Cloud Nine Birth Services - Planning for childbirth

Services in a nutshell

Premier Prenatal, Birth & Postpartum Support, Tailored to You.
As Childbirth Educators, Birth & Postpartum Doulas, and Placenta Encapsulation Specialists, we strive to be your most trusted resource and support system regarding all things pregnancy, birth, postpartum and beyond. It is our goal to provide you with unbiased information and personalized nurturing support in preparation for your birth and new arrival. As professionals in the birth and baby community, we also aim to connect you with our network of highly qualified specialists when need be. From custom prenatal preparation guidance to dedicated birth support, comprehensive postpartum care to maternity & baby wellness services and beyond, we’ll take care of you.

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Birth Doula Services

Complementary Initial Consultation: First and foremost, we will provide you with a complementary consultation. During our initial conversation we go over all of your questions and the services we provide in detail. There is no obligation or pressure to commit.

Prenatal Visits: Our relationship with you begins a few months before baby is due. During this period we schedule a home visit to go over questions, address any concerns you may have, and discuss your birth wishes and visions. We can also help you create a birth plan if you so choose. We want to assure that you feel educated, informed and supported throughout your entire prenatal experience.

24/7 On-Call Availability: Throughout your pregnancy and due date range, generally 2 weeks prior and 2 weeks post your estimated due date, we make ourselves available to you by phone or email 24/7. We are always there to answer any questions that might arise during the course of your pregnancy and/or the beginning stages of labor. Though we do not provide any type of clinical care, we are knowledgeable in many medical aspects of labor and delivery. As such, we can help you gain a better understanding of the procedures and processes in late pregnancy or birth.

Dedicated Labor Support: Our unbiased and wholly dedicated labor support is tailored specifically to you and your birth wishes. As you labor, we take on a supportive, informative and encouraging role to help you fulfill your specific birth desires. It is our goal that you experience a positive and healthy birth, whether at home or in hospital, unmedicated, with epidural, VBAC or cesarean.

Hospital-Based Postpartum Support: For up to 2 hours after birth, we will spend some time helping you begin the breastfeeding process and encouraging bonding between you and your new baby. We are happy to help you and baby get to know each other, as well provide any other support that may be needed.

On-Call Postpartum Care: Directly after birth and once you arrive home, we check in on you and your baby’s well-being and ask that you reach out with any questions or concerns. As trained and experienced Postpartum Doulas, we are versed in postpartum health as well as newborn care and are happy to help in any way we can. We can also provide you with several resources and are happy to connect you with professionals such as pediatricians, lactation consultants, chiropractors, etc. or provide you with fully comprehensive Postpartum Doula Services.

Placenta Encapsulation

Cloud Nine offers both the Raw Method and Traditional Chinese Method as well as an add-on Tincture.

Placenta Encapsulation can be a stand-alone service or can be added on to other services we offer such as a doula package or childbirth education.

After signing a contract, you will receive a kit in the mail including a cooler, ziplock bags and detailed instruction which you will bring to the birth place. You (or your Cloud Nine doula) can provide a heads up to the placenta encapsulation specialist when you are in active labor. Following the instructions properly, at the time of birth you will store the placenta on ice or in a refrigerator and contact the specialist for pick-up. Your placenta will be processed and returned back to your birth place or home within 48-72 hours.

Birth Your Way Childbirth Education

This comprehensive childbirth education lesson was created with the modern birthing woman in mind and brought directly into the comfort of your own home. Our goals are to educate and equip you with all the tools to make informed and confident decisions regarding your maternity care and birth experience. Taught by doulas with years of experience and various childbirth education certification backgrounds, our exclusive lesson is tailored to accommodate expecting families with birth preferences of all kinds.

The following topics will be covered in depth, tailoring our focus on the ones that are most important for each unique family:

  • Exercise
  • Relaxation
  • Nutrition
  • Your Birth Team
  • Anatomy of Pregnancy
  • Stages of Labor
  • Comfort Measures
  • Birth Planning
  • Variations & Complications
  • Interventions
  • Cesarean Sections
  • Postpartum Care
  • Newborn Care
  • Breastfeeding

You can register here.

