Compassionate expertise before, during, and after your baby’s birth



Odessa Bates

Hello! My name is Odessa Bates, owner of Doula Odessa & Birth Services. I’m based in western Massachusetts and have been in the health and wellness field for over 18 years. As a certified birth doula, certified postpartum doula, certified placenta encapsulation specialist, and former counselor with a Master’s Degree in Women’s Studies, I am trained and educated in a wide range of topics surrounding prenatal, birth, and postpartum experiences. My goal as your doula in this magical time is to support you and your family to have an experience that is uplifting, empowering, and joyful.

A doula is a professional trained in childbirth who provides emotional, physical, and educational support to a mother who is expecting, is experiencing labor, or has recently given birth. The doula’s purpose is to help women have a safe, memorable, and empowering birthing experience.
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I believe everyone should have a supportive, unbiased, and educated doula. I hope you believe in that too as I am now a part of the doula birth community to ensure that every person I assist has a chance to experience a memorable birth! I encourage you to take the time to look at the services I provide, along with my clients' recommendations, and contact me to see if we would make a positive birth team as you will remember your child's birth for the rest of your life.

As a gift for a loved one in your life anticipating the birth of a child, I also offer gift certificates. Please contact me to purchase a gift certificate of any denomination.

How Can I Help?

My Birth Doula comprehensive packages give you prenatal, birth, and postpartum support. Gold packages give you my commitment to support you during childbirth and include five home visits during extended hours and on weekends. Silver packages give you my commitment to support you during childbirth and include four home visits during the week.

I also offer Belly Cast sessions to create a memorable prenatal memento and Belly Binding sessions to help with postnatal healing.

With my extensive training, experience, and extended professional networking community, I can tailor my support to your specific circumstances. You can learn more about the types of support I can offer on the Services page.


“Odessa is extremely warm, intuitive, and dedicated.”


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