When You Want Peace of Mind,
Hire a Doula

When You Want Peace of Mind, Hire a Doula

A mom is in a birth pool with fairy lights having just given birth. She is holding her newborn. Her partner is touching her shoulder and smiling while holding their toddler. His brother is looking over moms shoulder at the baby. Grandma is looking at baby and smiling.

“She walked us through what to expect and talked through different options at various stages along with pros and cons. She was never judgemental in her approach, and listened to what I wanted. She was also a great support for my husband, checking in with him and ensuring he felt empowered and informed as well.“

— Alyson D

Why Hire a Doula?

I know from where you’re sitting now, it might be hard to imagine the day when your baby is born. The day your family grows.

The journey to parenthood has so many twists and turns from the very beginning all the way through delivery, and even after.

A doula is the perfect person to guide you through this journey!

From choosing a doula, to planning your birth, to meeting your baby, here is how the process works:

You get support from the moment you hire me, and into the postpartum period. I work with a team of doulas so you always have access to a doula to answer questions, reassure you, be there for you, and find the resources you need.

You have the comfort of knowing you will always have support at your birth, when you want it, for as long as you need it.
A laboring person is in a blue birthing tub with candles all around. She is leaning over the side with her eyes closed wearing a dress. Her partner is doing hip squeezes or ounter pressure on her back while standing in the pool. Her midwife has her eyes closed and is gently touching her head.

Your Step-by-Step Guide to
Working with a Doula

My Doula Services Include

  • A confident and experienced doula team, always on call, well rested, and available to you
  • 24/7 on-call doula support for your birth beginning at hire and continuing through postpartum
  • Private Facebook support group with other clients for advice, connections, and additional support
  • Non judgmental, evidence-based education on interventions and all of your options
  • Birth planning – includes understanding what goes into a birth plan and help creating it if desired
  • Reviewing previous births and working through any remaining trauma or concerns
  • Spinning Babies, Miles Circuit, and Body Ready Method for optimal baby positioning
  • Support during labor to help with positions, comfort, progress, and pain relief when you need it
  • Nutrition guidance and resources
  • Emotional support for the birthing person and their partner before, during, and after labor
  • Support discussing your preferences during birth with your birthing team
  • Documenting your birth journey with professional photography
  • Support after birth for up to two hours to help with feeding, bonding, and getting settled
  • One to two postpartum visits within two weeks of birth to make sure feeding and bonding are going well, to discuss your birth, and to answer any questions or provide resources
  • Unlimited feeding support and resources
  • On-going phone or text check-ins for those questions you just need someone to answer — once we’re hired you are a part of our doula family.

My Doula Services Include

  • A confident and experienced doula team, always on call, well rested, and available to you
  • 24/7 on-call doula support for your birth beginning at hire and continuing through postpartum
  • Private Facebook support group with other clients for advice, connections, and additional support
  • Non judgmental, evidence-based education on interventions and all of your options
  • Birth planning – includes understanding what goes into a birth plan and help creating it if desired
  • Reviewing previous births and working through any remaining trauma or concerns
  • Spinning Babies, Miles Circuit, and Body Ready Method for optimal baby positioning
  • Support during labor to help with positions, comfort, progress, and pain relief when you need it
  • Nutrition guidance and resources
  • Emotional support for the birthing person and their partner before, during, and after labor
  • Support discussing your preferences during birth with your birthing team
  • Documenting your birth journey with professional photography
  • Support after birth for up to two hours to help with feeding, bonding, and getting settled
  • One to two postpartum visits within two weeks of birth to make sure feeding and bonding are going well, to discuss your birth, and to answer any questions or provide resources
  • Unlimited feeding support and resources
  • On-going phone or text check-ins for those questions you just need someone to answer — once we’re hired you are a part of our doula family.
A birthing parent is floating in a birthing pool with fairy lights around her. She has a tank top on. She is lying on her side with her eyes closed with her pregnant belly on her side.

