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Doula Empowered Births

Keep calm...or don’t, either way we'll support you! 
Pregnancy to childbirth to postpartum,
We will travel alongside your birth journey -
to remind you that you were made for this moment!

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Cincinnati & Dayton's
Birth Doula Team

Childbirth is expensive, but your support doesn’t have to be.  We believe every family deserves support and Stork Helpers was founded to bring experienced, affordable, personalized doula care and support to families.  We know that each pregnancy is filled with unique challenges; our goal is to simplify the process and make you aware of all your options so you can feel confident and supported from the day you find out you're pregnant.

Whether you are having a homebirth or hospital birth, water birth or cesarean, natural birth or a medicated birth, we have personally experienced all of these after being a part of over 150 births as doulas. We currently provide birth doula support, placenta encapsulation and childbirth education to families across Cincinnati, Dayton and Northern Kentucky. 

As your partners for your childbirth journey, you will be given peace of mind knowing that we are available for you anytime day or night (seriously), 24/7/365.

Take Charge of my Birth

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Tamara was amazing. Super affordable and the quality was seriously perfect. Tamara would check in every week during pregnancy and the first few months postpartum. She offers so many recommendations with prenatal care or whatever your labor and postpartum goals are. Tamara will meet you in person for...
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- Rachel

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Having Tamara be part of our birth experience was the best decision we could have made.I didn't personally even decide I wanted a doula until well into the third trimester. I reached out to several different people, and set up a time to meet with Tamara. From the get-go, she was very responsive and ...
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- Kelly

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Tamara is wonderful, highly recommend Stork Helpers if you are looking for a doula. Their services are more than worth what they charge. They check on you regularly throughout pregnancy and postpartum and are super quick to respond to any questions or concerns. The birth class was very helpful and g...
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- Kayla

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I met Tamara about halfway through my pregnancy, in early 2020. I am a first time mom and was having MAJOR anxiety about labor & delivery. Tamara was very attentive to mine and my husbands concerns and answered many questions we had about her services. After that meeting, we decided to hire her ...
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- Katie

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Cincinnati & Dayton's Top Doulas

Meet Tamara Kankowski & Skylar Cruz

We are certified birth doulas, placenta encapsulators and childbirth instructors who have worked with hundreds of families on their birth journeys and want to help empower you in owning your birth story.  In addition to our doula experiences, we bring over twenty-five years of experience in our own motherhood journeys raising 8 kids (including twins) between us.

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Cincinnati & Dayton
Birth Doula Support

Write Your Birth Story

We provide personalized doula care and support catered around each families individual needs. We want you to know all your options so you can feel confidant in the decisions you make. Whether you planning to deliver in the water at a homebirth or going to the hospital for a natural or medicated birth, we are here to support your choices.

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Cincinnati & Dayton
Placenta Encapsulation

Nurturing Postpartum Health

The placenta is an incredible organ that provides a lifeline to your baby for nine months.  Now you can use it as a lifeline for you during postpartum.  Placenta encapsulation can assist Mama during the postpartum period using the natural nutrients coming from the placenta.  Placenta encapsulation can help with several aspects of postpartum including energy, postpartum depression, milk production and more.

Placenta Encapsulation Facts

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