Planning for the birth of a baby can be a time of excitement and sometimes anxiety. With a trained and certified labor doula at your side, you can focus on the experience of welcoming your newest addition into the world with confidence!
A labor doula provides unconditional, non-judgmental support for both you and your partner, allowing you to take on your preferred birth experience.
What Do Our Labor Doula Packages Include?
Complimentary in-person consultation with a labor doula in your area to discuss your wishes for birth
Two prenatal visits (1 1/2 to 2 hours) to create a custom visual birth preferences sheet and discuss your wishes preparing for birth, aided with the knowledge from your birth doula of the policies and procedures of your birthing location, and to discuss comfort measures and logistics of laboring at home and at the hospital or birthing location.
An introduction to your doula's back up from the agency who will be available to you throughout your pregnancy.
24/7 on call availability from moment of contracted agreement.
Full access through phone, text and email to your labor doula for questions, resources and information to assist you in planning for your baby's arrival.
Virtual and phone support during early labor and, when you are ready for your labor doula, consistent face to face labor support from active labor through the birth of your baby.
1-2 hours of postpartum support immediately after birth to allow you to transition gently to motherhood.
A follow up postpartum visit and, if necessary, postpartum planning to assist beyond the immediate first days of your baby's life at home.
How Much Does it Cost?
Labor doula fees are $1,500 and subject to availability of a doula.
Please ask about our FSA/HSA and insurance coverage
FIRST TIME PARENT?
We highly recommend our Childbirth Express class for all of our first time laboring clients, or families needing a birth refresher course.
Taught at George Washington University Hospital, we specifically speak to medical interventions and procedures at a variety of area hospitals, including GWU, Sibley, Holy Cross, WHC, Shady Grove, and more.
“I highly recommend doulas. Whenever I talk about the birth I say, "...and I don't know how I would have done it without my doula!.” I have already recommended her doula services to a good friend, who also decided to go with Maryland State Doulas.
From the first meeting, our doula was friendly and supportive, and was able to explain so many things about pregnancy, birth, and post-partum life that I learned more from her than the pile I books I read during pregnancy and the birthing class we took. I loved how organized she is, and still have the folder and post-partum book she made within arm's reach. She helped with the birth plan, and made a great visual birth plan. She did placenta encapsulation and was supportive when she came to my home to do that and during the post-partum visit.
I borrowed books from the Lending Library and used the TENs unit. I loved the hypnobirthing tracks and sometimes still listen to them! She knows all about baby-wearing and breastfeeding, and was able to help us decide which babycarriers to get.
I wanted a natural birth -- without my doula there I would probably have gotten drugs within minutes of arriving at the hospital! She helped me with each contraction and the back labor.
Uggh, the back labor. She helped my husband remain calm and help me! I didn't even know all that she was doing to support my husband until he told me afterwards. She knew exactly what I needed when I didn't, and encouraged me to try comfort measures that I was a bit iffy about -- but they worked! She can work wonder with a rebozo! I had the birth that I wanted, and our doula was a major part of that happening. She also took photos, and I don't even know when she did that because I didn't even notice, but so happy that she did.
I have so many good things to say about MSD! They will be my first phone call if I get pregnant again.”
— Lori P (Georgetown, Washington, D.C.)
“We had wanted to work with a Doula because we were both very uncertain about how stressful the experience would be, and we didn't want to put too much pressure on my husband to be my main source of support during labor as we knew that he would also be very emotional.
We met with our doula three times before the labor in addition to attending a comfort measures class that her practice holds. Because of these meetings, we really felt prepared and ready for the labor experience, from an emotional as well as practical perspective. The comfort measures class taught both my husband and I a lot of really awesome techniques for mentally persisting through contractions, and it was a really enjoyable way to spend a Friday night in the company of a number of really engaged couples. I was also very impressed with the other Doulas at Heather's practice. We covered a number of topics to help us feel more comfortable about going into this experience. She helped us work through a lot of decisions so that we had a clear, easy-to-read birth plan. Because we worked out a birth plan before our labor, we felt like we wouldn't be put in the position of having to make rushed decisions at the hospital because we had already considered our options. Even if we would have to change our birth plan, we felt going to the hospital that we were very informed.
