Complete Doula Services
Stefanie Olson, CD (DONA)
Lindsay Clements, CD (DONA)
Nothing is more important. The birth of your child should be an experience you will always cherish. We are committed to working with you to ensure that your birth experience will be positive, loving and empowering. Birth is a natural process and a bodily expression of health. The anticipation of your child’s birth is naturally rich and complex. We would be pleased to support you in a beautiful birth.
We have attended births in Lawrence, Overland Park, and Topeka, Kansas. We have attended births in hospitals in all of those cities, at the Topeka Birth & Women’s Center, the New Birth Company in Overland Park, and we have attended at home births. We have experience assisting mothers birthing in the Bradley and HypnoBirthing methods, although typically we help mothers find their own method, the one that is right for them.
We have tried to provide plenty of useful information on our Web site but if you have any questions that are not answered here please do not hesitate to contact us for more information or to arrange an interview.
I became a doula because my own birth experiences were so transformative. My support team was outstanding and I felt loved and so well cared for. As I shared my experience with others I was saddened to realize that many of my friends had had birth experiences that left them feeling defeated instead of uplifted. Often I heard of feeling alone, frightened, bewildered or misunderstood. I know how important the experience of childbirth is to a woman and I feel called to help women have an experience that they will always cherish. As a doula I am committed to listening to each of my clients and understanding what they want from the birth experience. I encourage each mother I work with to envision what her perfect birth experience would be. Using my training and experience I help each mother have the experience that is right for her, and of which she has dreamed. One of my strengths is considering the partner’s desires and needs, as well. One nurse commented that she felt I offer “whole family” doula service and I consider that to be one of my best compliments! I hope every family I work with feels as loved and well cared for during their birth time as I did. I am also the Lead Childbirth Educator at St. Luke’s South Hospital in Overland Park, where I teach these classes: All About Birth, Strategies for a Natural Birth, Breastfeeding, and Newborn Care.
I first learned what a doula was in one of my college courses, when my professor explained how she benefited from her doula’s support. I had a light bulb moment – I was sure that’s what I was meant to do. I then spent all my time devoted to learning as much as I could about pregnancy, birth, and the postpartum period. Somewhere along the way, I learned the old adage “Peace on Earth begins with birth” and I really identified with that, hoping to empower all women and families to have the birth they have imagined and desire. I’ve also got a big passion for car seat safety. I’m a Child Passenger Safety Technicians (CPST) through the SafeKids organization, I’m available for home visits to help educate and ensure proper installation.
When I gave birth to my first child I felt like Super Woman. I felt like my picture should have been on the front page of the paper “Woman Gives Birth!” I thought surely no one has ever done this before. Yet it is exactly what women have been doing since the beginning of time. Simultaneously that birth linked me to all the mothers that came before me yet gave me my own, unique story. Since then my husband, Tyler, and I have had 3 more children. All 4 births were very different but each was a life changing, joyful and spiritual experience for us. I am passionate about helping woman have positive birth experiences. The birth of our children is an event that shapes us as mothers and thus calls for us to be informed, well cared for and joyful.
I became a doula because I believe supporting families through the transition to parenthood is not a luxury, but an investment in maternal mental health. After surviving postpartum depression and anxiety and watching others I love do the same, I began serving new families as a relationship educator and postpartum doula. Many years and families later, I came to realize the power of birth experiences, and my work naturally transitioned to reflect that. Every birth is unique. After six of my own, I know firsthand the difference an experienced doula can make. My practical approach to childbirth helps expectant parents develop realistic expectations and acquire effective pain-coping techniques. Once in labor, I work alongside the birth team to help mom feel relaxed and safe, focused on supporting her, her birth plan, and engaging her partner in the process. With additional training in lactation, I offer advanced breastfeeding support for healthy, happy, mother-baby bonding.
Services and Fees
First we will meet for an initial interview and consultation. There is no charge for an interview; it is an opportunity for us to get acquainted, for you to find out what we have to offer and let us address your questions.
