The doula's purpose is to help women have a safe, memorable and empowering birthing experience. A doula is a professional trained in childbirth who provides emotional, physical and informational support to the mother who is expecting, is experiencing labor, or has recently given birth.
A doula is a calming presence who gives support and touch in a healing and useful way, and also provides useful tips for laboring and birthing and postpartum care.
As a Doula, I Offer:
I provide a no-obligation, free consultation with you and your partner for doula services. This is to ensure we are a good fit, have common goals, and briefly discuss fees and services.
This meeting is usually 30-45 minutes.
2 Prenatal Visits (1.5-2 hrs each)
These are to get to know one another better, explore labor coping techniques, birth plan, etc.
Phone & Email Support
I am available for phone and email support until 38 weeks, and then I am on-call for your birth.
Full Support for Laboring and Birth
I provide Information and resources on labor and childbirth. I provide you and your partner physical, emotional, and spiritual support during your active labor and delivery. I can assist you in formulating a visual birth plan creation.
1 Postpartum Follow-up Visit (1.5-2 hrs)
To check on mother and review birth details.
On call for 2 weeks prior to due date and 2 weeks after.
Phone and Email Support (during pregnancy)
Lending library of books and videos.
Organic Sitz Bath Mixture (24 oz.)
A unique blend of traditional postpartum herbs created to facilitate post-birth recovery. Decreases inflammation and aids healing. Epsom salt, calendula flowers, urva ursi Leaf , chamomile flowers, lavender essential oil, Mantra & Love.
Organic Sesame Oil
For self-massage and infant massage.
[Note: Doulas do not perform cervical checks or anything pertaining to the medical side of labor and birth.]
I am available as a doula in the following birth locations:
Home Birth with Midwife
Charleston Birth Place
Roper St. Francis Hospital
Roper, Mt. Pleasant
"Andrea was very supportive and ever present during the birth of my first child. In my most vulnerable moments she was by my side.
She helped me and my husband navigate the long hours during my labor. I felt very lucky to have such a strong and soulful woman at my birth.
She helped me stay calm while I focused on delivering my little boy safely into this world."
"Andrea! Words cannot express how grateful I am to you for not only being my doula through the most intense and brilliant rite of passage of my life but for the guiding me on the right path from the beginning- to not hold onto any expectations but just release myself to the sacred and divine. You really helped me push (pun intended) but also find ease through it. So much of it was timeless but when I would emerge I saw so much in your soulful eyes."
I met Andrea from her prenatal yoga class. From the beginning, Andrea was integral to my pregnancy. We talked with ease about our passion for natural birth, and I had hoped she could attend the birth almost immediately after meeting her. It wasn’t my first baby, but having her walk beside us through this journey still helped us to prepare mentally, physically and emotionally for the beautiful roller coaster of new life. And my second birth wasn’t quick like they said it would be. I had a hard time surrendering to the rushes and trusting my body. This is where Andrea’s presence was crucial. From helping us try different techniques to get active labor going, to reassuring me through the exhaustion and then most intense rushes....out came the most perfect baby girl. I can only hope and pray that more and more woman get to experience the empowering love and support from doulas like Andrea.
I could not have anticipated how invaluable the support and encouragement I received was. Andrea’s sense of the body, her ability to intuit the needs of the women she works with, and her sincere belief in the capacity of women to lean into their power allowed me to have a beautiful and fulfilling birth experience.
I would encourage every woman in my life who is pregnant or planning to be to seek Andrea’s support and advice in navigating decisions about the birth of their child.
Andrea’s passion for this work is reflected in her knowledge of the birth experience and her commitment to her clients.
I cannot imagine giving birth without Andrea by my side.
I first met Andrea when she came over to our house for our initial discussion about our pregnancy and what to expect from a doula. I remember she had a great positive energy about her and I immediately felt comfortable with her. Andrea served as our rock throughout the birth process. Whenever things seemed crazy or stressful she was a great calming influence on both my wife and me. Since it was our first birth experience, having her help, wisdom, and energy was invaluable! We would recommend Andrea as a Doula to anyone and will use her services again in the future.
What an experience to go through my second pregnancy! This was a different experience than my first child, and Andrea helped me and my husband appreciate the process and feel at ease going through it the second time around. Her calming energy, knowledge, encouragement and warmth made the birthing process as relaxing as it could be. I felt empowered and prepared to deliver my daughter, and I could not have done it with out Andrea!
I could not have anticipated how invaluable the support and encouragement I received was. Andrea’s sense of the body, her ability to intuit the needs of the women she works with, and her sincere belief in the capacity of women to lean into their power allowed me to have a beautiful and fulfilling birth experience. I would encourage every woman in my life who is pregnant or planning to be to seek Andrea’s support and advice in navigating decisions about the birth of their child. Andrea’s passion for this work is reflected in her knowledge of the birth experience and her commitment to her clients. I cannot imagine giving birth without Andrea by my side.
As a doula, Andrea continually shifts power to the mom so that she is the Authority when it comes to her pregnancy, birth, and mothering experiences. She has a “library” of resources that she allows her clients to freely pull from, and I benefited greatly from this shared asset. She also shares her personal wealth of knowledge during several educational classes that she customizes to you and your partner’s needs.
The classes are designed to inform mothers of what is actually happening during labor (education dispels fear), and the material additionally serves to enhance primary relationships in the mother’s life. My relationship with my husband was greatly enhanced and deepened through Andrea’s beliefs and continues to grow. I wanted (and achieved) an unmedicated birth, and I do not believe it would’ve been possible without the unwavering support and strong determination of Andrea (“you can do this!”). The minutes and hours that followed my beautiful baby’s birth were -thankfully -also influenced by Andrea. I sang to my baby girl and told her things that are meaningful to me. I spoke to her as the Divine and cognizant being that she was and is. These moments and memories will provide me with a Source of Joy for the rest of my Life. I lost a lot of blood during delivery, and Andrea swept into the hospital like an angel and requested that my bed be changed so I could lie in clean sheets. She spoon-fed me oatmeal with chia seeds, bananas, and other nourishing ingredients, and she brought me Floradix to help bring my blood and iron levels back up. She helped me transition to the bathroom and gave me a coconut water to prevent me from fainting. She offered me water every time I breast fed (instilling a pattern that I uphold to this day), and she continually created space that I might finally get some rest. All of her efforts culminated in my gaining enough strength to transition to the postpartum side of the hospital. That night, she spent a few hours with me and my new baby. She sang to her and continued to ensure I got more rest. Andrea elevated my healing, and the following day, I was up on my feet and back in my home. Andrea’s presence alone evokes a sacred feeling around the process of bringing another soul into physical reality, and if of interest to you, she will Lift your state of consciousness to a higher level. Needless to say, I highly recommend Andrea as a prenatal yoga teacher and doula. She is unlike any other in her wisdom, courage, Heart, and strength of belief.