Empowering women through natural birthing techniques and professional Doula support
Every birth is special. Whether it takes place at the hospital or at home, each is beautiful and deserving of celebration. No matter how you birth your baby, everyone can benefit from having a doula present at the moment of delivery. Contact me to learn more about my services, and how I can help you bring your own child into this beautiful world.
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WHAT IS A DOULA?
This is a question I get everyday as a birth professional! What exactly is a doula? A doula is a birth worker who's sole focus is on providing informational, emotional, and physical support to pregnant women and their families. I do this by helping you create a birth preference plan, walk you through a birth rehearsal, providing phone support, answering questions, connecting you to resources, staying by your side as you bring a new life into the world, advocate for you and preferences, assisting with breastfeeding, and encouraging your partner to get involved at his or her comfort level. Simply put, I become a trusted member of your birth team to whom you can ask any question, call at any hour, and who will listen without any judgement.
Clinical studies have shown that the attendance of a doula at a birth results in:
-shorter births with fewer complications
-reduced need for pitosin
-reduced requests from mothers for pain medications, including epidurals
-increased success with breastfeeding
-increased self-confidence and empowerment
-greater positive view of the birth experience
THE ESSENTIAL INGREDIENT: DOULA
We chose Haylee Richman as a birth Doula for our son who was born at a planned home birth just last week. This is our third child, and we have had a Doula for each of our other two births as well. Haylee was our best experience yet! She went above and beyond our expectations. We appreciated getting two thorough visits with her before the birth, getting to know her and having a birth rehearsal. She even came to our house to help set up the inflatable birth pool. We always felt like we were a top priority for her. She was very responsive with text messages and phone calls leading up to the birth. She took the time to make printouts of positive affirmations that were personalized to our preferences, using hypnobabies terminology, and posted those all around the birthing room. There is a shortage of Hypnobabies certified doulas in our area, but Haylee fits the bill! She is awesome at maximizing the Hypno mom's experience. We found such a good rhythm together during the birth, and her counterpressure, hip squeezes, massage, and suggestions of different positions were all invaluable. During transition and pushing she helped me stay focused and relaxed when I started to feel less comfortable and get tense. She has such a naturally positive and cheerful personality. She also brought our family a meal the day after the birth, and ice extra thoughtful touch that none of our other previous doulas had offered. To sum up, Haylee is loving, dedicated, professional, detail oriented, and we would highly recommend her for anybody!
I was a little skeptical at first when my wife wanted a doula. I watched a few of Hailee's videos and thought... that could be helpful. We had a few meetings to make a birth plan and they seemed a little silly but they helped put my wife at ease. What really sold me was the night my wife went into labor. Haylee kept in contact and helped us decide when to go in and met us there. From that point on she was irreplaceable. She was awake, alert and attentive for my wife's entire 30-hour labor helping my wife through every contraction and going out to get us food. She was a true champion to the end. I couldn't imagine doing this without an amazing doula like Haylee.
Thank you soo much!
Haylee was the doula for my daughter Alma. It was amazing. Alma's labor was very hard ( 30 hrs) Haylee was very attentive to Alma, she instinctively seemed know what Alma needed and when she needed it. She never left Alma's side, taking a break only if Alma was taking one. She was there to help us in any way she could, including getting food for us. I would recommend Haylee to anyone. In my opinion you would never regret having her be with you during your labor.
Haylee is an amazing doula! Both my husband and I can attest to Haylee's ability and knowledge. Her presence during the birth of our son was a tremendous help. I wanted to complete childbirth naturally with no medication. Haylee was helpful in educating us in what to expect in the weeks leading up to the birth, the childbirth process itself, and what to expect postpartum. Our son was born at New begining Birth Center. Haylee was very professional and nurturing throughout the labor and delivery. I found her coaching, and knowledge to be incredible. Haylee was quick to suggest laboring positions and to ask questions and make suggestions that were in my best interest. Through my 30 hours of labor, Haylee was there with me every moment, never taking a break unless I did. Haylee helped us achieve our ideal labor and delivery. Little Oliver was born naturally via water birth, as I wanted. Haylee was a tremendous support, both physically and emotionally, in moments where I thought I would not be able to deliver the baby. She is awesome and we recommend her highly. My husband and I would not have been able to get through this tough labor without her. Thanks so much Haylee!
"Haylee was absolutely amazing through the entire process. She is very knowledgeable and likable. She has a very sweet and calming demeanor which I found especially reassuring when hiring a doula for the birth of my first child. She stayed in regular contact with me and was always supportive and encouraging. When the big day arrived she was prompt and extremely helpful. She used simple but effective techniques to keep me calm and focused while breathing through my contractions. The support both my partner and I received is unparalleled. My labor and delivery experience was absolutely perfect. I wouldn't change a thing. We certainly couldn't have done it without Haylee."
Haylee was incredible!! I definitely couldn't have done my birth without her. I was a first time mom doing an all natural home birth and had no idea what to expect but haylee was a ray of sunshine and totally rocked it and she helped me get it together as soon as she walked through the door! Me and my husband are so thankful and we will be using her for the rest of our births! I honestly can't say enough how haylee effected and changed our birth experience. We love haylee and would recommend her to everyone she was very hands on, super sweet, and helped my husband get involved. .... she's an AMAZING cook too!
Haylee was an incredible doula for us. She came highly recommended by our birth center! When my husband and I were looking for a doula, we wanted someone that we really connected with and had a calming presence. We met Haylee only 2 weeks before my due date and I was worried about not being able to connect with someone in that amount of time, we knew within 10 minutes of meeting her that we wanted her to be apart of our home birth. Things got a little crazy after delivery and Haylee was a huge help to the midwives! She is a great doula as well as an all around good person!