The Ultimate Seattle Doulas Guide

You are expecting!! Congratulations! This doula guide was created for pregnant moms in the Seattle area who need help with all things choosing a doula. Here is what will be covered:

  1. What is a doula?
  2. Birth Doula vs Postpartum Doula
  3. Average Cost of a Doula in Seattle
  4. Finding a Doula that is right for you
  5. A list of the best doulas in the Seattle area

What is a Doula?

In short, a Doula is a person who provides support to pregnant and postpartum moms. Whether it be emotionally, physically, or both, your doula is there to guide you through a journey that can be intimidating and scary! They are there to educate & advocate during the times you may feel overwhelmed by all of the information surrounding pregnancy, labor, delivery, and postpartum. 

Research shows that having a doula at your birth significantly decreases the need for pain medication, makes you 50% less likely to have a c-section, you are more likely to have a shorter labor, and women are more likely to have an overall positive birthing experience.

Different Types of Doulas

BIRTH DOULA

Birth doulas are there to guide you through pregnancy and childbirth. Typically they meet with you 1-2 times during pregnancy to meet you and get to know your needs, and will then be with you the entire labor. They will support you through whatever type of birth you choose at whatever type location you choose.

POSTPARTUM DOULA

Postpartum doulas specialize in supporting you through your new transition to parenthood. Different doulas provide different services, but you can expect to have a lot of help in whatever capacity you need. They can assist you in breastfeeding support, newborn care instruction, household tasks, caring for your baby while you sleep, and anything else that you might need help with during this transitional time.

How much do Seattle Doulas Typically Cost?

Seattle Birth Doula Costs

Birth doulas can have a wide range of costs depending on their packages. In the seattle area, you will most likely find packages with a range of $800-$1600. Many doulas in the area provide pro-bono and sliding scale options for moms who can’t afford doula support but would like some.

Additionally, many hospitals like Swedish First Hill offer the option to hire an apprentice doula for a lower cost. If you plan to have a hospital birth and are interested in this more affordable route, reach out to your OB or Midwife to see what your options are.

Seattle Postpartum Doula Costs

Postpartum doulas work on an hourly basis and typically cost anywhere from $25-$35/ hour.

How do I find a Doula that is right for me?

There are doulas for every type of person. It is recommended to interview at least 3 doulas so you can get an idea of their experience, services, and personalities. Think about what you want in one of the most vulnerable times in your life, and voice that in your interviews. Some people may need the gentle spirit, others may need someone who is more outgoing and light-hearted. Look for a doula who is:

  • Educated
  • Clicks with your personality
  • Supports all kinds of births
  • Clicks with your partner (if applicable)
  • Has a back-up doula (can you meet them?)

Interview Topics when speaking with a potential Doula:

  • What is your process like when I go into labor?
  • Have them describe their ‘style’
  • Ask how long they stay after birth
  • Each of the doulas below are extremely qualified in their practice. Some offer additional services that may be important to you such as birth photography, massage, placenta encapsulation, etc. Take this into account when deciding what kind of doula is best for you!

Choosing a doula that you click with may be the most important part of hiring a doula. You want someone to respond in a way that will comfort you in an extremely painful and difficult time. 

For the postpartum period, you want to make sure you have a doula who will take care of you exactly how YOU need it. For one mom it might be holding your baby all the time so you can sleep, or being right by your side for any sort of task. For another it might be quietly working in the background so you and your partner (if applicable) can enjoy much of the baby bliss. 

Think deeply about what kind of person you are and bring those points up during your interviews. If you find a doula that you connect with naturally and fits the personality that you would want around during this vulnerable time, you may have found your match!

A LIST OF THE BEST SEATTLE DOULAS

Here is a list of recommended, incredible doulas in the Greater Seattle area that you should reach out to first in your search!

BEST SEATTLE BIRTH DOULAS LIST

BEST SEATTLE POSTPARTUM DOULAS LIST

Featured birth & postpartum doulas

Aimee Strader of Sound Babies: Postpartum Doula

https://www.soundbabies.com/

“I became a postpartum doula because I am passionate about building community and that starts with families feeling supported, resourced, and connected.”

ABOUT

When not holding babies and supporting families, I am working on my fixer-upper house, riding my bicycle around the city with my husband, or contemplating my next excuse to have friends over for a party. 

I love working with first time parents as they navigate the physical, psychological, and philosophical shifts that happen when they become parents. It’s huge!

