Birth Doula Services

I’m so glad you’re exploring the option of a professional birth doula to help you welcome your littlest blessing.

Doulas have long been viewed as a supplement to the “natural” birth experience when in reality doulas are a critical member of your birth team regardless of your plans for a natural or a medical centered birth. Doula support has been studied and recommended by professional organizations and publications like the Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses, the Journal of Perinatal Education, and the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and for good reason!

Your birth experience matters

…and I’m here to make yours the best possible experience for your entire family. At Expecting a Blessing, you will enjoy the care of a doula who knows you value having a plan and being fully prepared and confident in your choices. Together we will explore your hopes and concerns and equip you with the tools needed to make your birth experience everything you envision.

“Whenever and however you intend to give birth, your experience will impact your emotions, your mind, your body and your spirit for the rest of your life.”

| Ina May Gaskin |

Pregnancy and birth can be unpredictable, you deserve a realistic strategy, a doula who honors your personal choices and the unwavering support of your chosen team. I will be beside you every step of the way, anticipating what will keep you comfortable, attuning to your emotional needs, and helping you and your partner to feel connected as you work together to achieve your goals.

What to expect from me, while you’re expecting

Prenatal Visits

Depending on your needs, we’ll meet two or more times during your pregnancy to connect and get to know each other better. During these visits, we’ll discuss your hopes, concerns, and expectations regarding your birth. I’ll walk you and your partner through identifying your unique desires and needs for your unique experience. I’ll share with you the tools and techniques that will help to make informed decisions for yourself and for your baby. I’ll guide you in assembling your birth preference plan and we’ll practice hands-on comfort techniques that can assist you in labor. These meetings will fully prepare you for when to call me, how my on-call time works and what my support will look like on your big day.

Birth Planning & Childbirth Education

As your doula and a pre-certified Your Birth Experience™ childbirth instructor, I am excited to help you prepare during our prenatal visits with the Your Birth Experience™ program. By utilizing the complementary interactive workbook and participating in our prenatal meetings, you will: Identify your wants and needs, gain knowledge of the birth process and your birth options, prepare for your birth experience, learn how to effectively communicate your birth preferences to your birth team and more.

Unlimited Phone, Text & Email Support

I want to replace Google for your burning questions and concerns that are keeping you up at night. I’m your go-to person for information, feelings you want to process out loud and times you just need a little bit of nonjudgmental support in a world full of other people’s opinions. We can chat after your doctor’s visits and catch up when anything changes course. I can help you find additional support if you need it or share with you my expanding collection of trusted referrals and resources. Your fears will be eased and your peace restored with me just a phone call away.

In-Person Labor Support

Once you’re ready for me to join you in labor, I will meet you at home or at your birthplace. You will have my continuous physical and emotional support through comfort measures, gentle guidance and encouragement for the duration of your labor and birth. I’ll be a steady presence, knowledgeable about your wishes, what works for you for comfort and what you’re hoping to have happen from our private prenatal/education visits. I’ll work collaboratively with your chosen providers, nurses, and partner to round out your birth team. When your new family has settled into bond and your first feeding has gone smoothly, I’ll wish you well and see you in a week or so for our postpartum follow-up visit.

Postpartum Follow-Up Visit

7-10 days after the birth, I’ll visit you in your home to check in. This visit is where we’ll talk about how your birth experience went, go over postpartum resources, and address any concerns you have for your recovery or your baby. I’ll gift you your birth timeline and any photos I took for you and meet any immediate postpartum needs you have.

Are you ready for the support of a birth doula?

Offering Birth Doula Services In

Mesa, AZ | Gilbert, AZ | Chandler, AZ | Scottsdale, AZ | Surrounding East Valley Area

Arizona Doula Support Packages starting at $550

In an effort to provide uniquely individualized care for expecting Arizona families, custom and signature packages for extended support, surrogates, high-risk pregnancy/delivery, etc are available.

We are so grateful that Leanna was our Doula. Leanna was referred to us from another doula; and even before meeting, Leanna was available via text message and phone call until we were able to meet in person. She was very helpful, calm, sincere to me and to my husband as we prepared for birth. She helped us with discussing our birth plan and helped us through making big decisions at the end of our pregnancy and through our crazy labor. Her advice was based on much work experience. She was a great listener through our pregnancy and labor. During labor she was an amazing resource. She was able to identify my crazy back labor as I did not have this with my first. She provided massage and reverse pressure on my hips and back which felt amazing and helped me get through those tough contractions. During labor when tough decisions had to be made, she did a great job of explaining and providing feedback of pro’s and con’s. Leanna was a much needed support and we are grateful that she was there through a long tough labor. She is a fantastic addition to our birth team!

| Katherine F. |

Leanna was great! For various reasons we got her help with “everything but the birth.” She really helped my husband and I know what we would need at the hospital, particularly in regards to communication and emotionally. My husband and I both felt empowered to ask for what we wanted for our birth experience and went to the hospital in sync with each other. I’m so grateful for that and wouldn’t have had that (or known that I needed it) without Leanna’s help.

| Amy B. |

Leanna was amazing! I was so nervous about labor and birth before hand and she helped me not only understand the process but she was there with any questions or concerns. During the beginning stages of labor she messaged me back right away and as soon as I told her I needed her there, she was there right away! The whole process went so much smoother because she was there doing everything from helping me continue breathing, letting me smell essential oils, reminding me of my birth mantra, and constantly encouraging me through 4 hours of pushing. My husband was great but didn’t know the first thing about helping someone during childbirth. Leanna also offered support the weeks after labor and is so sincere and sweet. Both my husband and I are so happy we hired Leanna! Our daughters birth wouldn’t have been as enjoyable without her there!

| Jessica S. |

What is a Doula?

The word ‘doula’ — pronounced ‘doo-la’ — is a Greek word meaning ‘a women who serves’. More recently, the term refers to someone who is a trained and experienced professional who provides physical, emotional and informational support to the mother and her partner before, during and just after birth.

While doulas have a knowledge and awareness of the birth process and are trained and experienced in childbirth, a doula does not support the mother in a medical role like a midwife or doctor. Instead, a doula meets the woman’s non-medical needs by providing continuous emotional and physical support as well as providing evidence-based information to  assist the woman and her partner in the decision-making process allowing the couple to make informed and educated decisions.

What are the benefits of a Doula?

Studies have shown that when women have the continuous support of a doula their labors are shorter, with fewer complications, their babies are healthier and they breastfeed more easily.

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Decrease in the use of Pitocin

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Decrease in the risk of Cesarean Section

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Decrease in the risk of newborns being admitted to the NICU

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Less likely to rate their childbirth experience negatively

Statistics taken from EvidenceBasedBirth.com