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Found 9 Pros in Lakewood, WA, USA | Lactation support
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Families served
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Cynthia Garcia

Lakewood, WA

2 reviews • 30 families supported • 2 years experience

2 reviews • 30 families supported • 2 years experience

We offer free consultations so we can get to know your needs and you have the opportunity to see if we are the right fit for those needs. We understand the importance of feeling confident and comfortable with the decisions you make and that includes a doula! If we aren't a good fit, we will point you into the right direction for other practices in the area. We truly care about what you need in this journey!

Care philosophy

We believe in offering quality a D compassionate care overall. We take our profession seriously because we understand the need of advocacy in the birth and Postpartum environment.

Areas served

  • King County, Pierce County, Thurston County,

Reviews

  • Sally
    October 7, 2022 at 10:48 am | Peer review

    Cynthia works hard to stay up to date and current on evidence-based information. She is empathic to the client’s needs and works well as a team with birthing families and other care providers. She is a strong advocate.

$ flexible
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Charity Ferrusca

Tacoma, WA

6 reviews • 40 families supported • 4 years experience

6 reviews • 40 families supported • 4 years experience

I offer birth, postpartum, encapsulation, and lactation services

Care philosophy

As a multip mom and who has experienced all different variations of birth I want to empower women to birth on there own terms in the space that is most comfortable to them.

Areas served

  • Seattle, WA
  • Olympia, WA
  • Puyallup, WA
  • Jblm, WA

Reviews

  • Elissa
    January 20, 2023 at 5:53 am | Client review

    I found Charity fairly late in my pregnancy for the hospital birth of my third child. I am in Burien, WA and Charity is in Lakewood,WA- I was concerned about the distance but was assured by Charity that it would be ok. I went into labor at 8pm 12/14/22 and let Charity know my contractions were 10 mins apart. At 10:40pm they were grouped to 6 mins for a while so I went to hospital at 11pm and was communicating back/forth with Charity via text. My daughter was born at 12:50am and Charity walked in after she was born and in my arms. I never was coached in the pushing positions (like I had requested from the start) that I needed to be in so my rectocele prolapse wasn’t aggravated- this never happened and now I’m left with a very serious prolapse that is negatively impacting my daily life. I felt cheated out of support, knowledge and financially ($850) at a most vulnerable time in my life.
    From the start I didn’t feel like Charity was able to give me the time and attention I needed as a pregnant woman due to her busy life and schedule as a mom.I asked that Charity might donate her services to a low income mother in the future when she is able since she did not make it to my birth, and didn’t offer any partial refund after I requested one. She did not respond to that communication. I can’t recommend Charity as a doula as my previous experience with a doula was much better, my first doula was much more professional and made me feel like a priority and secure in my birth.

$ flexible
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Kirsten Lind

Lynnwood, WA

5 reviews • 54 families supported • 6 years experience

5 reviews • 54 families supported • 6 years experience

From creating birth plans to demonstrating breathing techniques, I work to ensure my clients feel heard and supported throughout the whole process. With a background ranging from doula care to lactation support and teaching childbirth classes, I am able to meet you where you are and build from there.

Care philosophy

I specialize in creating a non-judgmental space where individuals and/or couples are able to prepare for the upcoming journey of pregnancy through parenthood. My main goal is for individuals and families to achieve their maternity and paternity goals in a way that is both inclusive as well as personal. Now able to provide an NPI number so families can submit for reimbursement from insurance.

Areas served

  • Snohomish
  • Seattle
  • Kirkland
  • Lynnwood
  • Everett
  • Monroe
  • Sultan
  • Bellevue
  • Kirkland
  • Bothell
  • Kenmore
  • Lake Stevens
  • Cathcart
  • Snohomish County
  • King County

Reviews

  • Kirsten
    November 27, 2022 at 2:07 am

    Thank you for much for taking the time to leave a review. I hope you all are doing well. Happy Holidays!

$ flexible
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Ryajo Silver

Seattle, WA

2 reviews • 366 families supported • 12 years experience

2 reviews • 366 families supported • 12 years experience

In the 12 years I have been a birth worker, my doula bag has become quite small. I have learned through experience, the families I have supported and the providers I have been a team player with, that there are only a few items really needed to support your birth preferences. Knowledge in the physiology of hormones, movement, space, emotions and breath. Experience in medical interventions and helping you to have productive conversations with your providers when they are needed, skill in comfort measures and massage (my hands are so strong:), and authentic words of encouragement, praise, and affirmation. I am best fit for a person who is wanting no or low interventions (in or out of the hospital): a VBAC or a free birth. My goal is to empower you and your labor partner so you can both be present in the event and have your best birth experience possible.

