MyBirth was dreamed up by Amy, Emily, and Jenny in the fall of 2013. After working together for a couple of years on the board of Richmond Doulas, they knew  they shared a similar philosophy regarding birth work, and a clear idea of what kind of preparation and classes they wished their clients could utilize. 

Slowly, MyBirth was born, reflecting the lessons we've learned through a combined 20 years of professional labor support, and it continues to grow. In the coming months and years, we hope to bring new learning opportunities to Richmond families, and collaborate to improve and support the birth options of all women. 

The doulas of MyBirth happily support all types of birth:

  • Hospital, home, or birth center
  • Scheduled and/or medically indicated inductions
  • Vaginal and cesarean birth
  • Medicated or unmedicated birth
  • Repeat cesareans or VBAC (Vaginal Birth After Cesarean)
  • All care providers , both physician and midwifery practice models

"I see multiple doulas listed. How do your labor support services work?"

The doulas of MyBirth individually contract with their labor support clients. You choose the doula that you feel the greatest connection with and would like to support you during your birth. She is your doula and will be there for your prenatal visits, birth, and postpartum. Each of us take no more than 2-3 clients per month and very rarely are required to call-in back up help. 

You as a client of MyBirth have the reassurance that you know the other doulas in our practice that could potentially step in if your doula is unable to attend you. Your fee and contract provide you with 24/7 coverage from seven professional, experienced, and dedicated doulas that are well practiced in the seamless transition of care that a laboring mother and her family would require. 

"What services will the MyBirth doulas provide?"

As of April 1, 2016, parents will be able to choose between two price options: $700 or $900. All labor support clients receive the same services for their fee. These include:

  • Access to your doula via text, phone, and email from the time that we receive your signed contract and deposit. Your doula will answer any questions that you have, offer encouragement, information, and resources for ways to improve your pregnancy.
  • Two prenatal consultations, each approximately two hours in length. The first consultation is in our office with other parents that are expecting their baby(s) in the same time period. This visit will be an opportunity to get to know the other doulas of MyBirth, build community with other parents, and learn more about birth and what to expect on the big day. The second visit is in your home with your doula, and will cover the personal side of birth; your concerns and goals, how she can serve you best during your labor and postpartum, reviewing your Birth Preferences, and any other questions you may have.
  • Your doula's 24/7 availability from week 38 of your pregnancy until the birth of your child(ren), plus the peace of mind that comes with knowing the other doulas in our group.
  • Your doula's continuous support through the entirety of your birth, both over the phone and in person. Carefully considering your goals for how you would like to experience childbirth, your doula will tailor her encouragement to your desires, meeting you where you are and offering unwavering  support for your decisions.
  • Two postpartum visits, one in the hospital the day after birth, the other within 48-72 hours of your arrival home. These visits will focus on easing your transition into life with baby, your recovery from childbirth, and getting a solid foundation on the basics of feeding your baby.
  • Continued support from your doula via text, email, and phone as you progress through the first days, weeks, and months of parenthood. We really are your doulas forever!

What Parents and Professionals are Sharing

I liked that it provided a well-rounded view of the many ways you could give birth, vs. being too dogmatic. Natural birth was obviously encouraged and supported, but there was great acknowledgement that there are many ways to deliver and all of those can be a positive experience if you’re prepared. I felt like this not only helped shape my birth experience, but gave me a better understanding of what other mamas choose so that I can better support them.
— Brigette - My Birth Class
Even though I felt like I had done my research, I learned so much from Emily. My husband and I feel even more confident now going into my VBAC. Thank you!
— Mallory - My VBAC Success
Thank you for such a wonderful birth class. My husband and I both found it very helpful. I feel as prepared as I can be, and so does my husband. I have no fear because I am informed. We appreciate the class and work that went into it!
— Krista - My Birth Class
As an advanced practice nurse in women’s health for over 15 years and childbirth educator for 8 years, I wholeheartedly recommend and endorse the doulas of MyBirth. This group of women possesses a wealth of talent, skill, wisdom, and compassion beyond belief. They are also incredibly articulate and well-educated which is an added benefit when it comes to helping you collaborate with your medical team. I have worked with a large number of students who have chosen these women as their doula.
— Heather Hannon MSN, RN
The Birth Refresher & VBAC classes were terrific! We found them to be informative. Both Amy & Emily were passionate, supportive, & highly knowledgeable. Very comfortable small group setting.
— Carrie - My Birth Refresher and My VBAC Success
I had a great experience with MyBirth. They provided evidence based resources and tools to help manage and prepare for my birth experience. Very open and friendly environment. My specific doula, Jenny Fisher, was amazing and I highly recommend her. Last, they provide several different services and classes to choose from and are located in a really convenient location if you live in the Fan/Museum district.
— Shauna - My Birth Class student, birth doula client
Our experience with MyBirth was awesome and both my husband and I couldn’t imagine our birth preparation and actual L&D without the aid of our doula. We were lucky to have Amy Lavelle as our doula for the birth of our firstborn. Her deep knowledge, passion, and commitment to care of all things baby/mommy/family related helped us immensely in navigating decisions and feelings that come with welcoming a life. We owe so much to her for all this and her easygoing, warm nature. We highly recommend her and the MyBirth classes as an integral and rewarding component to any pregnancy and birth.
— Sara - My Birth Class student, birth doula client
I can’t say enough good things about MyBirth! These women are incredible, and I would recommend their services to absolutely anyone who is preparing for the birth of a child. Do yourself a favor, and hire a MyBirth doula right now!
— Mary - birth doula client