BACKGROUND

I have been working with families for over ten years and began focusing on the first few months after parents welcome a baby home when I became a Postpartum Doula in 2017. I have additional training in lactation support, perinatal mood and anxiety disorders, and supporting relationships as parents navigate life with a newborn.  

SERVICES

I meet families in their home, make sure they aren’t getting overwhelmed, answer questions, offer tools and resources, and help create a calm environment while parents get to know their baby and find a rhythm to the early days of parenting. 

WHY AIMEE?

I don’t think there is one right way of parenting nor that those early days of parenting should look a certain way. Families sense this and it gives them freedom to use me as a resource but also gain confidence and define their own parenting philosophy. I am there to support, not judge or instruct.  

PAST CLIENT REVIEW

“As I said, it was not only a gift to mom and our new baby, but her care, wisdom, humor and network helped make a potentially stressful and bewildering time one of joy and ease for our entire family.” -Robert 12/28/19

Amanda Squires of Atlas Birth: Birth Doula

https://www.atlasbirth.com/

“I believe in a birthing person’s right to an empowered, beautiful and sacred birth experience in whatever way they envision it.”

ABOUT

My name is Amanda Squires Gil.  I’m a life-long seattle resident who currently lives in South Seattle with my husband, our two dogs and our daughter Noe (due in the next few weeks)! I have my degree in Human Services and Social Justice Dynamics as well as my Certificate in International Human Rights and am a passionate support person for womxn and their families. 

BACKGROUND

I own and operate Atlas Birth, a birth doula cooperative here in Seattle Washington that I run with the help of my friend and colleague Luisa Perez Wolter. When I’m not working as a Doula, I work as a Diversity Leadership Specialist, hiring diverse senior engineering leaders into key decision making roles across North America.

SERVICES

https://www.atlasbirth.com/servicesandpackages

WHY AMANDA?

I am someone with a multi-faceted background in advocacy and am fearless in my support of women and their families, especially when it comes to protecting such a meaningful moment in their lives. My support comes opinion and judgement free and you should leave every experience with me armed with as much evidence based information and as many perspectives as possible for to feel comfortable in making an informed decision that feels right for YOU. I consider a successful birth to be one where there was never a single moment that you didn’t feel loved, respected, and cared for and that you never felt like you needed to make a decision out of fear. My hope is for you to always play the leading role and to be the most active and honored participant in the experience of welcoming your beautiful baby into the word.

CLIENT REVIEW

“Highly recommend bringing Amanda and the Atlas Birth team into your birth journey. Amanda’s attentive, bright energy brought the needed strength and insight to support my partner and I in the delivery of our second child. Wish we had a doula the first go round as the perspective and reassurance brought would have been so wonderful- especially the first uncertain time. We were so glad we decided to have Amanda with us even though the second time we felt more comfortable and familiar with the process. Her friendship, her massages during labor, her advocacy, her mama + partner support, her love for our new little one- she’s truly dedicated to her craft and we feel so lucky to have had her with us during such a special time.”

Jessica Mascher LMT and Perinatal Services: Birth and Postpartum Doula

https://www.maschermassage.com/

“I became a doula to help empower families and help them have a perinatal journey that feels like their own.”

ABOUT

Jessica Mascher lives in Seattle, WA with her partner. In her free time she enjoys reading, going for nature and city walks, and watching movies. 

SERVICES

Licensed Massage Therapist, Birth & Postpartum Doula, Infant Massage Educator, Gentle Sleep Consultant, and Potty Training Consultant. 

WHY JESSICA

I do not come with any preconcieved idea of what is “right,” but instead communicate closely and thoroughly with families to figure out what their hopes and goals are and do my best to provide tools and support that offer that. My approach to my work is both intuitive and matter-of-fact.

REVIEW

We had a great experience working with Jessica.  She went above and beyond in spending time with us/talking through things in advance (really seemed as though her time was totally open for us), and she was proactive about staying in touch and sending resources that answered our queries.  During the birth itself she was a vital part of our team.  As the mom I felt comfortable all the time, knowing I had an experienced ally with a very calm and friendly demeanor toward all the folks coming and going.  She, my husband and our labor/delivery nurse worked great together, I wouldn’t have changed a thing. Jessica brings great experience with massage and postpartum doula care too, and those are valuable assets indeed!

