Hiring a doula in Virginia
A doula is a trained professional who provides continuous physical, emotional and informational support to a mother before, during and shortly after childbirth to help her achieve the healthiest, most satisfying experience possible.
Doulas are not medical professionals, but they are an invaluable asset to have on your birth team. They are there to provide support and guidance, answer any questions you may have, and help you advocate for yourself and your baby.
There are many things a doula can help with, but here are some of the most common:
1. Creating a birth plan: A doula can help you figure out what you want and need for your birth, and then help you communicate those wishes to your care provider.
2. Staying calm and relaxed: Childbirth is an intense experience, both physically and emotionally. A doula can help you stay focused and calm during labor, which can help you manage the pain and make better decisions.
3. Pain management: A doula can provide counter-pressure during contractions, help you find comfortable positions, and offer massage and other relaxation techniques.
4. Breastfeeding support: A doula can help you get started with breastfeeding, and provide guidance and support if you run into any difficulties.
5. Postpartum support: A doula can help you recover physically and emotionally after childbirth, and adjust to life with a new baby. They can also provide guidance on newborn care and breastfeeding.
Top doula businesses in Virginia
Below are some of the best doula businesses in Virginia:
|Business Name||Rating||Categories||Phone Number||Address|
|Intuitive Birth Services||Doulas, Placenta Encapsulations, Childbirth Education||+15404486532||Staunton, VA 24401|
|Queen City Birth Services||Midwives, Childbirth Education, Prenatal/Perinatal Care||+15404353907||1610 Goose Creek Rd, Fishersville, VA 22939|
|Brookhaven Birth Center||Midwives, Childbirth Education, Placenta Encapsulations||+15404379850||1461 Brookhaven Dr, Harrisonburg, VA 22801|
|4th Trimester Postpartum Doula||Doulas, Lactation Services, Personal Chefs||+14152987045||Midlothian, VA 23112|
Individual Doulas in Virginia by price:
We have also compiled a list of individual doulas working in Virginia and their prices. Please see this table and reach out to us if you are a doula and would like to be included:
Doulas in Virginia
|wdt_ID||Name||Clinic Name||Birth Fee||Postpartum Rate - hourly||Clients per month||Type of practice||Contact||Birth Doula Certifications||Birth Doula Experience||Postpartum Doula Experience||Doula Training||Type of Practice||Attends Hospital Births||Attends Birth Center Births||Attends Home Center Births||College Education||Relevant volunteer or advocacy work||Fee details||Phone||State||Full Address||Service Range|
|2434||Sarah Hendricks||DouLife||$900||30||1 to 4 births and 1 to 2 postpartum families||Solo practice||https://douliferva.com/||The Organization of Labor Assistants for Birth Options & Resources (toLabor), January 2017,Childbirth and Postpartum Professional Association (CAPPA), September 2018||Type of practice: Solo practice||Postpartum limits/restrictions: *Only fully Covid vaccinated please *No smokers please||Attends hospital births? All Hospitals||Attends birth center births? All Birth Centers||BA/BS||Attends home births? Any Home Birth||Chair of Richmond Doulas, Treasurer of Richmond Doulas, Doula Committee Leader on the Maternal Mental Health Coalition of Greater Richmond||(804) 461-0126||Virginia||Richmond, VA||45 miles|
|2435||Mel Kennedy CLC,CD,CPD,CBE||The Garden Reproductive Health LLC||$1250 to $2500||$40 to $50||1 to 2 births and 1 to 2 postpartum families||Solo practice||https://www.facebook.com/thegardenreproductivehealth||Birth Arts International - Certified Birth Doula,The Birth Well - Certified Doula,Birth Arts International - Certified Postpartum Doula||3 years and 40 births attended||3 years and 30 families served||Doula UK, February 2009,DONA International, April 2009,The Birth Well, September 2019||Type of practice: Solo practice||Attends hospital births? All HospitalsPast hospitals attended births at: GWU, INOVA Loudoun, INOVA Fairfax, INOVA Alexandria, Virginia Hospital Center, Reston Hospital Center, Holy Cross Germantown,Georgetown, WHC||Attends birth center births? All Birth CentersPast birth centers attended births at: Community of Hope and Premier||Attends home births? Any Home BirthStudent Midwife working with Ryann Morales and Nicole Jolley||Trans and NB centered care Student Midwife with National Midwifery Institue||Postpartum fees are $40/hour daytime support and $50/hour overnight support. Discounts are available if a package is purchased.||571.232.6248||Virginia||Gainesville, VA||45 miles|
