Santa Monica Doula Birthing Support Articles

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This medical practice should not be listed under "doulas" - there are none here, & they are strictly a medical care provider. Doulas are non-medical specially trained support caregivers for women who are pregnant, giving birth, & postpartum.
My MD is Dr.
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, but I've only seen her once. Every other time I've been shunted to one of the other doctors in this clinic. It's a huge clinic, impersonal. The front desk people are the most rude; clinical care staff are much more personable, friendly, polite, caring.
I'm not happy that I can never see my doctor. The purpose of having one MD as a PCP is to have continuity of care. Instead, this clinic only has continuity in the form of my chart (which can be read by whoever they assign me the next time I'm there).
And apparently there's a big problem with identity theft among their patients (maybe people trying to use the insurance card of a friend because they don't have access to medical care?) - they insist on seeing the insurance card AND a photo ID at every visit! I offered them a copy of my info, so it would be in my records (I don't usually carry that with me, so it can't be stolen) & they refused.
Another problem is that they don't take walk-ins, & it's nearly impossible to get a same-day appointment if there's a sudden problem. After being sent home from class (in late OCT 2011) because I'd fainted, I went to try and see my doctor. They said I could see another doctor a couple hours later, so I waited. When I went back to the check-in desk at the time I'd been given, they said my appointment was cancelled & they'd tried to call me. (My cell phone was on, in my pocket, & showed no missed calls.) They hadn't even paged the waiting area. They wanted me to wait another 3 hours, which I couldn't do, so the problem went untreated. It probably was the first manifestation of the dizziness which is still causing problems (JUL 2012).
- K S.
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When I started having regular contractions I called them to let them know. I asked them not to come yet, because my contractions were not difficult. We maintained contact over the next couple hours, and when I was ready (middle of the night, of course) I asked them to come.
They arrived promptly and seamlessly took their places. They suggested different labor positions, used a variety of techniques to minimize pain, and even helped with little things like changing the bedsheets, filling up our birth pool, and bringing my husband anything he (or I) needed so he wouldn't have to leave me. They helped me feel at ease laboring in the way that was most comfortable for me, without being self-conscious--this alone helped tremendously. Their gentle reminders to relax helped me to not fight the contractions. They really were there to serve us, and did whatever was needed.
I'm not sure what we would have done without
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and
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. I recommend their services to anyone in the area who is having a baby (regardless of whether they are in a home, birth center, or hospital) , and I already know one friend who has booked them for her second baby! They are wonderful!
- Sophia R.
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I visited Good
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a few times during my pregnancy. The ultrasound technician was fantastic each time we saw him. Our labor and delivery staff were compassionate and helpful through my entire stay. I received prompt, correct care and am happy with my experience!
- Brenna L.
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We were referred to
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and The Post-Partum Place in
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, NJ, twice separately from my OBGYN as well as our daughter’s Pediatricians for a lactation consultation.
She was born by Cesarean almost two weeks after her due date and had lost more than the customary 10% of her birth weight by our discharge from the hospital.
This is our first child and we were fish out of water.
I had a breast reduction at the age of 15 and was told for more than 18 years that I would more than likely be unable to breastfeed, so I never considered it a possibility. Shortly after our daughter’s birth, I was able to latch her and she seemed to be getting at least some milk from my breasts to our surprise! I could sense however that she may need some supplement from a bottle and formula.
After a few days and her first appointment with the Pediatrician and continued weight-loss, we could sense that she was having difficulty with both the bottle and the breast.
We made an appointment with
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after our third day home after an emotional phone call.
We were immediately put at ease by her comforting manner and obvious knowledge and experience. Just minutes into the consultation, she had our daughter latched onto my breast with ease and in a more comfortable and efficient position.
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introduced us to various tools, supplements and support, to help us with achieving the best results and comfort as well as educated us to the science and nature of breastfeeding. Most importantly, she discovered that our baby had a 60% posterior
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-tie that prohibited her
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from touching the roof of her mouth and sucking!
