Becoming a mother, becoming a family.
How can I help you?
As a doula, my goal is to help form strong, bonded families by supporting the mother. From the prenatal period to the the day of birth to postpartum life, I will be there to provide unconditional care, non-judgemental support, and offer the guidance YOU desire.
I am a formally DONA-certified doula, and currently pursing my birth and bereavement doula training through Stillbirthday. At this time I am accepting birth doula clients in The Woodlands, Magnolia, Spring, and Conroe. Please contact me if you’d like to know if I’m available for your area.
Blissful Beginnings Doula Care provides support to Mom and Dad during the prenatal period, usually beginning in the second or third trimester (but no time is too late!). I will provide opportunities to meet in-person on one to two occasions for about two hours each time, but prefer to meet at least one time before the birth. I encourage email communication as often as desired, and also accept phone calls or text messages during regular business hours. I can help prepare a birth plan, discuss options for birth, provide resources for educational purposes, and answer questions. I also encourage my clients to prepare a postpartum plan to help ensure proper communication between Mom and Dad and make sure all needs are being met.
I will be on-call 24/7 for Mom two weeks before her due date until Baby is born. Depending on locations and individual wants or needs, we will decide whether to meet at the birth center or at home during labor.
During labor I will provide physical support, emotional support, and informational support. I will not speak for Mom, but will encourage her to ask questions if she’s unsure about an unplanned procedure or intervention. I will not replace Mom’s partner, but will help him or her to feel comfortable about everything that’s going on.
I will provide around two hours of postpartum support, including breastfeeding help.
Up to three weeks after the birth, I will make a home visit to check in and discuss adjustments to motherhood, at Mom’s request and convenience.
If Mom would like a birth story written from my perspective, I would be honored to write one!
I will do my best to offer support in the way that Mom wants from me.
I don’t offer specific “packages” to clients, instead I offer everything I am capable of to every Mother who hires me. I take one client per month, and therefore I am able to support Moms more fully with my time and resources than if I had a bigger client load. My fee is $900. I will consider offering a reduced rate to Mothers who are in need, teen Mothers who are unsupported, or any one else who feels they cannot pay my full fee. I wholeheartedly believe in the saying, “A doula for every woman who wants one!” Please check my online birth availability calendar (I keep this updated!) to see if your due date is available!
As your postpartum doula, I will be there to support you and your baby in the ways you need me most. We will work together to create a custom care plan for your unique family. This may include, but isn't limited to:
light household chores
organizing baby items
meal prep and menu planning
"holding space" for Mom to process
playing with older children
In our consultation, we will discuss your needs! Maybe you need to catch a long nap or play with your older toddler while experienced and trusted hands hold your baby. Maybe you want to sit down with your husband and family for a quiet dinner. Maybe you need a second set of eyes to set up and organize your nursery. Just let me know and we can establish a plan and expectations!
Postpartum Consultation: $30 for one hour, applied to your first hour of services.
Postpartum Hourly Fee: $30 per hour, minimum of four hours. Discount packages available for more than 30 hours booked at once. I am available from 6 am-10 pm, no overnights.
When our plan doesn't turn out quite the way we expected, it may require some extra special support. It is part of my passion to care for Mothers who are experiencing the loss of a pregnancy, at any week of gestation. As a stillbirthday doula in training, I have taken the extra step to learn how to care for mothers during this tender time. I can be there at your birth, sit with you at home, or provide resources you may need.
My experience is that many Mothers want this support, but are unable to find it within family or community- or didn't even know it was an option. I am here to talk with you, please reach out and let me know how I can help.
My philosophy and my life
Hello! My name is Stephanie and I am a passionate person- especially about childbirth. It is my opinion that birthing a child is the most profound and life-changing experience any woman can have: the flood of hormones, the range of emotions, and the sense of accomplishment are the most overwhelming and intense feelings!
The definition of a satisfying child birth for each woman is different, sometimes worlds apart. I respect and support Mothers and medical personnel who make the decision to use interventions during labor and delivery.
My knowledge of child birth grows every day as I read books and studies, examine the culture of childbirth in the USA and other countries, talk to other mothers and friends, but especially as I witness labor and birth as a doula. As it should be, each birth is a unique experience!
I am the mother of five babies on earth, and two souls in heaven. My own birthing experiences range from a medicated hospital birth, three unmedicated birth center deliveries, and a (planned) homebirth with a one-hour labor! I have been blissfully married to my love since 2005, and in our spare time (ha!) our family loves to camp, do puzzles, and spend time volunteering at our church.
"Birth is the pinnacle where women discover the courage to become mothers."