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Found 12 Pros in Shelton, CT 06484, USA | Birth doula support
EXPERIENCE
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Families served
0 3500
Birth fee
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HOURLY RATE
$0 $500
$ flexible
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Danielle Dixon

CT

0 reviews • 20 families supported • 3 years experience

0 reviews • 20 families supported • 3 years experience

Get the Birth, Get the Support, Get the care YOU envision

Care philosophy

While do not have a specific care philosophy I believe my goal is to serve families wholeheartedly

Areas served

  • Bridgeport, Ansonia, New Haven, Seymour
  • Orange, Shelton, West Haven
  • East Haven, Stamford, Norwalk, Westport
  • Groton, Manchester, Bristol, New London
$ flexible
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Ashanti Rivera

Waterbury, CT

3 reviews • 100 families supported • 8 years experience

3 reviews • 100 families supported • 8 years experience

I've been a doula for 8yrs. I became a doula after having my 3rd baby (out of 6). I had a wonderful experience with a doula that encouraged my journey to follow this path.

Care philosophy

I meet clients where they are. Supporting them in the way they desire.

Areas served

  • Waterbury

Reviews

  • Keianna
    October 25, 2022 at 11:18 am | Client review

    Ashanti has been a blessing to me and family since I found her. My first pregnancy I didn’t have much support but Ashanti showed up and showed out, she worked with me and made sure I had the support I needed, always. This is the reason why I’ll always choose her to be my doula, as she is my doula again this time around🎉. Not only is she a great doula, but she’s an awesome mentor and friend. She’ll do anything to make sure her clients feel well supported to the best of her ability and it’s has to be an anointing on her life the way she shows up for her clients all while being a mother herself, a wife, business owner etc (she wears many hats lol). I’m so happy she in my life, one of the best decisions I’ve ever made!

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Kaitlyn Reed

CT

3 reviews • 16 families supported • 1 years experience

3 reviews • 16 families supported • 1 years experience

I am a DONA Certified Birth Doula and a Rhode Island Certified Perinatal Doula experienced in working with those choosing to have a home birth or water birth, those walking through birth anxiety, and those needing strong human rights advocacy in the hospital setting. I utilize evidence-based childbirth education to teach, Spinning Babies techniques to physically support, trauma-informed care to emotionally support, and Birth Monopoly training to encourage advocacy with my clients. I take an overall holistic and natural-minded approach to care. I work with my clients throughout their pregnancy, continuously through labor and birth, and for a few weeks postpartum in the hospital, at home, and in birth centers. I have a Bachelor’s degree in Education, and prior to becoming a Birth Doula, I spent a decade professionally teaching. My career has been spent educating and caring for children and their families, which has proven to be extremely beneficial to my birth work. It’s my desire to continue supporting and loving on families as they engage in the most important moments of their lives. I birthed both of my children at home and I have a deep love and respect for home births. Through my own pregnancy and birth experiences, I found that having proper support with people you truly trust and feel safe with is absolutely essential for a satisfying birth experience. I'm eager to support you, educate you, reassure you, and help you advocate for everything you want your birth to be. It's my goal to ensure you always feel safe, heard, loved, respected, and empowered throughout your journey.

Care philosophy

A holistic and natural-minded approach to prenatal, birth, and postpartum care. I deeply invest in and care about my clients, creating a "professional friendship" so that you feel incredibly safe, loved, and cared for during your journey.

Areas served

  • Connecticut
  • Rhode Island

Reviews

  • Ashley
    October 6, 2022 at 10:49 am | Client review

    Kaitlyns experience and professionalism made her a perfect fit. She was amazing!

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Dana Oakes-Sand

CT

0 reviews • 350 families supported • 18 years experience

0 reviews • 350 families supported • 18 years experience

I have been a birth Doula for 18 years, attending my first birth in 2003. I feel honored and blessed to be chosen by a family to support them through their pregnancy, labor and postpartum period… it truly is a transformative time for everyone. My philosophy is that you get to decide how you give birth, and what interventions or not that you use. I’m here to help you make your best, informed choices, do that you can feel confident and secure in the moment. I have nearly two decades and hundreds of births of experience to help you in those vulnerable moments- and knowledge to help if things aren’t moving as smoothly as we would hope. I have been trained in many modalities to help support any birth process.

