, inclusivity, presence and adaptability. I truly believe that you know what is best for yourself and I want to foster and support that unfolding. Every person is so different and I want to make sure we communicate well so that I can best support you and your partner (if applicable.) I look forward to connecting with you!

Areas served

  • Greater Austin Area

Reviews

  • Madeleine
    February 8, 2021 at 4:58 pm | Client review

    Molly is the biggest reason that I was able to have successful births. She was with me for all of my births and was a steadfast support through each one. Her calming presence and labor techniques helped me when I was ready to give up. I would definitely recommend Molly to a friend. Having the right support during pregnancy, labor , and postpartum is one of the best things you can do.

$ flexible
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Tierra Fisher

Austin, TX

2 reviews • 3 families supported • 2 years experience

2 reviews • 3 families supported • 2 years experience

My practice is deeply rooted in anatomy and bodywork. Support of the body during this journey is my foundation and level of base support. This journey in birth work has allowed me to see several sides of this magical experience.

Care philosophy

Birthing is a celebration and honor of human activity. I believe that each experience is unique and thus should be treated as such. I support the full family dynamic with encouragement, care, gratitude, and devotion.

Areas served

  • Austin
  • Pflugerville
  • Cedar Park
  • Buda
  • San Marcos

Reviews

  • Cassandra
    March 13, 2021 at 6:25 am | Client review

    I am so grateful to have had Tierra on my birth team. She brought so much peace and relief to my experience. I began going into early labor around 8 pm Wednesday night and my son wasn’t born until 11 am Saturday morning. Easy to say it was a rough ride, but Tierra was there through the thick of it. I would highly recommend her to anyone about to have a child. Not to mention she gives the best massages and bodywork!

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Melissa Ronson

Buda, TX

0 reviews • 10 families supported • 5 years experience

0 reviews • 10 families supported • 5 years experience

I offer birth and postpartum services. I am there for my clients and do as that wish and put aside by own opinions.

Care philosophy

I want to help you have the birth and postpartum experience you have always wanted. I will help you through the entire process.

Areas served

  • Austin and surrounding areas
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Kelly Bolerjack

Austin, TX

4 reviews • 100 families supported • 5 years experience

4 reviews • 100 families supported • 5 years experience

For years, Kelly has offered multiple pain coping techniques, including TENS, rebozo, massage and acupressure. Kelly has experience with medicated and unmedicated, VBAC support, cesarean support, waterbirth, high-risk, and special needs births. Kelly is a breastfeeding counselor, provides trauma-informed care, and helps family she serves screen for Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders. As a bereavement doula, Kelly is equipped to support birth in any trimester with any outcome.

Care philosophy

Kelly's clients value her calm presence, honesty and relentless desire for informed decision-making. As a mother of three daughters, Kelly understands the journey of parenthood. Kelly's mission is to provide up-to-date and judgement-free support to childbearing families so that birth can occur in an environment of love and safety.

Areas served

  • Central Austin with a 40 mile radius

Reviews

  • Amanda
    January 13, 2021 at 7:27 am | Client review

    Kelly was a wonderful advocate and support during pregnancy, labor, and postpartum. She was always available for questions and provided great resources. She is a wealth of knowledge, and I highly recommend her doula services.

$ flexible
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Kendra Smith

San Marcos, TX

0 reviews • 8 families supported • 5 years experience

0 reviews • 8 families supported • 5 years experience

In a past life, I was a traveller. I roamed the country selling handmade wares at artists markets around the US. In my off time, I would devour books about birth and midwifery and I knew when I settled in the Austin area that I would begin my path as a birth worker. I have been a doula for over five years now, with a brief hiatus to birth and raise my own wild toddler. I find so much fulfilment in seeing people become parents and my hope is that you always feel supported, respected, and heard throughout the journey.

Care philosophy

I believe there is magic and beauty present in all births, from unmedicated to cesarean. My goal as a doula is to provide the support and care necessary to create a birth experience where you feel respected and empowered.

Areas served

  • San Marcos
  • New Braunfels
  • Austin
  • Kyle
  • Buda
  • Wimberly
$ flexible
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Victoria Anderson

Austin, TX

4 reviews • 16 families supported • 2 years experience

4 reviews • 16 families supported • 2 years experience

I help guide birthing people back to their intuition and offer support with education, hands-on or virtual assistance with comfort measures and pain reduction, as well as digging out limiting beliefs and self-sabotaging behavior to consciously walk your way through your own rebirth and celebrate your rite of passage.

