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A woman, as long as she lives, will remember how she was made to feel at her birth
After each of my first three births I have rushed to capture the birth in words so that the details wouldn’t grow fuzzy. My fourth child and second daughter was born at 7AM on the last day of March. Today, two days later, I still have not written the story of her birth. I can’t find words. The words I try to put to the experience fall short each time I try.I will write the story out eventually. For now, though I want to say this. Sometimes the heart can want something and the soul can need something that you can’t figure out, can’t explain, can’t logically understand. Your mind may dismiss it, and if you try to think about it being a possibility for you, you might think it to be this impossible impractical thing that just isn’t a part of your life. It’s part of someone else’s story. Coming up on Wren’s birth I realized that I was scared. I reached out to a doula friend of mine to figure out if there was a way that I might be able to have a doula there with me. And I did. An amazing woman from Om Mama Jersey Shore Doulas. Chelsea Nicole Alders. Because she was there, I did not have to be alone while my partner parked the car. I did not have to choose which things would come with me. I had my birthing ball, my bag, all the things I felt I might need to bring me comfort and make things feel safe. I had become familiar with her, and her with me over the weeks before the birth. She stepped into the role of sister, of mother, of that missing tribe we so often yearn for in moments like these. She held my hand, rubbed my arms, offered sips of water, and spoke to the nurse about the things she knew were important to me. She made it so no one was guessing, and so that I didn’t have to try and explain things while I was trying to focus through contractions. My OB was wonderful. The labor nurse was wonderful. My partner was wonderful. And my doula was wonderful. I have been floating along in this wonderful bubble of peace. Some experiences stand alone on the timeline where they happened. Some experiences stretch into the future and color parts of our lives going ahead. And some experiences have the strange power to reach back in time and heal old wounds. This was one of those experiences. And… the peace I feel now is indescribable. Giddy. Freeing. Glorious. Beautiful.
My birth was everything I needed, wanted, and so much more. Going from a quite a difficult birth less than a year ago to this dream birth was because of you, and I can’t thank you enough. Your techniques, encouragement, and support were invaluable. I hope you know how firmly in our hearts you are. Thank you!
I am completely grateful to have had Chelsea as my doula. I just gave birth to my precious daughter on August 13th. I had a very specific birth plan that I discussed in length with Chelsea. However, after a 65+ hour labor plans changed. The support that Chelsea showed was beyond anything I could have imagined. I honestly don't know how I could have done it without her. Not only was she an incredible support for me (walking the halls with me, talking to me, explaining my options, helping my little one change positions to help for an easier labor, or just holding my hand) she was also an incredible support for my husband and my mom. She just fit in with my family and stayed by my side through it all. Sometimes it's a little intimidating asking doctors and nurses questions but having Chelsea there I felt like I had a long time friend that I could ask and know that I would get an honest answer. It's also amazing that she has supported me when I was having problems with breastfeeding. She knew how important it is to me and answered my questions and gave me the support that I needed to continue! I would recommend Chelsea with all my heart. She is an angel and I wouldn't have another baby without her by my side! I am blessed to have had Chelsea's loving support.
Chelsea was an excellent instructor for HypnoBirthing®. I was sure I was going to use an epidural and have been very anxious. Afterward, I feel confident to attempt a drug free birth plan! I would recommend Chelsea to any expecting mother for this course and as a doula! I'm looking forward to continuing my birth journey with her. I give her 5 gold stars and hope to have a second child so I hire her again! Excellent!!!!!
I found Chelsea online when doing my research. She was the first one out of the 5 doula services to respond that I found online (none of which I knew personally or had any recommendations). She was amazing! She felt like a good friend the second I spoke to her, making me feel very comfortable. She was knowledgeable, personable and extremely supportive of all decisions. She came to our house to meet and spent about 2 hours getting to know us and educating us on the process ( she also brought overi some sample products, which whas a nice personal touch). She was very professional and had very helpful information. I had some difficult decisions to make before my delivery and I was able to call her after every appointment with my OBGYN. She always responded quickly to any call or text. I would definitely recommend her. - Amy
Chelsea and Sue were amazing! My pregnancy and birth of my son would have been dramatically different without their help and guidance. I had no idea what a doula was or did, but was referred to Om Mamas upon finding out I was pregnant and my world changed. I opted to have my childbirth education with Chelsea and loved the opportunity to ask questions and relax in the comfort of my own living room. The ability to reach out to Chelsea with any questions or concerns, day or night, throughout my pregnancy was not only helpful, but even more comforting. She offered the greatest support I could have ever asked for. If I ever have another child, I will absolutely be using Om Mamas doulas.
