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Found 11 Pros in Bloomington, IN, USA | Birth doula support
EXPERIENCE
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Families served
0 3500
Birth fee
$0 $7500
HOURLY RATE
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Kristi Pietz

Bloomington, IN

0 reviews • 80 families supported • 7 years experience

0 reviews • 80 families supported • 7 years experience

Wild Cedar Doula Care was created out of a deep passion for supporting pregnant and birthing families. Our goal is to empower and educate so that you face your birth with confidence, excitement and clarity.

Care philosophy

I believe that everyone deserves to feel empowered, safe and supported throughout their pregnancy and birth. I embrace non-judgmental support for your birth choices.

Areas served

  • Bloomington and surrounding counties
$ flexible
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Kathleen Adilapuram

Greenwood, IN

0 reviews • 3 families supported • 2 years experience

0 reviews • 3 families supported • 2 years experience

The births of my two children have shaped who I am today as both a mother and a support for womben throughout their entire journey from conception to postpartum. I have a wide variety of training which has shaped how I approach my support for birth and post partum. The power of our thoughts and emotions can make all the difference in our birth experience and I value tools like mindfulness, hypnobirthing, meditation, and taking a deeper look at the beliefs which shape your ideas about birth. I approach birth and postpartum support using coaching methods. We work together to clarify your unique goals, understand your unique reality and possible obstacles, explore all your options, and then take action towards reaching your goals. I have a love for holistic and natural therapies. My services may include Hypnobirthing, Reiki, Aromatherapy, and other holistic knowledge inspired by western herbalism, homeopathy, and Ayurveda. Half of my family is South Indian Telugu, and I am passionate for supporting women from the Indian community desiring support in birth and postpartum which feels more culturally aligned.

Care philosophy

My priority is helping you reach your unique birth goals while feeling informed, in control, and confident. I value body autonomy, informed consent, and a mothers innate intuition.

Areas served

  • Areas Within 35 miles of Greenwood
$ flexible
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Mariah Prodan

Indianapolis, IN

2 reviews • 1 families supported • 1 years experience

2 reviews • 1 families supported • 1 years experience

am Mariah Prodan. I am a mother to a beautiful and brave 3-year-old daughter, who I breast fed for 11 months. I am a DONA trained who is working towards certification. I am also VBAC certified by theVBACline. I decided to become a doula when my baby sister expressed the desire for a natural birth with her first baby in April. I volunteered to be her doula and signed up for classes the next day. I now know from my own birth experience how important doula support is, I did not have the support of a doula during my covid delivery. A doula would have made all the difference and prevented my epidural. I have been a fulltime Registered Nurse since 2017 with the majority of my background in Critical Care. My career has left me with. I currently work in surgical recovery where most of my focus is on preventing and treating post operative pain through various comfort measures. As a doula my goal is to provide education to alleviate anxiety and stress during delivery. Labor is unpredictable but there is power in understanding and knowing what is normal. I provide my knowledge and expertise to assist and empower during labor. I also work to sooth the pains of labor through various comfort measures while providing emotional support.

Care philosophy

Care for all. Women empowering women. A doula for every person who wants one. Families are at the center of doula care and the rest just falls into place.

Areas served

  • All sides of town, 46239

Reviews

  • Erica
    December 26, 2023 at 4:32 pm | Client review

    First time mom, mariah’s helped with so much. She sends tons of information and she’s always on top of everything. Love her!

$ flexible
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Ashley Kimble

Indianapolis, IN

2 reviews • 10 families supported • 1 years experience

2 reviews • 10 families supported • 1 years experience

I provide birth, postpartum, and lactation services. Been in business for about a year. Here to help empower and advocate for all birth parents.

Care philosophy

All inclusive doula there to help you design the birth you desire.

