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Lynn Hilgers

I offer a combination of traditional doula and Music Therapy Assisted Childbirth Sevices unique to the Madison area. In addition to my doula training, I have 16 years of clinical experience as a Board Certified Music Therapist with additional specialized training in music therapy assisted childbirth. I will provide non-medical labor support services such as massage, counter-pressure techniques, suggestions and physical support with positioning, information and emotional support and encouragement for both mother and partner. The music therapy half of my practice is based on research showing the benefits of music therapy in reducing the mother’s anxiety and pain responses, decreasing the need for analgesic medication, facilitating breathing, relaxation and imagery techniques, and enhancing family bonding. In consultation with you and your partner, I will design a music program that supports the birthing style you choose and your music preferences. I believe in giving families a nurturing, celebratory, and sound beginning.

Services / Skills

Relaxation/imagery instruction, massage during labor, lending library, music therapy, labor support at home or hospital.


BM, Michigan State University, Music Therapy; Guided Imagery with Music level 1, Certified Doula through DONA International, Bradley Method Childbirth class as doula, general Childbirth/Parenting class through HMO as a mother, Music Therapy Assisted Childbirth Specialist.


Sixteen years of experience as Music Therapist working with children and adolescents with emotional and behavioral problems and additional experience with adults with mental health and substance abuse issues, three years doula experience.

Births attended

Self, two; as Doula 23.

Lynn can be reached at 608-245-1255 or lynnah1@charter.net.

— August 10, 2007

Gail Doty


My background as a Physical Therapist has provided a foundation in anatomy and physiology, the use of movement, positioning and massage, but also a great sense of faith in the human body and spirit. My greatest satisfaction as a P.T. came not from applying high-tech treatments to a patient, but rather when I could teach someone about how their body works and thereby empower them to help themselves. This passion, combined with the experience of giving birth to my own four children (1 Cesarean and 3 VBAC) lead me to become a Childbirth Educator and later an Infant Massage Instructor. Over the past years I became drawn to complete the picture by being present to provide support to women and their partners during the time of labor and birth. I have had the privilege of providing support to several couples from my classes, and in October, 2006 completed my Doula certification.

I believe in each woman’s ability to give birth to her children and the profound impact this experience has on her life. Each labor and birth is a unique journey and I would be honored to accompany you on yours.

Services / Skills

Prenatal meeting to discuss your birth priorities, physical and emotional support during labor, post-partum follow up visit. References available upon request.


BS PT from UW-Madison 1984, Childbirth Educator Training Course 2002, Infant Massage Instructor Training Course 2004, Doula Training Course 2006. Childbirth Educator and Doula Certification from International Childbirth Education Association.


Fifteen years direct patient care as a Physical Therapist. Three years experience as a Childbirth Educator. Two years experience as an Infant Massage Instructor. Began providing labor support August, 2006.

Births attended

Self, four (one Cesarean, three VBAC); other, three; as a Doula, seven.

Gail can be reached at 608-437-3775 or 608-576-8162.

Benefits of a doula. What does the research show?

The presence of a doula providing continuous support repeatedly produces significant reductions in:

  • Requests for pain medication
  • Use of epidurals
  • Instrumental delivery (forceps or vacuum)
  • The length of labor
  • Number of cesarean operations

Scott, Berkowitz and Klaus, A comparison of intermittent and continuous support during labor: a meta-analysis. American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, May 1999.

Long term benefits to mothers and families:

  • Mother’s increased satisfaction with her birth experience
  • Increased positive feelings towards partner/father
  • Significantly increased success with breastfeeding
  • Decreased incidence of severe and moderate postpartum depression
  • Increased maternal self-confidence and self-esteem