After you have decided we are a good fit for you we will provide comprehensive services including the following:
Unlimited assistance by telephone or email
A 36th week visit to:
Help form a birth plan
Discuss how members of the birth team will work together
Practice positions and comfort techniques
Continual support during birth
One to two hours of assistance immediately after birth
Assistance establishing breastfeeding
Post-partum review of birth story and records from birth
24 hour on call two weeks after birth
Invitations to bi-monthly informational meetings (see more detailed information below, under “Classes and Events“); topics to include:
Breathing and Relaxation Exercises for Labor and Birth
Second Trimester Nutrition and Exercise
Welcoming Your Second Baby
Breastfeeding – Getting Off to a Good Start
Late Pregnancy Comfort and Final Preparations
Postpartum Preparation – Making a plan for an easy start
Our fee is $700. Half is due when you hire us, and half two weeks before your due date. This fee includes everything listed above. There is no charge for the initial interview. We accept cash, personal checks, credit cards or PayPal. We can also arrange a monthly payment plan. We offer a discount to parents who have used our services for a previous birth. Some providers will cover all or part of our fee. Please contact us to find out if your provider has a payment agreement with us.
Common and Frequently Asked Questions
What is a doula?
A doula is a trained labor support person. A doula provides constant support during labor and birth. What can a doula do for me? A doula can help guide you through labor. She will help you with a birth plan before your birth time and work with other health care providers to implement the plan during your birth time. A doula will also be experienced in comfort techniques and offer a calm presence. Your doula will stay with you throughout your labor to make sure all your needs are met. Your doula can also help explain medical procedures and assist you in evaluating all your options so you can make decisions that are right for you.
Have any studies been done about doulas?
Yes! The most comprehensive study was done in 1991. Researchers found that when a doula was present there was a: 50% reduction in cesarean rates 25% reduction in length of labor 40% reduction in the use of forceps 40% reduction in the use of pitocin 30% reduction in the need for pain medication 60% reduction in requests for epidural anesthesia Kennel, et al, JAMA, May 1, 1991, Vol. 265, No. 17. Additional studies have corroborated these findings.
Will a doula detract from my husband’s role as support person?
Absolutely not! A doula can help your partner enjoy the birth experience more fully. She will be a resource for him. She can guide him and suggest comfort techniques during the birth time. She will also ease his anxiety in this unfamiliar territory, allowing him to be fully present for you. Your doula can also run any errands for food or drink so your partner can remain with you at all times.
How is a doula different from a midwife or nurse?
A doula performs no medical procedures. A doula provides physical, emotional and informational support. She will also be with you the entire time of your birth, unlike many other medical professionals.
I am a very private person; won’t a doula be distracting?
A doula can actually help assure your privacy is protected by creating a buffer between you and those entering your room. She will know your preferences and work to make sure they are respected.
