Birth doula services

Seattle birth doula based out of Redmond, WA

“How will she remember this?”

– Penny Simkin

Delivering a baby is an empowering and life changing experience that you will remember forever. It is also an incredibly vulnerable one.

Having a doula by your side can bolster your confidence, increase your chances of following your birth plan and improve your level of satisfaction with your birth experience.

Additional benefits of trained labor support may include shorter labor, reduced use of pain medication, increased likelihood of vaginal birth and improved Apgar scores for baby. 

Are you looking for a birth doula in Seattle or it’s suburbs? I would love to chat with you and see if we’re a good match!

Multiethnic couple with hands held over pregnant belly

What is a Doula?

Doulas are trained labor companions that provide continuous, non-medical, physical and emotional support and encouragment during labor and delivery. While a doula can’t speak for you, a doula can help you advocate for yourself and your desired birth plan. Unlike your partner, your medical provider, or the labor and delivery nurse, a doula is a unique complement to your birth team because she is the only person who can be focused solely on you and your needs and whose role is explicitly to help protect your memory of your child’s birth.

Laura Jawad Seattle Birth Doula

About me

I’m a certified birth doula and certified pre- and postnatal personal trainer with a special interest in core and pelvic health. I am here to help you advocate for your ideal birth, support you with physical comfort measures and emotional support during labor, advise your partner on best ways to support you and provide guidance during your early postpartum experience. I am invested in YOUR birth and early postpartum experience.

I have no agenda. I will support births at a hospital, home or birth center, with an epidural or none. It’s your birth, your choice.

A few fun facts about me? I have given birth to two babies and I have three children (I am also a stepmom!). Until I gave birth to my first child a few years ago, I was a research scientist. The experience of being pregnant, delivering my daughter, and navigating my postpartum recovery inspired new passions in childbirth support and education, pelvic health and pre/postnatal fitness. When I am not nerding out about childbirth and pelvic health, I love to spend time with my family, run and swing kettlebells, explore local coffee shops and read.

“Although the popularly desired outcome is ‘healthy mother, healthy baby,’ I think there is room in that equation for ‘happy, non-traumatized, empowered and elated mother and baby.”

– Ashley Booth Young

Think I might be your doula??

Let’s find out! Please use my contact form to request a free, virtual Meet and Greet. I can’t wait to meet you!

Support Packages

Birth Support Package – $1250

  • 1-2 prenatal visits to get to know one another and discuss birth preferences, pain coping strategies, comfort measures, physical birth preparation and discuss any questions or fears you might have. Visits will be held virtually via Zoom during the current coronavirus outbreak.

  • Email, text and phone support from time of hire

  • On call 37-42 weeks (but, if you deliver early, I’ll still do my absolute best to be there or make sure you have a trusted back-up doula)

  • Continuous support during labor and delivery. Virtual birth support can be provided if you are either limited in the number of individuals that can accompany you to your birthing location or if you live outside of my in-person service area.

  • Optional use of TENS unit for pain management during labor

  • Photos during labor (optional, on your camera or mine), as long as it doesn’t interfere with labor support 

  • 1-2 postpartum visits. Visits will be held virtually via Zoom during the current coronavirus outbreak.

I serve the greater Seattle area (including, but not limited to, Capitol Hill, Greenwood, Greenlake, Queen Anne, Ravenna, Shoreline, Bothell, Kenmore, Lynnwood, Everett, Edmonds, Mountlake Terrace) and Eastside communities (Bellevue, Redmond, Sammamish, Issaquah, Kirkland, Woodinville, Duvall). Please inquire if I haven’t listed your city but you think we’d be a great fit.

Visit me on doulamatch.net to view my updated availability: Click here

Natural Childbirth Seattle Doula

Additional Services

  • Cloth diapering education and assistance​

  • Prenatal exercise consultation or birth preparation exercise session

  • Early postnatal pelvic floor & core recovery or exercise consultation

  • Postpartum recovery coaching or fitness training 

If you are interested in additional services, please email for details!

Laura was an amazing addition to our birth team! We’re so glad we hired her as our birth doula! Laura brought a sense of calm confidence that remained consistent for the 17 hours I was in labor. She gently checked in with both me and my partner to match our energy and specific needs without ever being pushy or overbearing. After delivery, my partner told me how much calmer he was able to be knowing he and Laura were working together and helping each other out to support me throughout the process. In addition to her physical presence at the birth, Laura offered a wealth of support and knowledge leading up to and following the birth. I wouldn’t hesitate for a second to work with her again!
Emily C., Redmond, WA

Please send me an email by clicking here if you would like to set up a time to meet. 

Pregnancy and Childbirth Resources

Pregnancy and Childbirth​

Postpartum and Parenting

COVID-19 and Pregnancy

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Doula Training and Continuing Education

I am privileged to be a part of the Seattle doula community. My adopted hometown is a hotspot for the best in birth support and childbirth education. My doula training has been supported by education from some of the most talented birth professionals and educators in the field: 

  • Certified Birth Doula, PALS Doulas (2020)

  • TENS in the Toolbox (with Sharon Muza; 2020)

  • Continuing Education: Protect the Perineum (with Chantal Traub; 2020)

  • Advanced birth doula training: Doulas at a Distance (with Penny Simkin and Katie Rohs; 2020) 

  • Body Ready Method Certified Provider (One Strong Mama Prenatal, 2020)

  • Northwest Doula Conference (2019)

  • Advanced birth doula training: Rebozo Techniques (with Sharon Muza; 2019)

  • Passion for Birth Childbirth Educator Training (Lamaze Approved, taught by Sharon Muza; 2019)

  • Hypnobirthing, Mongan Method (Parent Class, 2019)

  • Spinning Babies workshop (with Gail Tully; 2018)

  • Bastyr University Simkin Center Birth Doula Skills Workshop (with Sharon Muza and Teri Shilling; 2017)

  • Pre/postnatal fitness  and pelvic health education: click here