Anna Westley

Contact Info

Dip CBEd (CBI), CD/PCD(DONA), HCHD, lactation counselor in training
Currently offering prenatal, postpartum & lactation support
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Massachusetts
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413-325-6056
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Virtual support for all of Western Mass & in-person support for within half an hour of Ashfield
Anna Westley

Professional Qualifications

Birth Doula Care $800-1400 Postpartum Doula Care $25-40/hour Private Childbirth Education rates vary Sliding fee scale, payment plans & barter available
2005
Baystate Franklin Medical Center, Baystate Medical Center, Berkshire Medical Center, Cooley Dickinson Hospital, Holyoke Medical Center, Home Birth, Other Hospital
Adoption, Anxiety and Phobias, Babywearing Support, Birth After Loss, Breastfeeding Support, Children with Special Needs, Elective Cesarean, Fertility Support, Homebirth, LGBTQ+ Families, Meal Preparation, Nutrition, Optimal Fetal Positioning, Parents with Disabilities, Photography, Single Parents, Sleep, Special Spiritual/Religious Needs, Surrogacy, Teen Parents, Twins/Multiples, Unmedicated Birth, Vaginal Birth After Cesarean, Waterbirth

2022

I am available for childbirth education, prenatal planning/preparation sessions, postpartum care & lactation support. I am not currently offering birth doula care.

Join me online for Childbirth Education Classes at The Birthplace at Franklin Medical Center. Classes cover birth basics, labor support, tools for labor pain & progress, postpartum recovery, newborn care and breast/chest feeding. Or schedule a customized, private class online or in person.

As a lactation counselor in training, I am now offering FREE virtual & in person lactation support. Early and frequent support as you learn to breast/chest feed can make a big difference and bring ease and comfort during a time of profound adjustment. Support can be offered via email, text, phone or in person.

BIRTH DOULA CARE includes:

  • Two prenatal visits at your home to get to know each other and learn about what is important to you about your birth experience. I invite you to share with me your hopes and concerns about giving birth, your preferences about your care and your baby's care during pregnancy, labor, delivery and the immediate postpartum period and to ask any questions you have about anything at all!
  • On call 24 hours a day starting at week 37 of your pregnancy
  • CONTINUOUS LABOR SUPPORT = Emotional, physical and informational support at home or the hospital until your baby is born and you and your new family are resting comfortably (typically two to four hours after delivery).
  • One postpartum visit to your home in the first weeks of your baby's life to talk about the birth and admire your baby.

POSTPARTUM DOULA CARE includes:

  • Support visits tailored to your needs:
    • Willing, efficient, practical household helpwith cooking, dishes, errands, laundry, taking out trash, vacuuming, organizing and more
    • Respectful, open minded answers to questions you may have about caring for your new baby including approaches to feeding and sleep

    • Skilled, experienced childcare for your new baby and older children so you can sleep, eat, bathe, get things done and have some time to yourself

    • Compassionate, non-judgmental companionship and emotional support

  • A schedule of support that meets your needs: Visits can be daily, weekly, a few times a week or on a week to week basis. I provide as few as one visit and as many as daily visits for several months. Some families contact me prenatally, many reach out after their baby or babies are born. Some families schedule months in advance and some contact me on a week to week, as needed basis. Most visits are three hours or more. Every situation is different, as every family is different.

ALL CLIENTS recieve:

  • Extensive referrals to local resources
  • Punctual, professional delivery of services
  • Daytime phone, text and email support throughout the childbearing year

I have been a birthworker since 2005 and have supported over 150 families as a doula and childbirth educator. I have seen again and again that thriving families have abundant support. It is an honor to provide that support during pregnancy, birth and the early days with your new baby.

My intention is to cultivate physical and emotional wellbeing for families during times of transition. I serve my clients with respect, compassion and non-judgment. I trust that you have the wisdom to navigate this time in your life in your own way. I follow your lead in all things and provide information and support along the way.

I have birth doula experience with hospital and home births, inductions, waterbirths, surrogacy, high risk pregnancies, birthing after loss, surgical births and VBAC. I am at ease with all kinds of pain management strategies: unmedicated, hypnosis, epidurals, nitrous oxide - whatever works for you. 

I have postpartum doula experience with twins, overnights, loss, emotional complications, feeding challenges, in-hospital support, the NICU and more. 

I enjoy working with all kinds of families and parenting styles. In particular, I aim to provide safe and affirming care to LGBTQ+ and polyamorous families. 

As a certified doula I consistently pursue continuing education that enriches and deepens the care I offer families.

I look forward to talking with you about your family and learning how I can be of service to you. If you have any questions, please be in touch!

If you'd like to learn more, visit my website (www.opensourcebirth.com) or my Facebook page (Anna Westley / Open Source Birth).

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Childbirth Education, Lactation Support
Anna Westley