Chelsea is not only an incredible human being but such an amazing support to have by your side. Before I met Chelsea, I was nervous and unsure about my natural vbac plans. She made my husband and I feel so empowered during my pregnancy and because of this I feel that’s why we were so successful with my vbac. She provides all the tools and support you could possibly need. I highly recommend her!!
I can't say enough about Chelsea and how wonderful of a doula she is! I knew when I got pregnant that I wanted to attempt to have an unmedicated birth, but I just didn't think I would be able to do it without some additional support. Chelsea was a calming prescence right from the start, and I can honestly say that without her I wouldn't have had the birth experience I had envisioned. She went above and beyond from our first meeting, to always answering my questions via text or call at any time of day as labor approached, and she helped guide me through a long day of back labor at home before we headed into the hospital to welcome my baby girl. I would 100% use Chelsea again in the future and would recommend her to anyone I know who is pregnant. Chelsea helped take the fear out of the birthing experience for me and truly allowed it to be the beautiful experience that it is!
I don't even know where to begin because our entire experience with Chelsea and Om Mama's Doulas was more than we could have ever asked for. My husband and I met with Chelsea for the first time in January 2018 and we immediately knew that we had made the right decision to hire her as we prepared for the birth of our first child. Our happy, healthy, beautiful baby boy was born on June 16th, however the journey of our labor did not go exactly as planned. I was a lucky mama who had a very smooth and easy pregnancy, but about one week prior to our "due date", I was told I was going to be induced due to higher than "normal" fluid levels. This was our first bump in the road and I was devastated to have to be induced, but Chelsea told me that it was all going to be ok. She took lots of time to explain to me what would happen once I arrived at the hospital and made me feel comfortable knowing that this was MY journey and everything was going to be ok. I spent the next three days leading up to my induction preparing myself for a whole new birth "plan". Little did I know that our "plan b" was about to go out the window too. After about 38 hours of labor, my husband and I were holding our baby safely in our arms and Chelsea was there EVERY STEP OF THE WAY. Chelsea helped me breathe through every painful contraction, encouraged me to relax as I had learned in her Hypnobirthing classes, kept me comfortable as I eventually ended up with an epidural, and reminded me to "trust the process". Chelsea was an integral part of my birthing team and without her I don't think I would have had the vaginal birth that I was hoping for. We are extremely grateful for the support Chelsea provided before, during, and after the birth of Caleb and would highly recommend her and Sue to all soon-to-be moms! Thank you so much, Chelsea!!
I had the pleasure of having Chelsea on my birth team for my first baby in March. Chelsea was able to keep me calm and reassured throughout my delivery and was by my side the whole time. Although my birth didn't go exactly as my birth plan was, I was able to accomplish the most important aspect of NO epidural, pain meds and a safe delivery with Chelsea's support and reminding me of breathing and relaxation learned in her Hypnobirthing series. I couldn't have done this without her! THANK YOU Chelsea for being a part of one of my most special days with the arrival of Rylee!!
After my first delivery didn't go as smoothly as I hoped, I knew I wanted the support of a Doula for my second baby. From our first conversation on the phone, I knew Chelsea was the perfect Doula for me. Not only is she kind and patient, but she is very knowledgeable and you can trust her guidance. With Chelsea by my side, I was able to power through a fast and furious delivery, naturally, just as I wished. I look back on my experience with Chelsea and Om Mamas and I am forever grateful!
After having an unfortunate and unplanned c-section for my first birth, I knew I wanted my second to be different. I interviewed a few local doulas before I met with Chelsea and knew almost immediately that she was the doula for me. Her vast birth experience and sincere interest in my wellbeing won me over. I knew that with Chelsea's help I could have the unmedicated, natural VBAC I had been dreaming of since my first birth. (And I did!) My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed the natural birthing class taught by Chelsea and her partner. We learned a lot and left feeling even more empowered than ever before. Om Mama's Doulas played an integral part in the wonderful and enthralling birth of my second child. I will be forever grateful for the mental (and physical) strength and support I received from Chelsea before, during, and after my delivery. I am looking forward to continuing my friendship with Chelsea for years to come. ❤️
As a first time parent, the learning curve is quite steep and things are moving quickly toward childbirth. Naturally you want to have the answers to help your partner feel as comfortable as possible, but unbiased opinions are hard to find, and as a man, it’s impossible to relate to what your woman is feeling. Chelsea was able to bring her wealth of knowledge, calming demeanor, and motherly instincts to ease the discomforts of all of the unknowns before, during and after the birth of our daughter Sage. She was a wonderful guide for both Cara and I every step of the way. 11 months ago I had no clue what a doula was and now I am major advocate. Thank you for everything!
