Our Doulas

Ah-Ling Thayer

 

Ah-Ling’s Postpartum Doula Care
Certified Postpartum Doula, Certified Lactation Educator/Counselor

 

ah-lingI am a mother to 14-year-son, Sage. Over the years, I have helped many women and children in various capacities, from being an educator to being a direct service care provider. I hold a Bachelors degree in Psychology and studied Counseling in graduate school, and was a Women’s Resource Center volunteer for several years. In May 2002, after living seven years in Japan teaching English, I returned to the US when I underwent my Doula training with Doulas of California and Doulas of North America and have been a hands-on Doula since Oct. of 2002. Most recently, I became Certified as a Postpartum Doula with DONA, and a Certified Lactation Counselor in 2009. I have received my National Provider Identifier (NPI) which may be used to get reimbursement from your insurance company for my services, also called “third-party reimbursement.”

The birth of a child is an amazing and transformative time for the whole family, and as such, the whole family, not just the mother and child benefits from knowledgeable care and support during this special time. In this regard, as a Doula, I provide the support necessary to navigate through this new & joyous journey. In addition to standard Doula training, I am trained in Redirecting Children’s Behavior and am dedicated in helping families through this incredible transition while respecting their individual parenting choices. Being a Doula allows me to fulfill my desire to help women, children and their families in a personal and nurturing manner.

“We could not have survived the first few months with a newborn without Ah-Ling Thayer.  Our son was born 5.5 weeks premature and Ah-Ling was our saving grace. We were not prepared and Ah-Ling kindly helped us gradually become more and more comfortable with the transition into parenthood as well as giving us tips on child proofing our house. She helped us in organizing the nursery, recommended various supplies we needed, books to read, and taught us the tools on how to comfort our baby. We were fortunate to have Ah-Ling come at night so mom and dad could catch up on sleep. We have never slept better knowing that our son was in such great hands with Ah-Ling!  Our son was having difficulty nursing and referred me to an Ear, Nose and Throat Doctor. Since this is my first baby, I did not know what my son’s mouth should feel like. Ah-Ling watched me nurse and recognized that my baby might be tongue-tied. Her diagnosis was correct. Our baby had his tongue clipped and now I’m able to successfully nurse him.  I am so grateful for Ah-Ling as she helped me through an extremely difficult and emotional time. It was very stressful for me and Ah-Ling kindly got me through it. She is a plethora of knowledge when it comes to babies and a tremendous resource!  I highly recommend Ah-Ling and will definitely use her when we have a second child.”  By Katie S, Coronado

“We had a post-partum doula for several weeks after our twins were born.  Ah-Ling was wonderful. She took care of us as well as our babies for a couple of nights each week.  She helped with all aspects of post-partum life and set us on the path to sleep training before she left.  She comes with the highest recommendation.”  By Allison K, Mission Hills

 

“We had a wonderful experience with Ah-Ling Thayer.  We were very nervous first time parents who desperately needed some guidance and support from a professional.  Ah-Ling provided all of these needs for us, including breast feeding support, how to calm a crying baby, and overall newborn care.  She was very tender with our newborn and our daughter was always calm in her arms.  Ah-Ling was also very punctual, organized, and reliable, which is a must when you are a sleep deprived parent.  We would highly recommend her to our friends and family to help them with their precious newborns.”  By Brigette V, Encinitas

 

“Ah-Ling Thayer was my postpartum doula after giving birth to triplets!  She was a blessing to me during a time of major transition and challenges.  I’m so grateful that I found someone that I could count on, trust with my 3 precious babies and that easily blended into our family.  We had excellent communication and I felt that I not only found someone that cared for my triplets through the night, but also answered my parenting questions in an encouraging and gentle manner along the way.  Ah-ling will always hold a special place in my heart!”  By Susan G, Chula Vista

Contact Information:
(619) 501-4702
ahlingthayer@cox.net

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