Baltimore doula birth story new parents and their newborn

Listen to Sarah’s birth story, featuring doula Odile Penet

>>Sarah’s birth story on the Birth Hour podcast
Sarah got pregnant very quickly with her daughter Savannah- so quickly it ended up being a shock even though it was planned.

Sarah had an easy pregnancy physically, but experienced significant challenges and upheaval in her life during her pregnancy, and did not generally enjoy being pregnant. Sarah was terrified of giving birth but still planned an intervention free hospital birth with her midwives and doula.


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MY Birth Companion, LLC has been voted Best Doulas in Baltimore 2019. This is the 3rd year in a row that we received this title. Thank you all for supporting our work and business.

We have been supporting families in Baltimore, MD and Maryland, South PA and Washington, D.C. for the past 11 years.

We have more than 20 YEARS OF EXPERIENCE. Above all, we have supported more that 350 births.

We are Certified and trained
DONA International – Spinning Babies -Evidence-Based Birth Academy – The Pelvis and Positions in Childbirth – Rebozo for Doulas – Comforting Touch for Childbirth – Aromatherapy – Mindfulness – Breath-work – Vaginal birth after a cesarean birth (VBAC) – Lactation Support

In additional, we offer Childbirth Preparation and Classes (private, group and online classes). Further, we are certified and trained
Lamaze International –  Mind+Body Birth: Self-hypnosis for childbirth – Sophrology – Preparation for VBAC – Classes for birth partners 

At least, find here our Additional Services: Certified and trained
TENS Unit rental  – Placenta Encapsulation Services – Postpartum Doula 




Physical support: position ideas for comfort and labor progression cross over with hands-on comfort measures like comforting touch, counter pressure, breathing techniques, and other “doula magic” for families. A doula’s skilled hands and positioning tools can often help a malpositioned baby find its way through the pelvis and into the birthing parent’s arms.

Emotional support: doulas help families to feel supported, easing the emotional experience of birth and also helping to create a space where the hormones of labor can work at their best. Whether a birth is completely unmedicated or medically very complex, every family can benefit from nurturing and connection at this tender, incredible time in their lives.

Partner support; whether it’s a romantic partner, a friend or another family member like the baby’s grandma, the birth partner’s experience matters in birth. Our doulas are there to support every birth partner in being as involved as they’d like with the birth. Physical and emotional support make a huge difference for everyone involved.

Evidence-based information and advocacy; at least, DONA international doulas are trained to help families connect with evidence-based resources so they can ask great questions and make informed decisions about their births. Our doulas serve as a bridge of communication between women and their providers, lifting them up to help them find their voices and advocate for the very best care.



Couple during labor with their doula using a TENS Unit

Picture: Pangtography

Expecting parents, as you are getting ready for childbirth, you may have heard about Spinning Babies and the Miles Circuit. Those two programs have the same goal but they have different use during the stages of childbirth: Easier birth. Optimal fetal position. In addition, reduce the chance of cesarean.

If you want to learn more about, ask your doula or your childbirth educator, to teach you the knots and blots and the safety rules.

Spinning Babies
Easier childbirth with fetal optimal positioning. You might improve fetal position (breech, transverse, posterior) and birth. As a result, you could reduce the chance of cesarean births.

We are trained with Spinning Babies and we took their Spinning Babies for birth workers twice. Consequently, we are happy to teach safely teach you those techniques. Ask us about our classes:

The Miles Circuit
This program is designed to possibly turn a malpositioned baby during childbirth if the pregnant person is having back labor. Different positions are used during childbirth to help ensure your baby is in an excellent position. The circuit can be used to promote regular contractions when or if childbirth that has gotten erratic or has slowed down. 


A successful Spinning Babies story

Please read here one of our Spinning Babies stories:
“A few months ago, I was the birth doula for S. She was a 36-year-old low- risk pregnancy primigravida and a routine runner.  S. planned on birthing at the hospital with CNMs.  She had an excellent diet (vegetarian), and she exercised regularly during her pregnancy.   I introduced her to chiropractic care for pregnancy and Spinning Babies.  She practiced the “Three Sisters” with her husband’s support during her pregnancy. 