Having Chelsea for my birth was an amazing experience! She is such a calming, stable presence and helped me through the most intense moments of labor. I had been warned against going to the hospital too soon in labor, so with Chelsea's guidance, I was able to be home for much of the time and only labored in the hospital for 4 and a half hours. I highly recommend Om Mama's Doulas!
Jami was an amazing help and support. I can't even begin to explain how awesome my experience was due to her credit. I would recommend her over and over again.
On August 27th, 2019 I gave birth to my sweet Capri. I truly feel that I was able to have the experience that I did because of the team that I had! Chelsea was there for me every step of the way. She made the whole experience peaceful with her music and oils diffusing. She reassured me I was doing great, and was the exact support that I needed in the moment. I can’t say enough great things about her and her services. The best decision I made, was to use her as my doula. I felt she was connected to my journey, and she wasn’t just there to support labor It was much more than that! Thank you Chelsea (and Jamie for all your check ins and sweet texts too!). I will forever be grateful for the birth you helped create for me!
Had an amazing newborn class with Kayla! My husband and I got so much out of it and feel a lot more confident now. She is very easy to talk to and super knowledgeable. We took other newborn classes outside Om Mama Doulas and this was hands down the most informative and got us the most prepared.
Having Chelsea as our doula was the best choice we made for our labor and delivery. There was no way that I thought I would be able to handle a natural delivery, but, Chelsea not only empowered me and supported me through my birth journey, but made me feel that I could truly trust my body, let loose, and find the inner warrior I needed to find in order to have the birth I desired. Being I went from 1-10 in about an hour, there’s way I could have hung in there without her! I highly recommend Chelsea and her team to help support your birth journey!
My wife and I were referred to Chelsea and Kayla through a friend when looking for a doula. We interviewed a few agencies and immediately felt a close connection with Kayla from the start. When we met Chealsea we knew we made the right decision. My wife and I felt like we knew both of them for years and wanted to make life long relationships before we signed our contract. Throughout our pregnancy we were supported and educated no matter the time of day. I was not nervous about the pregnancy but all of my questions were always answered. When we talked about labor I began getting nervous. We didn’t know what to expect and the doulas talked us through everything. My wife was also comforted throughout the process. This was all before we even entered the hospital to deliver.I ended up needing to be induced and admitted to the hospital after an ultrasound on a Saturday morning. Our doula made us feel like we were doing the right thing even though they knew it was not part of the plan to be induced. As the induction process started we kept to the birth plan as close as possible. Kayla was able to come when the contractions were getting more intense and was able to coach me through the final hours of delivery. I have used personal trainers, been in power lifting competitions and even trained to run in races and I have never experienced so much love and support while being encouraged and coached through any process. Kayla and Chelsea made the birthing process one to remember and we will be forever grateful for all of there time and love shared. I would recommend everything about Om mama’s Doulas! We cannot thank them enough!
I used Om Mama Doula’s for the birth of my first child in October 2019 and I am very glad we did, and my husband agrees! During the labor, Chelsea was there for the first part and then Kayla was there for the rest. Their guidance during such an emotional and challenging event helped to give us direction, focus, and assurance. Even though my birth ended in a c-section (after about 28 hours of laboring), I would 100% still recommend hiring a doula as they were very helpful during labor to both me and my husband - also because now that he’s born I am able to reach out to Kayla for guidance on managing a newborn, and she is a wealth of knowledge! Helps answer my questions and put my mind at ease. 👍🏻🤗🤰
My birthing experience would not have been as positive and gone as smoothly if not for Chelsea and Kayla. During my pregnancy, throughout labor, and postpartum, the support, knowledge, and kindness of Chelsea and Kayla got me through some difficult times. Not only that, but I was able to go into labor with more ease and knowledge which I obtained during my visits before giving birth. Whenever I had a question or concern, I always felt comfortable to reach out and find an answer. Kayla has been wonderful during my “4th trimester” and her postpartum visit was so helpful and put me more at ease. I would 100% recommend these services and if I am ever blessed to be pregnant again, I will most definitely hiring a doula again!