What a Doula Does for You

  • Provides continuous, unbiased labor support for you and your partner so your choices are respected
  • Provides experience and knowledge at your fingertips so you don't have to remember everything on your own
  • Helps you know you have options, even when your medical team implies that you don’t, so you can make the best decisions for you
  • Offers evidenced-based information to aid in decision-making
  • Helps partners feel more confident so they can be as involved in the birth as they desire
A doula rubs the shoulders of a birthing parent who is coping through labor contractions while sitting on a hospital bed

What does the evidence say about
doula-attended births?

When a doula is present, you have a...

A father leans over the hospital bed gazing at his newborn infant as the mother breastfeeds her baby
  • Increased chance of vaginal birth
  • Decreased risk of cesarean or instrument assisted birth
  • Reduced usage of epidural and other pain medication when desired
  • Less time using pain medications when desired
  • Shorter active labor
  • Higher APGAR scores
  • Increased satisfaction of birth outcome
  • Reduced anxiety during pregnancy and labor
  • Reduced pain scores during labor
  • Increased success with breast/chest feeding baby

How Much Does a Doula Cost?

Pricing

  • $2400
  • 50% due at time of booking, with the remainder due at 36 weeks.
  • HSA/FSA and Carrot accepted
  • Microsoft and Boeing Doula approved
  • Travel fee may apply
  • See my other packages available to you

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Testimonials

"We were initially unsure about hiring a doula, but looking back, we are incredibly grateful for making that decision. Suzanne’s support during labor was indispensable, and we couldn’t imagine going through it without her. She truly made a profound difference in our birth experience, and we are so glad we had her by our side. Suzanne’s dedication and expertise exceeded our expectations, and her presence made the extremely challenging and unbearable moments bearable. We wholeheartedly recommend her to anyone seeking a supportive and knowledgeable doula."

- Heather Bing

"Suzanne was our constant companion throughout this journey. My wife endured a particularly long labor (~70 hours), including a protracted pushing phase (~4.5 hours). Suzanne was our rock, guiding us through the entire process. She was there with us during the late-night labor hours, answering all our questions, helping manage the painful contractions, and advising us on how to proceed without resorting to a cesarean section. Even after the birth, Suzanne was always there to support us during the challenging breastfeeding period when it seemed like we might not be able to continue with the baby’s feeding needs.

Suzanne’s thoughtful, compassionate, and comforting presence was exactly the additional support we needed for the birth of our first child. I would highly recommend her to anyone in search of a Doula."

- Harsh

"I spent a lot of time researching doulas and asking for recommendations from friends and midwives. Suzanne and was recommended to me from multiple different people. I am so glad she was available to be my birth doula! I wanted someone known for being extremely experienced, skilled, and comforting. I wanted to be in great hands no matter what happened during my birth.

Suzanne was there for me in every way I needed. She is an amazing professional and expertly and graciously gave me exactly the support I needed during my pregnancy, birth, and postpartum.

Suzanne, thank you for both your expertise and your outstanding warmth of heart. I had a beautiful birth and I'll always be grateful to you for your support."

- Elizabeth Prendergast

"Giving birth is hard enough by itself, you shouldn't have to worry about anything else. Suzanne and her team are there to take all of those extra worries away. You'll work with her ahead of time to figure out a birth plan and then she'll be there by your side until you're holding your baby in your arms.

After moving to Washington and getting pregnant with our second, we looked at over a dozen doula's. Suzanne was far and away the best doula that we spoke to. Suzanne is a tremendous Doula and we highly recommend her and her team."

- Erika

"Hiring Suzanne and Cari from the Dedicated Doula Team was probably the best decision I made throughout my pregnancy journey. The amount of support they provided to my partner and I throughout the whole process was truly above and beyond what was expected. My daughter is 5 months now and I am confident I could still lean on them for support if I needed it. Suzanne answered my (what felt like) 100s of breastfeeding/baby questions in the first few months and I appreciate her so much.

The assistance that my partner and I got during pregnancy and delivery was phenomenal. Suzanne and Cari are SO knowledgeable and supportive I don’t know what I would do without them. If we end up going for baby #2, there is no way I would want to do It without their support!"

