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Found 5 Pros in Harrisonburg, VA, USA | Birth doula support
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Families served
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Birth fee
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$0 $500
$ flexible

Lyndsey Orndorff

Strasburg, VA

0 reviews • 9 families supported • 1 years experience

0 reviews • 9 families supported • 1 years experience

I started my journey to becoming a birth doula in 2021 after my second child was born. My pregnancy was nothing short of stressful. After she was born I started to pursue my career in the birth community to help other women know their options and educate them during pregnancy.

Care philosophy

I believe that every birth is beautiful, and every woman deserves the best birth experience possible.

Areas served

  • Northern Virginia (Shenandoah Area)
$ flexible
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Kymberly Wampler

Waynesboro, VA

3 reviews • 50 families supported • 3 years experience

3 reviews • 50 families supported • 3 years experience

My role as your postpartum doula or lactation counselor is to help prepare you (mind, body & soul) for one of the greatest transitions of your life. I will walk along side of you on this journey, helping to support you in your journey as new parents. I provide evidenced-based information on things such as infant feeding, emotional and physical recovery from birth, mother-baby bonding, infant soothing, and basic newborn care. Research shows that there is an easier transition if a good support team is in place.

Care philosophy

I love serving, supporting and loving parents through the journey of meeting their child. I love being with a couple when they welcome their first baby and being able to literally watch a family be born! I love easing the stress of new parenthood and empowering them. I love "mothering the mother".

Areas served

  • Augusta county, Staunton, Waynesboro


  • Claudia
    January 27, 2023 at 11:25 am | Client review

    She was amazing so helpful even when I got her at the end of my pregnancy tried to help as much as possible during my labor always advocating for me and giving me information about things that weren’t necessary in the labor process . Unfortunately I ended up getting a c section but none the less she made me feel so much more informed and comfortable throughout my labor .

$ flexible

Molly Duncan

Charlottesville, VA

0 reviews • 30 families supported • 4 years experience

0 reviews • 30 families supported • 4 years experience

As a Mother myself I deeply understand the transformation that Pregnancy and Birth provide. My own experience is what led to my passion to pursue a career in Birth Work. I feel deeply called to support and guide women as they navigate all that comes with having a baby in this time, whether at home or in the hospital. My philosophy is simple, to encourage and advocate for Mother’s choices in their care during Pregnancy, Labor and Postpartum. I work with my clients beginning in Pregnancy, where we meet and prepare for all the aspects of Labor, Newborn Care, Postpartum Care and Lactation. I aim for my clients to go into their Births feeling educated and confident. In Labor my services provide hands-on physical support, mental and emotional caretaking as well as Evidence-Based guidance on positioning, and so much more. During Postpartum I provide support with Lactation, resources for troubleshooting and references if necessary for Specialists.

Care philosophy

As a Birth and Postpartum Doula, my main priority is to advocate, support, and empower my clients as they navigate the path of Motherhood. My training and experience allow me to provide calm, grounded care and attention to my clients and their partners. In our work together I provide insight about Labor and Pregnancy, Evidence-Based information, emotional support, as well as hands-on comfort.

Areas served

  • Charlottesville and surrounding areas
$ flexible

Rebecca Amstutz Whitestone

Harrisonburg, VA

0 reviews • 50 families supported • 5 years experience

0 reviews • 50 families supported • 5 years experience

I offer community doula services during pregnancy, labor, and postpartum; lactation/breastfeeding support; and health coaching for fertility, pregnancy, and postpartum. I am a State-Certified Doula in Virginia and a Certified Lactation Counselor.

Care philosophy

I believe all expecting families deserve support during pregnancy, birth, and postpartum. I especially prioritize supporting low income families. I accept Medicaid payments for doula services and also can offer flexible payments/payment plans.

Areas served

  • Rockingham and Augusta counties, Virtual
$ flexible

Sandra Crawford

Charlottesville, VA

2 reviews • 80 families supported • 8 years experience

2 reviews • 80 families supported • 8 years experience

Sandra Crawford is a DONA certified birth doula, and a postpartum doula, and an Evidence Based Birth® Instructor serving families in Charlottesville & Culpeper VA and the surrounding area. With a love of birth and the desire to support families Sandra began working as a birth & postpartum doula in 2015. Her goal as a doula and childbirth educator is to provide families with the support, information and resources that will allow them to make empowered decisions and enter confidently into birth and parenthood.

Care philosophy

It is my passion to provide families with support – both emotional and physical – along with information and tools they need to feel empowered in creating a positive birth experience. I respect however you choose to give birth and am here to assist you and support you in your decisions. I focus on serving families compassionately and without judgement.

Areas served

  • Charlottesville + Culpeper, VA & surrounding areas


  • Katherine
    March 29, 2021 at 9:33 pm | Client review

    Sandra is everything you want and need in a doula. Her love and support are so evident in every meeting with her. I remember being very anxious when I found out I was pregnant and after meeting with Sandra for the first time I felt significantly better. She was always available for questions and always responded to me promptly. At my birth, she stayed with me the entire time from the start of my contractions to the delivery of my son. I always tell her I couldn’t do it without her and she always says “of course you could!” But her presence made the experience that much more memorable. I absolutely love Sandra both as a person and a professional. Anyone would be so fortunate to work with her!

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 Harrisonburg, VA.  

You can browse through the available doulas in Harrisonburg, VA 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 Harrisonburg, VA in three easy steps:

  1. Post a job for free: answer some questions and receive responses from top-rated doulas in Harrisonburg, VA. 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, you can expect the average cost of a doula in Harrisonburg, VA to be $1,001, which is the average cost of a doula in the state of Virginia. The cost of a doula in Harrisonburg, VA can range from $807 to $1,196. These costs are based on a representative group of 139 doulas surveyed by Meela across the state of Virginia. The average cost of a doula in Virginia is about the same as the U.S. national average cost of a doula, which is $971.

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

Evidence suggests that a birth doula in Harrisonburg, VA 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 Harrisonburg, VA; 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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