Birth Doula Support

 

Availability for 2021 is limited; please inquire asap!

Katie Hallum

Childbirth Educator, Birth & Postpartum Doula, + more

Amanda Cagle

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

What Sets Our Birth Doulas Apart

A Commitment to Reducing Birth Trauma

A major part of our mission is to educate and advocate for the prevention of pregnancy, birth, and postpartum 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. To this end, our perinatal doulas continually seek out opportunities to learn and 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. We are committed to working with families flexibly, always centering the values of our clients in our approach in order to provide evidence based care and compassionate support. 

Experience & Expertise, Without the Ego

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 that will help you distill down the overwhelming amount of information out there. 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.

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 thoughtfully encourage through life's most extraordinary experience.

Flexible Doula Support Options

No one-size fits all packages here! You get to decide what makes sense for your family's needs. Many of our clients partner with us for pregnancy, birth, and postpartum support to receive continuity of care from the moment of hire to many months postpartum. Other families seek out a narrow window of support or work with our team only during one part of their perinatal experience. Whatever your goals, we're here to build packages in alignment with your distinct vision. 

Doula consultation support is offered to families who need short-term guidance from a local expert. Maybe you've hit a communication snag with a care provider or want help understanding your rights in childbirth. Or perhaps you'd like specific insight into your birthplace's culture of care (what to expect based on your goals, routine procedures, what's available to birthing patients, etc.) before heading in during labor. Doula consulting sessions can be phone or Zoom calls and may be utilized anytime in pregnancy as you prepare for labor, birth, and the postpartum period. 

Virtual/remote doula support is ideal for those who would prefer to walk through birth with only intimate/familial partners physically present. Access to a doula and childbirth educator can greatly enhance understanding of medical technology and procedures during labor, help families feel calmer during their time at home prior to transferring, provide partners with tips and tricks for comfort measures, and so much more! 

*also a great option for families birthing in facilities with restricted Covid policies*
 

In-person doula support is ideal for families seeking inclusive, surrounding care. Services include home visits to prep for birth and baby, advocacy work in hospital and birth center settings, hands-on support for the physical experience of labor and birth, lactation guidance, postpartum wellness visits after birth, and more!

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

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

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

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 Packages

Pregnancy & Birth Consulting Sessions

~Packages starting at $500

  • Initial phone or email assessment to gauge your needs

  • Multiple remote sessions as you navigate, learn, and prep

  • Availability via text & email for follow-up between sessions

  • Ongoing resources and referrals available by request

Virtual Birth Doula Support

~Packages starting at $1300

  • 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 one month postpartum

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    Unlimited support during labor & birth via text, call, Zoom, Facetime, etc. 

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

In-Person Birth Doula Support

~Packages starting at $2000

  • 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 one month 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 $1700

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 birth and recovery experience. 

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Virtual OR In-Person Birth Doula Package, ​inclusive of everything listed respectively

Pregnancy + Birth + Postpartum Care

~Packages starting at $3200

Childbirth Education

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Virtual OR In-Person Birth Doula Package

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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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