Care philosophy

My job is to help you have a safe, supported and empowered birth as you see it for yourself. In the 18 years I’ve been working, I’ve seen everything and know that what works for one family doesn’t work for all- I’m here to help you have YOUR best birth. I’ll use all my skills and experience to help you get there.

Areas served

  • Hudson Valley
  • Western Massachusetts
$ flexible
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Megan McCleary-Way

CT

0 reviews • 4 families supported • 1 years experience

0 reviews • 4 families supported • 1 years experience

In my personal and professional experience I have come across many families who have had less than ideal situations during pregnancy and birth. I hear about the lack of information and support from the providers side which has encouraged me to become a doula. I know with having knowledge and support birth outcomes can turn into more positive experiences. Part of my practice is to include the family as a whole by looking at the roles, expectations and wants of each person. I whole heartedly feel that mental health and where someone is at in their head impacts their experience. I work with my clients to feel understood and heard.

Care philosophy

I am a mix between holistic care and evidence-based care. I like to mix the "woo" with the science in my practice. I tend to lean towards the caring older sister in my approach and style. I am straightforward with information and will do what I can to make your experience as close to ideal as possible. I also enjoy inserting humor into what I do.

Areas served

  • Western CT
  • Central CT
$ flexible
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Kyrsten Pieger

CT

0 reviews • 19 families supported • 2 years experience

0 reviews • 19 families supported • 2 years experience

My name is Kyrsten and I am currently living in Hamden, CT. I serve clients in most of Connecticut, along with parts of New York & Massachusetts. I have been working with young children since I was 15 when I started at my local YMCA. After years of childcare, I became the First Aid Coordinator which jumpstarted my healthcare career. I went on to become a Nurse and worked in a pediatric office for over 3 years. Although I loved seeing my patients and learning new things along the way, I never felt I was providing as much care and support I knew I could. Which is when I decided to become a Doula.

Care philosophy

My role as your Doula, whether its during prenatal, labor & birth or postpartum, is to ensure you feel confident during this pivotal time in your life. Welcoming a new baby into your family is a huge adjustment and I'm here to assure you along the way!

Areas served

  • New Haven County
  • Fairfield County
  • New London County
  • Middlesex County
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Shamica Frasier

New Haven, CT

3 reviews • 6 families supported • 3 years experience

3 reviews • 6 families supported • 3 years experience

I don't just connect with my clients, I am my clients. I am a hardworking single mom of 3 who had 3 very different birth journeys. I have done work in my community with the focus on perinatal health and lactation especially for BIPOC. I love to meet clients where they are and create a birth or postpartum plan for where they would like to go. With this I am able to support and inform from a place that is tailored to each birth & Postpartum client

Care philosophy

My philosophy is all birthing bodies should be able to birth confidently with the support of information & TLC as they journey into their new chapter. I also believe the support don't just stop at birth, it continues to postpartum and lactation to. That's why my services have been designed to care for families at various stages of their journey

Areas served

  • Surrounding areas of New Haven and more
  • New Haven and more

Reviews

  • Jessica
    September 14, 2022 at 11:53 am | Peer review

    Shamica is an absolute asset to the birth community. She has the knowledge, patience, warmth and resources to provide to families. She and I have worked together and she has provided great experiences for families in our community

$ flexible
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Kara Tweedie

West Haven, CT

0 reviews • 6 families supported • 1 years experience

0 reviews • 6 families supported • 1 years experience

I will support a family in every way I possibly can, physically, emotionally , and educationally. I am a mother to 2 children and I feel having a network of friends, family, colleagues and support systems will make this journey of parenthood that must easier.

Care philosophy

I believe all women should have the opportunity to birth in the environment that makes them feel most comfortable and safe. Wether, that be at home, at a birth center, or at a hospital. I also support women who choose to have pain relief or scheduled c-sections. I am there for all your needs from start to finish and beyond!

Areas served

  • Southern CT
  • Western, CT
  • Centra, CT
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Colleen Myatt

CT

0 reviews • 350 families supported • 7 years experience

0 reviews • 350 families supported • 7 years experience

My package includes 2 prenatal visits, labor & birth support and a postpartum follow up. At your first appointment we will start your Birth Plan, go over your history, I give instruction on how to do Spinning Babies exercises to help with your comfort and get baby in a good position for the birth. At your second prenatal we will go over Breastfeeding Basics (if you plan to BF), Infant CPR Instruction, go over when to call me and what to pack. All appointments are in your home.

