Birth Doula Care


Why a birth doula team?

Working with the Itsabelly team means you have the reassurance of having two doulas know your birth plans. The team works in pairs to provide well-rounded information and support. During prenatal visits, the doulas will work through your birth plan and help you find answers to your questions. When the time comes to deliver one of the two doulas will join you when you are ready.


Our Birth Doulas

Bonnie Simmering

Christina Smyth

Elizabeth Benz


What do we do as birth doulas?

All of the doulas within our group hold education as a key to support their clients.  Evidence based and baby friendly practices are our goal.

These services include:

Prenatal visits to talk about your pregnancy, your hopes & fears, how you manage discomfort, and work on your birth plan.

Our intensive intake form covers many aspects of how you would like to birth your baby. We answer any questions that come up through the process of filling it out and help you find the information needed for more education.

Resource for unbiased information

On-call availability 24 hours a day, two weeks before your estimated due date until baby is born

Early labor support in your home

One-on-one attention at your birth, giving you and your partner the comfort & confidence to birth together

Help in managing labor pain with methods like; massage, relaxation, breathing, touch, & voice

Suggestions on how to help your labor progress

Aid in communication between you and your caregiver and work through any changes to your birth plan

Immediate help with breastfeeding

Continued support after baby is born for one to two hours

Postpartum visits to review your birth story

What training is involved in becoming a birth doula?

Doula training is a weekend intensive covering topics like but not limited to:

Anatomy and physiology of pregnancy, fetal development, labor, postpartum, and breastfeeding

Emotions of pregnancy

Pain management techniques

Medical procedures used in labor

Emotional support and physical comfort measures

Support for difficult labors, Cesarean birth, and vaginal birth after Cesarean

Newborn care and breastfeeding support

On going education is key to becoming a informed doula

Contact Us for more information