Perinatal Mentor - Mid-Ohio Valley

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Providing families with answers to those crazy pregnancy questions, calm for postpartum freak-outs, guidance for resources for all stages of the childbearing years and in-depth education and support along the way - online everywhere and locally in and around the Mid-Ohio Valley.

Thank you sooooo much for your guidance, patience and love!! You have been a blessing to our family!

- Mrs. V, 6-Week Series & Breastfeeding Support

Welcome to Esali Birth!  I am so happy that you're searching for options to guide you along your perinatal journey.  I offer a variety of mentoring services from pre-conception through postpartum and beyond including Wellness and Herbal counseling.  If you don't see an option listed at the bottom of the page, please don't hesitate to inquire about possibilities - I love thinking outside the box and developing services to meet the needs of each individual situation.  See the above for a basic price and description list, and scroll below for more details.  You can reach me best with inquiries at mdbergum - at- esalibirth - dot - com where I can provide phone contact if needed.

I have been involved in the birth industry since my first birth in 2008 as a Bradley Method student.  Through both empowerment and awareness of so much information I didn't know, I began studying as a childbirth educator with CAPPA (Childbirth and Postpartum Professionals Association).  I then started my own independent birth business, Esali Birth, in 2009.  From there I never stopped learning with education and doula clients as well as books, videos, networking events, and eventually completed herbal training with Sage Mountain Herbal Center in January 2017.  I share a wide variety of concepts including wellness awareness from biomechanist Katy Bowman, Spinning Babies techniques, relaxation, relationship counseling, fear release, birth processing, industry knowledge, an extensive resource library, midwifery collaboration, and so much more.  With these thoughts, I also want families to be aware of the instinctual knowledge they have to birth and to support and focus on making the childbearing journey a more normal part of our lives by dispelling myths, empowering with information, and increasing confidence in mothers and their support team.

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Insurance Reimbursement

My doula services, including antenatal doula mentoring, labor doula, and postpartum doula care may be reimbursable by your insurance company.  Fees are required to be paid in full and you must submit your own claims; however, I will provide my NPI number and supporting information to help you with your claim submission.  In many cases, a well-written letter explaining how you believe doula support reduced costs for your birth, as well as persistence, will provide you with a reimbursement.  Please contact for any questions.


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With the exception of special circumstances, all doula packages include perinatal mentoring and 4 hours of postpartum support.  We can discuss your personal needs as we lay out our doula-client agreement.

Doula Packages Include:

  • 20 Hours Online and/or in-person birth mentoring sessions - Required except for special circumstances
  • Access to the complete online perinatal series until you birth your baby
  • Attendance at prenatal appointments (1 minimum - more as schedules allow)
  • Full labor support until first breastfeeding latch
  • 4 hours of postpartum visits for birth counseling, breastfeeding support, and postpartum care

I accept approximately 3 clients per month.  My radius for labor and birth is within approximately 1 hour of zip 26164, though other locations may be available with discussion.   Classes are held online, Ravenswood, or Parkersburg.

Financial Arrangements
A deposit is required upon signing an agreement to secure your birth time in my schedule.  Payments are then made according to the scheduled outlined in our agreement.

Perinatal education and doula support is a holistic investment for you, your baby, and your family.  Studies show doula-attended births result in more spontaneous births, lower intervention rates, better breastfeeding rates, and happier families this is both from education received, awareness of options, and continuous care from a trusted ally.  Your birth will change your life whether you plan for that or not.  Education and adequate support can be an immense preventative measure for the health and happiness of you, your baby, and your family's future whether that's by improving your birth experience and/or improving your ability to enjoy and understand your birth experience.  Many insurance companies will reimburse for doula services and you're encouraged to submit a claim.  Though I do not submit claims, I do have an NPI number and provide submission information for clients.

Consultations are free - and by phone and web.  In person meetings are $30/1hr session and often include a little bit of counseling and mentoring as we get to learn each other.  With either option, your main birth partner (if you have one) should be present as much of the communication during the birth will be with them.  Online meetups make this very accessible.

$300 Standard Private 10-Session Series

Providing antenatal doula support in the form of information and mentor sharing to reduce birth fear, increase body mobility, and provide choice options is a significant focus of my services.  This doula service provides 20 hours of support online and/or at a location of your choice (within 30 minutes of my home) or at one of my standard class locations.  This is a complete 10-session Esali Birth class (see below for outline).  The online self-paced complete education series is included with this option.  Mid-Ohio Valley clients receive access to my lending resource library.

