This area will be expanding soon to include more!
The links below are to great resources in the Madison area.
birthing | labor support/doulas | childbirth
classes | prenatal
fitness | other pregnancy resources
Madison Birth Center is Wisconsin's first
free-standing birth center and the only "Baby-Friendly" birthing
facility in South Central Wisconsin. All care is provided by
certified nurse-midwives, who are experts in caring for low-risk
women. Our clients receive a level of personal attention and
quality of care that is unparallelled in today's healthcare environment
nurse midwifery at UW Health
Nurse midwives provide individualized care for women throughout
pregnancy, labor, childbirth and postpartum. Nurse midwives are
certified by the American College of Nurse Midwives. UW Health
nurse midwives practice in collaboration with our faculty physicians
to provide the best care for our patients.
Midwifery is a comprehensive midwifery practice providing
home birth to families in the Madison area. Debbie Healy is the
sole midwife at Open Arms Midwifery. Debbie practices the Midwives
Model of Care which is based on the fact that pregnancy and birth
are normal life processes. Debbie holds a BS in nutrition and
dietetics, a BS in nursing and a MS in midwifery.
Email: email@example.com |
608-469-1315- phone | 608-242-7867 - fax
of South Central Wisconsin - 608/ 245-0333
On this site you will find information about a dozen or more
doulas working in Madison. Each doula's page will describe
her approach to birth, her experience, education, unique services
information. We also have information about other pregnancy
service providers as well as doulas in other parts of the state.
Empowering Birth Services
Tammy Soderling Birth Doula (DONA)
Birth is an incredible journey for all...baby, mother, father/partner, extended
family, and all your loving friends.As a birth doula I feel truly blessed to
work in a profession I am passionate about. I am committed to peaceful and powerful
birth experiences for mothers and babies. As a doula, I am committed to helping
mothers feel empowered by the birth of there child. My mission is to provide
factual information that will help mothers and families select a birth style
that is right for them.
It is my belief that every laboring woman should give birth feeling safe, calm,
respected and supported. Knowing that her beliefs and needs are the most important
thing to those around her. She should feel confident that her support team will
help her relax and focus on bringing her child into this world in peaceful harmony.
birth I encourage moms and their partners to learn about the
many birth choices available to them. I assist in attaining information
needed and answer questions based on my experiences and training.
Michelle Ellinger, Birth and Postpartum Doula
Gentle Journeys Doula Services - (608) 577-8611
I believe every woman has a right to a positive birth experience.
As a birth doula, I am here to help you find the birth path that
is right for you, and be with you (and your partner) on the journey.
My goal is to help create a feeling of safe, supportive, and
respectful surroundings throughout the experience. I have a special
interest in working with mothers who have had disappointing or
traumatic birth experiences and are preparing to birth again.
Some of the services I provide as a birth doula: Phone and email
support; relaxation support, birth ball, heat/cold therapy, massage
and counter pressure during labor; non-professional photographs
of labor, birth, and immediate postpartum; prenatal and postpartum
nutrition counseling; labor support in home and/or hospital;
initial breastfeeding support; help creating a birth plan; sibling
support; lactation referrals, postpartum support; prenatal visits;
help establishing a support network.
As a postpartum doula, I support families as they
adjust to parenthood and all that comes with it. Some of the
services I provide as a postpartum doula: Phone and email support;
breastfeeding support and lactation referrals; bottle-feeding
support; prenatal visits; lending library; sibling support; postpartum
care; running errands; household organization; grocery shopping;
light cleaning and meal preparation; listening to and assisting
in processing of birth story; help establishing a support network. Please
contact me for a free interview.
Member of Doulas of South Central Wisconsin and Small Miracles,
Madison's volunteer doula program.
Life's Work--Birth Services for the Childbearing
Heidi Anderson, CD(DONA), CLC, CBE
I offer many services for your family through pregnancy, birth,
and the postpartum period. Some of the services I provide are:
In-home Postpartum Doula Care, Breastfeeding Classes and Counseling,
Childbirth Classes, Postpartum Planning, and Infant Massage Courses.
I appreciate your need for support and education during this
life changing time. My main purpose is to support you and your
partner in your choices and to help provide you with the information
you need to make informed and prepared decisions.
Betsy Woods, CD(DONA)
608-497-0201 | 312-613-8031
www.justdoulait.com | e-mail: Betsy.Doula@yahoo.com
I am certified as a labor doula
devoted to providing invaluable informational, physical, and
emotional support to families so that they can make informed
decisions about pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding, and the
early days with their newborns. I have supported first-time parents
(and second and third-time parents), VBAC births (vaginal birth
after caesarean), as well as both medicated and non-medicated
births. I am committed to supporting families without judgement,
in any birthing setting they choose (home, birth center, or hospital
with OBs or midwives in attendance). Studies show that the presence
of a doula significantly reduces the amount of time a mother
is in labor and the use of medical interventions. Most importantly,
having support during labor leaves a couple more confident and
satisfied with their birth experience. I am also a provisional
Bradley Method of Natural Childbirth Instructor, offering classes
for expectant couples on the West side of Madison. Please call
me for class dates/times and if you have any questions. I'd love
to meet you!
Birth Doula Services
Emily Shier, CD(DONA), MS,Ed.
www.beautifulbirth.org email: firstname.lastname@example.org |
Birth Doula services - My doula
serrvices include prenatal teambuilding, access to my extensive
lending library & resource center,
personalized and continuous labor and birth support, breastfeeding
consultation, postpartum follow-up, birth and newborn photography.
