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Found 9 Pros in Toms River, NJ, USA | Birth doula support
EXPERIENCE
0 50
Families served
0 3500
Birth fee
$0 $7500
HOURLY RATE
$0 $500
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Chris Graves

NJ

3 reviews • 18 families supported • 2 years experience

3 reviews • 18 families supported • 2 years experience

I am a mother of 4 adult children. Raising them has been the joy of my life. I have a passion for serving others and have spent my life working with families and children several roles. I was a sign language interpreter when my children were young, I eventually began working in family ministry. Two years ago I decided to take a leap of faith and follow my passion to support moms, dads and babies. Part of that decision comes from the lack of support I felt when my children were born. Not that my husband of now 28 years wasn’t great, because he was. But we were not informed and felt run over by the medical system in woman’s health. So my desire is to make sure no new mom’s ever feel alone, always feel like they have the right to choose, and feel informed to make educated choices surrounding their pregnancy, birth and postpartum!

Care philosophy

It is my belief that people have the right to choose how and where they birth their baby. They have the right to have a trauma free birth experience. A birth that they can look back on with joy. I see myself not only as a support person but also and an advocate and educator.

Areas served

  • Cherry hill, Glassboro, Mullica Hill, philly

Reviews

  • Robyn
    July 15, 2024 at 6:34 am | Client review

    Chris was an absolute God send for me and my husband the first few weeks after I gave birth. She would stay overnight with us a few days a week and became a crucial part of our routine as new parents. She would provide us with her professional opinion when we asked and would check in on us during the day after she left. She truly cared for our whole family and it was so nice to have someone we trusted so much care for our newborn. You will be in great hands with Chris!

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Evana Cooper

NJ

3 reviews • 150 families supported • 5 years experience

3 reviews • 150 families supported • 5 years experience

I am a certified assistant midwife, labor and postpartum doula, childbirth educator, experienced youth educator, and committed advocate for empowering families within my community. A mother of four myself, I began my own venture ‘Evana Births’ in 2018 after experiencing first-hand the struggles of birthing my own children. I now strive to pass on what I have learned to other mothers and work tirelessly under my own brand, in addition to a few others, to serve and empower women that are going through labor and postpartum.

Care philosophy

I personally know what it is to need a friend and partner during pregnancy and postpartum. I want to be that person for you! I have an enthusiasm and passion for maternal mental health and making the birth process the most positive experience a woman will have in her life through education, support, and compassion.

Areas served

  • South Jersey
  • Philadelphia

Reviews

  • Cecily
    October 12, 2022 at 10:40 am | Client review

    Evana is warm and inviting and will treat you like family. Whatever you are experiencing, is just as important to her as it is to you. Evana is so pure with a heart of gold. You can tell that she loves what she does, she puts her all into her business. She is so knowledgeable and will help guide you at any given moment that you’d need her. She is consistent. She is trust worthy. She is patient. I was never so prepared for something I never experience, because of Evana. I don’t know what my FTM experience would have been like without her. She guided me. She advocated for me. She gave me strength and protected me .Whenever I have more children she will be by my side for every one of them. The most rewarding thing of all is that my baby truly LOVES her and is so comfortable with her. It want any heart because we love her too!

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Claire Kagel

East Brunswick, NJ

2 reviews • 12 families supported • 7 years experience

2 reviews • 12 families supported • 7 years experience

I decided to become a doula after watching the birth of my first grandson. I completed my training through DONA International. I have since attended 12 births. I provide 2 prenatal visits, 24 hour a day phone contact from two weeks prior to your birth to two weeks after your birth. I will be in attendance during as much of labor and delivery you want. For example, if you would like me to begin support in your home I will, or I will come to the hospital or birth center to provide support. I will also provide a post delivery visit within two weeks of giving birth.

Care philosophy

I am a wife, mother of four amazing children, and grandmother of seven beautiful grandsons and a granddaughter. I have experienced four natural childbirths and was the doula for the births of all but one of my grandchildren. I am a DONA International certified birth doula who believes that each woman can be empowered to experience childbirth on her own terms.

