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Found 4 Pros in Bloomington, IL, USA | Birth doula support
EXPERIENCE
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Families served
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Birth fee
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HOURLY RATE
$0 $500
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Monica Tessier

Bloomington, IL

0 reviews • 2 families supported • 1 years experience

0 reviews • 2 families supported • 1 years experience

I was first interested in becoming a doula after the birth of my first child. It left a lot to be desired and was not a great experience overall. I wanted to be able to help others in this process and let them know that there are choices! It is important to know what you want in regards to birth and to advocate for your wishes. I am trained through DONA, and I am also a CLC. As a CLC, I can help get you started in your breastfeeding journey as well as help with any questions you may have about breastfeeding. I also offer maternity/labor and birth photos.

Care philosophy

As a birth doula, it is important to help prepare you for labor, and birth. I work with you and your partner (if applicable) and teach ways to help cope with the pains labor can bring. I teach about all interventions that could happen in labor, as well as go over a birth plan which will be all about your wishes for the labor process.

Areas served

  • Peoria
  • Bloomington
  • Normal
  • Champaign
  • Aurora
  • Chicago
  • Naperville
  • Springfield
$ flexible
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Mecca Phillips

Champaign, IL

0 reviews • 6 families supported • 3 years experience

0 reviews • 6 families supported • 3 years experience

I provide postpartum care to families in hopes to promote healthy bonding, thorough healing and successful breastfeeding! I decided to become a postpartum doula after giving birth to my second child and seeing the effect a lack of support has on healing and breastfeeding. I want to be the support for moms that I wish I had!

Care philosophy

A healthy and well rested mother makes a healthy family!

Areas served

  • Champaign-Urbana, Illinois
  • Danville, Illinois
$ flexible
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Shelby Springer

Bloomington, IL

0 reviews • 65 families supported • 3 years experience

0 reviews • 65 families supported • 3 years experience

Birth Doula. Birth Photographer. Bereavement photographer. Placenta encapsulation

Care philosophy

My goal as a Doula is that you feel Safe, Respected and heard.

Areas served

  • Springfield Illinois
  • Central Illinois
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Rachel Abraham

IL

3 reviews • 2 families supported • 1 years experience

3 reviews • 2 families supported • 1 years experience

My name is Rachel Abraham and I am from Chicago, but I am currently residing in Peoria, Illinois. I attended Bradley University in Peoria where I received a Bachelors of Science in Biology with a minor in Sociology. I have always been interested in the labor and delivery process and I decided that I want to be able to serve the members of my community by becoming a doula. I currently provide labor/delivery and postpartum support and I look forward to getting to know you and going along with you on this beautiful journey.

Care philosophy

I believe that a doula is not only an advocate but a friend to the community that they serve. My goal is to do my best in getting my clients as close to the birth experience that they desire as well as serving them with compassion, care, and respect regardless of who they are or where they come from.

Areas served

  • Peoria, IL
  • Bloomington, IL

Reviews

  • Ashley
    May 2, 2023 at 1:15 am | Client review

    A true gem. So helpful and comforting. I had my doubts about what was the best way to deliver my first child and after a lot of suggestions and input from family, I settled on finding a doula. I found Rachel through the recommendation of a friend and it was the most stress-free, comforting experience ever. I hope everyone comes across a doula such as Rachel if they do not have the pleasure or honor of actually having her as a doula through their child birth experience. Rachel’s services and wisdom did not stop at delivery. Months after giving birth she would regularly check up on me and baby PJ. Rachel has always fostered a positive and supportive relationship and environment with me, my fiancé and our families and I would love for her to be my doula for all my children I plan to have in the near future. Truly a gifted, loving person.

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 Bloomington, IL.  

You can browse through the available doulas in Bloomington, IL 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 Bloomington, IL in three easy steps:

  1. Post a job for free: answer some questions and receive responses from top-rated doulas in Bloomington, IL. It takes less than 30 seconds to post your job.
  1. Get your list of Bloomington, IL 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 Bloomington, IL is $771, but typically ranges from $704 to $838. These costs are based on a representative group of 7 doulas surveyed by Meela in the Bloomington area. The average cost of a doula in Bloomington, IL is lower than the average cost of a doula in the state of Illinois, which is $959.

To put this in further context, the cost of a doula in Bloomington, IL is lower than the U.S. national average cost of a doula, which is $971.

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

Evidence suggests that a birth doula in Bloomington, IL 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 Bloomington, IL; 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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