Family First Birth Services - Planning for childbirth

102 North Cross Street #2
Wheaton, Illinois 60187
Services in a nutshell

Get personalized guidance and support during your pregnancy, birth, and early days of parenting. Our team at Family First Birth Services is passionate about making birth and parenting a positive, transformational life experience. We offer birth doula services, birth coaching, childbirth classes for our doula clients, and VBAC support and preparation. We work for safe and respectful birth options for you, for our community, and for families around the globe.

More about us

We are a team of experienced birth professionals working in the Chicago area to provide customized care for expecting families. We offer birth doula services & coaching sessions to support and guide you through the important early days of growing your family. Our goal is to see your family thriving from the very beginning.

Birth Doula Service

Our signature service includes all of the following:

  • Free initial interview
  • Unlimited text/phone/email for questions
  • Birth preferences consult
  • Optional group birth prep mini-class
  • Access to our top recommendations & resource list
  • 24-hour on-call service
  • Labor support (no time limits)
  • Photos of baby’s arrival
  • Backup doula service if necessary
  • Postpartum follow-up
Birth Coach

Are you overwhelmed with all the info out there? Trying to prepare, but don’t know where to start?

A personalized guide helps you sort through what’s most important, and as a result, reduces anxiety and creates confidence.

Our 90-min coaching sessions are focused on you. Some of our most requested topics include:

  • Choosing the right provider
  • Knowing your options
  • Birth partner tips & tricks
  • Coping & comfort measures
  • Planning for a positive hospital birth
  • Making informed decisions
VBAC Support

Planning for a vaginal birth after cesarean?

We’ve got your back! We know the challenges in the VBAC journey, and the joy in a positive & healing birth experience.

Our signature birth doula service is a great choice for VBAC preparation. We’ll be there for you every step of the way, with a special focus on these key areas:

  • Learning the facts & stats about VBAC
  • Knowing the right questions to ask
  • Finding a truly supportive provider
  • Developing a strong & specific birth plan
  • Maintaining a positive mind-set

Need a little more? We’ve got you covered.

Check in with us about the extra services we can provide, including Nicki’s relaxing prenatal massage or Tara’s birth guidebook.

Our team

Nicki Worden

Training & Experience:

  • Certified Birth Doula (CAPPA)
  • Licensed Massage Therapist
  • Doula Training (DONA, 2012)
  • 400+ births attended
  • Extra trainings in positioning techniques & comfort measures

My Story:

Becoming a mother changed my life in ways I never imagined and my passion for being a doula was literally “born” from my own experiences of childbirth.

From C-section to medicated VBAC (Vaginal Birth after Caesarean) to un-medicated VBAC to homebirth VBAC, each my own unique birth experience taught me so much about myself, about what women are capable of, and how critically important education and support are to a positive and rewarding birth experience.

My own very different birthing experiences and the many births I have attended since becoming a doula in 2012, have led to where I am today – I am passionate and driven to help women and their families have their own incredible, amazing birth experience.

My goal is very simple: To educate. To empower. To be helpful. With kindness and care. And without judgment. My goal is to support your birth – your way.

Tara Van Dyke

Training & Experience:

  • Certified Birth Doula (ICEA, 2008)
  • Childbirth Educator Training (ICEA, 2002)
  • 300+ births attended
  • VBAC certified (TVL)
  • Gottman Bringing Baby Home Educator
  • Extra trainings in trauma, bereavement, positioning techniques, & comfort

My Story:

I am a mom to 4 kids who are all grown up now. Raising them has been the most fulfilling role in my lifetime, but the transition to motherhood definitely rocked my world.

My husband and I had difficulty finding support and reliable information when we became parents for the first time. We experienced miscarriage, complications, and interventions, and often felt lost as we tried to figure it all out on our own.

I became trained as a childbirth educator because I wanted to share everything I had learned with new parents and help them feel encouraged, strong, and informed. On this path, I found out what a doula was, and that changed everything for me.

Now as a doula, I get to guide new parents and be with them throughout their experience. I love helping people to engage their mind, body, and spirit in their birth experience and to discover their own strength along the way.


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