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Found 5 Pros in Richmond, VA, USA | Birth doula support
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Jessica Argenzio

Richmond, VA

2 reviews • 250 families supported • 12 years experience

2 reviews • 250 families supported • 12 years experience

My mission is simple -- to provide you with a sense of relief and ease while moving through one of the most paramount (and thrilling) transition for your family. I hope to empower you and your family through this experience, whether it’s your first child, or fifth. I only offer personalized and intimate birth and postpartum doula support because I believe your care and recovery should take all your needs into consideration and offering a plan that is as unique and nurturing as your relationship with your little one. My mission is to create a harmonious transition into parenthood, fostering confidence, well-being, and resilience within every family I serve.

Care philosophy

Empowering new & not so new families through personalized and intimate birth and postpartum doula support. I am dedicated to enhancing the birthing experience and nurturing the postpartum journey for all individuals, offering compassionate care, expert guidance, and unwavering support tailored to their unique needs. My mission is to create a harmonious transition into parenthood....

Areas served

  • henrico
  • goochland
  • Hanover
  • rockville
  • Chesterfield
  • chester
  • Amelia county


  • Maria
    December 15, 2023 at 1:14 am | Client review

    Jessica was a huge help to us during the birth of my first and second child. We hired her for both birth & postpartum, for both kids.
    Originally, we had only signed up for birth for the first one, but I ended up in an unplanned C-section, so she offered to help out for the first few nights. I was home. Long story short, I couldn’t let go lol.
    Jessica always make sure my kitchen was clean every morning when I woke up. She washed all nursing and pumping parts, she did all diaper changes and feedings, and when it was time for her to go, she just handed me the monitor and left.
    She is very communicative and attentive. I can tell she is very passionate about her career choice. She is a safe space for me and my husband during such a pivotal moment in our lives. We love Jessica and are happy to recommend her to any family.

$ flexible
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Constance Parker

Richmond, VA

3 reviews • 5 families supported • 2 years experience

3 reviews • 5 families supported • 2 years experience

Welcome! My name is Constance Parker, and I am the owner of Sijambo Counseling Services. I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), DONA-trained Birth Doula, Certified Childbirth Educator, and Certified Perinatal Mental Health Professional who has worked in maternal mental health, veteran health, and healthcare for unhoused individuals. I use a holistic approach when working with my clients, by focusing on the mental health of the pregnant person along with the physical health. I earned my Master of Social Work (MSW) from the University of Pittsburgh after completing my Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) at Edinboro University of Pennsylvania. In addition, to being a social/birth worker, I am a military wife, mother of four, budding gardener, and avid reader.

Care philosophy

Sijambo counseling Services offer physical, emotional, and educational support to birthing people during the prenatal and postpartum periods as well as continuous labor and birth support.

Areas served

  • Richmond, VA and surrounding areas.


  • Myisha
    June 14, 2023 at 1:28 am | Peer review

    While working with Mrs Parker I was able to first had see her dedication and care for her clients. She was a great advocate and also encouraged clients to have a voice and advocate for themselves.

$ flexible

Katy Ciesla

Richmond, VA

0 reviews • 4 families supported • 1 years experience

0 reviews • 4 families supported • 1 years experience

I am a certified Birth, Bereavement and Adoption Doula. Most people are familiar with a birth doula, but a bereavement doula, most are unaware exist. My hope is to bring awareness to this field and give support to anyone who wants or needs it. My name is Katy, and I am a mom of three amazing kids, twice through adoption. I am a wife to a loving husband, I am a daughter, an ally, a teacher, a social worker, and a friend. I am a nurturer by nature, and find power in empathy. This led me to pursue this work. As a bereavement doula, I not only provide support through your birth, but through your loss. I am there for you during your miscarriage. I am there through your stillbirth. I am there when your baby has a terminal diagnosis, and I can be there through your abortion. I can be there if you choose adoption, and I can be there if you are an adoptive parent. I will be with you, hold your hand, emotionally support you and help you labor and deliver your child, to bring them Earth side. I will be there so that you can celebrate your child, your family, the joy, the sadness, and everything in between without having to spend moments on the details. Every human deserves a person. As your doula, I will be your person. Together we will celebrate your joy and your grief. No one should ever be alone during their hardest moments, if they don’t want to be. It is my hope to empower you through your journey, and support you to the best of my abilities. Much love, Katy

