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Found 3 Pros in Boston, MA, USA | Birth doula support
EXPERIENCE
0 50
Families served
0 3500
Birth fee
$0 $7500
HOURLY RATE
$0 $500
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Marissa Hathaway

Haverhill, MA

0 reviews • 20 families supported • 1 years experience

0 reviews • 20 families supported • 1 years experience

Trauma-informed birth doula, with experience in global and local maternal health initiatives. Passionate about empowering birth partners, supporting those who have experienced infertility or loss, and trauma survivors. Centers the importance of perinatal mental health in her practice and is committed to providing information to clients and advocating for their goals.

Care philosophy

Trauma-informed birth doula, with experience in global and local maternal health initiatives. Passionate about empowering birth partners, supporting those who have experienced infertility or loss, and trauma survivors. Centers the importance of perinatal mental health in her practice and is committed to providing information to clients and advocating for their goals.

Areas served

  • North Shore
  • Greater Boston Area
  • Merrimack Valley
  • Southeastern NH
$ flexible
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Marcia Conlon

Boston, MA

3 reviews • 3 families supported • 1 years experience

3 reviews • 3 families supported • 1 years experience

From an early age taking care of young children and being directly involved with supporting families has always been around Marcia. Growing up her mother ran a successful in home daycare for over 20yrs and Marcia grew to love and become a professional in the field of Early Childhood Education which led her to the classroom where she served as a Lead Toddler Teacher for over 6yrs. Throughout her teaching career she has worked with Infants, Toddlers and Preschoolers, school age kids and all the way up to college students. Once she transitioned out of classroom Marcia found a new passion in Nannying. With the removal outside stressors she was able to laser focus her teaching style but also learned that she loved being even more closely involved with families in their homes, early childhood development and supporting mothers and parents to lean into their new roles. It's truly a natural progression that Marcia would again find herself evolving her interests to include supporting even earlier stages of young children and families lives by becoming a Certified Full Spectrum Birth Doula. Intertwining her Spiritual Intuitive background, Educational Knowledge and Compassion for early life transitions Marcia is so excited to be of service and to help families have the best Birthing experience they can. This Service includes but not limited to Prenatal, Labor, Delivery and Postpartum Support for expecting Mothers, Birthing Individuals and their partners. With me as your Doula you can experience Gentle Guidance, Master Level Reiki, Spiritual and Mindfulness Life Coaching, Meditation, Creative Art Projects, Labor Positioning and Coping Techniques, Breathe Work, Ritual and Ceremony, Affirmations, Laughter Yoga, Certified Crystal Healings, Herbal and Dietary knowledge, Sacred Womb Work and Sensual Spousal Bonding. •Please email me directly for a FREE CONSULTATION! [email protected]

Care philosophy

Offering professional Birthing and Laboring assistance. Providing Physical, Emotional, Spiritual and Educational Support to you and your partner during Pregnancy, Prenatal, Labor, Delivery and Postpartum periods. Giving you, your partner and family the tools to be ready for this transformational initiation and sharing a Unique and Compassionate Birthing Experience what ever that may look like.

Areas served

  • Quincy
  • Metro Boston
  • Boston
  • South Shore
  • North Shore

Reviews

  • Heather
    January 1, 2022 at 9:09 am | Client review

    Marcia proves a calming and loving experience through and through. When I was having anxiety about being a new mom she was there to full support me . When we were in the delivery room she was able to speak to for me to the doctors and get exactly the experience I wanted. She set up the birthing space sp that my son came into this world with the most positive energy and surrounded by love. She talked me through some really intense contractions where I didnt think I would be able to continue but with Marcia support of her talking me through it. I highly recommend marcia as your doula ypu and your baby through out your pregnancy will feel and be supported in everyway

$ flexible
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Melody Cunningham

Weymouth, MA

0 reviews • 100 families supported • 20 years experience

0 reviews • 100 families supported • 20 years experience

I provide prenatal, birth and lactation support.

Care philosophy

My four tenants of support are emotional, advocacy, informational and physical. My goal is to demystify birth and arm my clients with the tools to help have the birth experience they want.

Areas served

  • Greater Boston and South Shore

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 Boston, MA.  

You can browse through the available doulas in Boston, MA 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 Boston, MA in three easy steps:

  1. Post a job for free: answer some questions and receive responses from top-rated doulas in Boston, MA. It takes less than 30 seconds to post your job.
  1. Get your list of Boston, MA 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, you can expect the average cost of a doula in Boston, MA to be $1,365, which is the average cost of a doula in the state of Massachusetts. The cost of a doula in Boston, MA can range from $1,080 to $1,649. These costs are based on a representative group of 87 doulas surveyed by Meela across the state of Massachusetts. The average cost of a doula in Massachusetts is higher than the U.S. national average cost of a doula, which is $971.

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

Evidence suggests that a birth doula in Boston, MA 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 Boston, MA; 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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