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birthing

Madison Birth Center
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


certified 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.


Open Arms 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: debbie@openarmsmidwifery.com | 608-469-1315- phone | 608-242-7867 - fax


labor support

Doulas 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 and contact
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.

Before 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 Year
Heidi Anderson, CD(DONA), CLC, CBE
email: hezanderson@gmail.com
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!


Beautiful Birth Doula Services
Emily Shier, CD(DONA), MS,Ed.
www.beautifulbirth.org email: emily@beautifulbirth.org | phone: (920)219-2223
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


birthing classes

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: hbdoula@yahoo.com (Hannah). We look forward to hearing from you!

Your All Four Trimester Doulas, Hannah, Patsy and Maggie


The 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.


Natural Childbirth Classes@ MBC - This seven-week class focuses on techniques for achieving a natural childbirth. The 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.


Happy 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. kirstenmiller@tds.net (608)772-0969


other pregnancy resources

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 608-203-5134.

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

Sibling 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 class.

 

 

local birthing links

Madison Birth Center
UW Nurse Midwives, West Clinic
UW Nurse Midwives, East Clinic

Community Nurse Midwives
Doulas of South Central Wisconsin

Madison Birth Center:
» Infant Massage
» Preconception Class
» Sibling Class
» Yoga for Pregnancy
» Natural Childbirth Classes
» Natural Childbirth Refresher Classes
» Great Start Breastfeeding Class
» Promoting Breastmilk Supply
» La Leche League Meetings
» Mother's Support Group

music during labor

Music to Be Born By [CD-SINGLE]
~ Mickey Hart

Canyon Trilogy: Native American Flute Music
R. Carlos Nakai