- Keiley Ramseur

"Suzanne and Cari from The Dedicated Doula Team are AMAZING!!! Can’t recommend them enough! I had an unmedicated vaginal birth with a 9+ lb baby. I can honestly say I couldn’t have done it without Suzanne’s knowledge and encouragement along the way. She helped me change positions, communicate my wants and needs to nurses, teach my partner to help and encourage me along the way, breathe through contractions, how to push, etc. The list goes on and on… The team is great with communication leading up to my child’s birth. We felt cared for and safe to ask any questions that arose both before and after the pregnancy. (No questions are too dumb to ask…). Cari came to our home for an in-person birth preparation session. She answered all the questions we had with evidence based information, providing us a sense of relief and readiness. The team also provides postpartum care, lactation consultation, and continues to check on our postpartum mental health! I had a great birth experience because of them and I would hire them again 100x!!! Thank you for being awesome! They truly feel like family that we can turn to and trust! Thank you!"

- Lisa Huang

"Suzanne has been the most incredible asset and friend during our pregnancy, labor and birth, and postpartum journey! We met back in 2021 when I was pregnant with my first. Due to having stage iv endometriosis, I was really anxious about going through pregnancy and labor/birth without someone who would solely advocate for me, and encourage me to advocate for myself. After our initial phone call we decided to move forward. She was the most incredible presence, and we had a great experience with her. Then in 2023 we moved to Central/Eastern Washington, across the pass and became unexpectedly pregnant. It was too far for her traveling, especially as we didn't know if the pass would be open, but nonetheless she was there for us virtually at all times and days! As each pregnancy is different, and as I had suffered a loss between my two children, I found myself reaching out to Suzanne for advice, reassurance, and support throughout the entirety of this pregnancy. She was always available, prompt and reassuring in her responses. If I had to do it again, I'd make sure Suzanne was on my team because she always has her clients' best interests at heart and truly treats you like a friend, a family member, vs a client."

- Tracy Merry

"Suzanne Ledbetter is my doula, and as a single first time Mom, I don't have enough words to express my gratitude and appreciation for her. Towards the end of my pregnancy when she came into my life, she helped influence my decisions to guide me to meet my birth plan goals, and helped me have a smooth pregnancy and birth. My birth experience was so special to me and she was there to help me through it all! She still sacrifices heaps of her time and expertise to me for my health and my baby girl's. She also donated milk while mine was still coming in, she helped keep my baby out of the NICU by closely guiding me along my breastfeeding journey- just 2 weeks into breastfeeding we perfected her latch and it no longer hurts me to feed her & she gets enough to eat each time. Suzanne has been available to me 24/7, day & night, and has even included me in fun activities to meet other new and expecting parents! Suzanne has become a wonderful friend to me, and my mom & brothers adore her. I would recommend her a million times over to anyone who wants to have an beautiful and more manageable birth/postpartum experience, where you can prioritize bonding with child over stressing about things you just haven't learned yet."

- Cheyenne

"We are grateful to find Suzanne Ledbetter as our birth doula. We wanted VBAC for our 2nd baby. Suzanne recommended Virginia Mason as our provider and delivery hospital. We were so glad that we made the decision to transfer our care to VM during our last two months of pregnancy.My 2nd birth experience was truly amazing. It was completely natural with no medication. Suzanne played a crucial role to help me with breathing techniques and coaching me with different positions to manage my pain. Within 10 minutes of pushing, our handsome boy was out to see the world!We highly recommend Suzanne and her team! This redemptive birth journey is worth of every penny!"

- Jenny Liao Virginia Mason VBAC

Doula & Photography Service Areas:

Serving the greater Puget Sound area in western Washington including Seattle, Bellevue, Redmond, Covington, Maple Valley, Auburn, Tacoma, Issaquah, Renton, Sammamish, North Bend, Enumclaw, Black Diamond, Queen Anne, Edmonds, Shoreline, and Kirkland.