Care philosophy

Getting baby Earth side can be long, hard, powerful... and you can do it! I believe there is no right way to birth your baby. My philosophy is "Every pregnant person has the right to full informed consent, evidence based information, access to preferred model of care and support in decisions without cohesion or judgment."

Areas served

  • Snohomish
  • Everett
  • Kirkland
  • Seattle
  • Bellevue
  • Mount Vernon
  • Bothell

Reviews

  • Taylor
    October 5, 2022 at 10:50 am | Client review

    From the moment we first spoke to Ryah we knew that she was the perfect fit as our Doula – she is incredibly warm, has such an extensive background, and food is one of her love languages! We had two prenatal appointments in which we discussed our birth preferences, learned stretches to do leading up to my due date, and practiced different techniques to try during early labor. She was also always available to reach via text or phone throughout my pregnancy.

    Ryah was the most crucial person in helping my husband and I bring our baby earth side. She guided me through each contraction and continuously helped me stay centered and find my breath. She made suggestions of positions to try based on where the baby was to keep things progressing. She made sure my husband played an integral part in the experience and conveyed our birth preferences to the nursing staff. I ended up having an unmedicated birth, and I know this was only possible because she was there with me.

    Once my baby was born, she helped him latch and stayed by my side to ensure that everything was okay. Since being home we’ve had a phone and in-person chat in which we processed my labor experience, and she made sure we were set up for the first few weeks postpartum. I am grateful that she is available throughout the 4th trimester! Aside from providing immeasurable support, she also took photos and video during labor which is the most special thing to look back on.

    We are forever grateful to have found Ryah!

$ flexible
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Jennifer Ruggles

Tacoma, WA

0 reviews • 21 families supported • 1 years experience

0 reviews • 21 families supported • 1 years experience

As a DONA trained birth doula, I offer a broad range of support and advocacy for pregnant people before, during, and after childbirth. I provide physical, emotional, and educational support, suggestions for comfort measures and positioning, a nurturing presence, and encourage each client's individual choices. Birth Doula Package *Initial consultation *1-2 Prenatal Visits *Continuous Labor and Delivery Support *Photo documentation, delivered via private online album *1-2 Hours Immediate Postpartum Support *1-2 Postpartum Visits

Care philosophy

Every birth is a unique experience and by taking the time to get to know my clients I am able to meet each birthing person where they are in their needs and encourage their decisions. It is my goal to provide continuous care, to affirm your strength, and to show up with ideas, tools and a willingness to go with the flow of each birth as it unfolds.

Areas served

  • Tacoma
  • Seattle
  • Olympia
  • Lakewood
  • Renton
  • Federal Way
  • Auburn
  • Bellevue
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Cynthia Garcia

SeaTac, WA

2 reviews • 45 families supported • 2 years experience

2 reviews • 45 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.

$ flexible
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Zoe Ruaboro

Auburn, WA

0 reviews • 5 families supported • 1 years experience

0 reviews • 5 families supported • 1 years experience

My practice currently primarily focuses on lactation care and support as an IBCLC, doing home visits in the South Puget Sound area. I do 1:1 prenatal visits to discuss past medical and breastfeeding history to create a plan to reach your feeding goals. I specialize in creating pumping plans, assessing possible causes for breast & nipple pain, determining adequate intake, planning for returning to work, introducing solids and safe weaning. If you have experienced infant loss, I can also guide and support your choices for either suppressing lactation or donating your milk. I also occasionally provide care as a night nanny or postpartum doula. Providing practical, hands-on support in the home during the fourth trimester brings me much joy. In the future, my practice will adapt to a continuous care model, starting from pregnancy, to birth, to postpartum. It is what I believe true “with-mother” care should look like. This package is right for those who choose to birth at home. It can be utilized alongside midwifery care, or can be adapted for those choosing to birth outside the medical system. Care will remain the scope that of an IBCLC, herbalist and doula (or birthkeeper), and will not be considered medical care. More details regarding what this package involves are to come in the near future.