Our labor ended up being quite fast, and our doula helped us talk through when we wanted to go to the hospital. She was extraordinary at helping me direct my energy to push efficiently and remain centered as possible. One of the things that I hadn't expected was the role of the Doula after the birth. She was great at keeping us calm while the doctors were giving a bath to our son and I was being stitched up, And I hadn't even realize that she was taking lots of great photos that we enjoyed looking at later.”
— Cynthia M (Roland Park, Baltimore, MD)
“I was referred to Maryland State Doulas by my best friend who used her for the birth of her first child. My friend couldn't (and still hasn't) stopped praising them for all they did during her pregnancy and delivery, and I haven't either!
With her expertise, Heather provides consistent parental preparation for new parents. After our first meeting with her, my husband and I were immediately impressed and comforted by the tools she gave us. Heather helped us develop a birth plan that was right for us, even though we weren't able to use it come "go time."
My LO ended up being delivered via an emergency c-section. Regardless of the fact that Heather was not able to fulfil her role as doula during my labor and delivery because I was unconscious in the emergency room, she went above and beyond the typical "doula-ing" role by helping guide my husband through the most scary experience of his life and them both hunting down pathology so my placenta could be encapsulated within a timely manner.
She even came by a month later and brought us all chinese food! She's a hero in my book and will definitely be there for the birth of our second child.”
— Katie O (Brewer’s Hill, Baltimore, MD)
“Heather is the most wonderful doula! First of all, when we were looking for a doula, Heather stood out by coming to our house to meet us. Meeting in person and going over her approach was incredibly helpful and comforting for us first time parents.
I ended up being induced at 42 weeks and Heather helped to mitigate the stress we felt by going so long past our due date. She provided us with a lot of helpful information regarding induction methods and even came to the hospital the night we were admitted to the hospital for the induction (even though the actual induction wouldn't happen until the next day).
My labor ended up progressing VERY quickly and Heather got there right away and helped me get through a very intense 4 hour labor. She helped me to stay focused and use the tools I learned through the Hypnobabies program. She was positive throughout my labor and gave me the confidence I needed to power through.
Heather was also incredibly helpful once we were back home from the hospital. Heather encapsulated my placenta at our house and the two days she were there to do it were so helpful. We had so many questions and she answered all of them and put us at ease. She also provided me with self-care "goodies" to help with my recovery.
If you are looking for an accessible doula with an incredibly positive approach, Heather is the one for you!”
— Stephanie B, First Time Mother (Ruxton, MD)
“I wish I found Maryland State Doulas when I had my daughter. The level of support provided before, during and after the birth of my son made a huge difference in my confidence throughout this pregnancy and removed all the doubts I experienced after the birth of my daughter.
The doulas were truly an asset to my husband which is so important in those times of stress and decision making that (let's face it) I am not equipped to make while in labor. I recommend them to anyone looking to educate themselves about the preparation for childbirth and all the decisions facing you when trying to bring your child into this world healthy, happy and on the right path that you and your family choose!”
— Aleah W (Baltimore, MD)
“Heather was (and is still!) amazing from the first consult while we were searching for a doula, to the birth, and now after as well! She is so easy to talk to and truly loves what she does, and it shows.
Specifically during my labor and birth, Heather was a wealth of knowledge and an amazing calm presence. She was able to turn my sunny-side-up baby to an anterior position prior to pushing, which made for a much better birth! During labor, she would breathe with me, showing me what sounds and breaths were optimal for helping baby move along - which sounds like a small thing but makes such a big difference. She was also able to help me concentrate on relaxing and not tensing up during contractions.
Everything she did made the birth of my first child such an amazing experience. I wouldn’t go with any other doula!”
— Sarah C (Annapolis, MD)
“We hadn’t even considered hiring a doula - we had always thought of doulas as being strictly for people who want natural, unassisted home births, and we wanted to give birth in a hospital with pain management assistance. After hearing about Maryland State Doulas’ parent-centered and inclusive approach, though, we decided to hire them.
We could not have made a better choice. The pre-birth visits were helpful in preparing us for the process while easing many of our fears. Knowledge of hospital operations was a godsend in helping us get the care we needed in a very busy maternity ward, and our doula’s guidance through the day and night was invaluable.
Her postpartum visits have gone a long way in helping us adjust to new parenthood. I highly recommend Maryland State Doulas to every expecting parent, regardless of the type of birth they prefer.”
— Andrew K, First Time Father (Capitol Hill, D.C.)