|2436||Alicia M Riddlebarger||Born This Way Doula Services, LLC||$1,200||0 to 4||Solo practice||https://www.bornthiswaydoula.com/||ProDoula - Certified Birth Doula||1 years and 22 births attended||DONA International, October 2019,ProDoula, February 2020||Type of practice: Solo practice||Attends hospital births? Some Hospitals||Attends birth center births? Some Birth Centers||Attends home births? Some Home Births||AA/AS||571-264-1226||Virginia||Manassas, VA||35 miles|
|2437||Lindsey Vick||Sunflowers Healing and Wellness||$1450 to $1700||1 to 4||Solo practice||http://www.sunflowerswellness.com||Birth Arts International, January 2013||Type of practice: Solo practice||Attends hospital births? Some HospitalsI attend births at hospitals in Alexandria, Arlington, some parts of Fairfax County, and Washington, D.C.||Attends birth center births? Some Birth CentersI attend births at birth centers in Alexandria and Washington, D.C.||Attends home births? Some Home BirthsI attend home births in Alexandria, Arlington, some parts of Fairfax County, and Washington, D.C.||BA/BS||Presenter at Breech Birth International Conference: Turning the Breech with Hypnosis||Please see my website for current information on my packages and fees: www.SunflowersWellness.com||(703) 6468650||Virginia||Alexandria, VA||10 miles|
|2438||Sarah Newton, CD(DONA)||All Things Doula, LLC||$1150 to $1350||30||2 to 3 births and 2 to 4 postpartum families||Solo practice||http://www.allthingsdoula.com||DONA International - Certified Birth Doula||10 years and 174 births attended||6 years and 90 families served||DONA International, February 2011||Type of practice: Solo practice||Attends hospital births? All Hospitals||Attends birth center births? All Birth Centers||Attends home births? Any Home BirthWill attend home births as long as it is attended by a licensed home birth care provider!||I worked for 3 years with a non-profit offering birth and postpartum doula services to young, at-risk clients!||Request a $200 retainer fee to hold your due date on my calendar. Remaining monies to be paid prior to baby's delivery. I always offer a payment plan that is tailored for your specific needs. **Offers a military discount**||417-942-8974||Virginia||Fredericksburg, VA||55 miles Am willing travel outside of my mile radius, but there will be a fee increase!|
|2439||Carlie Copal||In Your Own Hands Birth & Death Keeping||$1150 to $3000||$25 to $30||1 to 2 births and 2 to 4 postpartum families||Solo practice||https://www.instagram.com/in_your_own_hands||BEST - Certified Birth Doula,Birth Arts International - Certified Postpartum Doula||5 years||5 years||Birth Arts International, December 2017,BEST Doula Training, September 2018||Type of practice: Solo practice||Attends hospital births? All Hospitals||Attends birth center births? All Birth Centers||Attends home births? Any Home Birth||BA/BS||4344141067||Virginia||Randolph, VA||100 miles|
|2440||Siena Butler||Conscious Nurturer||$550 to $950||1 to 3||Solo practice||https://consciousnurturer.com/services/||Shafia Monroe Full Circle - Certified Labor Doula - Certified Labor Doula||4 years and 38 births attended||International Center for Traditional Childbearing, July 2017||Type of practice: Solo practice||Attends hospital births? All HospitalsAll hospitals have different policies and procedures. I will check with your hospital to ensure they allow doula services.||Attends birth center births? All Birth Centers||Attends home births? Any Home Birth||Swedish Diversity Scholarship Commitee||Sliding scale options and payment plans available. Birth doula services are not a luxury. I offer the option to work collaboratively to find a payment option that works for you.||7033140466||Virginia||Herndon, VA||20 miles No Ferries|
