Arizona Birth Doula

Your birth experience matters…

Pregnancy and birth can be unpredictable, you deserve 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 and navigate this noteworthy experience.

Offering AZ Birth Doula Services In

Mesa, AZ | Gilbert, AZ | Chandler, AZ | Tempe, AZ | Phoenix, AZ | Scottsdale, AZ | Queen Creek, AZ | Surrounding Central/East Valley Area

“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 |

The Arizona Doula Experience

Educational Support

During our prenatal visits, we’ll discuss your hopes, concerns, and expectations regarding your birth. I’ll walk you and your partner through identifying your individual 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.

Emotional 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.

Physical 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 provider, nurses, and partner to round out your birth team.

Ready to learn more about the support of a birth doula?

Proudly attending births at…

Banner University Medical Center | Banner Desert Medical Center | Willow Midwife Center | Chandler Regional Medical Center | Banner Ironwood Medical Center | Mercy Gilbert Medical Center | Banner Gateway Medical Center | Scottsdale Osborn Medical Center | Scottsdale Shea Medical Center

As a professional and experienced Arizona doula, Leanna supports all birthing choices…

From high-risk birth, cesarean, unmedicated birth, birth with medication, epidural, VBAC, birth of multiples and more I am here, ready to support you and your family, whatever that looks like for you.

Retaining Leanna for our birth was a wonderful decision. I was looking for someone who could encourage me along with my husband. Leanna did so much more! She provided contacts for natural induction support, gave me reassurance in the weeks leading up to my delivery via phone and text, demonstrated rebozo techniques for before and during labor, and helped me when my contractions were all consuming. She had us do a Your Birth Experience class and it was super helpful to identify my deeper feelings about trust in medical care, safety, and my unique personality needs. When it came time for me to go to the hospital she worked right alongside the nurses and I received wonderful care. With her physical and emotional support, I was able to have an amazing and unmedicated birth. She helped with breastfeeding and really just gave me a friend for the journey. I was scared and she helped me be brave and believe in myself.
I highly recommend Leanna. She will encourage you and support your wishes. Having her knowledge and hearing her constant reassurances was worth it’s weight in gold!

 

| Emily C. |

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. |


I highly recommend Leanna of Expecting A Blessing, and can personally attest to her experience and wholeheartedly recommend her Doula services. She has a calming, warm presence during the birthing process- and I’ve witnessed her gentle coaching, pain/pressure relief, support of the father, and empathy first hand. I love that she supports all birthing plans, and has an innate nature to read mom’s cues during labor. (Rather than asking mom 1000 questions, she gently reads the labor, and provides support or privacy, and transitions gently and proactively.)
If my family wasn’t already complete, I would undoubtedly hire her as my Doula!

Lizzy McMillan | 15 Years Experience as an Arizona Birth & Newborn Photographer

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 on 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. |