Empower your Birth Journey

We're doulas supporting mamas (and their families) prepare for a positive birth & empowered postpartum experience
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What is a doula?

According to DONA International, a doula is defined as:

a trained professional who provides continuous physical, emotional and informational support to a mother before, during and shortly after childbirth to help her achieve the healthiest, most satisfying experience possible.

But we believe a doula can be more than that.

Our philosophy and support practice resides in our belief that women are powerful and birth is a sovereign, transformative experience.

If you desire an empowered, positive birth, we stand by you in that journey.

What makes birth positive or empowered?
An empowered, positive experience might include:
• You entering the birth room understanding the natural and powerful process your body/baby endure during labor/birth.
• You feel safe and supported by your care team during your prenatal, birth, and postpartum experience.
• You feel confident in your comfort management plan, with breathing techniques, Hypnobirthing tools, etc.
• You know evidence based options and have enough information to ask questions about your care provider’s recommendations.
• You leave your birth experience knowing that you made decisions in alignment with your values and that you honored your intuitive guidance.

We are committed to helping you prepare for your empowered experience and enter the birth room fearless, knowledgable, and feeling totally supported in your experience.

On this note, studies show that a doula can lower cesarian birth rates up to 50%, decrease labor time by 25%, and lower epidural admission by up to 60%.

If you’d like to explore how we might support you, we offer a safe space for considering all your options.

How could a doula support me?

Prenatal Support & Education

Prenatal Support & Education

We are Hypnobirthing and Bradley trained educators who love helping moms prepare for their positive birth. No matter what kind of birth you’re interested in planning, we have the tools to help you prepare!

Labor & Delivery

Labor & Delivery

While your care providers tend to your health and your partner takes care of the warm & fuzzies, your doula is a constant companion, providing non-medical physical and emotional support throughout active labor & birth

Postpartum Care

Postpartum Care

As a part of our DONA practice, we support all mothers after birth with resources and connections you to anyone else that may assist you through the “fourth trimester”

What type of care could I have?

The Empowered Birth

Virtual Package includes:
• Six (6) prenatal virtual calls between 20-42 weeks
• Birth preparation guidance
• Lactation support & postpartum follow up support, if desired
• Hypnobirthing Technique Intro Class
• Fear Release Hypnosis Session for you and your partner
• Two (2) postpartum appointments
**This package is purely virtual education & support. This is a great option for those concerned about in-person contact or those who prefer just having support leading up to birth and after. This package does not include in-person labor/birth support
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Investment: $870-1150
*This package is completely virtual
**Sliding scale is based on what your family decides – no proof of income is required.

The Beautiful Birth Journey

Includes:
• Two (2) prenatal visits
• Five (5) weeks of on-call service
• One (1) postpartum visit and one check up
• Birth plan preparation
• Child birth & lactation support
• Postpartum preparation guidance
Consistent presence during active labor & birth, no matter how long it takes
• Co-doula backup
We are a co-doula partnership so you will have built a relationship with the doula attending your birth. You’ll have access to both your primary doula and backup doula throughout pregnancy and both will attend your first prenatal session.
• Hypnobirthing overview (30-45 mins) +  private fear-release session
(30-45 mins)
• Comfort touch during labor + aroma therapy
• Snacks & meal provided based on dietary preferences

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Investment: $1420-$1675
*Sliding scale is based on what your family decides – no proof of income is required.

The Momentous Birth

Includes:
• Two (2) prenatal visits
• Five (5) weeks of on-call service
• Consistent presence during active labor & birth, no matter how long it takes
• One (1) postpartum visit
• Birth plan preparation
• Lactation support
• Postpartum preparation guidance
• Co-doula backup
We are a co-doula partnership so you will have built a relationship with the doula attending your birth. You’ll have access to both your primary doula and backup doula throughout pregnancy and both will attend your first prenatal session.
• Comfort touch during labor + aroma therapy
• Snacks & meal provided based on dietary preferences
• Private fear-release session (30-45 mins)
+ 4 week Hypnobirthing course (2.5 hours each session & materials included)
+ One hour Prenatal massage OR Craniosacral therapy for baby/mom
+ BONUS: Birth & newborn photography – 20 selects included
**Only applicable for birth centers and home births due to most hospital policy

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Investment: $1675-$1900
*Sliding scale is based on what your family decides – no proof of income is required.

During labor, we offer comfort touch, aroma diffusion, and any other calming support you can imagine for making your birth more comfortable.

As DONA trained doulas, we believe mothers should have continuous care and to that point, there are no additional cost if your labor exceeds a certain time.

Rates are based on a sliding scale and we do not require proof for what you’d like to pay on our sliding scale. We want to work with what’s best for your family.

Meet Sam + Steph

The Austin Doula | Birth Companion

Hey there!

We’re Samantha + Steph, the owners of The Austin Doula, and we’d love to share a little about what we do and who we serve…

  1. We believe in the power of the female body and that birth is one of the most powerful, natural events of a woman’s life and to that point, are committed to helping you discover a story outside of the medical birth narrative, and unearth your greatest feminine strength, guided by evidence-based information and sacred birthing principles.
  2. Our practice is committed to celebrating motherhood, from conception to postpartum, in a way that pulls from both traditional and modern practices of honoring mother AND baby in the holistic journey of pregnancy and birth.
  3. We provide the education to prepare for what will make YOUR positive prenatal, birth and postpartum experience by personalizing your support, specific to your intuitive preferences.