KATIE DOMINGUE OF HELLO BABY SEATTLE: Birth Doula and Photographer

https://www.hellobabyseattle.com/

“Birth is frickin’ fascinating and every birthing person deserves to know that they are capable and that they have options.”

ABOUT

Hi! I’m Katie and I’m a self proclaimed birth geek. When I’m not watching birth videos or reading about birth, I’m hanging with my two kiddos, husband and rescue dog in West Seattle. Ok ok, I might be making my kids pose for photo shoots, sipping on local Washington wines, and dreaming about our next adventure too.

I’ve been a doula, birth photographer and childbirth educator for 4 years. I studied and worked with apes (chimpanzees!) through college and then spent 10 years as a professional event planner after graduating. I never would have thought that I would be supporting birthing people through the most transformative times of their lives, but it turns out that birth is a very raw and primitive experience and planning for that big day is actually the perfect culmination of my skill set. It wasn’t until I was pregnant with my first baby that I really started to learn about my body and my options surrounding birth, and it became clear to me that we are our own advocates and it’s our job to build a birth team to help support our desires. I want to be on your team!

SERVICES

My services include a complimentary meet + greet to see if we are a good fit, 1-2 prenatal meetings, unlimited text/calls/emails from the time you hire me, 24 hour on call support from 38 weeks until your baby is born, 1 postpartum visit, and some hand edited photos from your birth. Private childbirth classes are an additional fee (and I love teaching my clients!). 

I have a soft spot in my heart for home births (but I support birth in the hospital too!). I only take 1-2 clients a month, so reach out soon because I book up quickly!

WHY KATIE

I’m the BFF, sister, mama, favorite aunt, birth expert, that you never knew you needed. I don’t have an agenda for your birth – I want to support you in having the birth that YOU want. 

REVIEW

“I felt 100% comfortable with Katie and found her energy & spirit to be that of a close friend – someone I trusted to help me through the most important and special moment of my life. Ultimately, she helped bring my healthy son into this world and I will forever be grateful to her! If that wasn’t enough, she is also a very talented photographer and captured beautiful birth photos that we will always cherish. I would recommend Katie to anyone looking for a wonderful doula who goes above and beyond and genuinely loves births & cares deeply about her clients.”

SEATTLE DOULAS: Birth and Postpartum Doula Team

https://www.seattledoulas.com/

We are mom’s, dog mom’s, friends, we enjoy the outdoors, good coffee and wine, the ocean, sunsets, and babies. 

ABOUT

Alise and Jen attended midwifery school before returning back to work as doulas. They have been attending birth and supporting families for over 29 years combined. Their other roles include Podcasters (Pushing It Podcast), Childbirth Educators, Postpartum Doulas, and mentors to new Doulas.

Morgan worked as an Registered Nurse in the neonatal intensive care unit of a hospital then transitioned to a community based nursing with Nurse Family Partnership.

Jamie’s background is in graphic design. Her own transition to motherhood cemented her desire to transition into supporting families through fertility and birth.

SERVICES

Birth Doula, Postpartum Doula, Childbirth Education, Placenta Encapsulation, Fertility Support, Prenatal Yoga, and Postpartum Yoga.

Included in our services are:

1 free meet and greet. Let’s chat and talk about birth! We know you must have a million questions. We can’t wait to answer them. Unlimited support. If you’ve got a question, we’ll help you find an answer. We’ve got great shoulders for crying on too. On call from the time of hire. Additional resources, access to research and our lending library. A 90 minute prenatal visit between 33-37weeks. We are here to help you prepare for the big event! Birth support. No hidden fees for “longer” births. 1 in-home postpartum visit. Now that you’re a parent, let us show you a few tricks. We’ll spend time reflecting on your birth in addition to answering questions. 1 office postpartum visit. A couple weeks have past and you’ve got a list of questions or just need a space to vent. We’ll make you a cup of tea and gush over your adorable new baby.

WHY SEATTLE DOULAS?

What makes an experience with us unique? We provide unbiased support to both the birthing person and partner and recognize that no two births look the same.  As birth doulas our thought is “how do we help this baby come down and out”. Our team specializes in taking the mystery out of birth and replacing it with confidence.

I hope you found this helpful! Please reach out if you have any suggestions of doulas that you feel deserves to be featured on this list.

Are you expecting and still need a maternity and newborn photographer? I would love to be considered! Check out my Newborn Photography and Maternity Photography pages for more information.

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