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Laurels

Best Doulas
in Tampa
2020

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 analyzed the results to give you a hand-picked list of the best doulas in Tampa, FL.

Reviewed Curated Top Picks 76 48 8

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.

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Barefoot Birth

Barefoot Birth is a Tampa business that serves the Tampa Bay Area. The business’ services include placenta encapsulation, maternity and newborn photography, massage therapy, holistic childbirth education, and home birth midwifery services. Barefoot Birth attends home births in Hernando, Pasco, Citrus, Hillsborough, and Pinellas Counties. Home birth midwifery includes lab work, prenatal care, rental of a water birth tub, lending library access, support during labor, birth, and right after birth, support with breastfeeding, and three visits postpartum. Barefoot Birth offers a free initial consultation and gift certificates are available. Other services include help at retail locations with products and services, early breastfeeding assistance, and support with childbirth classes on location. Founder Charlie Young has appeared in and written for the Tampa Tribune, Radical Doula Blog, The Tampa Bay Times, SQUAT Birth Journal, and FOCUS Magazine. Barefoot Birth is a Tampa Bay BirthNetwork Community Partner. Clients remark on their support, diligence, encouragement, and honesty.

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Bella Beginnings

Bella Beginnings is a Tampa business that serves Hernando and Pinellas, Hillsboro, and Pasco counties. Services include access to a lending library, newborn and infant care consulting, email and phone support, placenta services, and doula services. Bella Beginnings offers a consultation and provides à la cart services and packages. The basic package includes two prenatal and one postpartum visit, text, email, and phone support, and support during labor, birth, and right after birth. The all-inclusive package includes everything in the basic package along with placenta encapsulation, a newborn and infant care class, and a childbirth basics class. Caryn is a Labor Doula trained through CAPPA and she has training in placenta services.

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Birth Sister Childbirth Services

Birth Sister Childbirth Services is a Tampa Bay business that provides childbirth education and doula services. Doula services include two prenatal visits and a postpartum visit, email and phone support during the pregnancy, access to a lending library, support during labor, birth, and postpartum, and help with breastfeeding. Emily A. Bronson has over five years of experience and she is a Certified Birth Doula, a Certified Lactation Counselor, and a Certified Childbirth Educator. Jessica Willoughby is a Florida School of Traditional Midwifery graduate. Clients appreciate their calm manner, knowledge, and support.

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Birthlatch

Birthlatch is a Trinity business that serves the Tampa Bay Area. Services include lactation consultations, a birth preparation workshop, a breastfeeding workshop, birth doula services, and postpartum doula services. Birth doula services include two prenatal visits and one postpartum visit, and support during labor, birth, and for one hour after birth. Postpartum doula services include running errands, meal preparation, infant care, light household work, sibling care, and providing information. Founder Irene Schaefer is a DONA Certified Birth Doula, a Registered Nurse, a Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator, and an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant. Clients appreciate her sensitivity, intuition, guidance, and encouragement.

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Buddha Belly

Buddha Belly is a Palm Harbor business that serves St. Petersburg, Largo, Valrico, Tarpon Springs, Carrollwood, Ybor City, Riverview, Dunedin, Tampa, Brandon, Wesley Chapel, Seminole, Land O Lakes, Gulfport, Port Richey, and other areas in Pinellas, Hillsborough, and Pasco counties. Services include birth classes, HypnoBirthing classes, belly casting, photography, pregnancy planning, placenta services, breastfeeding counseling, and birth and postpartum doula services. Founder and co-owner Christie Collbran has more than six years of experience and is the president of the Tampa Bay Birth Network. Her certifications are as a doula, lactation counselor, and childbirth educator. Co-owner Amy Lewis is a birth and postpartum doula as well as a postpartum placenta specialist trained by ProDoula. She also has bereavement doula training. Clients remark on their support, compassion, professionalism, and knowledge.

Palm Harbor, FL

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Calming Presence Birth Services

Calming Presence Birth Services is a Land O Lakes business that serves Wesley Chapel, Clearwater, Largo, Tampa, St. Petersburg, Dunedin, New Port Richey, Brandon, Lutz, and Land O Lakes. Services include belly casting, private childbirth classes, breastfeeding assistance, and birth doula services. Doula services include two prenatal meetings and one postpartum meeting, phone, email, and text support during pregnancy and postpartum, support during labor, birth and newborn photography, and help with lactation. Cheryl Waterbury is a DONA-certified Birth Doula, a Certified Lactation Counselor, and a CAPPA-Certified Childbirth Educator. She can assist Deaf clients because she is fluent in American Sign Language. Clients appreciate Cheryl’s attentiveness, knowledge, calm manner, encouragement, and the birth photos.

Land O Lakes, FL 34639

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Dee Pullen, Doula

Dee Pullen, Doula is a Tampa doula who has attended more than 400 births and serves West Central Florida. Doula services include two or three prenatal visits and two postpartum visits, phone support 24 hours a day throughout pregnancy, loan of a birth ball at the 36 week mark, support throughout labor and help right after birth, labor notes, and lactation counseling. Dee is a Certified Lactation Counselor and she is a member of the Tampa Bay Birth Network, the founder and president of the Tampa Bay Doula Association, and the founder and facilitator of the Breastfeeding Support Group at Totally Chiropractic. She has over 20 years of experience. Dee also offers private and group HypnoBirthing classes and water birth tub rental.

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Sweet Child O’ Mine

Sweet Child O’ Mine is a Brandon birth center that serves the Tampa Bay Area. The center’s services include access to a lending library, free pregnancy tests, ultrasound, lab work, pre-pregnancy counseling, prenatal care, midwife care, doula services, breastfeeding assistance, water birth, home birth, vaginal birth after a cesarean section, and postpartum care. Sweet Child O’ Mine also offers childbirth classes, diapering and baby wearing classes, baby products, and supplements and vitamins. The birth center is 3,400 square feet and has two private birth suites. Some of the features in the suites include a water birth tub, a TV, a DVD player, wireless speakers, a coffee maker, aromatherapy diffusers, heating pad, a mini kitchen, and a full or queen size bed. Sweet Child O’ Mine offers a free consultation. Clients remark on their passion, knowledge, patience, support, and attentiveness.

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