Areas served

  • New Jersey
  • Staten Island, NY
  • Brooklyn, NY
  • Rockland County NY

Reviews

  • Sara
    August 15, 2022 at 11:10 am | Client review

    Claire is attentive and knowledgeable. Her calm demeanor calmed me and heled to strengthen me during labor and made it so much easier for me to relax and allow my body to do what it was made to do. I felt her presence when I needed it and she was 100% on my team, never leaving my side. I would highly recommend you hire her.

$ flexible
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Lauren Cooper

Cherry Hill, NJ

2 reviews • 35 families supported • 1 years experience

2 reviews • 35 families supported • 1 years experience

As a birth doula, Lauren is on a mission to help families feel empowered and supported with care, love, and respect as they prepare to experience childbirth. It is a goal of hers to help women learn to trust in their beautiful, strong bodies in order to gain the confidence needed to realize their own physical and emotional potential. By living out this goal, she strives to provide comfort and knowledgeable support in order to remove the fear that is associated with birth today. The moment that a baby is born is joyous, magical, and wondrous, and it is her wish for all families to experience the birth of their babies as fully as possible.

Care philosophy

Lauren Cooper is a Certified Lactation Support Counselor and a DONA International trained birth doula whose passion is to support families' birth in awareness. Lauren has trust in, and respect for women and their capabilities in childbirth. It's a mission of her's to encourage every birthing person to trust their strong and sacred bodies during the natural process of childbirth.

Areas served

  • South Jersey
  • Central Jersey
  • Philadelphia
  • Delaware

Reviews

  • Larriesa
    September 13, 2022 at 11:02 am | Client review

    From the moment I met Lauren, I knew I had to have her on our birth team. She was so knowledgeable and confident in her answers and I could feel her genuineness while we had our meet and greet session. I felt like her price was very affordable for my family and in the end was worth every dollar of the investment. Lauren was there for us every step of the way with any questions we had, creating a birth plan, practicing relaxation techniques and helped create that comfortable space for us about the anxiety of birth. The moment I went into labor I called Lauren and within 2 hours she was at our hospital that was in the total opposite direction from her area and got there as quickly as possible. I felt so relieved when I saw her and she got right to work with guiding me through each contraction reminding me to focus on my breath and told me “I gotta get you moving” in my mind I’m like I do not want to move but I know she was right so we got to it. Lauren was so supportive of all our decisions and provided any education that we requested. I was so glad that not only did we get a doula but that chose Lauren. We would’ve literally been lost without her. She educated us so well on our rights and what choices we had in our birth which was extremely important. I’d recommend Lauren to anyone who wants to have top tier support and professionalism for their birth!

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Christina Emile

NJ

2 reviews • 1 families supported • 1 years experience

2 reviews • 1 families supported • 1 years experience

As a full-spectrum doula I provide dedicated labor doula services, childbirth education, and lactation consulting. My practice is grounded in personalized care and unwavering support for expectant parents and their babies. I am committed to providing comprehensive emotional, physical, and informational support throughout the childbirths and postpartum journey. By offering evidence-based information, comfort techniques, and continuous reassurance, I aim to empower families to make informed decisions and have a positive birth and postpartum experience.

Care philosophy

I believe that birth is a natural, normal process and that women have the right to choose how, when, and where they give birth. I support a woman's right to make informed decisions about her care and strive to help in aiding that freedom. I believe in the importance of informed decision-making and respect the unique desires, values, and experiences of each family.

Areas served

  • Mercer county

Reviews

  • Laura
    July 12, 2024 at 5:20 pm | Peer review

    I was impressed with Christina’s understanding of doula skills and knowledge. They demonstrated a strong ability to empathize with clients and provide emotional support during simulated scenarios. Their communication skills were excellent, and they showed a willingness to ask questions and clarify their understanding of the material.

$ flexible
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Nicole Spearman Akwe, CD

Bayonne, NJ

0 reviews • 10 families supported • 10 years experience

0 reviews • 10 families supported • 10 years experience

I have been providing birthing support, assistance, and care since 2013 nationally across the United States with a specialty in birth/miscarriage/abortion aftercare. So far, I have attended 4 births and have provided prenatal and post-partum services for over 10+ women. I am walking in my calling and I believe that all women deserve to have affordable support and care during birth. I am an African-American certified Muslim doula and I'm willing to work with all walks of life, religions, and cultures. I am so excited to meet new mothers!