Care philosophy

I believe woman should have a voice in how they would like to birth their baby. Being pregnant and birthing is not a medical condition so lets not treat it like one. I have been in business going on 7 years and have attended hundreds of births. I am there to support you before, during and after you birth. I would love to chat with you about all of your gentle birthing choices.

Areas served

  • I live in Bethany CT but travel up to 60 miles
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Allison Petrides

New Canaan, CT

0 reviews • 40 families supported • 3 years experience

0 reviews • 40 families supported • 3 years experience

After birthing three children within a time span of five years, I couldn't help but recognize how overwhelming pregnancy, childbirth and parenting in general can be. I also had an unfavorable birthing experience with my first child. I was young, under-supported with financially limited options and felt "under-qualified" to be part of labor and delivery decision making. I simply left everything up to my obstetrician. I was told what to do and what not to do, what to take, where to go and even when to push. I was rarely asked for consent, but rather told what they were doing to me as they decided to do it. It all felt so clinical, almost as if I was in the hospital due to an illness rather than a healthy, natural event. I felt lonely, helpless and scared for three days straight. Needless to say, the experience left me wondering what could have been done differently and what choices each pregnant mother has to create a more positive birthing experience. The moment I discovered doula work, it gave me a sense of relief learning that our society has a support system specially geared for the mother to be guided and assisted through this journey. I personally feel that our culture has brainwashed us to believe that childbirth is simply a painful burden to endure. (Cue television and movie clips where the laboring woman is screaming bloody murder and everyone is rushing around her as if there is a scary emergency to be remedied.) However, with the right knowledge and support, there can be such beauty and empowerment that comes with knowing all of your choices and feeling in control while fully trusting that your body has the capability and the strength to do exactly what it's meant to do - create new life and make miracles happen.

Care philosophy

I am passionate about childbirth and I work hard to ensure that my clients have a positive and memorable birth experience however they may envision that to look like. My goal is for you to feel informed, respected and for your voice to be heard by your birthing team in your chosen birth environment.

Areas served

  • Fairfield County, CT
  • Westchester County, NY
$ flexible
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Hannah Miller

New Britain, CT

0 reviews • 4 families supported • 1 years experience

0 reviews • 4 families supported • 1 years experience

Warmest welcome to your growing family. My name is Hannah Miller and I am a doula serving Connecticut and Western Massachusetts. I provide information and support to nurture and empower families throughout pregnancy, birth, and into those sweet first months. My goal is for families to have a beautiful birth and a smooth postpartum transition. My many years of experience in childcare and several doula trainings have prepared me for this - my dream job where I get to help make your dreams come true! Please check out my services to see the many ways I can help your family! And don't hesitate to reach out with any questions and to set up a time to chat about your family's needs. I look forward to supporting your family through this exciting new chapter in life!

Care philosophy

My goal is to make your pregnancy, labor and postpartum experience an empowering experience!!!

Areas served

  • Central Connecticut, New Haven, Springfield
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Shadae Jenkins

Hartford, CT

0 reviews • 7 families supported • 1 years experience

0 reviews • 7 families supported • 1 years experience

At RosesHands we provide unbiased and inclusive Bith and Postpartum work for all birthing bodies. This includes adoption assistance, abortion support, fertility consultations, and more. We pride ourselves in being full-spectrum for everyone.

Care philosophy

To show the world that through evidenced education and holistic means you can heal the body, the womb, the spirit, and the mind. The mission is to spread both knowledge and healing so that one may become whole again.

Areas served

  • Hartford
  • West Hartford
  • East Hartford

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 Shelton, CT.  

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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 Shelton, CT to be $933, which is the average cost of a doula in the state of Connecticut. The cost of a doula in Shelton, CT can range from $758 to $1,107. These costs are based on a representative group of 100 doulas surveyed by Meela across the state of Connecticut. The average cost of a doula in Connecticut is about the same as the U.S. national average cost of a doula, which is $971.

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

Evidence suggests that a birth doula in Shelton, CT 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 Shelton, CT; 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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