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Best Doulas in Austin

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Austin, TX

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5.0 (6)

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Lotus Babies heart-centered doula support to people in the Austin area. Anya Casteel offers a range of services including placenta encapsulation, prenatal yoga, postpartum support. Their childbirth classes are also offered online. A professional doula, Anya Casteel received training through DONA, Birthing from Within, and Hypnobabies which she uses to create an informative, calm, and nurturing space for clients. Lotus Babies packages all come with free initial consultations.

5421 Texas Bluebell Drive, Spicewood, TX 78669

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5.0 (16)
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5.0 (10)
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5.0 (8)

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Serving Austin and the nearby areas, Empowered Beginnings, LLC provides empowerment and support to women during labor. It offers birth and postpartum doula services and each session can fit the company's customized and tiered packages according to the clients' specific needs. Focused on helping women have comfortable births, the team also offers childbirth classes where soon-to-be mothers are trained in breathing techniques, self-hypnosis, relaxation, and bonding via its hypnobirthing classes. Clients can choose from group, private, or refresher course classes.

10815 Ranch Rd 2222 Bldg. 3B Ste. 100 #508, Austin, TX 78730

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Dream Team Doulas is a professional doula business that services residents of Austin and nearby areas. The business offers a wide range of services such as pediatric sleep solutions and postpartum doula placements. Consultations regarding potty training, childbirth education, early pre-school readiness, and positive parenting are also available. Its team of sleep training specialists and postpartum doulas is committed to providing undivided support and personalized care to patients depending on the uniqueness of their situation.

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Austin, TX 78704

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Brielle Epstein worked for nearly ten years as a doula in the Austin, Texas area, eventually receiving certification as a professional midwife, licensed with the State of Texas. Brielle has received additional training through the Association of Labor Assistants and Childbirth Educators, the Farm Midwifery Center, Summertown, TN, Casa de Nacimiento, El Paso, TX, and has been certified in neonatal resuscitation and adult and infant CPR. Through Moonstone Birth, Brielle offers a home birth package, which includes prenatal care, support during birth, and six weeks postpartum care. Preconception counseling offers support and guidance, and Brielle’s birth doula package provides phone support and home visits.

Austin, TX 78751

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5.0 (22)

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Austin Born is a company in Central Texas that offers birth and postpartum doula services. The establishment has been part of the region’s health and wellness community for years, and it accommodates anticipating mothers and their partners, regardless of life choices. The team consists of credentialed non-medical maternity caregivers, who have decades of experience between them, and the packages include unlimited phone and e-mail support, a series of visits, and a signature tote bag packed with goodies. Austin Born also performs placenta encapsulation to help the women regain their vitality after the exhausting delivery, and it provides breastfeeding support as well. The company hosts classes and gatherings to make the parenthood experience more exciting, and its website and social media pages feature interesting photos.

Round Rock, TX 78681

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5.0 (10)

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Shelley Scotka has been serving the communities of North and Central Austin with their doula needs for over 20 years. The doula provides labor support, postpartum support, and childbirth education classes and is known for her gentle guidance, extensive knowledge and experience from her own pregnancies and births, ability to empower moms, and compassionate care. The doula holds a Bachelor’s degree in Behavioral Science, was certified through International Childbirth Educators Association in 1998, and has completed training and courses in labor and delivery, breastfeeding, and postpartum care with a focus on postpartum depression and anxiety. Shelley Scotka strives to create a positive birth experience for the entire family and exact details for labor and postpartum services can be found on the group's site.

Austin, TX 78734

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5.0 (31)

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For more than five years, Austin Childbirth has offered doula services to pregnant women and new mothers throughout the Austin, Texas, area. Its doulas guide women through the birth process, offering moral support and instilling confidence. Prior to and during labor, doula's help mothers to ensure their birth plan is followed as closely as possible. Postpartum services include feeding assistance, emotional support, and temporary childcare so mothers can enjoy a nap or shower.

Round Rock, TX 78665

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5.0 (19)
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5.0 (15)
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5.0 (15)

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Doulas of Austin is a birth doula agency in Round Rock, Texas. Their services include prenatal support, birth support, postpartum support, overnight support, private in-home newborn care class, and virtual parenting consultations. Women with certain high-risk such as placenta previa, gestational diabetes, preterm labor, pregnancy-induced hypertension, hyperemesis gravidarum, bed rest, and multiple gestations can benefit greatly from their support. Their birth doula recognizes birth as an experience the client will remember for the rest of her life, understand the physiology of birth and the physical and emotional needs of laboring families, assist and support the mother in preparing her birth plan, etc. The owner of this company, Chiminh Ashton became a maternity nurse in 2000.

FAQs

  • Introduction

    A doula is an excellent choice for individuals looking for extended support when dealing with pregnancy or pregnancy-related conditions. Unlike a doctor, a doula will be more regularly available for their patient.

    However, to be clear, a doula is not a midwife and doesn't provide medical care. People typically choose to work with a doula while still regularly checking in with a doctor or midwife. A doula is an investment in additional emotional support for the mother, the baby, and any other close family members who need it.
  • What is a doula?

    A doula is a trained professional who gives informational, emotional, and physical support to a mother (and potentially others) going through pregnancy, childbirth, miscarriage, induced abortion, stillbirth, birth complications, and more. While most doulas work with clients for reproductive health conditions, some doulas also help with other life experiences, such as hospice or terminal illness.

  • How to become a doula?

    You don’t need a certificate to be a doula, although this can help your career by verifying legitimacy. Regardless of a certificate, you do need to complete training through a qualified doula training program. The program usually takes between three and five days. After training, most programs require you to attend a few births with paperwork to prove your attendance.

  • How much do doulas make?

    The annual salaries of doulas in the United States range from $28,000 in smaller towns to $96,000 in major cities. A doula’s salary can depend on their experience, where they work, and how much work they take on. Most doulas handle an average of four births per year.

  • How much does a doula cost?

    The national average hourly rate for doulas is $45. Additionally, doulas charge a “flat fee” per birth that can range from $600 in small cities and towns to $2,000 in larger metropolitan areas. As a doula gains more experience, they typically raise their rates to reflect their expertise.

  • What is a death doula?

    A death doula assists with the dying process. Death doulas empower, educate, and encourage clients and their loved ones to make decisions and reach acceptance about an upcoming death.

    People who may benefit from working with a death doula include:
    • Individuals with a terminal illness
    • People nearing the end of their lives
    • Those with a loved one about to pass
  • Are doulas covered by insurance?

    Most insurance providers don't cover doulas. However, some states offer coverage for birth doulas under Medicaid programs. To check if you have coverage, contact your insurance provider directly. It's also essential to ask for more details, such as if you get partial or full coverage, if there's a maximum, and if you have to work with a certified doula.