|2441||Cristina Evans, CLC||Blooming Birth,LLC||$900||1 to 3||Solo practice||http://www.bloomingbirthrva.com||DONA International, October 2012,DONA International, October 2020,Urban Baby Beginnings, December 2020||Type of practice: Solo practice||Attends hospital births? All HospitalsI’m happy to attend your birth in all hospitals that welcome doulas.||Attends birth center births? All Birth CentersWe have wonderful birth centers here in Richmond. I’m happy to support you at whichever you choose.||Attends home births? Any Home BirthRichmond is a fantastic place to be if you would like to birth at home. I’m happy to attend your midwife supported birth.||I was driven to birth work out of a desire to support people along their journey towards parenthood. Regardless of where or how you give birth, you deserve to be heard, respected, and hopefully empowered. Having an additional member of your team support your birth can make such a difference in how you feel about your experience. All clients have access to a lending library of books, get 3 comprehensive prenatal visits, a binder with educational materials/resources, 2 postpartum visits, birth photos, and support throughout the pregnancy. Full details can be found at www.bloomingbirthrva.com||(757) 729-2085||Virginia||Richmond, VA||30 miles|
|2442||Alli Halpin||Labor Of Love Doula Services||$750||$25 to $30||1 to 2 births and 1 to 3 postpartum families||Solo practice||toLabor, May 2012,DONA International, August 2020||Type of practice: Solo practice||Attends hospital births? All HospitalsWill attend births and support as needed.||Attends birth center births? All Birth CentersWill attend births and support as needed||Attends home births? Any Home BirthWill attend and support as needed||I have spoken on panels in the community on evidence based care and the use of doulas. I also have attended film screenings, hospital tours, audited child birthing classes, taken breastfeeding courses and am active in the birth/breastfeeding community.||$25 an hour for singletons and $30 for multiples||(804) 212-7177||Virginia||Chesterfield, VA||30 miles|
|2443||Johnetta Cook||Journee Birth Services LLC||$900 to $1200||1 to 2||Solo practice||DONA International - Certified Birth Doula||2 years and 15 births attended||DONA International, May 2019,Mamatoto Village, Inc, October 2020||Type of practice: Solo practice||Attends hospital births? All Hospitals||Attends birth center births? All Birth Centers||Attends home births? Any Home Birth||BA/BS||Greetings! I am a DONA Certified Doula and Certified Placenta Encapsulation Specialist currently servicing families in Central, Northern Virginia, and DC. I would love to empower you and join your family on your birth journey. Feel free to check me out on Instagram @journeewithjohnetta||Virginia||Fredericksburg, VA||65 miles|
|Name||Clinic Name||Birth Fee||Postpartum Rate - hourly||Clients per month||Type of practice||Contact||Birth Doula Certifications||Birth Doula Experience||Postpartum Doula Experience||Doula Training||Type of Practice||Attends Hospital Births||Attends Birth Center Births||Attends Home Center Births||College Education||Relevant volunteer or advocacy work||Fee details||Phone||State||Full Address||Service Range|
Doulas in Virginia: Business Spotlight
Doula in Richmond VA
Business Name: Cheyenne Varner, LLC
I am a ToLabor trained birth doula in Richmond, VA. I received my training in April 2016, I’m a member of Richmond Doulas, and I’m a doula intern with Embrace Midwifery Care & Birth Center.
Doula Services Offered:
I provide birth doula services to the Richmond, VA area. I also provide options for birth photography. Also, I run an Etsy (The Educated Birth) with birth infographics, for doulas and birth educators to use.
Doula in Charlottesville, VA
Gwendolyn Bright, Sara Zia, Stephanie Post and Hannah Bukowski
Business Name: Bright Birthing
Charlottesville’s doula agency: individualized care with the support of a village.
We provide compassionate and skilled presence in support of peaceful, conscious childbirth and parenting. Every pregnancy deserves the support of resources and reassurance. Through childbirth preparation, guidance during your birthing and support in the postpartum time, our goal is bringing calm and groundedness to your experience.
On a monthly basis we hold a free and open peer support group with local speakers on topics related to birth and parenting.
Doulas in Virginia by city:
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