As a co-doula partnership, we optimize your prenatal experience with insight from the background of two doulas, while offering the peace-of-mind that you’ll have continuous care from labor to postpartum. Our model is structured to cost you nothing extra, yet offer 2x the value.

If you’re ready to explore working together, let’s have a chat to see if we’re a match?

Testimonials

Angelique Huntsman

``She has a unique gift of making one feel empowered``

I will never get the love and compassion that I felt when Samantha walked through the doors of my birthing suite. It was the night that I was being induced and having her at my bedside brought me so much comfort and peace.

She has a unique gift of making one feel empowered, especially during one of the most sacred times of a woman’s life: childbirth.

I am very blessed that she was part of my birthing experience as a doula and a friend and highly recommend her.

Angelique Huntsman
Marsha Stephanson

``Samantha is absolutely amazing to work with``

Samantha is absolutely amazing to work with. She has this warm, positive energy that truly is comforting to those around her.

Last fall Samantha was extremely instrumental in helping with the Empowered Mama Journey event that supported new and expectant moms as they prepared for the Fourth Trimester.

Samantha was there to help answer any questions moms may had and ensured moms were comfortable during their time at the event. She has been a huge advocate for better care for moms prenatal and postpartum and has supported local businesses such as Cater to Mom which provides postpartum care boxes for new moms. I highly recommend

Samantha she is truly a beautiful person, a loving mother, and nurturer with an amazing heart when it comes to supporting mothers.

Marsha Stephanson
Susan G.

``What sets Samantha above is her ability to empower momma’s to have trust in their own body knowledge``

Samantha is an amazing Doula who provides excellent prenatal and postnatal support and education.

What sets Samantha above is her ability to empower momma’s to have trust and faith in their own body knowledge. That they have a “say so” in their care and birthing choices.

She has a special gift of individualizing care and support for momma, partner, and family.
We as a family are so thankful to have found Samatha who assisted and supported the delivery of my healthy, precious, first Grandaughter, Maybrie

Susan G.
Lauren V.

``You need Samantha as your Doula for a wonderful birthing experience!!``

You need Samantha as your Doula for a wonderful birthing experience!!

No words can express how amazing Samantha is!! She is very attentive, caring, passionate, and knowledgeable. She’s happy to assist you in any way possible, along this beautiful (and sometimes ugly, messy, strange, etc) journey of pregnancy and labor. Samantha is a joy to be around, and will brighten your outlook, no matter where you are in your journey. A huge part of her services is Hypnobirthing! We went through the course and both my husband and my outlooks on childbirth was changed. She helped me sort through my past C-Section trauma. I had hope for a VBAC! And even more so, I had an understanding of childbirth and a confidence in myself! Hypnobirthing is everything. Huge bonus, Samantha takes video and photos of your labor/birth. I didn’t think I needed this extra service. But I cherish the beautiful shots Samantha took!

Some of my story: My 1st birth was a C-Section, all laboring in the hospital, and no extra professional support. The 2nd pregnancy, I immediately knew that I wanted the support of a Doula. It took a ton of convincing my husband to even be opened to the idea of a Doula. We finally started looking when I was around 29 weeks pregnant. I actually interviewed over 25 Doulas. And there are a lot of great Doulas out there. But when I interviewed Samantha, I was sold. And when my husband interviewed Samantha, he was sold even faster than I was! Turns out, we had an incredible Home Birth (bc of Covid-19), VBAC!

Lauren V.
Justin A.

``As a husband and healthcare professional, I was skeptical at first...``

When my wife presented the idea of hiring a doula for the birth of our first child, I was admittedly hesitant. I wanted to be supportive of her journey through pregnancy, labor, and delivery, but the thought of inviting another person into this incredibly unique and intimate occasion felt overwhelming.

As a husband and healthcare professional, I thought I was more than equipped to provide the support and guidance my wife would need. The last thing I wanted was someone else occupying my role as the birthing partner.

Looking back, I am so glad that I put my pride aside by inviting Stephanie and Samantha into our lives. From our very first meeting, we both felt understood, supported, and informed. Their guidance gave us a sense of comfort and calm during what could have been, a very confusing and scary time. I cannot imagine what our delivery experience would have been without these two by our sides. The bond I share with my wife after delivering our son is stronger than ever, and I truly believe that these women are to thank.

Their diverse backgrounds and skillsets are unparalleled.

From professional photography to hypnobirthing, aromatherapy, nutritional guidance, massage therapy, and hands on training and education for both mom and dad, The Austin Doula’s provide exceptional comprehensive care. Stephanie and Samantha are absolute rockstars and we can not recommend their services enough!

Justin A.
Saeedah Q.

``She was a great listener, she was caring, and overall so helpful throughout my entire pregnancy``

I absolutely loved having Samantha as my doula! She was a great listener, she was caring, and overall so helpful throughout my entire pregnancy. My husband and I were so grateful to have her on our team. I definitely recommend her to other mommas, you’ll be in great hands!

Saeedah Q.

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    We're serving all of Austin proper + Lakeway

    You may also reach us at 512-981-6742 or email samantha@theaustindoula.com or steph@theaustindoula.com

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