Care philosophy

My name is Nicole Spearman Akwe, CD and I am a certified doula through Ancient Song Doula Services.I am certified in abortions, prenatal care, post partum care, miscarriages, inductions, and live births. I am excited to help pregnant persons through emotional, psychological, and spiritual support. I am excited to provide little-to-no-cost doula care for the greater New Jersey and New York area. I

Areas served

  • Southern New Jersey
  • Central New Jersey
  • Northern New Jersey
  • Bronx
  • Brooklyn
  • Long Island
  • Manhattan
  • Queens
  • Staten Island
$ flexible
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Kathryn Butler

Somers Point, NJ

0 reviews • 6 families supported • 1 years experience

0 reviews • 6 families supported • 1 years experience

As someone who grew up fearing pregnancy & birth, it wasn’t until I met my fiancé & got saved that I overcame that. After we got pregnant, I had mostly a wild pregnancy, researched & learned all the things. Felt called to become a doula & support women as they take their power back. Not only do I offer doula support but I also am a fearless birth coach. Coaching you to overcome your fears around birth. I’m proof that it’s possible to go from fearful to faithful. And enjoy birth. I’m for the home birthing mama or mama who wants a unmedicated, undisturbed, hospital birth. Let’s get back to our roots.

Care philosophy

As a faith filled doula & fearless birth coach, I believe in leaning into faith. That we were created brilliantly to support pregnancy & birth. Step into your divine, natural self & birth as we were intended to.

Areas served

  • South Jersey
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Kimberly Suarez

NJ

1 reviews • 12 families supported • 1 years experience

1 reviews • 12 families supported • 1 years experience

Based in Monmouth County, Little Sister Doula provides pregnancy, birth and lactation services for new and expecting families. We work with you and your support team to achieve a positive birth experience by giving you the tools and confidence to advocate for yourself. Kimberly Suarez is a DONA certified doula and certified lactation counselor whose own experiences inspired her to become a birth coach. A marketing professional from NYC and mother of two, Kimberly decided to pivot into a role that would allow her to talk about her passion for a living. She describes the birth of her daughter the most challenging moment in her life, and her son, a high she never truly came down from. She has made it her mission to help women transform their fear into faith while maintaining control of their mind, body, and story.

Care philosophy

We believe that a little sister is someone you can put your trust in. Someone who will uplift you and remind you of what you stand for, no matter what life (or labor) throws your way. You lead the way and I’ll back you up.

Areas served

  • Monmouth County, NJ
  • Colts Neck
  • Red Bank
  • Freehold

Reviews

  • Kerry
    June 7, 2022 at 3:57 am | Client review

    Little sister doula provided me the confidence and strength to follow through with my birth plan. Kimberly gave guidance without judgement and helped me discover a birth plan that was authentic to me and my values. She was there each step of the way. I’m sure I could have done it without her …but I am certainly glad I didn’t have to!

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Stephanie Cohen

NJ

0 reviews • 2 families supported • 1 years experience

0 reviews • 2 families supported • 1 years experience

I am a mother of 2, familiar with medicalized birth and home deliveries. I have a passion for learning and educating, and am a studying nutritionist.

Care philosophy

Birth should be a cohesive system that comes from a loving and confident place.

Areas served

  • NJ, parts of PA and DE
  • NJ, some parts of PA and DE

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 Toms River, NJ.  

You can browse through the available doulas in Toms River, NJ 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 Toms River, NJ in three easy steps:

  1. Post a job for free: answer some questions and receive responses from top-rated doulas in Toms River, NJ. It takes less than 30 seconds to post your job.
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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, you can expect the average cost of a doula in Toms River, NJ to be $1,073, which is the average cost of a doula in the state of New Jersey. The cost of a doula in Toms River, NJ can range from $796 to $1,351. These costs are based on a representative group of 308 doulas surveyed by Meela across the state of New Jersey. The average cost of a doula in New Jersey is higher than the U.S. national average cost of a doula, which is $971.

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

Evidence suggests that a birth doula in Toms River, NJ 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 Toms River, NJ; 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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