Care philosophy

I believe that you have everything within you right now to have the empowered and autonomous birth of your dreams. Just as a sherpa guides one in the Himalayas, I believe that birth doulas guide families through the inner-workings and journey through pregnancy, labor, and postpartum. Whether you are a brand new mother or have several kids already, each and every experience and journey is different

Areas served

  • Wimberley
  • San Marcos
  • Kyle
  • Buda
  • New Braunfels
  • Austin
  • Blanco

Reviews

  • Amber
    January 9, 2021 at 10:00 am | Client review

    Victoria was a great support during my pregnancy. She listened to my needs and really heard my desires for a safe and healthy delivery of my baby boy.

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Sarah Sullivan

Buda, TX

3 reviews • 5 families supported • 1 years experience

3 reviews • 5 families supported • 1 years experience

I first became interested in doula work during the pregnancy and birth of my daughter in 2016. At the time, I quickly realized that I knew close to nothing about childbirth, and felt overwhelmed trying to navigate the planning and decision making process. My research mind kicked in and I delved deep into the birth world, learning everything I could. This led me to investigate not only birth, breastfeeding and newborn care, but also nutrition, mindfulness, and holistic lifestyle. In January 2020 I was lucky to attend an amazing full spectrum doula training, preparing me to support families in birth and postpartum, with additional training in reproductive health. My passion is combining the scientific and researched information necessary to make the best choices for your birth, along with my holistic knowledge and spiritual perspective in my doula work. I genuinely love to meet expecting parents and share my knowledge, support, and passion for birth and babies!

Care philosophy

My goal is to provide parents with the knowledge and support needed to confidently step into your new role as mother or parent. I use holistic and traditional practices to support healing from birth, physically, emotionally, and spiritually. I also offer practical advice on taking care of your new baby while also caring for yourself during the exciting, sensitive, and challenging postpartum time.

Areas served

  • Austin
  • South Austin
  • Manchaca
  • Buda
  • Kyle
  • San Marcos
  • Dripping Springs
  • Lakeway
  • West Lake

Reviews

  • Brittany
    December 23, 2020 at 6:09 pm | Peer review

    Sarah is one of the top Doulas I refer my pregnant clients to! I appreciate her dedication to birth, the most up-to-date information, and, most importantly, her clients.

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Chiminh Ashton

Austin, TX

3 reviews • 1500 families supported • 25 years experience

3 reviews • 1500 families supported • 25 years experience

Over the years, I’ve worked in maternity in just about every capacity. I eventually came to realize from working so intimately with new families, that there was an enormous need for better preparation for birth and early parenting. Starting Doulas of Austin has allowed me and my team to focus on the emotional and psychological components of birth and postpartum in hopes of achieving better outcomes for expectant and growing families. With a respect of science and medicine coupled with the softer side of compassionate doula care, I'm confident that we’re elevating the standard of doula care in Austin.

Care philosophy

RN founded and led, the mission of Doulas of Austin is to bridge the gap between clinical care and human care, to work collaboratively with healthcare providers to provide the compassionate, evidence-based care that clients deserve, and to help families find ease in their birth experience and adjustment to early parenting.

Areas served

  • North Austin, Central Austin, South Austin

Reviews

  • Erica
    December 21, 2020 at 1:09 pm | Peer review

    Chiminh has been in birth work for several years and is by far the most professional person I have ever worked with. She sets clear expectations and is thorough with her clients. Above all of that, Chiminh is kind has has a true love of birth work and the families that she assists.

$ flexible
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Carley Pearson

Austin, TX

4 reviews • 99 families supported • 4 years experience

4 reviews • 99 families supported • 4 years experience

When my sister had her first baby, I quickly discovered firsthand just how hard it can be to navigate these variations of normal within the mysterious world of pregnancy, birth, and postpartum. There is so much conflicting information, it’s HARD to shift through everything to find the options that make the most sense for you and your family. In pursuit of becoming a doula, I decided to ditch the Google and combat fear with facts. I went back to school for Maternal and Child Health at the University of Texas Health Science Center and became certified with DONA International as a labor doula. I love providing evidence-based, full-spectrum care for people who are expecting— whether that’s prenatal support appointments, hip squeezes, or that desperately needed postpartum hug. When you select me as your doula, I am your whole-hearted cheerleader every step of the way. If you are currently expecting and are looking for a doula in the Central Texas area, I would love to speak with you about how I can best support you through your pregnancy!

Care philosophy

Carley wants everyone to feel comfortable when they’re with her. She’s got your back! In every client experience, Carley packs energy, peace of mind, joy, and confidence. She is a master translator between experiences, helping you feel good in your own skin. Carley removes emotional and physical roadblocks, providing a stress free, and liberated experience.

Areas served

  • Austin, TX and surrounding areas

Reviews

  • Macy
    December 17, 2020 at 1:03 pm | Peer review

    Carley is the exact person you want on your team. She is intuitive, attentive, and her attention to detail all make her an excellent asset to any birth. I’ve attended a birth with Carley and also partnered with her on a few other births. She is professional and courteous to each unique birth experience, and advocates for the patient. She is the perfect bridge between pregnancy and new parenthood. Her enthusiasm is palpable and I would trust her in any situation to be a grounding pillar of comfort. Could not recommend her high enough.