$200- 6 Week Private Series

This option is the same as a standard 10-session series with a few classes removed and a few combined.  The online self-paced complete education series is included with this option.  Mid-Ohio Valley clients receive access to my lending resource library.  See below for outline with topics marked with an *asterisk.

$30/Hour - Mentoring Sessions

Mentoring sessions are scheduled through a web-meeting (skype...etc.) allowing support, mentoring, and education world-wide catered to specific topics you're interested in or basic Q&A.  Mentoring sessions are great for pre-conception, prenatal, and postpartum mentoring for a variety of reasons and are catered to you specifically to answer all your questions, alleviate your concerns, and offer educational guidance for options available.  Contact me to schedule.


Many insurance companies will reimburse for doula services and you're encouraged to submit a claim.  Though I do not submit claims, I do have an NPI number and provide submission information for clients.

10-Session Standard Series

  1. Intro, History of Birth, Birth Industry Overview
  2. *Choices – Nutrition, Care Providers, Birth Locations, Health and Wellness
  3. Pregnancy – Gestation, Physical Changes, Prenatal Routines (including risks of ultrasounds and inaccuracies of tests…etc.)
  4. *Comfort – Hormonal patterns of labor, Supporting spontaneous labor and avoiding pitocin/induction, How your body naturally allows you to be comfortable in labor
  5. *Labor - Last Weeks of Pregnancy, Labor Signs, Labor Transformation (Stages), Instincts
  6. *Birth & the First Hour - Birth, Placenta, Skin to Skin, Importance of Quiet, Calm, & Dark
  7. Techniques – Relaxation, “Doula 101” & the Labor Bag
  8. *Variations – Changes in labor, Medicated birth, Cesarean Birth, Unassisted Birth (planned and unplanned), Emergency Birth
  9. *First Weeks - Postpartum Healing, Breastfeeding, Newborn Care
  10. *Birth Paths - Family Planning, Priorities, Birth Guides, Review, Q&A

All classes focus on Health AND Happiness and are catered to both Mom AND her birth partner/team.  It is ALL about navigating the birth industry, reducing fear, gaining knowledge, and doula 101 - a completely holistic and wholesome format.

Mentoring provides complete perinatal (pregnancy, childbirth, and postpartum) education, giving parents the information and resources to obtain the birth they choose with knowledge of how to positively achieve a beautiful and powerful birth experience and includes:

  • Perinatal/Childbirth Physical, Nutritional, & Emotional Health
  • Natural Labor & Birth Techniques including various methods of Relaxation
  • Labor & Childbirth Stages, Signposts, Positive Positions, & Labor Practice
  • Perinatal Routine Interventions & Alternative Education
  • Birth Preparation (Guide/Plan/Wishes) & Support (Doulas & Birth Team)
  • Breastfeeding & Newborn Care
  • Medical Benefits, Risks, & Alternatives for Perinatal Choices
  • Priorities & Realistic Expectations for the Perinatal Period
  • Emergency Childbirth & Assisted Deliveries
  • Variations of Normal Birth
  • Postpartum & Newborn Care
  • Positive Birth Stories & Childbirth Videos
  • 10-Week, 3-Day, & Pay-Per-Class Education Options
  • Payment Plans & Scholarships
  • Online/Virtual Perinatal Seminars & Courses
  • Community Involvement, Support, & Educational Workshops
  • Lending Library, Handouts, Positive Videos, & Much More!

$30/1hr Session (via Skype or within 1 hour of zip 26164).  Free unlimited phone and e-mail support for doula clients.

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Many insurance companies will reimburse for doula services and you're encouraged to submit a claim.  Though we do not submit claims, I do have an NPI number and provide submission information for clients.

$5/Person - Session Only

$25/Couple - Includes 1 Month Online Self-Paced Course

FREE - Any subscriber of the Esali Baby Basket boxed subscription service for the full length of your subscription

What does the group birth class structure look like?  Each monthly birth class is roughly 3 hours and includes discussions on:

-Health & Wellness

-Care Provider Options

-Home & Hospital Birth Experiences

-Transformation of Labor (Labor Stages/Labor Overview/Hormonal Influences)

-Support Techniques




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Visit the Online Parent Courses page for options and registration.

Birth Knowledge Changed my Life

I thank God for providing me with the opportunity to grow in my life journey.  The circumstances that led me to seeking holistic birth knowledge were life changing on a physical, emotional, and spiritual level.  It was nothing less than a well laid plan and I am blessed to be here experiencing your journey with you as I continue mine.  If you'd like to see a small peek into my journey, I invite you to read my personal birth stories.

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