Laurels
Best Doulas in
Hartford
2018

Why These Doulas?

Our goal is to connect people with the best local experts. We scored doulas on more than 25 variables across five categories, and analysed the results to give you a hand-picked list of the best doulas in Hartford, CT.

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Our Selection Criteria:

  • 1. Reputation

    A history of delighted customers and outstanding service.

  • 2. Credibility

    Building customer confidence with licensing, accreditations, and awards.

  • 3. Experience

    Masters of their craft, based on years of practical experience and education.

  • 4. Availability

    Consistently approachable and responsive, so customers never feel ignored.

  • 5. Professionalism

    Providing service with honesty, reliability, and respect.

Birthing Baby Gently

Birthing Baby Gently is a professional doula providing birth and postpartum support in Terryville. The practice was founded by a DONA-trained birth doula. Birthing Baby Gently provides a variety of services, including birth plan creation, sharing emotional and coping techniques, providing information, on-call support, and labor support. Postpartum support is also available, including companionship, education, newborn care support, assistance with cooking and housework, and breastfeeding support. The practice service clients within one-hour of Terryville, including St. Mary’s, Hospital of Central Connecticut, UConn Medical Center, Hartford Hospital, MidState Medical, and Bristol.

Terryville, CT(860) 329-5953

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Connecticut Doula Collective

Connecticut Doula Collective is a professional doula service promoting maternity care, childbirth preparation, and birth doula support in the state of Connecticut. The practice was founded by six Connecticut-based doulas who have a combined 20 years of experience. In addition to assistance during childbirth, the practice also offers childbirth education classes taught by instructors trained through Birthing from Within, International Childbirth Education Association, and Childbirth International. In-home newborn classes are also provided. Postpartum doula support, birth photography, lactation counseling, and placenta encapsulation services are available upon request. The practice’s doulas also welcome opportunities to educate the public by appearing at public speaking engagements and participating in media interviews. The practice’s doulas have experience in a variety of birthing scenarios, including unmedicated birth, c-sections, high-risk mothers and babies, NICU, multiples, adoption, surrogacy, IVF, stillbirth, waterbirths, and inductions.

East Windsor, CT(860) 365-2760

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Douhridini Doula Services & Integrative Wellness

Douhridini Doula Services and Integrative Wellness is a professional doula service in Hartford. The practice provides doula, reiki, and ayurvedic services and was founded by Elizabeth Radl. In addition to her bachelor’s degree from Connecticut State University, she has reiki level 1 certification and doula training from Birthwise Midwifery School. The practice offers a birth doula package, which includes three to four in-home prenatal visits, on-call support after 28 weeks, birth planning, and one to two postpartum visits to discuss breastfeeding and baby care. A free consultation is available to new clients.

Hartford, CT(860) 965-4153

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Grounded Birth Doula CT

Grounded Birth Doula CT is a birth doula providing childbirth education and care to eastern and central Connecticut, Rhode Island, and southern Massachusetts. The practice was founded by Jordana Frost, a DONA-certified childbirth doula and Birthing From Within Mentor. She also has training in lactation consulting, in addition to a master’s degree in maternal and child health and is working toward a doctorate in women’s reproductive health and perinatal health disparities. Doula services offered at Grounded Birth Doula include two prenatal visits, unlimited phone and email support, on-call availability starting at the 38th week of pregnancy, continuous labor support, immediate postpartum support, and one visit within the first six weeks of postpartum. Back-up doula assistance is guaranteed in the event Frost is unavailable due to emergency or illness. The practice also offers a free consultation to new clients. A sliding fee scale and payment plans are available. Any amount paid above $900 is deposited into a scholarship fund used to support families who can not afford the practice’s services.

Mansfield, CT(860) 553-3292

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Labor with Laura

Labor with Laura is a professional doula service who provides physical, emotional, and information support during pregnancy and childbirth in East Windsor and serving Springfield, Hartford, and Tolland Counties. The practice was started by Laura (Rossignol) Pastula, who is a certified birth doula with Doulas of North America. Laura is also trained in hypnobirthing and is a Reiki practitioner. She has experience working in several hospitals including Hartford Hospital, St. Francis Hospital, Manchester Memorial Hospital and Birth Center, Mercy Family Life Center, and New Britain General Hospital.

East Windsor, CT(860) 254-5410

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Shannon Kent CD

Shannon Kent CD is a professional doula in Ellington, providing birth and postpartum services. The practice was started by Shannon Kent, who hold several certifications, such as DONA, Childbirth Professionals International, Empty Arms Bereavement, and Spinning Babies. She is also a member of the CT Perinatal Association and was named “best doula” in the CT Now Best of Hartford readers’ poll. Kent has more than 10 years of experience as a doula and has attended more than 262 births. She began a childbirth educator in 2010 and teaches childbirth classes at a local hospital. Kent specializes in vaginal birth after cesarean and holds 90 percent success rate in those types of births. Services offered include unlimited phone, email, and text support, two prenatal in-home visits, one flex visit, in-home labor preparation service, an in-home acupressure session, assistance with a birth plan, uninterrupted labor support, birth photos, postpartum care, in-home postpartum visits, breastfeeding support, and emergency backup doula coverage.

Ellington, CT

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Sukhasala

Sukhasala is a holistic wellness center providing massage, yoga, Harmonyum healing, and doula services in New Britain. The practice was founded by Jennifer Cormier, who was certified by DONA in 2011. Doula services available through Sukhasala include a relaxation and massage tools playshop, a prenatal massage with medical-grade aromatherapy, a birth plan and postnatal support meeting, on-call support by phone, continual support during labor and delivery, birth photography, and one home visit during the first week after birth. The practice offers a 60-minute complementary first meeting. Additionally, the practice offers a variety of massage options, including Thai massage, Cherokee bodywork, and Western massage. Sukhasala also provides educational workshops and events centered around holistic healing and mindful movement.

New Britain, CT(917) 676-5438

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Touch of Grace Doula

Touch of Grace Doula is professional doula offering childbirth and postpartum support in Stafford. The practice serves clients within one hour of the Stafford area, including Manchester Memorial, Johnson Memorial, Hartford Hospital, and St. Francis. The practice was founded by Lauren Semberski, a DONA-certified labor doula. Semberski also serves as a breastfeeding mentor at Manchester Hospital and offers a variety of educational workshops, including massage for doulas and spinning babies. A complimentary consultation is available to all new clients. Touch of Grace Doula also provides consulting to families regarding baby registries, nursery set-up, birth plans, or postpartum plans. Birth doula services include unlimited phone, text and email support throughout pregnancy, up to 18 hours of in-person support at birth, birth planning, postpartum planning, and breastfeeding assistance. Postpartum doula services include baby care and education, food preparation, and light household choirs.

Stafford, CT(860) 307-2002

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Wendy Gonell Doula

Wendy Gonell Doula is a professional doula who provides support during pregnancy and childbirth in Hartford. Gonell is a DONA trained doula who is working toward her certification. Since she is not certified, she offers a discounted rate on her services. Services offered include prenatal and post-partum visits and support during labor. Additionally, Gonell offers labor and birth photography services and unlimited email, text, and phone support throughout the entire pregnancy. Gonell’s services also include explanation and discussion regarding doula practices and procedures and assistance in making important and informed decisions regarding a mother’s care and birthing plan. She also provides referrals for needs beyond the scope of her training. Gonell has a passion for helping women through childbirth and has given birth to four of her own children.

Hartford, CT(860) 809-0777

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