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Odessa Bates and her son

Odessa Bates and her son

As a certified birth doula, certified postpartum doula, 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. I also have an established professional birth community and contacts in the medical field to enrich the knowledge I already have.

I am also knowledgeable about how different personal backgrounds and situations can affect those experiences. My goal as your doula is to support you to have an experience in this magical year that is uplifting, empowering, and joyful.

Below is a list of many topics I have experience with that may be of concern to you. For more information about my education and training, see the About page.

Doula Odessa Bates - LGBTQQIAAP ally

Prenatal Support

Before getting pregnant

Addiction Education and Recovery Support
Adoption and Intended Parenting
Birth Trauma Survivor
Culturally Sensitive and Informed, including Immigration
Domestic Violence (DV)
Diabetes Type I & II
Infertility and Fertility Treatment
Invisible Illnesses
Low Income
Maternity/Paternity Leave (FMLA)
Mental Health Disorders (MH)
Methadone Maintenance Programs (MMP)
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Seeking Safety Trained
Reproductive Health and Reproductive Rights
Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STIs)
Single Parenting
Subutex/Suboxone Maintenance Program

During pregnancy

Appointment Support and Attendance
Bed Rest
Dr. Sears Plan
“Geriatric Pregnancy”
Gestational Diabetes
High Blood Pressure
High Risk Pregnancy
Medical Marijuana (MMJ)
Miscarriage and Infant Loss
Paleo Lifestyle
Partner Support
Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders (PMADs)
Pregnancy Over 35
Substance Abuse Clinician
Teen Pregnancy
Trauma Survivors and Life Trauma Survivors

Preparing for birth

Baby Registry Assistance
Birth Class Support
Birth Plan Assistance
Nursery Room Assistance
Special Spiritual/Religious Needs

Childbirth Support

Birthing Away From Home
Birthing From Within (Pam England)
Doula Backup
Ina May Gaskin, CMP
Natural Birth
Preterm Labor
Spinning Babies® Aware Practitioner
Vaginal Birth After Cesarean (VBAC)
Water Birth

Postpartum Support and Education

For the parent and baby

Allergies (Food & Environmental)
Birth trauma
Breastfeeding, Bottle Feeding, Chestfeeding, and Co-Breastfeeding
Developmental Delays
Donor Breast Milk, Human Milk Bank, and Milk Bank
Down Syndrome
Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS)
Happiest Baby On The Block-Harvey Karp, M.D.
Home Care
Infant Massage
Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS)
Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)
Neonatal Withdrawal
Postpartum Mood Disorders (PPMD)
Special Needs Baby
Teething/Oral Health Care
Vaccination Freedom and Education
Women, Infants, and Children (WIC)

For the family

Food Bank
Foster Care and Foster Homes
Meal Preparation
Parenting Education and Consulting
Pet Care
Rainbow and Angel Babies
Sibling Care
Spectrum Disorders
Star, Indigo, Crystal, Sunshine, and Rainbow Children
Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS)
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)