Doula Services

*Currently accepting doula clients with due dates within the following time-frames:                              May 5th-June 15th, and after July 25th. *  Contact me for a free consultation.

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The natural birth of my daughter was a beautiful experience. Marie really made it possible. Before I went into labor, Marie taught me how to focus on sending positive signals to my brain before pain signals could get there. Throughout labor, I used the counter-pressure technique a lot, and she was there for me 100%. She always knew what to suggest to help me manage the pain and focus on the positive, and she helped my husband to know exactly what he needed to do also. The most amazing technique she offered was the music for each stage of the birth. The music guided my body to progress toward having my daughter and helped me focus on the happy ending rather than on the contractions. It was amazing!Jeanne A.

My Birth Philosophy

As a woman who has given birth 4 times, and as a doula who has supported hundreds of women in the births of their own children, I truly understand the unique support a laboring woman desires and deserves.  Your child’s birth will leave a lasting impact on your life, and my goal is to help ensure that those memories are empowering, positive, and uplifting.

I view birth as a normal, healthy experience that should empower women and bring families closer together. I strive to prepare both parents to enter their birth feeling supported, educated, confident, and excited.

I combine all I know from my doula expertise, Music Therapy degree, and personal experiences to provide my clients with the highest quality of care and support.  As one of the most experienced and educated doulas in Boise, I know I can help you have a great birth.

When you hire me, you gain access to my 3 greatest strengths:

  1. My hands- that have comforted and supported over 100 laboring moms.
  2. My heart- that loves what I do and believes in your ability to give birth.
  3. My mind- that has researched childbirth intensely and has a firm understanding of the benefits and risks of most birthing scenarios.

Fees and Services

I provide two doula packages, as well as a list of add-ons for you to customize your own services.

Supreme Package is $800 and includes:

  • Two prenatal appointments OR one prenatal appointment and attendance in a Music Birth Class
  • One copy of my book The Sacred Gift of Childbirth
  • Unlimited phone/email/text support throughout late pregnancy and early postpartum
  • Access to my lending library which includes books, affirmation cards, TENS Unit
  • Continuous labor and delivery support
  • Immediate breastfeeding support
  • Birth story and birth photography
  • Blog entry, when wanted
  • Postpartum appointment 
  • Belly Binding
  • I require a $400 deposit at your prenatal appointment.  Full payment is expected by postpartum appointment.

Basic Package is $700 and includes:

  • One Prenatal appointment to discuss your birth plan and answer questions
  • One copy of my book The Sacred Gift of Childbirth
  • Unlimited phone/email/text support throughout late pregnancy and early postpartum
  • Access to my lending library which includes books, affirmation cards, TENS Unit
  • Continuous labor and delivery support
  • Immediate breastfeeding support
  • Birth story and birth photography
  • Blog entry, when wanted
  • I require a $350 deposit at your prenatal appointment.  Full payment is expected by 37 weeks.

Add-ons

  • Extra prenatal appointment(s), $50 each
  • Additional belly binding appointments, $35 each
  • Placenta encapsulation, $200.  With tincture, $250 (Placenta services provided by Idaho Birth Services.  I will deliver your placenta to their location, and bring your pills to you during our postpartum visit.)
  • Original lullaby composition, $75.
  • Original lullaby composition with professional recording, $150

Studies show that doula support provides a:

  • 31% decrease in the use of Pitocin
  • 28% decrease in the risk of C-section
  • 34% decrease in the risk of being dissatisfied with the birth experience
  • 14% decrease in the risk of newborn being admitted to the NICU
  • 12% increase in the likelihood of a spontaneous, vaginal birth
  • 9% decrease in the use of pain medications

Marie Bigelow - founding doula

Looking for a Christian doula in your area?  Check out my Sacred Gifts Doulas from all over the country.

These women are all in good standing with their doula organizations (meaning they take their profession seriously and are great at what they do!), and they are also equipped and eager to help you understand the spiritual aspect of giving birth.