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Found 4 Pros in Pittsburgh, PA, USA | Birth doula support
EXPERIENCE
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Families served
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Marlee & Megan Malone-Franklin

Pittsburgh, PA

0 reviews • 300 families supported • 7 years experience

0 reviews • 300 families supported • 7 years experience

We've been supporting growing families since 2014. We tailor our work to help meet our clients’ individual needs - from birth preparation classes, to doula support for labor and birth, to in-home support and care during the newborn/postpartum period. We believe EVERYONE deserves compassionate, inclusive, trauma-informed, non-judgmental support and advocacy during the perinatal time! We have particular specialties in supporting: - People who are members of oppressed groups who want to have a pregnancy, birth, and postpartum experience where they feel seen, heard, comfortable, and safe - People giving birth in a hospital who still want to have a more holistic, whole-person experience (whether or not pain medication is planned or used) - Parents who have experienced a long or challenging fertility journey (including pregnancy loss, infertility, assisted reproductive technology, surrogacy, and more) - People experiencing medically complicated pregnancies

Care philosophy

Everyone deserves support on the life-changing journeys of pregnancy, birth, and new parenthood! Whether you’re looking for labor support, wishing you could turn to someone kind and experienced with questions about your baby in those early newborn weeks, or searching for an inclusive and compassionate birth preparation class, we’re here to help!

Areas served

  • Allegheny County
  • Pittsburgh
$ flexible
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Natalia Krichten

Pittsburgh, PA

0 reviews • 200 families supported • 7 years experience

0 reviews • 200 families supported • 7 years experience

I have dedicated my life not only to caring for others but also to Reproductive Healthcare & Justice, and I have a combination of skills, talents, & education that are truly unique. From training as a Doula, Midwife Assistant, & Community Health Advocate, to education & self study in reproductive health, herbalism, & traditional healing skills, as well as certifications in Lactation Counseling, BLS/CPR, Neonatal Resuscitation, ServSafe, & OSHA BBP; you can trust that I am qualified to guide & support you in all situations.

Care philosophy

I believe all people deserve respect, advocacy, & compassion through the life changing events of pregnancy, birth, & postpartum, regardless of their method or outcome, sexual/gender identities, race, religion, or socioeconomic status. I believe in evidence-based practice, & also that we must be culturally humble, & respectful of traditions that science has disregarded via sexism/racism/xenophobia.

Areas served

  • Allegheny County
  • Westmoreland County
  • Butler County
  • Beaver County
  • Washington County
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Mallory Scalise

Pittsburgh, PA

0 reviews • 12 families supported • 1 years experience

0 reviews • 12 families supported • 1 years experience

Empowered Holistic Birth offers Childbirth Education Classes, Breastfeeding Support, Placenta Encapsulation/Preparation and Placenta Art, Birth + Fresh 48 Photography, Birth Attendance and Doula Support through all stages of a woman’s life, Bereavement Support/Pregnancy Loss and much more!

Care philosophy

Empowered Holistic Birth was founded in 2019. They are four mothers, their lives are led by Faith, and they are passionate about birth! We believe in a world where there is “A Doula at every birth”. Our mission is to support women through all walks of their pre-conception, prenatal, and postnatal care. To empower women with the armor of knowledge, strength and confidence within themselves.

Areas served

  • Allegheny County
  • Fayette County
  • Westmoreland County
  • Washington County
  • Greene County
  • Morgantown, WV
  • Willing to drive 3 hours one way!
$ flexible
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Marlee and Megan Malone-Franklin

Pittsburgh, PA

0 reviews • 400 families supported • 8 years experience

0 reviews • 400 families supported • 8 years experience

We are a wife-and-wife team serving families in Orange County and Long Beach since 2014. As experienced doulas, we bring a depth of knowledge and compassion to each family we work with. We view our role as mentors, and recognize each client as the expert on their own experience. We are here to offer information and insightful questions to help parents make decisions that are right for them. Supporting families through pregnancy and beyond, our services include childbirth education, birth doula support, postpartum doula support, lactation consults, and gentle sleep consulting. We love helping families access the tools they need - both internal and external - to bring as much ease into this time as possible. You can learn more about us at https://riverbendbirth.com.

Care philosophy

We view pregnancy, birth, and the postpartum time as rights of passage that look different for each person. In our trauma-informed practice, we love offering support for those who find these to be times of joy and challenge, and want some extra help and guidance as they navigate welcoming a new baby into the family. You can learn more about us at https://riverbendbirth.com.

Areas served

  • East End
  • South Hills
  • North HIlls
  • West Hills
  • Oakland
  • Monroeville

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 Pittsburgh, PA.  

You can browse through the available doulas in Pittsburgh, PA 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 Pittsburgh, PA in three easy steps:

  1. Post a job for free: answer some questions and receive responses from top-rated doulas in Pittsburgh, PA. It takes less than 30 seconds to post your job.
  1. Get your list of Pittsburgh, PA 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, the average cost of a doula in Pittsburgh, PA is $788, but typically ranges from $666 to $910. These costs are based on a representative group of 20 doulas surveyed by Meela in the Pittsburgh area. The average cost of a doula in Pittsburgh, PA is lower than the average cost of a doula in the state of Pennsylvania, which is $853.

To put this in further context, the cost of a doula in Pittsburgh, PA is lower than the U.S. national average cost of a doula, which is $971.

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

Evidence suggests that a birth doula in Pittsburgh, PA 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 Pittsburgh, PA; 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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