$ flexible
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Samantha English

Austin, TX

0 reviews • 2 families supported • 1 years experience

0 reviews • 2 families supported • 1 years experience

I believe the birthing person is entitled to education and informed choice. They deserve to be tended to through birth and postpartum, and can choose how that happens. Every birthing person is different and no matter what they want or need, it’s right for them and they deserve to feel confident about their choices. I am here to make for certain that happens! I provide birth prep, rebozo relaxation sessions, birth intention planning, breast and formula feeding education, overnight support, labor support with physical, emotional and informational support, postpartum care and so much more!

Care philosophy

I believe every birthing person is entitled to complete and total customized care before, during and after birth. I am here to make sure that no matter what the birthing persons choices are (medicated or unmedicated, breast or formula feeding)that they get the support, love, reassurance, and empowerment they need to feel confident the entire way through.

Areas served

  • East Austin, central Austin, west Austin, south au
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Kayla Grey

Austin, TX

0 reviews • 100 families supported • 11 years experience

0 reviews • 100 families supported • 11 years experience

I began photographing births in 2011, when I was 6 months pregnant with my second child. I knew right away that it was what I was meant to do.

Care philosophy

*Care Philosophy Coming Soon!

Areas served

  • Austin
  • Pflugerville
  • Cedar Park
  • Round Rock
  • Manor
  • Buda
  • Kyle
  • Bastrop
  • San Marcos
$ flexible
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Kristyn de Lancey

Austin, TX

3 reviews • 25 families supported • 2 years experience

3 reviews • 25 families supported • 2 years experience

I have been a practicing doula since January 2019. I am certified through DONA international. My background is in social work and I realized that I was able to marry my social work skills with my passion for reproductive justice and supporting families.

Care philosophy

My goal is to provide families with support that is tailored to their needs. I take an evidence based approach and am constantly adding more trainings and knowledge to my repertoire.

Areas served

  • Austin and surrounding areas

Reviews

  • Lindsey
    January 13, 2021 at 7:12 am | Client review

    My husband and I were so grateful to have Kristyn as our doula! I love Kristyn’s intentionality with her clients and her continuous, calm presence. She consistently checked in on me during pregnancy and was always a source of encouragement. Giving birth to our son at home was so physically and emotionally challenging but Kristyn’s support helped tremendously! She is well versed in comfort measures, has so much knowledge about birth, and serves her clients above and beyond. She truly listened to my hopes and desires for birth and helped those come to fruition. She even helped my husband feel comfortable and confident during labor which meant a lot to me! I was so thankful to have Kristyn continue to offer support through the first few months after birth. She was and is one my biggest cheerleaders through birth and motherhood! She’s the best!

$ flexible
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Liz Lake

Austin, TX

3 reviews • 22 families supported • 2 years experience

3 reviews • 22 families supported • 2 years experience

I found a passion for reproductive justice while completing my MSc Human Rights at the London School of Economics and Political Science in 2012.

Care philosophy

After working in the tech world for several years as a data analyst, I decided to merge my two loves: advocating for birthing individuals and using an evidence-based, data-driven approach to birth.

Areas served

  • Austin Area

Reviews

  • Kristyn
    January 7, 2021 at 4:13 am | Peer review

    Liz is my doula partner in crime. She’s the best! She really cares about her clients and takes the time to provide them with the best evidenced based information out there. She has a contagious laugh and joyful personality that everyone loves and helps keep an upbeat and positive environment.

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 Austin, TX.  

You can browse through the available doulas in Austin, TX 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 Austin, TX in three easy steps:

  1. Post a job for free: answer some questions and receive responses from top-rated doulas in Austin, TX. It takes less than 30 seconds to post your job.
  1. Get your list of Austin, TX doulas: in a few hours, you will have a collection of doulas near you who are qualified to meet your needs. You can compare pricing, experience and read reviews. You can chat with each doula to learn more about them.
  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, the average cost of a doula in Austin, TX is $1,015, but can typically range from $768 to $1,263. These costs are based on a representative group of 66 doulas surveyed by Meela in the Austin area. The average cost of a doula in Austin, TX is higher than the average cost of a doula in the state of Texas, which is $914.

To put this in further context, the cost of a doula in Austin, TX is about the same as the U.S. national average cost of a doula, which is $971.

When hiring a birth doula in Austin, TX, 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 Austin, TX: 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 Austin, TX, 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 Austin, TX 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 Austin, TX 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 Austin, TX will typically stay with the parents for several hours after birth to help them with birth recovery.

Evidence suggests that a birth doula in Austin, TX 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 Austin, TX; 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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