Care philosophy

I embrace matrescence, respect autonomy and innate maternal intuition, and support normal physiological birth at home. Lactation care involves listening to the mother, helping identify and meet feeding goals, give counseling and support, and work through various breastfeeding related issues that may afflict mother and baby. Brushing off a mothers concerns or inciting guilt are unacceptable.

Areas served

  • Federal way
  • Lake Tapps
  • Kent
  • Renton
  • Puyallup
  • Enumclaw
  • Covington
  • Maple Valley
  • Sumner
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Giovanna Mangione

Seattle, WA

0 reviews • 9 families supported • 1 years experience

0 reviews • 9 families supported • 1 years experience

I have a degree in psychology, and have spent the past year growing my understanding of all things childbirth. As an infant nanny, I have extensive experience in individualizing care families need postpartum, and what methods work best for each baby and family dynamic. I continue these tenants in my birthwork, and spend ample time both pre and post birth connecting with families to make sure they can access the support they need. I have supported home birth, birth center birth, and hospital birth, and am very comfortable in all settings. I am also a Certified Lactation Educator, and am passionate about educating and supporting parents in their infant feeding journey. I offer two prenatals, full labor and birth presence, and two visits postparum. This way, I know my clients well before we are working together in labor, and have lots of time to talk over things and set up support after baby is born.

Care philosophy

As a birthworker, I see myself as part of a team. I work with my client, their family, and their medical team, to assure they have a safe and supportive environment to birth their baby. As humans, we are not meant to go through pregnancy, birth, or postpartum on our own, and I am so honored to be a part of any family's village. Birth support should not be a privilege, but a right.

Areas served

  • Seattle
  • West Seattle
  • Bellevue
  • Renton
  • Lynwood
  • Northgate
$ flexible
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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

Lactation Consultant: FAQs

A certified lactation consultant is a professional that helps parents address and solve their breastfeeding problems. Many new parents believe that breastfeeding is easy, only to find more obstacles than anticipated. 92% of parents say they are having problems with breastfeeding their new baby within only 3 days.

Nursing doesn’t always come naturally.

Breastfeeding can be overwhelming and all-consuming. A lactation consultant in Lakewood, WA can identify issues such as low milk supply, latching problems, or nipple engorgement. They also offer advice and techniques to help parents understand existing issues, improve how they read their baby’s cues, and feel empowered about breastfeeding despite existing social norms.

Every parent’s journey is unique, and there might be specific challenges or obstacles in your particular situation. The ultimate goal of a lactation consultant is to support parents who choose to breastfeed their children. A lactation consultant in Lakewood, WA can often save parents time and energy, and also give them some peace of mind.

Many mothers also face issues where they cannot breastfeed in the workplace or lack the family support or time to ensure that their child is breastfed correctly. A lactation consultant in Lakewood, WA can also provide a significant amount of moral support, diagnose breastfeeding issues, and solve latching, positioning, and scheduling issues.

To find a lactation specialist in Lakewood, WA, most parents recommend creating a job post on Meela and having uniquely qualified lactation experts near you (in your budget) reach out to you through the Meela app.

You can interview and chat with as many lactation specialists as you wish and hire a lactation consultant with confidence. It is completely free to create a job post on Meela and find a lactation consultant. There are no commitments to hire any of the qualified and expert vetted experts Meela brings you.

Here’s how it works in 3 easy steps:

  1. Post a job for free: Answer some questions and receive responses from top-rated lactation specialists near you. It takes less than 30 seconds to post your job.
  2. Get your list of lactation consultants: In a few hours, you will have a collection of lactation consultants near you who are qualified to meet your needs. You can compare pricing, experience, and read reviews. You can chat with each lactation specialist to learn more about them.
  3. Hire a lactation consultant with confidence: Schedule virtual or in-person interviews with your top choices. Hire your top lactation specialist and start getting the care you deserve.

To find a lactation consultant, you can also browse the available professionals near you in Lakewood, WA and read reviews, compare pricing, experience and fit. Send the lactation consultants you are interested in a message, introducing yourself and setting up an interview. We recommend reaching out to and interviewing at least three lactation consultants before hiring a lactation specialist near you. After interviewing, hire the most qualified lactation specialist near you and start getting the care you deserve.