Areas served

  • Indianapolis area
  • Northwest Indiana
  • Chicago Land

Reviews

  • Cierra
    December 10, 2023 at 1:44 am | Client review

    Very passionate, patient & attentive! Also professional with her care! Would highly recommend

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Hannah Gill

Indianapolis, IN

3 reviews • 2 families supported • 1 years experience

3 reviews • 2 families supported • 1 years experience

I became interested in birth education and support shortly after the birth of my son in 2019. I started out wanting to become a childbirth educator but after the birth of my daughter and experience with my own doula in 2022, I knew I had to become a doula as well. So, I started Ebb and Flow Birth Co. to help support and empower women and families through conception, pregnancy, birth, and postpartum.

Care philosophy

I believe that the mother is in charge of her birth. She should feel empowered and respected in her birth choices. I am an advocate for birth choice, autonomy, and true informed consent.

Areas served

  • Franklin
  • Greenwood
  • Indianapolis
  • Bloomington

Reviews

  • Julie
    February 2, 2023 at 10:36 am | Peer review

    I was Hannah’s birth doula before she decided to pursue doula education. She prepared for her VBAC birth with intensity. She was well-read and educated. She was passionate about all things birth related. During her birth she was able to walk her talk and she did it! After that nothing could stop her. She was so driven to become a doula and educator so she could help other women to achieve their goals. She will be a great birth professional.

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Jennifer Moore

Bloomington, IN

0 reviews • 100 families supported • 10 years experience

0 reviews • 100 families supported • 10 years experience

We work as a team to provide you the best support possible. I was a paramedic prior to becoming a doula so I am great in stressful or emergency situations.

Care philosophy

We provide non-judgmental support so we can support you ìn the choices you make for you and your family.

Areas served

  • Columbus, IN
  • Greenwood, IN
  • Mooresville, IN
  • Bedford, IN
  • Frainklin, IN
$ flexible
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Madison Mellencamp

Indianapolis, IN

3 reviews • 11 families supported • 1 years experience

3 reviews • 11 families supported • 1 years experience

I provide many holistic tools to support you through your pregnancy and postpartum. I offer reiki, prenatal yoga, nutritional guidance, and more.

Care philosophy

I believe every birthing person has the right to feel mentally, physically, and spiritually prepared for their birth. I love providing education, resources, and wisdom for empowerment in pregnancy and beyond. It is possible to thrive in this time of great change and excitement.

Areas served

  • Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Zionsville, Indiana

Reviews

  • Kayli
    October 6, 2022 at 11:08 am | Client review

    Madison considers every aspect of the mother and baby in her work. The way I look at pregnancy, birth and postpartum has completely changed after learning from her and receiving her care. I am so much more empowered, knowledgeable, and confident for my second pregnancy. I’m hoping she will be my doula again! I wouldn’t want to give birth without her by my side.

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Shelby Hicks

Indianapolis, IN

3 reviews • 270 families supported • 11 years experience

3 reviews • 270 families supported • 11 years experience

I have been a doula for over 11 years and have served more than 270 families, some of them multiple times. I became a doula to create positive birth memories for parents. To help parents understand what to expect and rid them of the misconceptions and fears. To relieve the unfair amount of pressure put on Moms and Dads through this process focused maternity journey. To eliminate unnecessary interventions and re-enforcing informed consent. Birth is not "ABC", let a doula help. The more people who know and learn about doulas, the bigger impact we can make on positive maternal and baby outcomes in the world of birth.

Care philosophy

Doulas serve such an important role in pregnancy, labor, birth and postpartum. We serve to compensate for this "gap" where it is underestimated what labor will involve and over estimated what maternity care will provide. We live in this gap and educate and advocate to bring positive birth experiences to parents. A doula's confidence about birth is passed on to the pregnant mother to empower.

