Birth Doula Support

 

Availability is very limited, please inquire for due dates in August 2022 & beyond!

orange county doula holds a newborn infant in arms
Katie Hallum

Childbirth Educator, Birth & Postpartum Doula, + more

southern california doula and birth educator with a newborn
Amanda Cagle

Childbirth Educator, Birth & Postpartum Doula, Car Seat Technician + more

What Sets Our Birth Doulas Apart

A Commitment to Reducing Birth Trauma

Over the past decade, Your Birth Team has worked with hundreds of expecting families in and around Orange County and it's clear to us that anyone can experience trauma in a perinatal setting if they lack appropriate guidance and resources. So, our perinatal doulas continually seek out opportunities to learn and skill-build in areas such as adult education, cultural humility, coping tools and comfort measures, communication in healthcare settings, patient advocacy, and more so that we may elevate the birthing and parenting experiences of anyone we come into contact with. 

An Exclusive Practice

We know that the U.S. medical system does not prioritize enough time and energy per patient to improve outcomes and satisfaction amongst growing families. We want to see this script flipped and we're starting with our practice! We purposely limit our client load to ensure you receive focused, attentive care every step of the way. Our practice is the opposite of the assembly line care you might be receiving elsewhere in your childbirth journey.

 

We typically go on-call for just one client per birthing window. Most of our families sign on in the first trimester and take advantage of a private Facebook group, monthly check-ins, in-person visits, and open availability for chats via text and phone. Need a referral to a new OBGYN or Midwife? Wondering about that weird side cramp you feel when you get out of bed in the morning? From random questions and anxieties to big decisions, our clients receive top-notch advice and extraordinary care around the clock.  

Expertise, Without the Ego

Every "How to Interview a Doula" blog ever will suggest asking about certification and experience level. So let's get that part out of the way. Yes, we're certified birth professionals. Yes, we've trained with many birth organizations, including DONA, Evidence Based Birth®, Birthing From Within®, ICEA, Midwives College of Utah, and more. But our hope isn't that you'll see us as experts around childbirth, so much as really knowledgable acquaintances who get to know you well enough that we can make this extraordinary (and intense) experience as loving, gentle, and fun as possible.

 

While working with our doulas during pregnancy and birth does mean you have access to a decade's worth of perinatal health experience, research, and know-how, our doula families remark about the personal touches in our care and high level of engagement the most. We've read the books you're reading, watched the films you're watching, and understand the studies your providers base their practices around. More importantly, our doulas will validate your fears and anxieties without judgment, bolster you when your reserves are low, and amplify your voice and wishes at every turn.

Birth Doula Testimonials

Amanda is amazing - I literally could not have had an unmedicated birth without Amanda's assistance. 

When interviewing doulas, we were very cautious...as the baby that Amanda assisted with is our first born. My husband and I couldn't ask a question that Amanda didn't have an answer for, which was quite reassuring. As it turns out, her breadth of knowledge is much more extensive than she shared during our interview. Amanda knows so much about the birthing process and babies. After retaining Amanda's services, she shared so many great tips and tricks that we hadn't even thought of.

 

When Amanda arrived, she instantly soothed me, as she was calm, relaxed, and encouraging. I felt empowered. She knew what to do and when to do it, which was helpful not just to me, but my husband too. She shared pain management techniques that got me through the thick of it. Our plan was to labor at home as long as possible, and Amanda knew just when to head to the hospital. During the birthing process, Amanda was everywhere: comforting me, giving me instructions, sharing our birth plan with the staff, getting items from our car, snapping photos.... She did everything for us. She is even a lactation specialist and helped with that aspect - at the hospital and at our postpartum visit! I'd love to have her assist with our next little bundle of joy - she truly is amazing.

                   ~Kimberly, Irvine

If you're interviewing doulas, add Amanda to your list. She is an expert in all ways. I was, and continue to be, impressed with her knowledge and advice for mothers-to-be and new moms. She helped shine lights on unknown parts of the birth process for my wife and me. I could not imagine a better birthing experience. She was super supportive and helped me feel a part of the process as well. She is dedicated to her clients above and beyond expectations. Amanda is head and shoulders above the rest. 

