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Found 3 Pros in Fort Myers, FL, USA | Birth doula support
EXPERIENCE
0 50
Families served
0 3500
Birth fee
$0 $7500
HOURLY RATE
$0 $500
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Emily Lugo

North Port, FL

4 reviews • 150 families supported • 6 years experience

4 reviews • 150 families supported • 6 years experience

It gives me great joy to make a difference in the lives of others! Meeting and helping new people brings me a satisfying sense of accomplishment. As a doula I have had the privilege to assist in more than 150 births. Each birth was unique and many of them have been first time mothers. I’m proud of my educational background and doula certification which I secured through Charis Childbirth, a rigorous Christian-based program. This accredited program prepared me to have comprehensive knowledge of childbirth and labor. In addition to my doula certification, I also am certified in neonatal resuscitation, lactation counseling and childbirth education which means greater peace of mind for you. My birthing experiences have been varied and diverse. Having aided mothers in numerous environments including homes, hospitals, and birthing centers has enabled me to be flexible and learn a lot about what birthing moms in all settings might need. I have assisted mothers with water births and have utilized various techniques including spinning babies (which is used to bring balance to the pelvis and help the baby to be born in the most optimal position), rebozo (the use of a Mexican scarf utilized by midwives for centuries to better position a baby during pregnancy and labor), massage and relaxation techniques. My knowledge of the anatomy and physiology of pregnancy and labor coupled with simple hands-on techniques encourages the best possible labor experience for couples. I have learned some invaluable skills such as active listening in my past experiences as a PCA and in hospice care, which were incredible training grounds that familiarized me in the areas of patient care and helped me to learn how to provide the emotional support a laboring family needs. I love meeting new people! It energizes me. Finding humor in everyday situations magnifies the beauty of life, and I remind my clients to enjoy the journey and consider every moment sacred. In addition to bringing various skills, techniques and a wealth of knowledge to expectant parents, I also bring a passion for empowering couples to grow closer through their pregnancy and birth experience. I look forward to serving you!

Care philosophy

SACRED KNOWLEDGE DOULA CARE BELIEVES THAT CHILDBIRTH IS A NATURAL, NORMAL EVENT AND PREGNANT MOTHERS WITH THEIR PARTNERS SHOULD BE SUPPORTED ON THEIR JOURNEY TO A BEAUTIFUL BIRTH

Areas served

  • Northport
  • Sarasota
  • Venice
  • Nokomis
  • Englewood
  • port charlotte
  • Fort myeres
  • Napes
  • Tampa
  • Bradenton
  • Ellenton
  • Naples
  • Tampa

Reviews

  • Brittany
    January 19, 2021 at 9:38 am | Client review

    Emily was easily reachable any time I contacted her. I would always give an update on how my pregnancy was going after each appointment and she was available for a phone call conversation every time. She came to our home for a prenatal visit and was able to explain a lot to my husband so he knew how to help me during labor. When it was time for Emily to come to the hospital, I was bouncing on a birthing ball, eyes closed, and doing my best to just breath through each contraction. I didn’t even see her when she came in. All I know was the room stared to smell amazing (she brings essential oils) and soothing music was playing on the rooms Bluetooth speakers. She put up string lights in the bathroom and started a warm bath. Imagine an amazing spa day, but with a baby at the end.

$ flexible
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Virginia Parent

FL

0 reviews • 10 families supported • 1 years experience

0 reviews • 10 families supported • 1 years experience

Labor Doula Support - Prenatal appointments, labor support, immediate postpartum support, and on call text and voice support throughout pregnancy. From contract signing to 3 months postpartum I am on call and available to help guide you through your birth experience. Helping to create a birth plan to a postpartum plan, I am here to help provide educational and emotional support throughout the process. All custom contracts and additional services available including cloth diaper education, babywearing education, pregnancy nutrition, personalized birth banner, and birth space supplies and set up.

Care philosophy

Preserving birth memories through support, education, trust, and love. All birthing person's deserve a supported environment to ensure they have the birth they desire.

Areas served

  • Bradenton, FL
  • Venice, FL
  • North Port, FL
  • Charlotte County, FL
  • Nokomis, FL
  • Lakewood Ranch, FL
  • Lakeland, FL
  • Zolfo Springs, FL
  • Englewood, FL
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Amy Kucharski

Fort Myers, FL

0 reviews • 35 families supported • 3 years experience

0 reviews • 35 families supported • 3 years experience

At age 30, in 2013, I stepped into my first mothering role, and in 2016 I became a biological mother and a single mother. I woke up one day to realize the evolution of my career had repeatedly found it's place in the care of women, and that my calling was the manifestation of my life’s work. My fondest professional role yet is that of a Doula. Whether your pregnancy was a surprise or whether you have been trying to conceive for a decade, you deserve to be supported through this journey!

Care philosophy

My care is tailored to your unique needs. Whether you are a high-powered boss-lady or a hippy-chick, my care philosophy remains the same— I am here to serve & protect both you and your early memories of motherhood.

Areas served

  • Cape Coral
  • Fort Myers
  • Naples
  • North Fort Myers
  • Lehigh Acres
  • Bonita Springs
  • Estero

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 Fort Myers, FL.  

You can browse through the available doulas in Fort Myers, FL 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 Fort Myers, FL in three easy steps:

  1. Post a job for free: answer some questions and receive responses from top-rated doulas in Fort Myers, FL. It takes less than 30 seconds to post your job.
  1. Get your list of Fort Myers, FL 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 Fort Myers, FL to be $782, which is the average cost of a doula in the state of Florida. The cost of a doula in Fort Myers, FL can range from $608 to $956. These costs are based on a representative group of 529 doulas surveyed by Meela across the state of Florida. The average cost of a doula in Florida is lower than the U.S. national average cost of a doula, which is $971.

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

Evidence suggests that a birth doula in Fort Myers, FL 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 Fort Myers, FL; 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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