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Found 5 Pros in Seattle, WA, USA | Postpartum doula support
EXPERIENCE
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Families served
0 3500
Birth fee
$0 $7500
HOURLY RATE
$0 $500
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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.

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Chyna Roberts

Everett, WA

2 reviews • 7 families supported • 3 years experience

2 reviews • 7 families supported • 3 years experience

I am a mom of 4 who felt very lost with my first child. I took the opportunity to read every book and article I could find on maternal health and postpartum care. Furthering my knowledge through professional training and certification to provide the best support to family and friends and families who felt the same fear and uncertainty I did entering parenthood.

Care philosophy

To make every family feel heard and understood, providing care at a level that makes them feel safe.

Areas served

  • North Puget Sound

Reviews

  • Felissya
    October 3, 2022 at 10:24 am | Client review

    Patient and always willing to help.

$ flexible
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Ryajo Silver

Seattle, WA

2 reviews • 356 families supported • 12 years experience

2 reviews • 356 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!

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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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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

Postpartum Doula Services: FAQs

For most parents, the transition into early parenthood is hard. Postpartum doulas in Seattle, WA offer all sorts of practical, physical, informational and emotional support to new parents. Postpartum doulas in Seattle, WA offer a wide range of after-birth support services, including:

  1. Caring for and assisting in the recovery of the birthing parent
  2. Providing breastfeeding and lactation support
  3. Offering advice for baby soothing, diapering and bathing
  4. Parent-baby bonding
  5. Caring for older siblings
  6. Light housework
  7. Night nannying or sleep relief services

Some parents require additional physical and emotional support due to their specific situation, lack of family support, or their particular lifestyle. A postpartum doula positively affects the entire family, as many postpartum doulas are involved in sibling care, housework chores, and educating clients on childcare information/techniques.

To find a postpartum doula in Seattle, WA, most parents recommend creating a job post on Meela and having uniquely qualified postpartum doulas near you (in your budget) reach out to you through the Meela app.

You can interview and chat with as many postpartum doulas as you wish and hire a postpartum doula in Seattle, WA with confidence. It is completely free to create a job post on Meela and find a postpartum doula. There are no commitments to hire any of the qualified and expert vetted postpartum doulas 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 postpartum doulas near you. It takes less than 30 seconds to post your job.
  2. Get your list of postpartum doulas: In a few hours, you will have a collection of postpartum doulas near you who are qualified to meet your needs. You can compare pricing, experience, and read reviews. You can chat with each postpartum doula to learn more about them.
  3. Hire a postpartum doula with confidence: Schedule virtual or in-person interviews with your top postpartum doula choices. Hire your top postpartum doula and start getting the care you deserve.

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

While the cost of a postpartum doula can vary based on experience and the services offered, the average cost of a postpartum doula in Seattle, WA is $39 per hour, but typically ranges from $35 to $44 per hour. These costs are based on a representative group of 218 postpartum doulas surveyed by Meela in the Seattle area. The average cost of a postpartum doula in Seattle, WA is higher than the average cost of a postpartum doula in the state of Washington, which is $37 per hour.

To put this in further context, the cost of a postpartum doula in Seattle, WA is higher than the U.S. national average cost of a postpartum doula, which is $37 per hour.

When hiring a postpartum doula in Seattle, WA, you and your doula will discuss and agree upon a fee structure, and your postpartum doula will send you itemized invoices through Meela, which you can pay securely through the app.

A postpartum doula in Seattle, WA is meant to help the entire family and their role is not just limited to the birthing parent and newborn. A doula provides physical and emotional support to parents and siblings, but they also offer information and advice regarding how to feed, bathe, swaddle, and soothe the baby.

They also often help with postpartum depression issues, and are considered child care “consultants” rather than medical professionals. Many postpartum doulas in Seattle, WA offer a range of services that can help with parents trying to adjust to a newborn child. These services often include:

  • Sibling care
  • Assist with household chores
  • Parent-baby bonding
  • Physical and emotional recovery
  • Support to parents and extended family

A postpartum doula in Seattle, WA can have a lasting positive impact on a family and help them feel more confident about their parenting role and the way that they feed and nurture their baby. They might offer advice regarding feeding, bathing, and parent-baby bonding.

It is important to note that a postpartum doula might offer advice but is not expected to provide medical care of any kind or serve as a replacement to an accredited physician. Postpartum doulas are also not qualified to prescribe medication.

Many new parents want to know about certified postpartum doulas and how exactly they are certified. Since the demand for postpartum doulas has greatly expanded in the last several years, the number of reputable postpartum doula training and certification programs has grown in Seattle, WA. Training criteria can differ from program to program, but most follow a similar curriculum which includes core academic curriculum and practical hours and real-life care experience.

One of the most common national postpartum doula training certifications comes from DONA International. A postpartum doula usually receives about 27 hours of practical training before they are a certified postpartum doula.

There are also CAPPA-certified postpartum doulas in Seattle, WA, as well. These doulas were certified by the Childbirth and Postpartum Professional Association, an international organization that certifies doulas and other childbirth educators/professionals.

As a reminder, because postpartum doulas are not trained to be a medical professional and diagnose and treat medical conditions, a certification is not required for them to practice.

As their names suggest, a birth doula’s main priority is to provide support services before, during and in the moments immediately after childbirth. A postpartum doula’s obligations usually begin after the birth, for several weeks or months. In many cases, your birth doula will also be a trained and certified postpartum doula, which can provide a continuity of care that many parents find extremely valuable.

Many parents want to know whether a postpartum doula or a baby nurse would meet their needs and expectations. A baby nurse might be focused on making sure that a baby sleeps or feeds properly, but that might be the extent of their role. A postpartum doula generally offers more holistic services for their clients.

A postpartum doula in Seattle, WA is expected to be more involved with the family as a whole. They might remain involved in sibling care or also provide emotional support to the partner as both parents adjust to becoming new parents. This may even include support for older siblings, light housework, and even meal prep. A postpartum doula provides more physical, emotional, and informational support than a baby nurse.

You can hire two types of doulas in Seattle, WA: 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.

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