Areas served

  • Indianapolis and surrounding counties

Reviews

  • Alissa
    September 14, 2022 at 12:11 pm | Client review

    My husband and I found Shelby through the Community Health Network doula program, and we couldn’t have found a more perfect match for us! I wanted to avoid all interventions and experience the most natural birth possible, while keeping my health and baby’s health absolute priority. Although the birth experience didn’t go exactly as we had hoped, Shelby provided support and love throughout the process. Before labor and delivery, she was available at any time of day to answer my questions. During labor and delivery, Shelby helped me find the most comfortable positions, provided massage, and coached my husband so that he was able to support me even better than he already was. Shelby provided us with a birth story a few days later with details about my son’s birth that I will forever cherish. I highly recommend Shelby to any mom hoping for a natural birth and to any couple that seeks the excellent care and the unwavering love and support that Shelby demonstrated during my birth experience.

$ flexible
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Trinity Love

Bloomington, IN

0 reviews • 1 families supported • 1 years experience

0 reviews • 1 families supported • 1 years experience

I’m a young, happily married mom of two. During my first birth I had all these hopes and dreams for my experience that was stolen from me due to health issues. After that I looked into what I could do to help others have the experience I didn’t get to have. After searching and searching I found Doula’s through an ad for a certification program for it. I had no idea what it was so I looked into it. After watching documentaries and reading so many stories of people who utilized Doula’s I fell in love with the career. It became my life. All I could think about all the time. Spending hours when I should be sleeping reading all about the career. It’s my life now in every way. It’s made me a better mother and a better person. Now being certified through a very basic certification just so I could get started and just having something to back up all the knowledge I already had I’m truly ready to continue my journey and love for childbirth with my clients.

Care philosophy

Prioritizing your birth experience I will be along with you for your journey of making the most out of birth. With the love and passion I have for my career I will walk through this journey with you and getting to know as a person not just a client. Building the trust and security needed going through labor and birth just by getting to know each other.

Areas served

  • Bedford
  • Bloomington
  • Martinsville
  • Indianapolis
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Bryce Bledsoe

French Lick, IN

0 reviews • 30 families supported • 2 years experience

0 reviews • 30 families supported • 2 years experience

I have been serving as a Birthkeeper for 2 years and have primarily attended unassisted births. I stand for normal physiological birth. I am happy to guide you in a holistic approach throughout pregnancy, labor & birth.

Care philosophy

My ultimate goal is for you to achieve your envisioned birth. My motto is trusting your intuition vs. fear and fully surrendering to the process. Empowering you with knowledge is powerful ♥️

Areas served

  • French Lick, IN
  • Bloomington, IN
  • Indianapolis, IN
  • Washington, IN
  • Madison, IN
  • Bedford, IN
  • Terre Haute, IN
  • Evansville, IN
  • Shelbyville, IN
  • Louisville, KY
  • Lexington, KY
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Erin Brier

Indianapolis, IN

3 reviews • 31 families supported • 4 years experience

3 reviews • 31 families supported • 4 years experience

Erin Brier Birthing offers comprehensive and inclusive childbirth education, labor doula services, postpartum support + expertise, as well as prenatal and postpartum health and wellness plans.

Care philosophy

From preconception to motherhood, the mission of EB Birthing is for every woman to feel confident, educated and supported throughout every phase of her journey of creating a family. Whether you're ready to grow your family or preparing the next stages of parenthood, my goal is to empower women to truly be themselves by offering individualized support, resources and care.

Areas served

  • Greater Indianapolis Area

Reviews

  • Kathy
    March 1, 2021 at 5:03 pm | Peer review

    Erin has a gentle giant approach to caring for families and helping them prepare for their birth experience. Her kindness, knowledge and calming voice will help direct them through what to expect from the process of birthing and through the 4th trimester. Anyone who has the pleasure of working with Erin will know quickly that she is a trusted ally.

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, IN.  

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

  1. Post a job for free: answer some questions and receive responses from top-rated doulas in Bloomington, IN. 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, the average cost of a doula in Bloomington, IN is $805, but typically ranges from $600 to $1,010. 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, IN is about the same as the average cost of a doula in the state of Indiana, which is $797.

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

When hiring a birth doula in Bloomington, IN, 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, IN: 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, IN, 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, IN 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, IN 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, IN 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, IN 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, IN; 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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