No doctor in the delivery room, hospital or our Pediatrician’s office had diagnosed this problem. We were referred to a wonderful oral surgeon who treated the
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-tie in a
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in-office procedure.
Along with our consultation and mentoring, she provides a 24hr hotline for questions and concerns and has always answered the phone when we’ve called. We have access to free weigh-ins, breastfeeding and
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care equipment for purchase, and a diaper-changing station when we’re in the area.
The Post-Partum Place is also the home to a couple of parent support groups. The Mother’s Club for new moms with infants from 0-6 months has been an invaluable resource to me!
Our daughter is now almost 4 months old and thanks to
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’s support and guidance, I am a new mom with an 18 year total breast reduction who is breastfeeding exclusively! Our baby is almost 15lbs and we no longer weigh her everyday – we know that she’s getting the nutrition that she needs and is absolutely flourishing thanks to the Booby Goddess:
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Parlapiano!
- Dorana H.
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She's a good doctor but has too many patients. So it takes too long to be able to see her. But I've been seeing her for many years and don't want to change. I rarely get to see her and mostly see her PAs otherwise it can take up to 2 weeks to be able to see her. When I do see her, she is great. She takes her time with you and talks to you about anything you need to talk about.
- Hope R.
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Reaching out to
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of
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and Beyond,
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and subsequently enrolling in her Prenatal
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class as well as her HypnoBirthing class was the single best decision I have made during my pregnancy!
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’s gentle education and support has proven invaluable to me, what an asset! I can’t thank her enough for guiding me on all aspects of my journey from finding an awesome practitioner who best aligned with my goals and birthing desires to hosting a weekly Prenatal
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class that I found such a welcoming break. Her weekly prenatal
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classes allowed me dedicated time each week to (1) connect with other moms (2) focus quiet attention on bonding with my baby (3) focus energy on my positive birthing intentions (4) practice my relaxation techniques and (5) most of all it provided valuable education! The coaching
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provided each week was well received, and it definitely improved my ability to relax, and relax more quickly. I will definitely take more of
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's classes in the future (ex: she also has a mom and baby
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class), and I highly recommend her to all mothers!
- Sarah M.
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has been my doula with the birth of my first child in 2008 and my second child in 2010. The first time around we were the new and nervous expecting parents.
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not only helped us prepare for the birth and the postpartum but also helped us identify and address our concerns (its not as
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"10 finger and 10 toes and we are good"). She called me through out my pregnancy and after to check up on me and talk about anything that an expecting mom is dealing with but is outside of what my OBGYN would talk about, meaning more then stages of labor and medical concerns. I had a 25 hour back labor which started at 2 in the morning.
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was there from the time we called her to come at 4 am till a few hours after our baby was born, plus the postpartum visits. It was a relief to have her update our family in the waiting room in a calm and reassuring voice of what was happening through out the labor.
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took turns with my husband to breathe with me through the 17 hours of contractions, was a huge source of support when I faced my fear of the big, scary epidural needle, and held my hand when the damned thing was being inserted, and reinserted (but I won't go into that, it was great having her there though). During the rest of the labor, once the drugs kicked in, she remained with me, helped me push for 3 hours and helped my husband and I mentally prepare for the C Section.
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was our patient and calm support person. Our whole family in the waiting room appreciated her help during my labor. We could not imagine doing this without her and knew then that we were going to hire her again. During my second, much harder labor,
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was again our doula for the whole time as well as the pre and the postpartum visits. As soon as we knew that we were expecting again we called her up so that we could reserve her in advance, way in advance. I highly recommend
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due to her knowledge, calmness, non judgmental approach and understanding what a woman goes through during labor. I am so glad that we found her, and I highly recommend her.
- Marzena S.
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Office was easy to schedule with. Staff was friendly until we met with the "doctor." Billing ... they billed us about $45 MORE than quoted amount for the exact visit requested. Nothing was done except a look over for the
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: no labs, shots, or anything else. We were cash customers, so this really irritated us, especially since we had to redo the appointment with another provider, which was $70 less for the same exact appointment.
