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Experienced, compassionate, and thoughtful support during pregnancy, labor, and beyond.

Every family deserves open-minded support on the life-changing journey of welcoming a new baby. As doulas, we will help to nurture and strengthen your family as you transition into life with your new little one. 

Whether you're searching for labor support, wishing there was someone you could turn to with questions about your baby in those early weeks, or looking for a birthing class that goes beyond the technical side of things, we're here to help!


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What our clients say


Newport Beach birth doula Megan and Marlee Malone-Franklin

Are you...

  • in search of an understanding and knowledgeable companion to accompany you through the journey of labor and birth?

  • looking for practical and emotional support as you settle into new rhythms with your baby?

  • trying to find a meaningful child birth preparation class?

  • in need of assistance with feeding your little one?

  • recovering from a difficult or traumatic birth experience?


We're here for you.

We have been providing prenatal childbirth education, labor support, and help for families of diverse backgrounds and needs since 2014. We love love LOVE working with parents in Orange County and Long Beach! We are Advanced Birthing From Within Mentors and have training through Childbirth International and Stillbirthday besides, so you'll find we may approach the experiences of welcoming a baby a bit differently than other birth professionals in our community.

We strive to offer nonjudgmental support to everyone we work with, offering a safe space to experience the range of emotions and transitions this time of life can bring.

We honor your journey into parenthood as a rite of passage, not just a series of medical events. If you're looking for experienced, compassionate, thoughtful support along the way, we'd love to talk with you.

We offer a free consultation so we can get to know each other and learn how we can best support you as your family grows.


Check out the latest on our blog: 


Now offering car seat help for Orange County and Long Beach families!

If you have any questions or concerns whatsoever about how to properly use and install your car seat(s), a car seat session is a great idea! We come to you, help you understand how your seat works, and give you hands-on practice.

Our goal is for you to be 100% comfortable installing, removing, and securing your child in the seat every time!

 
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Benefits of working with us

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  • You'll feel more surrounded with support for your family before, during, and after birth

  • You'll have a touchstone for all things birth. You can reach out to us and get compassionate, nonjudgmental help finding the resources you need

  • We'll help you prepare in advance for your birth and postpartum experience, as well as for life with a newborn

  • In birth, we can provide comfort measures, offer coping techniques, encourage you, and guide you.

  • You'll have more peace of mind knowing there are people on your team who have walked this road many times before and know the lay of the land.

  • We'll help to promote rest, recovery, and bonding with your baby in the weeks after birth

  • We can help you understand what is normal and identify possible areas of concern in pregnancy, labor, postpartum healing, and also for your baby.

  • We love to brainstorm with you to help come up with creative solutions to challenges you may face

  • You can call on us for support after birth as you navigate all the decisions and transitions that can come up when welcoming a new baby into your life.

  • ... and many more benefits!


Want to learn more about the way we work? Check out our blog post on the 3 most important aspects of our approach to doula work.

 
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Our Services at a Glance

Birth Doula

Attendance of your birth by a caring doula

 

Basic Birth Package: $1200
Labor support plus:

  • 1 prenatal visit with Megan & Marlee

  • 1 optional postpartum check-in visit with Megan & Marlee

  • 1 optional lactation support visit with Marlee


Preparation Package: $1300+
Basic Birth Package plus:

  • Your choice of 2 or more private birth & parenting classes with Megan & Marlee - childbirth classes and birth doula support all wrapped up in one!


Care Package: $1800
Basic Birth Package plus:

  • 5 postpartum doula visits with Marlee (including breastfeeding support)

  • Car seat installation and education visit

  • 1 follow-up visit with Marlee in baby’s first year


Wraparound Package: $2150
Basic Birth Package plus:

  • 3 birth & parenting classes of your choice with Megan & Marlee

  • 5 postpartum doula visits with Marlee (including breastfeeding support)

  • 1 hour-long in-home postpartum massage

  • Car seat installation and education visit

  • 1 supported care visit with your pediatrician, OBGYN, pelvic floor physical therapist, etc.

  • 1 follow-up visit with Marlee in baby’s first year for help with preparing to return to work, introducing solids, addressing sleep regressions, developmentally appropriate activities, etc.