There is no doubt in my mind that the reason the birth of our son went as well as it did, was because of Chelsea. She has been a support for myself and my husband preconception, during pregnancy, in labor and delivery, and now in my "fourth trimester." Her knowledge that she has to share is delivered in a way that not only supported me, but also brought a sense of security and empowerment. Throughout my high risk pregnancy, she regularly checked in and gave advice that guided and prepared me for delivery. When my water broke 2 weeks early at 1:40 am, Chelsea arrived at the hospital in Boston from New Jersey in about 4 hours, and began coaching me into what would soon be active labor. From the moment she arrived, I felt reassured and calm. I completely trusted everything she instructed me to do because I knew it came from a place of expertise and love. Through the 16 hours of labor Chelsea worked tirelessly to make me feel like the most important and strongest woman/ mama in the world. When we learned that the baby was in the posterior position, she knew just the way to have me move and used my cues as her guide, without adding any stress or expectations on me. What could have ended up as an emergency C-section did not because of her faith in me and her great determination. I knew each step of the way that I was her absolute top priority, as she worked seemelessly with every doctor and nurse that we worked with. Through the 32 hours from the time my water broke, to our baby's debut, she worked with us in a calm, patient and loving way that allowed us to cherish every part of our birth story. I could truly go on forever with tears of joy about our experience with Chelsea. We owe so much to Om Mamas Doulas for helping us to welcome our son into the world!
Being a first time mom, I was filled with so many questions and concerns regarding my pregnancy and was even more nervous about labor and delivery. Between texting and checking in on me during my pregnancy to postpartum, I am very thankful to have had Lauren as my doula! I couldn’t have asked for a better support system to have by my side while I was in the hospital and in labor for 38 hours. I had the best nurses, doctors, and supportive husband, but it was Lauren who didn’t give up on me the entire time! I was induced on a Monday evening and she arrived Tuesday morning and didn’t leave my side. Nothing went according to my birth plan (always keep an open mind, because things will change!) but Lauren made me feel comfortable and empowered no matter what obstacles were thrown my way! I was so determined on not having an epidural. I wanted to be able to move around freely and not be confined to the bed the entire time. Plus, i was terrified of not feeling the lower half of my body and I wanted to avoid it altogether. If it weren’t for Lauren, I would have given into the epidural much earlier than I actually did. It was not because of her that I ended up having one, my body was just having a really hard time progressing on it’s own after a long time. For nearly 24 hours prior to my reluctant decision, she walked the halls with me, got me through every single contraction, helped me with breathing techniques and different birthing positions. She was my biggest cheerleader and I wouldn’t have been able to do any of that without her for as long as I did! I am an extremely anxious person, but having Lauren with me kept me calm and confident throughout the entire experience. I would absolutely have Lauren and Chelsea by my side should I ever be in need of a doula again!
Chelsea is amazing! I took her Natural Birth class and learned so much great information and her presence as my doula at my birth was so helpful! I was able to have the water birth I hoped for and I truly don't think the tub would have been set up in time had she not been there. She has such a calming presence and is so knowledgeable!! I highly recommend her!
I highly recommend these ladies for all aspects of childbirth! They will make sure you have all the knowledge and support you need to succeed! Chelsea and Lauren were my birth doulas and I couldn’t have had the amazing birth I did without them. From the time I decided I wanted to get pregnant I dreamed of having a natural birth. I knew in my heart I could do it, but I knew I wanted a doula to help me stay focused. I certainly made the right choice in going with Om Mama! They stayed with me at home through 18 hours of labor! They pulled out every trick in the book to help me make the most out of each contraction. When it was finally time to go to the hospital I was 9cm on arrival! They kept in touch via phone through delivery with my husband and even gave him some essential oils to bring. With their help I was able to have the birth I’d dreamed of! It was incredible!Kayla has been my amazing postpartum doula! 3 days before delivery my husband was promoted to a position that would require a lot more time away from home as soon as we left the hospital. We knew I’d need the support with our new baby and yet again we made a fantastic choice in hiring Om Mama. Kayla kept me cool and collected through little panicky moments and frustrations as well as making recommendations for every corner of new mom life. She has helped me be the best new mom that I can be and I am forever grateful! If you know you want a doula but you’re not sure who, look no further! This is where you want to be!