“I was so glad to have Stefanie’s calm, caring presence at my birth. Her knowledge of the birth process and her suggestions and assurances helped us feel more confident, enabling us to have the best birth experience ever!” Jessica (Mother)
“Complete Doula Services was very helpful in preparing my husband and I for pregnancy, labor and postpartum time. I believe our experience was greatly enhanced by all of the classes they held prior to our delivery. Especially the postpartum prep class…that class saved us from a lot of arguing and tension in the weeks after birth!” Anna (mother)
“Lindsay gave me an amazing gift – an empowering, positive, perfect and completely joyful birthing experience…something I wasn’t sure existed.” Jesse (Mother)
“Regarding her role during labor and delivery, Stefanie supported the entire family – her calm, reassuring presence was a perfect match for me during labor and her ability to recognize when to step in and when to step back was obvious. She gauged the needs of my husband and my mother, both of whom were present throughout the process, and I felt completely able to release control of many aspects as I knew Stefanie would stay true to my birthing plan.” Erin (mother)
“Stefanie’s calm demeanor helped keep me focused on my goal of having a healthy pregnancy and as natural a labor as possible.” Jane (Mother)
“Ultimately, the biggest benefit to having a doula is, in my opinion, the consistent presence of someone we liked and trusted. Although they were wonderful, I had never met the nurses who attended my labor. My OB was available the evening I gave birth, but I could just as easily had another physician in the practice there to deliver my daughter. In a room full of strangers, having Lindsay beside me quietly talking me through contraction after contraction was priceless.” Sara (mother)
“Even though I was induced, I was able to have a pain medication-free birth to a healthy baby boy! I could not have done it without Lindsay and Stefanie. They both gave my husband the tools he needed to support me through my contractions and everything that followed. I know they believed that I could do it, and that helped me believe in myself.” Katie (mother)
“Through those first frustrating days of breastfeeding, Stefanie’s calm, persistent hopefulness that we could make breastfeeding work for us was a feeling to which I kept returning, and in the end, just as she promised, we built a good foundation for breastfeeding.” Rebecca (Mother)
“Without a guide like Stefanie to get through such a stressful experience, well, I don’t really want to know how that would have turned out. She provides so much support for the whole couple that it makes the role of a dad and husband that much easier. Until the day I die, I will encourage all first-time parents to have a doula, and if possible to use Stefanie.” George (father)
“I felt Stefanie’s presence at the birth was reassuring to the laboring woman, the family and the staff. I appreciated her gracious way of making suggestions.” Jennifer (Nurse)
“Lindsay proved to be an amazing asset during the labor and birth of our daughter. Her calming spirit and thorough knowledge of the birth process helped me immeasurably in successfully experiencing a totally natural childbirth. She provided assistance both to me and my husband as we welcomed our first born into the world.” Amanda (mother)
“Stefanie really cared for the couple as a whole. This is a whole care doula.” Ziba (Nurse)
Classes and Events
We offer a series of six classes to help you prepare for pregnancy, labor and the early postpartum days. Our series is a wonderful supplement to any traditional childbirth classes you may be taking. We have tried to include topics that often get left out of labor preparation classes. You are welcome to any that interest you! Partners are always welcome too. All classes will be held at Rodrock Chiropractic, 1440 Wakarusa St., Suite 400 in Lawrence, KS. Most of the classes last about an hour and a half.
Second Trimester Nutrition and Comfort: We will go over components of a healthy pregnancy diet now that morning sickness has passed. Our focus is eating well so you feel great the rest of your pregnancy, are strong and ready for birth, and minimize end of pregnancy discomforts. We will also discuss exercise and stretches that can make the rest of your pregnancy as comfortable as possible.
Welcoming Your Second Baby (Third, Fourth…): A little preparation can make adjusting to a new baby in the house a lot easier for your older child(ren). We will give you some ideas of ways to prepare your older child(ren) for the best thing that will ever happen to them!
Breathing and Relaxation Exercises for Pregnancy and Labor: Our most popular class! We will lay out a routine for you to start using relaxation routines regularly so in labor you can easily find the calm that will help you be more comfortable and progress smoothly. A relaxation practice will also ease anxiety during pregnancy, helping you enjoy these months with confidence.
Late Pregnancy Comfort and Final Preparation: We will share all of our tricks for making it through the last weeks of pregnancy as comfortably as possible. The positions and activities we review will also help your baby position so when labor starts it will progress nicely.
Postpartum Preparation: A class with lots of homework! We bring up ideas for getting ready that will assure your first few weeks home as stress-free as can be. We will look at a wide range of postpartum topics from how to keep up with house work, feed yourself and keep all your current relationships intact and healthy.
Doulas‘ Guide to Breastfeeding: We lay out what to expect the first two weeks of your breastfeeding relationship. . . and give you ideas how to survive the high demands of the first weeks. We also share secrets of a good latch and discuss some pumping techniques for the future.