Postpartum Doula

In-home practical and emotional support after birth

 

5 Visit Package: $650
8 Visit Package: $975
12 Visit Package: $1600

All packages include a car seat safety check

Single Visit: $150


Birth & Parenting Classes

Meaningful, compassionate classes for your transition into parenthood

Classes are 2-3 hours each and are held in clients' homes

 

1 class: $150
2 classes: $285
3 classes: $400
4 classes: $500

Build your own class series by choosing from the following topics:

  • Birth Basics

  • Comfort Measures & Labor Positions

  • Decision-Making Skills for Labor & Beyond

  • Bringing Baby Home: Breastfeeding, Sleep, Postpartum Healing, and More

  • Preparing for Cesarean Birth


Lactation Counseling

In-home practical and emotional support for feeding your baby

 
  • Lactation/Infant Feeding support (1-2 hour session): $75

  • 3 Lactation/Infant Feeding support visits for $200 ($25 discount)


Sleep Consulting

In-home guidance for improving infant and toddler sleep

 
  • Sleep support (1-2 hour session): $75

  • 3 Sleep support visits for $200 ($25 discount)


Car Seat Education & Installation

Become 100% comfortable using your car seats

 

1 car seat and 1 vehicle: $40

*Each additional car seat or vehicle during the same session is $10


Birth Story Medicine®

A sensitive guided process for parents and birth professionals in need of healing from birth

 

60-90 minute session: $75


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After the experience I had with Marlee and Megan, I cannot even begin to list all of the invaluable things that they do as postpartum doulas. It takes a truly caring individual to come into your home (or hospital or both!) and step in to help. Someone who does anything and everything to help out (including things you may not even think of). Someone who is proactive, but listens well and moves forward with the wishes of the family. Someone who is organized, but flexible enough to go with the flow when things change last minute. Someone who truly cares about people and is open to sharing their heart with the families they work with. These ladies truly care.
— Bree, Laguna Niguel

Frequently Asked Questions

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How can a doula help me have an easier birth?

During labor, our role is to be present with you, walking your journey of birth alongside you. We can also assist with non-clinical tips and tricks to aid labor progress. These include comfort measures, ways to maintain a coping mindset, physical and emotional support for labor, emotional and informational preparation for cesarean births, and everything in between. 

Our goal is to support you in your choices for birth. During our preparation, we can point you toward evidence-based resources and research to aid you in making informed decisions, and we also recognize that every family needs to make the decisions that are right for them. 


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Megan and Marlee’s birth services were absolutely invaluable. Before the birth I often wondered if doulas were even necessary - what if I ended up having a cesarean? Well, I did end up with a c-section, and I still wouldn’t have had it any other way! They made me feel stronger and happier while giving birth, and I felt like a tough woman that could accomplish this wonderful but trying task!
— Vanessa, Orange

I'm looking for a child birth class in Orange County.

You're in good company! Feeling overwhelmed by all the information (and conflicting advice) about birth out there? Curious about the non-medical aspects of birth that don't seem to be discussed? Interested ways to bring your self into this process that sometimes feels far-removed from your own life? 

We're here to help!

We offer a different approach to childbirth education through Birthing From Within, focusing on birth as a rite of passage rather than a medical event. Our classes involve not only information about labor, birth, and preparing for the postpartum period, but most importantly practical tools for coping with pain, intensity, and the unexpected aspects of birth that often surprise us.

Our goal is to prepare you to meet the challenges that birth and parenthood bring with an inner confidence in yourself and your instincts. 


What's the difference between a doula and a midwife?

A midwife is a medical professional with years of training who ensures the safety of mothers and babies. They take care of pregnant parents, attend births, and continue care after the baby has been born. They can also provide routine reproductive healthcare. Their role is similar to that of an obstetrician. The main difference is that midwives specialize in low-risk births (they do not perform cesarean surgeries). They also follow the midwifery model of care which places the pregnant person at the center.

Doulas are not medical professionals. A birth doula provides emotional, physical, and informational support to expecting parents. Doulas focus on the physical comfort and emotional security of the birthing person and their partner.

A postpartum doula helps families after their baby is born, generally from birth through 12 weeks of the baby's life. Sometimes this period is called the "fourth trimester" because parents really require the same level of support given during the three trimesters of pregnancy. Postpartum doulas are familiar with the normal physiology of postpartum parents and newborns, and often teach parents baby care techniques. They can also help parents get some sleep, stay hydrated and well-nourished, and usually answer lots and lots of questions.

Both birth and postpartum doulas act as a comforting, encouraging, and knowledgeable presence to help new parents during this sensitive time. Doulas can provide information and will support your right to informed decision-making, respecting and supporting you in whatever choices you make regarding your birth and the care of your baby.

For more information, check out our blog post on this topic!