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Found 7 Pros in Kalamazoo, MI, USA | Birth doula support
EXPERIENCE
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Families served
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Birth fee
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Jillian Putman

Hudsonville, MI

3 reviews • 3 families supported • 1 years experience

3 reviews • 3 families supported • 1 years experience

I became a Doula because I find the utmost joy in uplifting others. The experience you have with birth and that crucial time after are imprinted on you for the rest of your life. I want you to look back at your story with excitement and satisfaction knowing you were empowered to make informed decisions and say "heck yes! I did this!" From the time of preparing your birth plan to labor, delivery, and continuing on through The 4th Trimester, I am professionally trained and ready to walk by your side, not in front of you, but along with you. Guiding and helping you to the point where you feel complete confidence and emotional stability in this new adventure is my goal as your Doula. I provide support via email, text and phone, prenatal visits, attendance at your birth, postpartum visits and/or continuing care of your family unit in your home. I want to see it through until you are comfortable in the beautiful role you have as a parent and caregiver to a new bundle of joy!

Care philosophy

Everyone deserves support and care that comes from a non-judgmental place of love and true desire to uplift others in this beautiful but difficult time of life. I chose to become a Doula for just that reason! Becoming a parent is a process that is challenging and rewarding. Navigate through it with an advocate by your side. I am here to help fulfil the birth and postpartum experience you desire.

Areas served

  • Kent and Ottawa Counties, Mi

Reviews

  • Shelbi
    June 7, 2022 at 4:45 am | Client review

    Jillian has the kindest heart and so much love to share. She has been my strength in times of need. She makes difficult things seem less scary and simple. She can bring calm to any situation.
    When I was a new mom, she traveled a great distance to help me with my new baby. I was so glad she was there because she is a natural with newborns. She made this post-partum time one of the best times of my life with so many happy memories.

$ flexible
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Ashley Korff

Lowell, MI

3 reviews • 3 families supported • 1 years experience

3 reviews • 3 families supported • 1 years experience

Hello! Im Ashley! My goal is to serve and empower women through pregnancy and childbirth! During these very important moments in your life, I strive to create the most positive experience for you, your partner, and your baby!

Care philosophy

My mission is to support women through all stages of pregnancy, birth, and immediate postpartum. You will be my priority and I will support you through the birth that you desire. I will support you in your choices and decisions.

Areas served

  • Lowell
  • Grand Rapids
  • Ada
  • Ionia
  • Lansing
  • Rockford
  • Michigan

Reviews

  • Jaren
    June 21, 2022 at 10:57 am | Client review

    I wanted a medicated birth and having Ashley there was more to help move my birth along faster after getting the epidural. My birth did not end up going how I wanted and I had an all natural birth. I can honestly say that I don’t know what I would’ve done without her there. She was my rock during my whole laboring process and I was completely unaware of any other people in the room, but I knew Ashley was there and it brought me peace of mind. I was also pleasantly surprised when after my birth at my postpartum visit she brought a layout of how my birth went with the times and everything that happened. Because my birth was so fast and unmedicated, I was very unaware of what happened. But Ashley took notes as well as helped me through everything. I HIGHLY recommend her and I will never labor without her ever again.

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Jessi Heins

Grand Rapids, MI

0 reviews • 15 families supported • 3 years experience

0 reviews • 15 families supported • 3 years experience

I want to support you and your support person or birthing partner in the decisions that you decide to make. No matter what. I maintain an unbiased person in the room while also providing your evidence based information. I also work with you to help keep labor moving or encourage you to rest when you need it.

Care philosophy

I strive to care for families as they transition into a family with new members. My goal is to support you in the birth that you desire. I provide emotional, physical and education support through pregnancy and delivery.

Areas served

  • Holland
  • muskegon
  • Grand Rapids
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Emily Retzlaff

Grand Rapids, MI

0 reviews • 2 families supported • 1 years experience

0 reviews • 2 families supported • 1 years experience

A birth doula is a trained professional who is dedicated to providing emotional, physical and informational support to a birthing person and their partner before, during and after birth. I was supported by a doula during the births of my two children and it was one of the best decisions I could have made. Those two births had many differences, but what they had in common is that I walked away with a sense of strength and empowerment that I had never before experienced. I knew immediately following the birth of my daughter in 2017 that I wanted to help others experience that same feeling of satisfaction with their births. Right away I started trying to learn everything I could about pregnancy, childbirth and the postpartum period and in May of 2019 I started training as a birth doula. No matter your personal birth preferences, I provide judgement free support and help make your birth a positive experience! I would be honored to be a part of your team.

Care philosophy

I believe birth and the postpartum period is a time of transformation. Its a time of change, learning and empowerment. I am deeply passionate about supporting families during this time and helping them achieve a positive birth experience. I believe everyone deserves to look back on the birth of their child with the knowledge that they were respected by their birth team.

