Top Cleveland Doulas
 
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DONA Certified,
VBAC Specialized,
Trauma Informed Doula Support

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$900
Income Based Pricing Available

Serving Cuyahoga, Lorain, Lake, Geauga, Trumbull,

Mahoning, Columbiana, Portage, Summit, Medina & Stark Counties In-Person


I will be on maternity leave during Fall and Winter 22/23

I can't wait to get back to attending births but while I step back, please reach out to me for amazing doula recommendations!

 

P R E G N A N C Y

  • Continuous text and phone support for questions and discussions related to pregnancy, birth, breastfeeding, and beyond.

  • Two prenatal visits to get to know each other so we can foster an open relationship and I can learn more about you and your needs. We will discuss birth options, postpartum planning, provider communication, and third trimester birth preparation. Based on your needs and preferences, I do everything I can to support you and prepare you for a empowering birth experience. 

  • We will create personalized Visual Birth Plans so you can know your options for whatever path your birth takes. 

L A B O R  &  B I R T H

My commitment to you as your Doula is to be there for continuous support for the duration of your labor and delivery. I am there to see you through one of the most vulnerable and empowering experiences of your life. I will be with you as a source of knowledge, comfort and security.

 

Every birth is different. I customize my support and practices based on your needs. 

  • Physical comfort measures and pain relief

  • Birth partner guidance

  • Fetal and pelvic positioning techniques

  • Advocacy for informed choice

  • Emotional support, affirmations, and guidance

  • Maintaining a peaceful birth space

P O S T P A R T U M

  • I will be with you for 1-2 hours post-birth for immediate support and assistance with the first feeding. I continue to maintain a peaceful, comfortable space for you and your new family to bond by encouraging skin to skin bonding, organizing your space, taking family photos if requested, and helping plan your first post-birth meal!

  • A home visit for you (and/or your birth partner) to speak openly about your birth experience and ask questions

  • Referrals to local resources for specialized care

Other Support Services

Being cared for during this season of life is crucial to your health and quality of life. These extra options mimic the support our ancestors had in their close knit communities that are often absent in American society today.

120 Minute Birth Plan Consultation

$120

A consultation if you do not plan to have doula for labor support but would like to discuss your birth options and goals with me and receive a personalized visual birth plan. Based on your needs and wants, I customize our sessions to include guidance for third trimester physical and mental preparation, postpartum planning, and provider communication questions. We can also do a birth walk-through to go over physical and emotional techniques and comfort measures for each phase of labor.

Postpartum Freezer Stock - Doula Clients Only

$100-$300

Nourishing meals and snacks ready to eat for your postpartum healing and wellness.

3 Hour Postpartum Shifts - Doula Clients Only

$75

Support for your rest, nourishment, and housework.

 

I'm Gia.

Birth has captivated me as far back as I can remember. Years before I even thought about being a mom, I started thinking about homebirth. I knew in my bones birth was normal and not a medical event. In 2018, I had a homebirth cesarean.

I learned so much from my HBC. It made me realize no amount of education and preparation by a first time mom can replace quality labor support, advocacy, and wisdom. With my birth experience, additional doula and VBAC trainings, I have the opportunity to help families have an empowering birth experience.

Supporting birth also ties me to my education in history, cultural heritage, and development. Childbirth knowledge and practices are valuable intangible heritage and connect us to our ancestors.

I live on the westside of Cleveland with my partner Jeffrey and our son Luca. On the daily, I am drinking espresso, making good food, and conscious parenting a toddler. 

I can't wait to meet you!

 

G. 

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I'm here.

Let's talk about your birth. 
Free 30 minute consultations to discuss your birth and my services.

Talk to you soon!

 

The magic of birth. I was able to have the birth I have always dreamed of thanks to a lot of preparation and no major complications. This happened partly because I had experience from my last births and mostly because I had the assistance and support of my amazing friend Gia, as my doula. Gia used fetal positioning techniques, massage, affirmations, and acted as my advocate to help guide me through a quick and amazing birth. She also provided support throughout the entire pregnancy. I would highly suggest a doula for anyone planning a mindful labor and delivery-especially Gia if you are in the Cleveland or Youngstown area.

- Rhianna W. 2019

 

I couldn't be happier with my experience having Gia as my doula. Our prenatal meetings were very professional & she was so informed & educated & did an outstanding job relaying her knowledge to me during our meetings. She was very easy to connect with & I was very comfortable. She was always accessible to me. I wanted a natural birth with low intervention & no induction. Gia absolutely blew me away when it came to structuring my birth plan. She helped me figure out what I would want to do in every scenario that might come up. I felt so informed going into the birth & that was thanks to her. After My water broke I communicated that with Gia and she was very helpful & excited. Gia came over where she helped assist with some positions & we discussed our next steps. She helped me after deciding to induce naturally via the breast pump. Gia was right there, encouraging me as I experienced unmediated labor with a calming presence and helped me move to the best position. I'm not exaggerating when I say, she is the reason I was able to have a natural birth. She guided the strength that I had inside of me to the surface with her affirmations and Support. The actual birth of the baby was briefly traumatic, as the baby had to be taken away to make sure she was safe. Gia was with me this whole time reassuring me of how well I did while I was processing what was going on. In the days following the birth of my daughter, she was available and helped with getting me some resources regarding shoulder dystocia. If we choose to have another baby, I know with complete certainty that I will ask Gia to be my doula again. It was such a rewarding experience having her assist in the birth of our daughter. I felt completely supported & confident in my choices during birth & that is thanks to Gia making sure I had informed consent with every choice.  You will absolutely be cared for as a whole person if you have Gia as your doula.

- Athena 2020