The cost of a lactation consultant can vary based on a variety of factors, including their experience, their services, and their skills or specializations. Overall, the average cost of a lactation consultant in Lakewood, WA is $185 per hour based on a survey of 120 lactation specialists in the Lakewood, WA area.

Under the Affordable Care Act, many insurance companies should be covering the cost of lactation services. However, there are a number of factors that determine whether insurance will cover the cost of a certified lactation consultant in Lakewood, WA. You should contact your insurance company for more information.

Here are some factors to consider regarding insurance and your lactation consultant cost:

  • Your insurance provider
  • Your individual health plan
  • The type of lactation specialist
  • The specific service provided

Meela’s network of lactations specialists in Lakewood, WA offer both in-home lactation support sessions or virtual lactation support sessions. Both types of sessions typically last between 1 and 3 hours. In your sessions, your lactation specialist will spend time understanding the issues you are facing and work with you and your baby to diagnose the issues have and also provide specific guidance and hands-on practice and exercises.

Lactation consultants help parents understand the best way to comfortably breastfeed their baby and help them navigate breastfeeding social norms. They can also help reduce stress and anxiety about breastfeeding, or help with specific challenges (such as breastfeeding twins, for example). Other parents might just want emotional support that doesn’t currently exist within their family, workplace, or network or friends.

Certified lactation consultants can also help with specialized issues that may arise with premature children or sick children. A parent may not have thought about breastfeeding help until they notice that their baby isn’t gaining weight properly, and finally realize that they might need some support and knowledge before continuing to breastfeed. On the other hand, some parents might prepare with a lactation consultant months before the baby is born.

Whether you are planning ahead or are thinking about a lactation now that you are having breastfeeding issues or concerns, a lactation consultant can be incredibly helpful and useful for parents.

Lactation counselors in Lakewood, WA can often help parents with breastfeeding and offer breastfeeding advice, training, and troubleshooting. Many of these counselors have taken the CLC exam, or the Certified Lactation Counselor exam. A certified lactation counselor has typically undergone 45 hours of training.

On the other hand, a certified lactation consultant in Lakewood, WA has undergone a specific amount of clinical training hours, which is not a requirement to become a lactation counselor. These lactation consultants are certified by the International Board of Certified Lactation Consultants, as well. A lactation consultant typically has a bachelor’s degree in a health field and has undergone 90 hours of training and has somewhere between 300 and 1,000 hours of experience with parents.

Lactation consultants in Lakewood, WA are often working with other healthcare teams in collaboration with postpartum nurses to ensure that parents understand how to breastfeed their babies. Both lactation consultants and lactation counselors can provide support, develop feeding plans, and offer actionable advice with respect to breastfeeding.

The best approach is for parents to hire a lactation specialist early in their pregnancy so that they can help you prepare both mentally and physically. Parents don’t need to wait until your baby is born to begin thinking about breastfeeding support and education.

Some parents might be anxious about breastfeeding in public or feel like they want access to a breastfeeding expert to help both inform and support them. A lactation consultant in Lakewood, WA can also help young professional parents schedule their breastfeeding efficiently so that they can return to work quicker, while others might specialize in helping with breastfeeding anxiety issues.

It is never too late to hire a certified lactation consultant in Lakewood, WA. These breastfeeding consultants can also offer emotional breastfeeding support that can be valuable to those who lack family or workplace support. A lactation consultant can also be critical in identifying warning signs that might indicate more serious growth or developmental issues.

There are many documented benefits to breastfeeding, and parents often believe that it will be an easy and natural experience. Unfortunately, many parents run into issues such as low milk supply, nipple engorgement, or latching problems that can affect their baby’s health. These lactation specialists can be useful for troubleshooting, advice, or emotional support.

Certified lactation consultants can strengthen the bond between parents and their babies through breastfeeding advice, tips, and support. This might include showing parents how to help their baby latch properly, establishing feeding schedules, or dealing with sore nipples or engorgement. A lactation consultant can help new parents better understand their baby’s needs in general, and monitor the baby’s growth and development.

Lactation specialists in Lakewood, WA also offer emotional support and help parents breastfeed more efficiently so that they can get back to work and allow them to better manage expectations. Many parents face issues where they cannot breastfeed in the workplace, or do not have the family support or time to ensure that their child is breastfed properly and with care. These expert consultants can also provide a significant amount of moral support, diagnose breastfeeding issues, while also solving issues such as latching, positioning, and scheduling.

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