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Found 3 Pros in Florissant, MO, 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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Lauren Riordan

Saint Charles, MO

2 reviews • 6 families supported • 1 years experience

2 reviews • 6 families supported • 1 years experience

Whether you plan to have your child in a hospital or at home, with medication or without—or even if you’re grieving the loss of a pregnancy—I’m here to support you, be your experienced voice of reason and advocate every step of the way.

Care philosophy

Whether you plan to have your child in a hospital or at home, with medication or without—or even if you’re grieving the loss of a pregnancy—I’m here to support you, be your experienced voice of reason and advocate every step of the way.

Areas served

  • Greater St. Louis

Reviews

  • Anna
    April 23, 2021 at 1:18 pm | Peer review

    Lauren is a wonderful doula! She is kind and compassionate towards her clients, and does a wonderful job creating a positive environment amongst all staff in a labor and delivery room. Lauren and I work together consistently to support each other and our clients. Lauren is always learning- either through in person or online training in the area, or through reading books about all things pregnancy, birth, and postpartum. I highly recommend Lauren’s doula services. She is knowledgeable, kind, and a great addition to any birth space.

$ flexible
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Anna Sutkowski

St. Louis, MO

2 reviews • 10 families supported • 3 years experience

2 reviews • 10 families supported • 3 years experience

I offer 1:1 prenatal workshops, continuous birth support, and postpartum doula services. My offerings range from a one time meeting to opportunities to work together for many months. It’s taken me a long time to learn about my inner strength, my intuition, and the power that results from doing the work to heal myself and the world around me. But, I am learning and birth is one of my greatest teachers. As a doula, I support families throughout the entire pregnancy, birth, and postpartum process. I’m so grateful for the opportunity to pursue this passion of mine. Birth’s intimacy and transformation draws me in. I believe remnants of our births stay with us for our lifetimes, and to me this means birth can make the world a better place because it can change who we are and how we exist. I’m here to support. We begin working together in pregnancy when I teach you how to advocate for yourself by building relationships with your providers. We talk about questions to ask during pregnancy, what to expect as nearing birth, and we cover a multitude of options for coping with labor. At the birth, I am a continuous presence that calmly encourages and supports you. We talk through fears and emotions. I remind you that I believe in your intuition and power. Once your new family is home, I create space for your new family unit to bond and heal by offering gentle care for the parents and baby. I believe all birthing people should feel support and love when becoming parents.

Care philosophy

I'm here to support St. Louis families with a warm human-touch. I use my knowledge and experience to calmly guide you by sharing evidence based information, so that you birth your baby in a way that resonates with you. I’m with you throughout pregnancy, birth, and postpartum to nourish you physically, mentally, and emotionally as you transform into parents. I'd love to chat with you!

Areas served

  • St. Louis County
  • St. Charles County
  • Jefferson County
  • Metro East

Reviews

  • Amelia
    April 8, 2021 at 10:59 pm | Peer review

    Anna is an incredibly warm person, and her calm presence will be an invaluable asset to your birth space. She is intuitive, nurturing, and kind. You’ll be so happy to have her on your birth team. As a fellow birth worker, I recommend her wholeheartedly.

$ flexible
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Brya Johnson

St. Louis, MO

0 reviews • 3 families supported • 2 years experience

0 reviews • 3 families supported • 2 years experience

My name is Brya Johnson and I am a recent MSW graduate from the STL region. My practice is called Abundant Spirit Birth Services because oftentimes the conversation surrounding birth focuses on infant mortality and the stark racial disparities. I want to shift my focus from mortality to vitality. I want my practice, which includes my care and support, to be infused with vitality and an abundance of spirit. Regardless of pregnancy outcome, I would like to be able to join my clients on a journey to their own abundance.

Care philosophy

I am striving towards reproductive justice, wellness and vitality for my clients, their families and their communities. Through supporting them on their journey, I hope to empower families to take the knowledge from their doula and infuse it within their communities. Community can create an abundance of spirit through spreading what should be communal knowledge.

Areas served

  • Chicago

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 Florissant, MO.  

You can browse through the available doulas in Florissant, MO 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 Florissant, MO in three easy steps:

  1. Post a job for free: answer some questions and receive responses from top-rated doulas in Florissant, MO. It takes less than 30 seconds to post your job.
  1. Get your list of Florissant, MO 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 Florissant, MO to be $801, which is the average cost of a doula in the state of Missouri. The cost of a doula in Florissant, MO can range from $614 to $989. These costs are based on a representative group of 42 doulas surveyed by Meela across the state of Missouri. The average cost of a doula in Missouri is lower than the U.S. national average cost of a doula, which is $971.

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

Evidence suggests that a birth doula in Florissant, MO 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 Florissant, MO; 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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