Care philosophy

Thank you for taking the time to visit my corner of the internet. I am an SBD Certified Birth, Bereavement, & Adoption Doula. My biggest passion is helping all mothers, & birthing people through any outcome. I meet my families with empathy, compassion, & care throughout each step of the way. My passion is walking along side others through their journey, & providing warmth, support, & comfort.

Areas served

  • Greater Richmond Area
$ flexible

La-Kiesha Hobbs

Petersburg, VA

0 reviews • 1 families supported • 1 years experience

0 reviews • 1 families supported • 1 years experience

My passion of supporting birthing parents and decreasing maternal and fetal health challenges led me to pursue a career in labor support.

Care philosophy

As a trained Birth and Postpartum Doula, I feel honored to be able to share my expertise with the families I work with. As well as physical, emotional, and educational support during labor, my role is also to act as an advocate. I believe in DONA's mission of a doula for every family that wants one. Every birthing parent should be able to enjoy the benefits of continuous labor support.

Areas served

  • Tri-cites of Virginia
  • Richmond, Virginia
$ flexible
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Sasha Stratos

Richmond, VA

3 reviews • 25 families supported • 3 years experience

3 reviews • 25 families supported • 3 years experience

I am a full-spectrum birth doula, birth photographer, and certified lactation counselor in Richmond, VA. You can find more info about me and my services at

Care philosophy

I believe that everyone who wants a doula deserves to have access to one; I believe in offering empathetic and compassionate, non-judge mental support for people of any background and any birth preferences; and I believe that birth is a sacred experience, and you deserve a doula who honors and facilitates that.

Areas served

  • Richmond, VA
  • Midlothian, VA
  • Chesterfield, VA
  • Mechanicsville, VA
  • Ashland, VA
  • Goochland, VA
  • Central Virginia
  • Charlottesville, VA
  • Lynchburg, VA
  • Fredericksburg, VA
  • Powhatan, VA


  • Allie
    October 11, 2022 at 10:38 am | Client review

    From the moment I connected with Alex very early in my pregnancy I knew she was the right fit to help me through what can be a very difficult life transition. Alex is easy going, open, overwhelmingly kind, and immediately put me at ease (and made me laugh- which is an often overlooked must have haha). Alex was an incredible educator and advocate to help me through the whole process of pregnancy, labor and delivery, and post partum. As someone who’s labor lasted 38 hours I can honestly say Alex was there for the whole thing- she checked in constantly in the early moments and when it was go time she was right there giving me verbal, emotional, and physical support. My sister also felt super supported and appreciated all of Alex’s validations and guidance (especially through labor!). Alex also did an amazing job of taking pictures during my labor and delivery and I am endlessly grateful for the beautiful memories she captured. I’ve already recommended Alex to several friends and loved ones and can’t wait to keep sending her name to everyone I know who is pregnant! Thank you so much Alex!!!

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 Richmond, VA.  

You can browse through the available doulas in Richmond, VA 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 Richmond, VA in three easy steps:

  1. Post a job for free: answer some questions and receive responses from top-rated doulas in Richmond, VA. It takes less than 30 seconds to post your job.
  1. Get your list of Richmond, VA 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 Richmond, VA to be $1,001, which is the average cost of a doula in the state of Virginia. The cost of a doula in Richmond, VA can range from $807 to $1,196. These costs are based on a representative group of 139 doulas surveyed by Meela across the state of Virginia. The average cost of a doula in Virginia is about the same as the U.S. national average cost of a doula, which is $971.

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

Evidence suggests that a birth doula in Richmond, VA 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 Richmond, VA; 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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