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... HORRIBLE BEDSIDE MANNER AND SELF-SUPERIOR ATTITUDE!!!!!!!!! Absolutely NOT the practice you want to use if you want to use a non-traditional (prolonged, delayed, or skipped) immunization regardless of your reasons why. They will NOT see a child that is not up-to-date on CDC-recommended immunizations. If you're a person who will want the doctor to do all the thinking when it comes to your child's health, then this might be the perfect place for you. It's "pleasant" in plastic sort of way ... until you aren't an ideal patient/parent. CARE of patients and communication about concern ... NON-EXISTENT in
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. Other doctors in the practice might be better, but I'd always be leery of her presence. She called Child Protective Services on us 13 days after our visit because we hadn't scheduled a follow-up appointment with her. She never once called to ask why. (We really hated her, and had already scheduled another 2-month check up with another pediatrician.) The full details are in another review of her specifically.
- Debi D.
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I thought my water broke at 10:30 on the 26th. I called
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on my way to the hospital and she met me there shortly after I checked in. She brought a bag full of helpful stuff (aromatherapy oils, a homeopathy kit, different flavors of Emergen-C...) and a whole lot of knowledge. She called on the way to see if we needed her to pick up anything before she arrived. She was there at the hospital all night with me.

The next morning my contractions were still pretty far apart so we were talking about ways to move things along (walking, etc) when the doctor came in to check me. Turns out my water hadn't broken completely but was just leaking. He broke my water the rest of the way and things started to progress quickly. That was at 8:30 a.m. and my daughter was born at 5:47 p.m. I never had ANY medication whatsoever during my entire stay in the hospital, which was my goal.
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was a big part of helping me achieve that goal. I had a great "birth team" - my mom, mother-in-law, sister-in-law, best friend and husband as well as
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. The doctor and nurses only monitored until her head was born, when the doctor helped deliver her the rest of the way and deliver the placenta. I could have had an easy home birth with my wonderful team.

Everyone loved
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- my family and the nurses and doctors. She helped keep everyone calm and made sure they were eating and drinking and taking breaks. When my doctor couldn't be there and another doctor had to deliver me, she was right there with a copy of my birth plan. She offered suggestions the entire time - when I was tensing up she reminded me to relax, when I might have laid down (slowing things down) she suggested I walk and stretch (and did it with me). She suggested things for each stage of labor - positions, things to make me more comfortable.
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was strong support and reassurance for everyone. She let my family be involved, encouraged my husband, was my advocate while letting the hospital staff do their jobs and helped me bring my daughter into the world without having to worry about everyone and everything else.

I would recommend a
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to any woman preparing for childbirth -and in my opinion,
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is the best!
- Laura C.
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The visits prior to the birth were fine, she provided some good information and assisted with forming a birth plan. However, once my wife went into labor she called
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who stated that she was sick. My wife states that
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was non-committal and not very interested in assisting her at this point. My wife ended up talking to her three times on the phone while we were still at home without
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offering to come over or have her back-up doula come over. My wife was in pain, nervous, and looking for guidance. The wishy-washy attitude of
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at this point was too much to deal with so we ended up just going to the hospital and handling it without the services of the Doula. While the contingency plan was to have the back-up doula provide services should
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get sick, after three phone calls and no movement towards either coming over or sending someone over we got tired of dealing with it. The last thing we needed at that point was more phone calls to make between calling the midwife, calling family to arrange for dog care, and dealing with the pain of contractions. We were first time parents, we needed guidance. We needed someone to provide firm guidance as to what we should be doing to meet the goals of our birth plan. We thought that the Doula would be this person, however that is not what we got from
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. We had signed a contract with her and do not expect a refund, which makes this entire experience an $800.00 waste of money. I would not recommend her services as a Doula to anyone.
- TIMOTHY B.
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