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Found 3 Pros in Conway, AR, USA | Birth doula support
EXPERIENCE
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Families served
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Birth fee
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HOURLY RATE
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Jessica McGilvray

Little Rock, AR

2 reviews • 500 families supported • 8 years experience

2 reviews • 500 families supported • 8 years experience

It has been my privilege to serve over 500 women and families from pregnancy to postpartum. I am a certified birth and postpartum doula, certified lactation counselor (CLC), newborn care specialist, and student midwife. In addition to 8 years as a professional doula, I bring a background in early childhood education and advanced training in newborn behavior and infant sleep to the table, along with hours of continuing education every year to ensure I am providing the best support possible. A mother of four myself, I have spent a cumulative total of 9 years breastfeeding my babies, with birth experiences that include hospital birth, homebirth, and a preemie in the NICU. I am wife to a wonderful husband and kitty mom to one spoiled house cat. I came to birth work largely due to my own birth experiences. I felt overwhelmed at the vast amount of information I didn’t know, the decisions I had to make, and the emotional and physical transformation of becoming a parent. I was fortunate to work with a midwife for my third birth that truly showed me what respectful care, compassion, and support could look like. She listened to me so completely, supported me, and helped me write my birth and postpartum story. After that, I knew I wanted to help other women the same way.

Care philosophy

Wherever you are in your journey, whether you are looking for support in pregnancy, birth, postpartum, or breastfeeding, it is my privilege to walk beside you. Your concerns become my concerns, I find joy as you find joy, confidence, and your power. Your goals and choices for yourself and your baby are paramount. I will immerse you in love, respect, kindness, and support in your unique journey.

Areas served

  • Searcy
  • Conway
  • Batesville
  • Cabot
  • Jacksonville
  • Jonesboro
  • Wynne
  • Heber Springs

Reviews

  • Jayme
    August 9, 2022 at 10:46 am | Client review

    We LOVED our time with Jessica! We had a complicated birth, and Jessica’s calm support helped what could have been a scary situation. She helped us process the information the doctors were giving us and made it possible for us to choose options that worked for us. She worked with me and my partner to keep us both comfortable. She stepped in when we needed her, and stepped back when it was appropriate. I was so encouraged by her warmth, knowledge, and experience. And in the end, it was all worth it: our little one arrived well and happy!

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Regina Chaten

Little Rock, AR

4 reviews • 17 families supported • 3 years experience

4 reviews • 17 families supported • 3 years experience

I like to see my clients 4 times. This allows us to get to know one another and to work on your birth preferences. I'm on call starting at 38 weeks. I stay with you up to 2 hours after you have delivered to help with the bonding process, and breastfeeding if desired.

Care philosophy

My passion is to instill confidence in parents by equipping them to achieve their pregnancy, birth and parent goals. I combat myths with facts using simple and effective training techniques and by providing the tools and resources they need to make informed decisions and take action. I help families discover what they want and give them a step-by-step plan to accomplish it.

Areas served

  • Little Rock
  • North Little Rock
  • Jacksonville
  • Conway
  • Benton
  • Bryant
  • Hot Sorings

Reviews

  • Ramona
    March 13, 2021 at 5:58 am | Client review

    Regina and I developed a great relationship throughout my doula experience with her. Support was something I needed being new to the Little Rock area with no family closeby. Regina is very educated on childbirth and very professional. She is very kind, loving, and a SUPER mom as well, which is something that I personally looked for when searching for a doula. I felt like she could be more personable because of the childbirth experiences that she overcame. I would highly recommend Regina to anyone whether that’s a family, friend, stranger, literally any and everyone! She’s just that great. I could write a novel about Regina but to sum it up she’s one of a kind and I hope she’s around when I decide to have more children. Thank you Regina for what you do!

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Chelsea Van Middelkoop

Sherwood, AR

0 reviews • 6 families supported • 8 years experience

0 reviews • 6 families supported • 8 years experience

Founded in 2019, Chelsea Rae Doula strives to provide a continuum of quality care. Services provided include childbirth education, birth support, postpartum support, breastfeeding education, and consulting. Many services are offered virtually.

Care philosophy

At Chelsea Rae Doula it is our mission to support families in achieving a satisfying birth and postpartum experience. Every family is unique, as is each pregnancy, birth, and postpartum experience. Our services are tailored to meet the individual needs of each family we serve. Whether having a cesarean, vaginal, medicated or unmedicated birth, we will support you without judgment or bias. The birt

Areas served

  • Little Rock, Conway, Searcy and surrounding areas

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 Conway, AR.  

You can browse through the available doulas in Conway, AR 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 Conway, AR in three easy steps:

  1. Post a job for free: answer some questions and receive responses from top-rated doulas in Conway, AR. It takes less than 30 seconds to post your job.
  1. Get your list of Conway, AR 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 Conway, AR to be $846, which is the average cost of a doula in the state of Arkansas. The cost of a doula in Conway, AR can range from $668 to $1,025. These costs are based on a representative group of 18 doulas surveyed by Meela across the state of Arkansas. The average cost of a doula in Arkansas is lower than the U.S. national average cost of a doula, which is $971.

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

Evidence suggests that a birth doula in Conway, AR 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 Conway, AR; 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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