Areas served

  • Grand Rapids, MI
  • Grand Rapids, MI
$ flexible
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Carrie Stephens

Grand Rapids, MI

0 reviews • 55 families supported • 3 years experience

0 reviews • 55 families supported • 3 years experience

Hello and congratulations on your growing family! I am a mom to three amazing children – Malone, Beau & Jocelyn (twins!), and wife to a sweet “Kentucky Boy”. Born and raised in Michigan, I am a graduate of the University of Iowa and Indiana University, and serve as Director of a local non-profit, The Maternal Wellness Program. And I'm proud to say that in 2019 & 2020 I was voted #1 Postpartum Doula and #3 Birth Doula by GRKids! My introduction to motherhood was challenging. I struggled with infertility, postpartum depression/anxiety and a difficult first birth. All these moments in my life set me on my path and passion for birth & postpartum support, and maternal mental health. Trained as a DONA birth and postpartum doula, my goal is to support, educate and empower individuals and their families during pregnancy, birth and the postpartum periods through customized & continuous education and support. I provide gentle, encouraging support that is unique to each client’s hopes and wants towards a satisfying pregnancy, birth & postpartum experience. In my free moments, I enjoy spending time with my family, a good cup of coffee, TaCoS (yum!), the sound of wind-chimes, Lake-life, music, traveling, dancing in my kitchen, Harry Potter, Iowa Hawkeyes and Fall weather!

Care philosophy

I believe that pregnant individuals and their partners deserve to be supported, nurtured, and educated throughout pregnancy, labor and the postpartum period. My role as your doula is to compliment your birth team, to make sure you're knowledgeable about your birth options, rights and that you are confidently prepared (physically & mentally) to meet the challenges of labor and postpartum.

Areas served

  • Holland, MI
  • Grand Haven, MI
  • Muskegon, MI
  • Kent, Montcalm, Ionia, Ottawa, Allegan Counties
  • Grand Rapids, MI
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Allison Brito

Grand Rapids, MI

0 reviews • 30 families supported • 5 years experience

0 reviews • 30 families supported • 5 years experience

I have supported women --- birthing in the hospital as well as at home --- with and without medications --- with plenty of family and partner support, as well as with very little --- vaginal births, including after previous cesareans --- cesarean births I have been supporting families through pregnancy, birth and postpartum for 5 years, but birth (and all things related) has been a passion of mine for much longer, as my sister is a midwife. During my two distinct labors I have experienced both challenges (back labor, anyone?!) and joys (a powerful water birth). I have a background in education and love to share knowledge and resources that can inform your choices. I am also bilingual in Spanish and English. I specialize in comfort measures, informational support, and using affirmations and other verbal measures to release fear and build confidence. In my spare time I love to perform in community theatre, travel to see family, and exercise the “spiritual gift of thrifting” that I inherited from my mother. Global impact is important to me, therefore: --- I donate a percentage of my proceeds to local organizations that fight human trafficking and protect vulnerable women and children. --- I purchase my materials (both educational and practical) from other small businesses and earth-friendly sources as much as possible.

Care philosophy

As a doula, I offer you emotional, educational, and physical support during the birthing year. I love to meet you where you are and help you achieve your goals so that you can feel satisfied with and empowered by your birth experience. I can provide references upon request!

Areas served

  • Within 30 miles of Grand Rapids, MI
$ flexible
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Ali Egy

Grand Rapids, MI

0 reviews • 8 families supported • 1 years experience

0 reviews • 8 families supported • 1 years experience

Ali Egy, The Belmont Doula, helps people identify their needs and find their own strength in pregnancy, childbirth, and beyond. She provides professional, inclusive, and compassionate support for people who are ready to take charge of their birthing experience to improve outcomes, increase overall satisfaction, and build a strong foundation for parenthood. While she has always been passionate about birth, she started pursuing a career as a birth doula after her own transformative birth experience with a professional doula. Ali now serves all types of people in the Greater Grand Rapids MI area and is passionate about helping them find their own voice in the labor room, birth center, or in their own home to have a deeply satisfying birth experience.

Care philosophy

Ali believes that everyone should have the opportunity to birth with respect, confidence, and support. It should not matter their labor preferences, parenting styles, race, sexual orientation, or gender expression. As an inclusive birth doula, she tailors her care to meet her clients where they are, with the type of support they need to achieve their own goals, whatever they may be.

Areas served

  • Within 45 min of GR

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 Kalamazoo, MI.  

You can browse through the available doulas in Kalamazoo, MI 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 Kalamazoo, MI in three easy steps:

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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 Kalamazoo, MI to be $924, which is the average cost of a doula in the state of Michigan. The cost of a doula in Kalamazoo, MI can range from $721 to $1,126. These costs are based on a representative group of 48 doulas surveyed by Meela across the state of Michigan. The average cost of a doula in Michigan is about the same as the U.S. national average cost of a doula, which is $971.

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

Evidence suggests that a birth doula in Kalamazoo, MI 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 Kalamazoo, MI; 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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