                                                           

                                    ~Jeff, Santa Ana

Katie is a gem! She is knowledgeable not only from her own birth experiences, but also from her genuine passion for working with birthing families. She puts 110% effort into everything she does, and her doula activities are no exception. She is positive, encouraging, thoughtful, and truly has her clients' best in mind. Additionally, her ability to serve me, a remote client, has been wonderful. Our Zoom sessions have been super helpful and informative and have helped me to better plan and cope with my pregnancy, labor, and birth. She has been great at being available for any questions or just general support and has made me feel much more at ease. Doula care is evidence-based, and you couldn't go wrong with Katie by your side!

                         

               ~Ruth, Virtual Client

Amanda is freaking amazing. She is exceptionally knowledgeable and experienced. But even more important for me, she is approachable, casual, and personable. She makes Dr. Who jokes. Even now that our son is 6 months old, I still text her with random questions if things come up (ex. how do I know if the bottle is the right temperature? Should his poop smell like this? How do I use this baby carrier?).

Amanda was absolutely invaluable during our home birth. She arrived up at 3pm, about 5 hours before we called the midwife. Basically, she was just a sane person to guide us through the stages and help us get our minds in the right place. She talked with my wife and kept the mood positive and calm. She helped us know when it was time to call the midwife. Once the midwife arrived, she became an extra pair of hands to fill the tub, keep people hydrated, bring more towels, whatever. Our son was born at 1am and Amanda stayed another couple hours after that just making sure we were all settled in. 

Amanda is incredible. If you are shopping around for doulas - and I hope you are - she is absolutely worth meeting.

  ~Daniel, Irvine

Katie is an excellent advocate and support during pregnancy, birth and postpartum! She was with us when I delivered our first, and is now helping us prepare for our second, and I am so grateful! She asks helpful questions, provides reassuring encouragement and is great at helping me focus on what I want/need in the process. She also pays great attention to helping my husband prepare and ensures that we are communicating openly and honestly together. I highly recommend!

                           

                   ~Amy, Anaheim

If you are seeking out an evidence-based birth educator/doula that also oozes compassion and kindness, work with Katie. If we decide to go for a kiddo #2, I will not hesitate to reach out to Katie, as it would surely be a blessing to have her play an even greater role in my next pregnancy, birth and postpartum experience.

                             

                ~Charlene, Orange

Birth Doula Package

Virtual Birth Doula Support

~Packages starting at $1250

  • Lending library access, including books, dvds, birth balls, babywearing carriers, & more 

  • Exclusive prep tools from Motherboard Birth, Evidence Based Birth, & more

  • Multiple prenatal visits to get comfortable with each other and prepare for birth

  • Availability via text, email, & phone from hire through two weeks postpartum

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    Unlimited virtual support during labor & birth 

  • Post-birth wellness visits + ongoing guidance via text & email

In-Person Birth Doula Support

~Packages starting at $2500

  • Lending library access, including books, dvds, birth balls, babywearing carriers, & more 

  • Exclusive prep tools from Motherboard Birth, Evidence Based Birth, & more

  • Multiple prenatal visits to get comfortable with each other and prepare for birth

  • Availability via text, email, & phone from hire through two weeks postpartum

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    Unlimited support during labor & birth. Backup doula only utilized in true emergencies 

  • Post-birth wellness visits + ongoing guidance via text & email

Childbirth Education  &  Birth Support

~Packages starting at $3000

Comprehensive, tailored class sessions are 1.5 hours in length and offered on a

flexible schedule to meet your family's needs. We only offer private education, which means your sessions are dedicated to your learning, prepping for your unique birth and recovery journey. 

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In-Person Birth Doula Package, ​inclusive of everything listed above

Pregnancy + Birth + Postpartum Care

~Packages starting at $4500

Childbirth Education

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In-Person Birth Doula Package

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2+ Weeks In-Home Postpartum Doula Care

Add on Birth Photography, Registry Review Session,

and/or more Postpartum Doula visits for an even more

comprehensive care plan during the most special time of your lives. 

Don't See What You're Looking For?   Inquire for Custom Package Options!

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