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Found 3 Pros in Rockford, IL, USA | Birth doula support
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Mikala Books

Rockford, IL

2 reviews • 30 families supported • 4 years experience

2 reviews • 30 families supported • 4 years experience

I started exploring birth work 10 years ago. I had two traumatic birth experiences and it led me to want to empower women to make informed decisions for themselves. I love this work and it has been fulfilling in my heart from day one.

Care philosophy

At Birthkeeper & Beyond, we believe that mom knows what is best for her. We provide the care she needs and the way she needs it.

Areas served

  • freeport, illinois
  • dekalb, illinois
  • durand, illinois
  • sycamore, illinois
  • beloit, wisconsin


  • Lillian
    August 24, 2022 at 11:29 am | Client review

    This is my 2nd birth, first home birth. Mikala has a very gentle personality, immediately felt at home with her. Pre delivery she followed up with me often, always asked what questions I had, in addition to providing her wisdom on typical pregnancy concerns or discomforts. Mikala listened to the type of birth I envisioned and respected my wishes the whole way. She has become like family. I couldn’t have wished for a better experience.

$ flexible
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Abigail Johnsen

Lakemoor, IL

0 reviews • 8 families supported • 3 years experience

0 reviews • 8 families supported • 3 years experience

My name is Abigail Johnsen and I live in the Northwest Suburbs of Chicago. I’m married 7 years to myhusband, Josh. We have two wonderful kiddos and an attention-hungry, lovable pup named Marcy. You’ll usually find us reading, watching Netflix, or dancing around the kitchen! I became a Birth Doula because I realized how much I hadn't known what exactly my body could do or even what I needed during the whole process. I wanted to learn and share that knowledge with others too. Birthing bodies are incredible and it is an honor to be able to be a part of your journey.

Care philosophy

I feel it is important for pregnant people to have the support and education they need to have a good birth experience. I want to empower people to make informed choices for their bodies and their children. I strive to give them the necessary support they need to have the birth that they want.

Areas served

  • McHenry County
  • Lake County
  • Kenosha
$ flexible

Maggie Flanagan

Rockford, IL

0 reviews • 3 families supported • 1 years experience

0 reviews • 3 families supported • 1 years experience

I am a DONA trained birth doula located in Rockford, IL. I provide pregnancy, labor, and birth support to the surrounding areas.

Care philosophy

As a doula, my care philosophy centers around empowering the mother and providing calm, supportive care throughout the birthing process. My approach to care is rooted in building strong relationships with my clients, listening to their needs and concerns, and advocating for their wishes.

Areas served

  • Rockford, IL
  • Chicago Suburbs
  • Madison, WI
  • Northen IL
  • Southern WI

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 Rockford, IL.  

You can browse through the available doulas in Rockford, IL 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 Rockford, IL in three easy steps:

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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 Rockford, IL is $675, but typically ranges from $400 to $950. These costs are based on a representative group of 6 doulas surveyed by Meela in the Rockford area. The average cost of a doula in Rockford, IL is lower than the average cost of a doula in the state of Illinois, which is $959.

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

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

Evidence suggests that a birth doula in Rockford, IL 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 Rockford, IL; 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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