It can be intimidating having a birth in the hospital for the first time. Have birth horror stories got you worried about getting this baby out? Do you wonder if it's possible to feel less pain in labor? Would you like to fall more in love with your partner? All of this and more is possible by adding a birth doula to your support team.
Serving Kentucky families
birthing in and around
Lexington, Richmond, Stanford, and London.
Though doula care remains near and dear to my heart, at this time I am not taking new clients. My current focus is on spending increased time with my family and maintaining my day job with excellence. I am the Operations Director at Evidence Based Birth® and work closely with the internationally respected Dr. Rebecca Dekker. It has been incredibly rewarding to promote evidence-based, positive births for families in my 'office birth worker' job.
However, if you are searching for a doula please feel free to contact me for custom recommendations and local resources! I believe there is a doula for every woman who desires one.
An increasing number of mothers choose to include doulas as part of their birthing team. It’s a smart move! Evidence says women who use doula support are “more likely to have spontaneous vaginal births and less likely to have any pain medication, epidurals, negative feelings about childbirth, vacuum or forceps-assisted births, and C-sections.”
Think of a doula as someone who is equal parts wedding planner, personal trainer, and soul sister for your birth.
In my experience I have found that parents who are educated and informed are the most equipped to stand in their power and have a satisfying birth experience, regardless of out come. It is for that reason that each of my doula support packages includes an education component - with me as your educator!
Complete Birth Doula Services $1200
The COMPLETE BIRTH DOULA SERVICE PACKAGE means you’ll get:
- 2 prenatal visits with you and your partner
- Guidance writing your birth plan
- Access to an extensive local and online resource list
- Continuous phone/email support from date of hire through birth and two weeks postpartum
- Continuous support throughout your labor, through 1-2 hours postpartum
- Immediate postpartum care and assistance breastfeeding, if desired
- 1 postpartum visit with you, your partner, and new baby (!)
- Assurance knowing you and your growing family are in expert, skilled, and caring hands!
Childbirth Education Discount: I highly value childbirth education as part of the birth preparation process. If you are taking a childbirth class, you are eligible for a discount on my services.
If you are deeply invested in the idea of hiring me as your doula but cost is prohibitive, please contact me for alternate options or reccomendations.
Hiring Victoria as our doula and our birthing class instructor (through Evidence Based Birth) was the best decision of our pregnancy. My husband and I learned so much from Victoria about comfort measures, informed consent, advocacy, and just the nutty gritty of making labor and delivery decisions based on the best evidence.
Victoria was with me at every step of the way, including the most difficult parts of the labor. I had my own personal cheerleader, advocate, and masseuse all wrapped up in one. She got along so well with the nurses and midwife that she truly brightened everyone’s day and created a calm sense of comraderie in the birthing room, And she stayed with me long after delivery to make sure that I was never alone when my husband had to step out and communicate with family.
Victoria also checked in with us frequently after the birth to see how parenting was going, and she still checks on us to make sure we’re all thriving. Victoria truly cares about our family and our well being, and she has the compassion and skills to make our birth a positive, beautiful experience.
--First Time Mom
My husband and I had a fantastic doula with our first daughter, so we knew that we wanted to hire one for our second. We crossed paths with Victoria pretty late in my pregnancy, but she was a tremendous help to us still. We had time for an interview, where we quickly learned we had much in common, and one prenatal visit before the baby came. During that time, she refreshed our memories about labor, birth, comfort measures, etc. She also answered any questions that I had and provided resources to help me to be equipped with the knowledge that I needed.
When I went into labor, Victoria promptly met us at the hospital. She helped provide comfort measures during contractions and encouraged me (and my husband) as I worked through each one. As contractions got more intense, she helped me to stay focused mentally so that I remained under control emotionally. This was extremely valuable to me, because I felt very out of control mentally, emotionally, and physically during the birth of my first daughter.
Victoria was a huge asset during the last part of pregnancy and the birth of my second daughter! I couldn't imagine what it would have been like if she weren't there! She helped me mentally, emotionally, and physically, and it helps that she has a genuine personality and made me feel comfortable and cared for. I would highly recommend her to anyone searching for a doula!
--Second Time Mom & 3x Repeat Client!
What is a doula?
Doula is a Greek word that means “a woman who serves.” Today, doulas are trained non-medical professionals offering continuous support to moms during the entire childbirth experience. To learn more about the present role of doulas and the research behind why they are so effective, click here!
How will a doula help me?
Doulas guide families to fulfill their individual desires for birth. A doula’s ultimate goal is to help moms experience a positive and safe birth through information and support. In pregnancy, a doula meets with clients to discuss the upcoming birth, answer questions, and to provide assistance navigating the healthcare system. During labor, doulas provide physical comfort to mothers by way of pain relief techniques and suggestions to make labor progress smoothly. Doulas also provide emotional reassurance to mothers and their birth team. Even if you plan on having a family member or friend present at birth, doulas can still be of great help! In my experience, dads enjoy being able to be more present at the birth of their child – knowing a knowledgeable guide is present to care for mom.
Do I have to have a natural birth to use a doula?
Not at all! A doula has no hidden agenda for a client’s birth. A doula’s role is to help the mother navigate the birth she desires. Doulas also can help moms adjust when their birth plans change.
What are the benefits of using a doula?
Evidence Based Birth® sums up the benefits this way:
- 25% decrease in the risk of Cesarean; the largest effect was seen with a doula (39% decrease)*
- 8% increase in the likelihood of a spontaneous vaginal birth; the largest effect was seen with a doula (15% increase)*
- 10% decrease in the use of any medications for pain relief; the type of person providing continuous support did not make a difference
- Shorter labors by 41 minutes on average; there is no data on if the type of person providing continuous support makes a difference
- 38% decrease in the baby’s risk of a low five minute Apgar score; there is no data on if the type of person providing continuous support makes a difference
- 31% decrease in the risk of being dissatisfied with the birth experience; mothers’ risk of being dissatisfied with the birth experience was reduced with continuous support provided by a doula or someone in their social network (family or friend), but not hospital staff
(And because people always ask: YES! I *absolutely* used a doula in every birth experience!)
Does a doula make decisions for her clients?
A doula does not make decisions for her clients. She provides information, supports the woman in her decision-making, and ensures the woman’s wishes are made known to her care provider.
Will a doula replace my partner?
Nope! In my experience, a doula really helps dads enjoy birth! Oftentimes women in labor have many, simultaneous needs. I make it a point in my practice to include partners to the extent they are comfortable. My goal is to support the entire family unit in welcoming their newest addition.
Birth is natural. Why do I need to prepare for it?
Childbirth is certainly a natural process, but birth still can be a mysterious force of nature! A childbirth education/preparation course demystifies much of the birthing process. Sessions provide an opportunity to address any of your fears about birth, learn comfort measures to handle labor pain, understand medical interventions, connect with your birth partner, and more. Furthermore, our modern maternity care system is fraught with outdated practices and hidden risks; being an informed consumer is the best way to approach birthing in the American healthcare system. And having a doula by your side can make a WORLD of difference.