S. woke up with a slow amniotic fluid leak at 39w+5.  She checked in L&D later that day (GBS+) with no contractions.  She walked for hours, used the birthing ball and rested as needed. Pitocin started at 8 pm with no cervical exam performed.  She looked like he was in active labor around 11 pm. The baby seemed to be on her mother’s left side. S was having strong and regular contractions. She was shaking, working hard, and using her coping techniques beautifully.  It looked very promising! To everyone’s surprise, she was 1cm 80% and -2 station when she asked to be checked at 11 pm. 

Suddenly, I felt like her labor wanted to progress but that “something” was holding her back.  I had in mind that she was a runner and probably had a tight pelvic floor. S. and her husband embraced my suggestions of doing a side-lying release combined with a feet massage (she tolerated only one release on each side, but that was already amazing that she did it!) – Dip the Hip – A couple of deep stretches with the squat bar (flatting and stretching her back). Her labor picked up with a more manageable pattern and her baby dropped to 0 station within 90 mins (She was 6cm). S. safely met her baby at 7:10 am with no other medical interventions. The baby was born with a compound presentation.”

Baltimore, MD, Surrounding Counties, Annapolis, MD, Washington D.C. and York, PA

Doula, placenta encapsulation, childbirth classes

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In an article published by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE in  Science & Sensibility (dated February 15, 2018) combined the latest WHO guidelines for childbirth and newborn care.

Among others:

“- A COMPANION of choice is recommended for all women throughout labour and childbirth.
– For women at low risk, oral fluid and FOOD intake during labour is recommended.
– Relaxation techniques, including progressive muscle relaxation, breathing, music, MINDFULNESS and other techniques, are recommended for healthy pregnant women
– A minimum cervical dilatation rate of 1 cm/hour throughout active first stage is UNREALISTIC fast for some women and is therefore not recommended for identification of normal labour progression. A slower than 1-cm/hour cervical dilatation rate alone should not be a routine indication for obstetric intervention.
– Bathing should be delayed until 24 HOURS after birth. If this is not possible due to cultural reasons, bathing should be delayed for at least six hours. Appropriate clothing of the baby for ambient temperature is recommended. This means one to two layers of clothes more than adults, and use of hats/caps.”

Lamaze International

(Guidelines for childbirth and newborn care)

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Natural pain management: Self-hypnosis for childbirth

This is a very informative podcast about hypnosis and labor pain management.  Learn the facts and myths.
Knowledge is power.  Learn how to let go of fears, anxiety, tensions and release pain.

In addition, studies and researches show that it’s a efficient comfort technique.  As a result, women never loses control when in hypnosis during childbirth.

What is hypnosis and how does it work? Did you know it’s also beneficial for an healthy pregnancy?

Self-hypnosis for pain management, with Julietta Appleton

Most of all, “Mind+Body Birth is a unique, science-based system of birth hypnosis and childbirth education designed to help pregnant women achieve a calm, empowered birth. The perception of birth is reframed using specific, proven techniques which melt away negative thoughts and anxiety. The mind can refocus, and the body can follow its cellular wisdom to give birth.” Julietta Appleton – Check out her website at Click here

This is not a Hypnobirthing class. Our self-hypnosis for childbirth class is based on self-hypnosis and promote confidence.

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TENS is a safe non-drug method of pain control for labor

TENS Unit: Gate Pain Theory – Increase the endorphins level – Women’s satisfaction (sense of control)

The use of TENS unit during labor is highly and commonly used in European countries (mostly in the U.K) as a comfort measure during labor.

Women report that the unit provides focus and distraction and that it’s more effective it they start to use their TENS unit during early labor as it increased the endorphin level in their body.


