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Found 5 Pros in Lakewood, WA, USA | Birth doula support
EXPERIENCE
0 50
Families served
0 3500
Birth fee
$0 $7500
HOURLY RATE
$0 $500
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Aly Cullinane

Tacoma, WA

2 reviews • 5 families supported • 1 years experience

2 reviews • 5 families supported • 1 years experience

As a mom of 3 littles, I know how important it is to go into your birthing experience feeling informed and emotionally supported. I am passionate about educating and empowering families through their antepartum, birth and postpartum phases. I have a degrees in education & human development and have worked as a teacher, preschool director and I also owned a pickle company! I am so thankful to be able to serve families in our community and to help transition their sweet babies into the world!

Care philosophy

My personal experiences are why it is my mission as your doula for you to feel heard, supported in your beliefs, informed, & most importantly, encouraged along your journey. I strive for you to go into labor with a vision (not a plan-we cannot plan a birth!), and to give you the emotional support, physical assistance, knowledge, & verbal affirmations you need in the moment to keep you going.

Areas served

  • Tacoma
  • Seattle
  • Kent
  • Auburn
  • Bellevue
  • Renton
  • Puyallup
  • Federal Way
  • Fife
  • Lacey
  • Lakewood
  • University Place
  • Burien
  • Seatac

Reviews

  • Erika
    July 26, 2022 at 10:55 am | Client review

    Aly was an amazing doula and support person for my husband and I during the birth of our baby girl! We couldn’t have done it without her and feel so thankful to have worked with her. The constant encouragement and engaged support was so welcomed during the entire process. She is calm, anticipated our needs, and really helped us through every stage of the process. She worked very well with all of the hospital staff and is so knowledgeable on all things birth and newborn related. She is also very fun and made us laugh which lessened the stress of my birth! This was our third child and our first doula experience and by far the best! I would highly recommend Aly and use her a million times over!

$ flexible
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Jennifer Eagan

Seattle, WA

0 reviews • 10 families supported • 1 years experience

0 reviews • 10 families supported • 1 years experience

I've always had a passion for helping others, and my own complicated journey to parenthood sparked the fire to help others have the best possible experience in their own. Through my personal experiences with bereavement and infertility, I developed a special interest in helping people going through more uncommon circumstances. I'm especially drawn to help people that regular society tends to overlook or frown on, so my greatest heart work is with POC, the LGBTQ+ community, and teens who may be lacking adequate parental support. I also offer abortion support.

Care philosophy

I believe that all pregnant people deserve compassionate care and support, regardless of race, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, or economic status. A healthy baby starts with a healthy and supported pregnancy and birth.

Areas served

  • Snohomish, King, Island Counties
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Cynthia Garcia

SeaTac, WA

2 reviews • 35 families supported • 2 years experience

2 reviews • 35 families supported • 2 years experience

Gentlelovedoula.com I am a mother of 4, wife and advocate for moms and baby. My personal experiences are what got me into this field, to help educate mom and dad for labor and birth and to be the best support person I can be. I help you with the birth you desire and I help Dad with techniques for labor. I am also a postpartum doula. I help with the transition of the new baby at home during the postpartum period. I have the experience and knowledge to help with your breast feeding journey as well. I am also a Placenta Specialist!

Care philosophy

Gentlelovedoula.com My goal is to help moms have the birth they desire. To make it the best experience for them. I advocate for their needs and desires. I help with transition of having a newborn at home and I will help with your breast feeding journey.

Areas served

  • Western Washington
  • Anywhere Virtually

Reviews

  • Cherise
    May 17, 2022 at 2:49 pm | Client review

    Cynthia supported the birth of my 4th baby during the pandemic in 2020. At the time I was couch surfing with my 3 older kids and was planning to have a home birth. Things were scary and unknown but when Cynthia became my doula, I felt a safe. She did everything in her power to support me and my wishes. Cynthia provided appointments and information prior to birth. Showed up as a strong and steady force at my birth. Supported me postpartum with meals, encapsulating my placenta, making postpartum tinctures, meals. Etc. I recommend her services to everyone I know. She cares deeply about her clients and supporting women to achieve their dream birth.

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Nancy Allin

Bellevue, WA

0 reviews • 500 families supported • 26 years experience

0 reviews • 500 families supported • 26 years experience

Birth is an important gateway for families into parenting or expanding their family. My focus is in supporting your relationship with your partner and assisting both of you through the birth of your baby. I truly believe your partner is in labor as much as you are, (mentally, emotionally, and spiritually), and as a unit need nurturing and support. My hope is that you come away from birth more bonded and connected.

Care philosophy

My focus is on supporting the birthing person, and their partner, before birth and through the birth itself. I teach Hypnosis for Birth in private sessions to prepare for birth, and during birth providing emotional, physical, and informational support.

Areas served

  • Kirkland
  • Redmond
  • Bellevue
  • Seattle
  • Sammamish
  • Issaquah
  • Bothell
  • Woodinville
  • New Castle
  • Clyde Hill
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Crissy Gardner-allen

Silverdale, WA

0 reviews • 2 families supported • 2 years experience

0 reviews • 2 families supported • 2 years experience

After a long journey of trying to start a family of my own after being told I would never be able to I am now a mother of two beautiful kids and giving birth to them showed me what I really wanted to do with my life which was to help others feel as in powered as I was for both of my births and get the support and care that most people have a lack of. I have been through many struggles throughout my journey and my goal is to help each family get the love and support they deserve during trying times.

Care philosophy

I believe in empowering birthing parents with the care and experience they deserve and desire, each person is different and will require a different plan of care and I love Providing the care and resources each person deserves

Areas served

  • Silverdale
  • Tacoma
  • Seattle
  • Gig harbor
  • Port orchard
  • Poulsbo

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 Lakewood, WA.  

You can browse through the available doulas in Lakewood, WA 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 Lakewood, WA in three easy steps:

  1. Post a job for free: answer some questions and receive responses from top-rated doulas in Lakewood, WA. 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, the average cost of a doula in Lakewood, WA is NA, but typically ranges from NA to NA. These costs are based on a representative group of doulas surveyed by Meela in the Lakewood and Seattle areas. The average cost of a doula in Lakewood, WA is higher than the average cost of a doula in the state of Washington, which is $1,037.

To put this in further context, the cost of a doula in Lakewood, WA is NA the U.S. national average cost of a doula, which is $971.

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

Evidence suggests that a birth doula in Lakewood, WA 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 Lakewood, WA; 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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