I am a certified, experienced birth doula, focused on helping
you to achieve the birth experience that you want- without judgment.
I will encourage your partner, respect the role of your health
care provider, and provide information, comfort, and emotional
support at a time when you need a woman's touch.
Waterbirth Services - I specialize
in gentle birth choices, including waterbirth. I have a full-service
waterbirth spa available for rent.
Other Pregnancy & Parenting Services -
Belly Casting, Mendhi Art, Blessingways, Childbirth Education,
Infant Signing (based on American Sign Language), Infant Massage
Instruction, Vaccination (benefits & risks) Information
Expectant Parents Club -
Whether this is your first baby or your fifth, it's always fun
to talk to others who are at the same special time in their lives.
Meet with other expectant Moms and/or Dads in a comfortable and
informal setting. Get support for your concerns Find answers
to your questions. A new group is starting this December.
For more information go to our website: give us a call at: 608-345-0588(Patsy): send an e-mail:
email@example.com (Hannah). We look forward to hearing from you!
Your All Four Trimester Doulas, Hannah, Patsy and Maggie
Bradley Method® teaches
natural childbirth and views birth as a natural process. It is
our belief that most women with proper education, preparation,
and the help of a loving and supportive coach can be taught to
give birth naturally. The Bradley Method® teaches couples
ways to stay low risk. While occasionally there are risk factors
out of your control, staying healthy and low risk can help to
avoid complications. Low risk mothers have more choices. The
Bradley Method® is a system of natural labor techniques
in which a woman and her coach play an active part. It is a simple
method of increasing self-awareness, teaching a woman how to
deal with the stress of labor by tuning in to her own body. The
Bradley Method® encourages mothers to trust their bodies
using natural breathing, relaxation, nutrition, exercise, and
education. All Bradley® instructors are highly trained to
help you learn how to give birth. Please visit: www.bradleybirth.com to
find an instructor in your area or e-mail: Betsy.Doula@yahoo.com for
more information on classes in Madison, or if you have any questions.
Childbirth Classes@ MBC - This seven-week
class focuses on techniques for achieving a natural childbirth.
class uses a case-study approach to educate
parents about the physiology of labor and birth, guides couples
through the process of developing a plan for coping with labor,
and demonstrates labor support techniques. Common complications
and management decisions are also covered.
Bambino. Birthing From Within
Birthing From Within provides prenatal preparation that is
informative, transformative and builds a foundation for birthing-in-awareness.
This style of childbirth preparation offers an incredible
alternative to everyday childbirth classes! Our classes offer
a balance of practical information, multi-sensory experiences
and proven pain-coping practices. Parents will develop confidence
and learn to use their own inner strength and intuitive wisdom
to cope with labor, childbirth, and everyday life. Call
(608) 204-6147. 2045 Atwood Avenue
Meriter - Basics of Breastfeeding
Learn the advantages of breastfeeding tips for making your breastfeeding
experience good and successful, learn to see your baby’s
hunger cues, position your baby and make sure the latch is
correct. A lactation consultant or counselor will guide you
through the basics of breastfeeding in the early days and weeks.
Couples should attend during mid to late pregnancy
KIRSTEN MILLER, MSW
- Integrative Therapist and Wellness Educator
Kirsten is trained as a Master's
level therapist with specialized training in therapeutic relaxation
techniques and hypnosis. In addition Kirsten has formal training
as a labor coach. She has over ten years of clinical counseling
experience working with women, children and adolescents. In her
private practice Kirsten utilizes a variety of techniques that
provide clients with tools to reduce stress and physical pain.
These techniques also increase emotional, physical and spiritual
health, promoting healing and wellness in mind, body and spirit.
Kirsten offers community and group classes that teach the value
of learning self-hypnosis for stress and pain reduction as well
as meditation for the purpose of personal transformation and
spiritual healing. Kirsten's commitment to
personal growth and her expression of creativity and spirituality
flow from a personal passion to bring wholeness to her family,
community and professional practice. firstname.lastname@example.org (608)772-0969
Stork Vision® Ultrasound Imaging Centers provide
you and your family with the opportunity to interact and share
in this once-in-a life time experience through the eyes of ultrasound.
We provide you and your family with a comfortable home theatre
environment to enjoy your 2D baby sonogram, 3D baby sonogram,
or 4D baby sonogram session, while pampering the expectant family.
The baby bonding experience we provide is a culmination of a
beautiful facility, the best equipment, and an endearing, knowledgeable
staff. Our 2D Ultrasounds, 3D Ultrasounds, and 4D Ultrasounds
are heart-to-heart encounters that directly and positively impact
a women’s pregnancy. Stork Vision Madison
6502 Grand Teton Plaza Suite 105, Madison, WI 53719. Phone
Discover Family Chiropractic - Family-focused
chiropractic clinic on Monona Drive. Offering prenatal, pediatric,
and family care in a warm, relaxed
setting. Dr. Melissa Murphy 608-663-8809
Class @ MBC - A recommended class for Madison
Birth Center clients, this class is also appropriate for families
planning a hospital birth.
Classes describe birth from a child’s perspective, suggest
strategies for avoiding boredom and burn-out while awaiting
the birth, and offer age-appropriate ideas for welcoming a
new sibling. An age-appropriate video is shown at the children’s