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Found 2 Pros in Madison, WI, USA | Birth doula support
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Patricia Mazza

Janesville, WI

2 reviews • 83 families supported • 17 years experience

2 reviews • 83 families supported • 17 years experience

Tricia started her doula journey after the birth of her first daughter about 17 years ago. She worked at a birthing center in California where she learned about birth, pregnancy, breastfeeding and parenting through the doulas, lactation consultants, and midwives who worked in the center. In 2006 Tricia decided to move to Wisconsin and trained with DONA. In 2008 she met her husband and started planning her next birth. After several attempts and a miscarriage they were finally able to have a successful home birth after cesarean(hbac) in 2009, followed by a birthcenter birth in 2013. Though her main focus was on raising her family she continued her studies, attended births and provided postpartum care for friends and friends of friends over the years. In 2022 she decided to recertify with ProDoula. She is currently studying midwifery through National College of Midwifery via their distance learning program, is training as a bereavement doula through Stillbirth Day and is pursuing childbirth education certification as well as placenta encapsulation certification. She was trained in Hipbirth- The Childbirth Method (Lori Dorman) at the birth center she worked at in California and is familiar in supporting parents with other hypnobirthing programs and many other birthing methods such as Bradley and Lamaze. Tricia is very familiar in supporting waterbirths, vbacs, birthcenter and natural births at hospitals. When Tricia is not supporting families, she enjoys traveling, camping and hiking with her husband and three children. She loves sewing and embroidery. Tricia is also an avid volunteer and was a recipient of the Presidential Lifetime Achievement Award in 2020 for providing over 4,000 hours of community service. Her love and commitment to serving others as well as providing education and resources to birthing families makes her a dedicated and supportive doula in our community. 

Care philosophy

I believe that birth is a natural physiological process and that each person's individual needs should be taken into consideration during labor. This is why I believe every birthing parent deserves the attention and quality care of a doula during labor.

Areas served

  • Madison Janesville and surrounding areas
  • Milwaukee and surrounding areas
  • Dane County
  • Northern Illinois
  • Racine and Kenosha Counties and surrounding areas
  • Nation wide travel doula services


  • Stephanie
    September 5, 2022 at 11:17 am | Peer review

    Tricia has worked with our agency as a postpartum doula helping families with their newborns. She is profesional, caring, and reliable. I would highly recommend her.


Ashley Hartman Annis

Madison, WI

2 reviews • 85 families supported • 5 years experience

2 reviews • 85 families supported • 5 years experience

The first birth I attended was the birth of my niece in 2014—and I've been excited about pregnancy, birth, & fertility every since. I attend births in the Madison area, and I also offer 1:1 virtual childbirth education and support for people who are trying to conceive and people who have experienced miscarriages / fertility issues. I am also trained in somatic (body-based) trauma support and have tools for working with birth trauma, fertility trauma, and nervous system regulation.

Care philosophy

Hi there! My name is Ashley and I'm a full spectrum doula, somatic practitioner, and childbirth / fertility educator. All of my services are gender inclusive and trauma informed. I believe that individuals and families don't need someone to tell them what they should do—they need compassionate support, information, options, and validation that what they are feeling and wanting is reasonable.

Areas served

  • Madison, WI and virtual clients anywhere in the US


  • Ellen
    September 27, 2023 at 1:00 am | Client review

    Ashley met with us multiple times prior to our birth to help develop our birth plan and ease our concerns. During my labor, Ashley helped us consider all of our options so we could make the best informed decisions for ourselves. She is a quiet, calming presence in the delivery room (and brings twinkle lights!) and helped me navigate my labor to advocate for myself.

    Working with Ashley helped me feel supported and educated throughout pregnancy, labor, and postpartum. I can’t recommend having a doula enough, and Ashley goes above and beyond to make her clients feel supported, cared for, and well informed.

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 Madison, WI.  

You can browse through the available doulas in Madison, WI 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 Madison, WI in three easy steps:

  1. Post a job for free: answer some questions and receive responses from top-rated doulas in Madison, WI. It takes less than 30 seconds to post your job.
  1. Get your list of Madison, WI 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 Madison, WI to be $893, which is the average cost of a doula in the state of Wisconsin. The cost of a doula in Madison, WI can range from $722 to $1,063. These costs are based on a representative group of 38 doulas surveyed by Meela across the state of Wisconsin. The average cost of a doula in Wisconsin is lower than the U.S. national average cost of a doula, which is $971.

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

Evidence suggests that a birth doula in Madison, WI 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 Madison, WI; 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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