I cannot say enough good things about Chelsea, Lauren and Kayla. A friend of mine suggested them to me after working with them for her own birth, and it was the best recommendation I’ve ever gotten. The level of support these women provide is something that no pregnant, birthing or new mother should ever go without. From my (sometimes overdramatic) concerns and questions to my legitimate fears and doubts, they were there to guide me and assure me everything was ok. Never making me feel silly for not knowing things, despite this being my second baby.I had my daughter in April, right in the peak of this pandemic, and Lauren still did not hesitate to accompany me during my c section. It was such a scary time to have a baby, and she was right there to comfort me, literally wipe my tears and hold my hand during all my happy, scary and vulnerable moments. There is something beyond comforting about knowing you have a true advocate in your corner, making sure you have the experience you deserve. I cannot imagine having gone through that without her there by my side.After having a hard time breastfeeding my first, the team knew this was a huge goal for me this time around and that’s where Kayla came in. Even though we had to work virtually because of the pandemic, she offered me an amazing level of support via FaceTime, and as a result I have been successfully exclusively breastfeeding my daughter for almost 4 months and her pediatrician is thrilled with her growth. I had so many questions, concerns, and plenty of tears through the beginning of my breastfeeding journey and Kayla was always there to encourage me and guide me. She also helped me get my daughter on a schedule as early as 6 weeks old which was life changing for us.If you are on the fence about whether or not having this doula team is necessary - trust me when I say IT IS. Regardless of if you’ve already had babies or if you already have a super supportive partner - what these ladies will be able to provide is invaluable. It’s well worth it, and you will not regret it!
- My husband and I found out we were having twins and were so excited. Chelsea was amazing from the very beginning and we felt so relieved to have found her. It was tough to give birth during the pandemic, but she was always a constant support for my husband and I. I especially appreciated that she sent her colleagues in to check on me during my hospital stays.We then had a few of the night nurses stay with us when the girls arrived. Mary, Bree and Sue were all so kind and great with our babies. While everyone was absolutely wonderful, our girls spent most nights with Kayla. Kayla was incredible. She was extremely helpful as our lactation specialist and a real Mary Poppins to our twins. Breastfeeding two babies was stressful in the beginning and I feel really grateful to have had her support. I highly recommend Chelsea, Kayla and her entire team.
Chelsea was with my husband and I through our back to back pregnancies these past 2 years. She was a breath of fresh air, so supportive and answered all of our questions. I'm so happy I found her for my pregnancy and L&D journey. She has also become a great friend. I could have not done it without her wealth of knowledge and support. I highly recommend her and her company!
As a first time mom, my gut told me to hire a doula but as someone with two chronic illnesses & plenty of experience navigating the medical field, my partner and I questioned whether hiring Lauren was necessary. Let me just say, without a doubt, IT WAS. I had done plenty of reading and years of living with endometriosis prepared my partner and I for the physical experience of labor. But none of these factors prepared me for the emotional & spiritual journey that is labor and delivery. The moment she arrived, Lauren's energy flooded the room, wrapping me in a warm blanket of comfort, strength and pride. From helping me walk through my contractions, to providing guidance to my partner and I when they started to slow, turning down the lights & turning up the music, holding my hand and encouraging me with words of affirmation, Lauren knew exactly what to do & when. Having Lauren present for this most important day of my life felt like having my best friend, sister, & fairy godmother all wrapped into one person lifting me up and hugging me close. Looking back, as someone whose experienced much medical trauma, and who, just days before giving birth, had a tiff with the midwife who ended up delivering my son, it's pretty amazing that I never once felt unsafe, never felt worried or anxious, never felt out of control. I attribute this to Lauren's guidance and support. Lauren attended another birth the same day & never once did I feel her attention was diverted elsewhere. Lauren was born to be a birth worker- her love, guidance, energy and words of support are a necessity for births of all kinds. I will never forget her smile while holding my leg up as I pushed, her sweet voice saying, "I'm so proud of you, you're doing amazing," as tears streamed down her face. She wasn't just there next to me, she was in it with me. Please, do yourself a favor and hire Lauren as your doula.
I cannot say enough to express my gratitude for the love and support from working with Chelsea and Kayla. I knew I wanted to have a natural labor and OmMama doulas came highly recommended to me from a friend who had used them for her birth experience. From the moment I met them I felt extremely comfortable. Their knowledge and compassion for what they do is undeniable. Labor for me is a vulnerable, intimate and personal experience and Kayla was with me during my labor and made me feel like she was someone I knew my whole life. I felt extremely safe and confident in her and her presence helped me to relax and stay focused to fulfill my birth plan. She was my voice and kept the mood relaxed and calm. When we arrived at the hospital I was ready to deliver our bundle of joy, I could not have been more prepared. All the staff at the hospital were amazed at how “fast” our little guy came into the world. I was prepared to be flexible because sometimes things don’t always go as planned but we were so blessed that they did. If you are thinking about hiring a doula for your birth experience, don’t hesitate. As a first time mom it was scary to think about labor and delivery but there was nothing scary about working with Chelsea and Kayla, I never felt more prepared and wouldn’t want another pregnancy/delivery without them. XOXO Michelle and Andrew