– TENS is handheld battery-operated device generates the electrical impulses and transmits them via stimulating pads.
– Mild electrical impulses are transmitted through the skin
– Easy to use comfort measure
– Change the conscious message (pain) from the brain and reduces awareness of pain
– “Obstetric-type unit” is different than the unit use by chiropractor and PT
– Very simple to use and it’s specially design for laboring women
– Allow ambulation and movement


– Reduce of labor pain (When used on high frequency, the TENS unit, selectively stimulates certain non-pain-transmitting nerve fibers to send signals to the brain that override other nerve signals carrying pain messages. When used on low frequency, the  unit stimulates the production of endorphins, by activated opioid receptors)
– Increases endorphin level
– Postpone or avoid of request of epidural
– Continued active participation by the woman
– Less medical interventions
– Especially effective for back pain (but not only) and prolonged painful pre labor (prodromal labor)
– No loss of other sensations or contraction pain
– Continued active participation by woman
– Freedom to walk and move
– No decrease of mental function
– Fewer babies in to NICU


– The woman controls the stimulation
– None known side effects
– No reported harm to mother or baby
– Safe to use with external monitor (including wireless) – Can possibly interferes with an IUPC (lack of studies)


– Do not use before full term (38-40 weeks)
– Pacemaker
– Epilepsy or seizures disorder
– Skin rash on your back
– Cannot be used in the water (hydrotherapy)


TENS provides a safe and potentially helpful non-pharmacologic option to relieve labor pain


Contact us today at
Fee: < $70 > general public | Free for doula clients


– Odile Penet is DONA International certified in using the TENS in labor –
– Rental option available –

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My Birth Companion, LLC is in the Top 20 Best Doulas of Baltimore (Birth Doula Services)

Doula, childbirth class, placenta encapsulation services in Baltimore and the surrounding counties.

Reputation – Credibility – Professionalism – Experience – Availability

In the article  Best Doulas of Baltimore posted in June 2017, find the list of the 20 best doulas in Baltimore, MD.

Doulas businesses selected on their reputation, credibility, professionalism, experience and availability.  As a result, My Birth Companion, LLC is proudly listed among this list.

What is a Doula?

A professional who provides continuous physical, emotional and informational support families before, during and just after birth for expecting and new parents. Studies have shown that when doulas attend birth, labors are shorter with fewer complications, babies are healthier and they breastfeed more easily.

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This childbirth class is specially designed for persons supporting women during labor

WHO? – For expectant parents (hospital, home-birth and birth center)

WHAT? – 2 hours include the following:

Presented by Certified Educators
Evidence-based information (videos and hand-outs)
Learn about verbal and physical support
Learn about discussing and creating birth preferences
Working with your chosen healthcare team
Taking care of yourself before, during, and after birth
Doula tricks of the trade
Supporting mom and baby post-partum
Testimonials from real families

WHEN? –Anytime – Easy online access


WHY? – Mothers with a good support team have shorter labors with less discomfort! Get the support you need to support your team as she brings baby into the world.

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Available for any of our childbirth services:
$25 | $50 | $100 | $200 | and more!

How to purchase a gift certificate – childbirth services – for you friends or family members?

Pay online using PayPal

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– Include the name of the recipient
– Include your name and mailing address (gift certificate will be mailed directly to you)

Pay by check

Check payable at My Birth Companion, LLC
– Include the name of the recipient
– Include your name and mailing address (gift certificate will be mailed directly to you)
– Mail your check at My Birth Companion, LLC – 13 Chesham Ct, Cockeysville, MD 21030

If you have any further questions, contact us: | 443.739.0113

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Placenta tablets | Childbirth education classes

White and black picture of a person using a laptop has posted this wonderful video on 7 easy exercises during pregnancy that will help you to achieve an optimal fetal position Watch the video here

As a birth doula and a childbirth educator in Baltimore, MD and Washington DC, I highly recommend exercises during your pregnancy (Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health care)

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