Our team

Kelsey Haliti, CPD, HCHD; Birth & Postpartum Doula, Birth Your Way Childbirth Educator

Kelsey has always had a passion for supporting others. After graduating with her Bachelors in Psychology from North Central College, she and her husband found out they were expecting their first baby. It was through her personal experience of pregnancy, birth and postpartum that she found her calling in birth work. The validation that proper education and reliable support are crucial during one of the most important events in the lives of new families has been her driving force. She trained and certified with The Bradley Method® to become a childbirth educator and birth doula, and has since also trained and certified with ProDoula® and Hypnobabies®. In addition to having top quality training experience in the birth industry, Kelsey also has personal experiences in multiple birth options and scenarios. Her knowledge of, and passion for, all things pregnancy, birth and postpartum stem from years of professional and personal involvement in the birth work world. Kelsey lives in the southwest suburbs of Chicago with her husband, two children, and German shepherd. Aside from motherhood and all things birth, she enjoys dabbling in photography and leading a holistic lifestyle.

Meg Smith, CD(DONA), CCE, HCHD; Birth & Postpartum Doula, Birth Your Way Childbirth Educator

Meg Smith is a DONA International certified birth doula. She is a ProDoula certified postpartum and infant care doula and a certified childbirth educator through ACBE, a Birth Your Way educator, an HCHD Hypnobabies® hypno doula and a VBAC trained birthworker. It was in supporting her sister in labor and birth that sparked Meg’s passion in this work. She loves helping families turn their dream birth experience into reality and being an important part of their support system in the postpartum period. Meg is a calm and comforting presence in this joyous life transition. Aside from being a certified doula, she has a Bachelor’s degree in social work. Meg lives in Naperville with her supportive husband, Kris. She enjoys peaceful morning walks, hanging out with her grandson, spending time with her son that attends Illinois State and watching her daughter play in her high school basketball games.

Teri Hatfield, CD (DONA); Birth Doula

Teri Hatfield is a birth doula certified with DONA International. Becoming a doula is a second career for her as she also holds a BA in Psychology from Ripon College and an MBA from Olivet Nazarene University. After years in the business world, she found her way into birth work after the birth of her children and helping friends and family through the births of their babies and watching the lack of care provided to them. The decision to become a doula was confirmed after a trip abroad showed the amount of support that can be given to a mother and partner in other parts of the world. She became a doula to be a part of helping mothers and partners to feel supported through their journey into parenthood.

Teri has nurtured all types of families and believes all birthing choices should be respected by those providing care. By giving consistent care to families both before, during, and after birth she hopes that families will find birth a positive experience. She wants the birthing person and her partner to feel heard, supported, and safe. Birth is about new beginnings and the birth of a new family!

In Teri’s free time she enjoys her family, horseback riding, and being outdoors as much as possible.

Valerie Drews, CPD, CYT; Birth Doula, Prenatal Yoga Instructor

Valerie graduated from Central Michigan University in 2005 with a Bachelors in Education. She spent the next nine years teaching middle school while simultaneously pursuing her Master of Arts in Administration from Olivet Nazarene University in 2012.

In 2013 she and her husband, Gabe, welcomed their first son into the world and Valerie began her transition out of the school classroom and into the world of birthing and educating families. Two and a half years later, their second son was born. Her personal birth experiences ignited her desire to support women and their families for the past 6 years. When Valerie became a certified birth doula (ToLabor), in 2016 she knew she was fulfilling a deep calling within her to nurture and empower birthing families throughout their entire pregnancy journey.

Valerie is certified in yoga, vinyasa, with additional training in the prenatal sector. She holds her 200-hour yoga certification from Core Power (2014) and was trained specifically in prenatal yoga in 2015.

Valerie is passionate about helping women as they prepare for motherhood.  She is a wealth of knowledge and a true resource for families in this exciting time of life. She has been told she is both comforting and encouraging. Even in challenging situations, she remains calm and stands strong by your side through your unique birth experience.

Valerie loves to slow down and enjoy life through camping, hiking and spending quality time with her family and friends. You can find Valerie homeschooling her two boys and participating in co-op and community experiences with them.

Valerie believes participating in the pregnancy and birthing process is a privilege and is honored to be a part of your journey.


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