Looking for Doula in Dallas, TX

Updated on October 03, 2015
T.M. asks from Dallas, TX
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I am now wishing i had found a midwife and/or birthing center but am so far into pregnancy that it is a little too late for that. So i am looking into a doula to attend my birth at our local hospital. Does anyone have experience with a doula, know a good one in dfw area, or have any other tips for a first timer that is trying to do this as naturally as possible?

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K.B.

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I took a birthing class at Baylor from a WONDERFUL doula. Her name is Melissa Espey-Mueller. I can't say enough good things about her. Her email is [email protected]____.com

Best of luck!

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R.H.

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seems as though you have a ton of great recommendations so far.
have you checked out the motheringdotcommune.com birth and beyond forums for info about all things, well, birth & beyond?? the "finding your tribe" section is also great for finding local people and resources. politically the site can be a little off the grid, but it's a wealth of info i wish i had found before my first son was born!

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K.T.

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Anna Marie Nelson--AWESOME, AWESOME, AWESOME! www.professionaldoula.com
Couldn't have done my labor without her, and she is supportive (and honest) about whichever method brings your little one into the world! I hired her with less than two months left, and she stayed with me (and awake) for 21 hours straight and came to my home 3 days later for breastfeeding support (also couldn't have done that without her guidance). Good luck!

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S.J.

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I used a mid-wife/doula in Rockwall and LOVED her. It is not too late...I remember when I was pregnant she was asked to step in at the end of a mom's pregnancy and help the mom deliver at home, I believe. She did and gave her a reduced fee, since the pregnancy was almost over! I delivered two of mine at home and LOVED it. Anyway, her name is Tina Rowe-Woodall and her website is www.heavenlyhandsrockwall.com. We live in Rockwall now but for my last child she drove an hour away for me! You'll love her. Hope it goes well. I tried to do my first one naturally (we were in KY) but ended up not doing it that way....it's just so hard when no one in the hospital is on your side to do it that way, you are hooked up to all of these machines and wires and you can't get up and walk around...that was the most frustrating part. If you can't deliver at home or a birthing center, please get a doula. They will know your plans and can speak for you to have the birth that you are dreaming of. I hope it all goes perfectly!

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A.K.

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I want to reassure you that you still have time to create a safe and comfortable birth support group--from a trained doula or simply a friend or sister who will support you through it all, to finding the best place for your baby to be born, be it birth center or your home.

I used the birth center in allen just off of 75--birthingcenter.org, i believe.

Those ladies all treat you like a Queen, the location is so peaceful and full of "sacred birth memory", and they have super skills and tools like you couldn't even imagine. Go there and look at it, take a deep breath, and know that your labor, delivery, self, and baby will be in good hands. (You'll save tons of money in transferring, as well!)

Good luck! and may you have a safe and empowering journey that countless women have travelled before!

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R.T.

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I've used a doula for each of my 2 births. I used Leslie Habenicht for my second and would recommend her to anyone who wants a doula. She is absolutely fabulous and charges a very reasonable fee. She is also willing to work out payment arrangements if you need them. She thinks everyone should have a doula if they want one, and she stands behind this philosophy.

Not only will she do a great job supporting you, but she will be a great support for your husband and family and will help them support you if they do so wish. My 2nd birth was very emotional for my family and me, and she was a great support. I can't say enough good things about her.

Her email address is [email protected]____.com, and she can be reached at ###-###-####.

The other thing I would recommend for natural childbirth is Bradley classes to help teach you relaxation techniques for labor and delivery (http://www.bradleybirth.com/). You should be able to find a class in your area by going to their website.

Good luck in your search and with your pregnancy and birth!

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A.R.

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I had a great experience with Mini Miracle Birth services www.minimiraclebirth.com -- Julia covers Plano, Wylie, Garland, Rowlett, Mesquite area plus Dallas.

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S.A.

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Here's a link to the Association of Texas Midwives Find a Midwife (in Dallas County) page: http://www.texasmidwives.com/findamidwife.asp?search=cty. It's not the most user-friendly page, but surely one of these midwives knows a doula (or two!), or provides doula services herself. I know of several midwives have worked as doulas as they were training to be midwives. Good Luck!
This is the one actually in Dallas: http://www.texasmidwives.com/midwives/midwifepg.asp?mwid=30

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J.P.

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T., I am a Doula in Dallas and would love to talk to you. Please contact me: [email protected]____.com. I have lots of resources in the community and I'm happy to help.

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A.J.

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I saw that someone already referred you to this web site but she could not remember her name. Linda Worzer was the doula/natural birth assistant we used. We did not use her as a doula but she tought our classes and she is my friends doula.
http://www.naturalbeginningsonline.com

Check out birthcenter.net also. They are the Birth and Womens center down on Swiss Ave. I have seen them take women who are very late in their pregnancy without a problem. You have had prenatal care and I am sure it would not be a big deal. I delivered there and it was the best experience ever. Your midwife act as a doula and you also have doula/birth assistants there too. If it is something you really want you should at least check it out.

Good luck!!

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M.P.

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I have a now 2 year old daughter and I had a couple of really awesome midwives. They're based in Garland, and the name is Family Centered Maternity Care. You can check out their website at www.fcmcdallas.com.

There was a woman named Delilah who taught their childbirth classes, and she is also a doulah. Here is her information:

Delilah Ray- ###-###-####
[email protected]____.com

They teach childbirth classes at their birth center - the classes are focused on natural childbirth, and they welcome anyone, whether you are having your child through their birth center or going through a hospital. Check out their website - it's really great. There are quite a few doulahs listed on the resources page. God luck with everything!

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L.W.

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I used Melissa Espey on my first delivery. I would not use her again. I feel she is hard to get a hold of and not very dependable. She promised me the moon so I would use her. Once she go her payment she did not follow through. Big disappointment. However, My second child I used Ann Marie and she was WONDERFUL.

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K.J.

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I would not have made it through my first delivery without my doula. My son was almost 42 hours of active labor (he got stuck) and an extremely unsupportive OB. My doula was there for me from the first signs of labor all the way through the end.

Don't shoot me, but it's been six years and I don't remember her name!

But I would highly recommend getting one.

Here's a website to help you locate one.

http://www.naturalbeginningsonline.com/doulas.html

If you have any questions - don't hesitate to contact me off list.

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L.B.

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I used Anna Marie Nelson as my doula for my last child, which resulted in a quick, natural VBAC. Check out her website at www.professionaldoula.com. I would use her again for this baby (due in 2 months) if only I had the funds!

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M.M.

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Melissa Espey. [email protected]____.com has, I believe, 5 kids of her own and teaches all the pre-pregnancy classes at Baylor Dallas along with the Mom and Me class on Mondays. I met her through the Mom and Me class. She's awesome. She's extremely easy to talk to, funny, and very compassionate. Definitely suggest you at least contact her.

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P.M.

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Congratulations on your impending arrival! We used Barrie Glasscock, she was great! Her info.http://birthingmatters.net/contact_me_body.htm. Good Luck to you.

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