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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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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 with a new baby since 2014, and we love love LOVE working with parents in Orange County and Long Beach! We are 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 this time of life can bring. We honor your journey into parenthood as a rite of passage, not just a series of medical events.

We offer a free consultation so we can get to know each other and learn how we can best serve you on your journey into parenthood.

  • Having a baby has been the most earth-shattering, humbling, and overwhelming experience in our lives. Megan and Marlee’s presence throughout was always comforting, calming, and reassuring. To us, they were invaluable.
    — Sarah
  • 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. These ladies truly care about people and are open to sharing their heart with the families they work with.
    — Bree
  • One of the most remarkable characteristics that Megan and Marlee share is the ability to be calm under pressure. They impart a sense of confidence in those around them because of their demeanor. Even in very stressful circumstances, the kind and patient way they both interact with others is remarkable.
    — Katie
  • During labor, Marlee and Megan attended to my every need and acted as constant advocates for my husband, for me, and for our baby. They tirelessly supported us all day and through the night. When our daughter finally came into the world, we felt as though our joy and triumph was theirs as well.
    — Sarah

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Benefits of working with us

  • You'll feel more surrounded with support for your family before, during, and after birth
  • You'll have a "home base" where you can ask questions and get 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.


Our Services at a Glance

Birth Doula

Attendance of your birth by a caring doula

 

Basic Birth Package: $1100
Labor support plus:

  • 1 prenatal visit with Megan & Marlee
  • 1 postpartum well visit with Megan & Marlee
  • 10% discount on additional services and classes


Preparation Package: $1450
Basic Birth Package plus:

  • Your own private birth class with Megan & Marlee (3 sessions of 2-3 hours each)


Care Package: $1600
Basic Birth Package plus:

  • 20 hours of postpartum doula support to help you adjust to life with your new little one

Postpartum Doula

In-home practical and emotional support after birth

 

20-hour Package: $575
40-hour Package: $1125
60-hour Package: $1675


$30/hour shifts available à la carte (4-hour minimum shifts)


Lactation Counseling

In-home practical and emotional support for feeding your baby

 

Lactation/Infant Feeding Support Bundle: $155

Includes an initial visit (up to 2 hours) plus 2 follow-up visits (up to 1 hour each)


Preparing for Birth (Private Classes)

Meaningful, compassionate classes for your transition into parenthood with two Birthing From Within Mentors

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

 

Single class: $150
2 classes: $285
3 classes: $400 (our full series, including postpartum and breastfeeding topics) 


Birth Story Medicine®

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

 

60-90 minute session: $75


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
Newport postpartum doula Marlee and baby Billye

Frequently Asked Questions

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. 


Irvine postpartum doula baby hand in parent hand
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 throughout a woman's life. 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!