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Candace McCollett, CBE, CLD, CLE

Colorado Springs, CO Map It

Breastfeeding Class
Breastfeeding Support
Childbirth Class
Doula
Labor Doula
Lactation Educator
lactation-counselor
(719) 213-3740 http://www.westsidebirthconnection.com

I have been attending births as a Labor/Birth Doula and a Homebirth Midwife Assistant since 2003. I have been teaching Independent Childbirth and Breastfeeding Classes since 2005. I can help you have a positive pregnancy experience through preventative care practices. I can help you have a positive labor/birth experience through optimal baby positioning. I can help you have a positive postpartum experience through premium lactation support. Let my 13 years in the childbirth field give you confidence in your future!

Breastfeeding Class

$35-70 range
Taught by Lactation Educator
Group Classes
Private Classes
Both

Childbirth Class

$250 per session
Bradley method
Hypnobirthing
Lamaze technique
Group classes
Private classes
Both
10 years of experience

Labor Doula

CBE (Birth Connection), CLD (CAPPA), CLE (CAPPA)
CAPPA Certified Doula
$500 - 750 per birth
Has attended 375+ births
12 years of experience

Lactation Educator

Certified Lactation Educator
$40 - 60 cost range
Has helped 300+ moms
In-home visits
Provider office visits
Virtual consultations
10 years of experience

Skills and Experience

Active Labor Support
All birth types
Baby care skills
Birth Education
Birth Plan Support
Birth Plans
Breastfeeding After Breast Surgery
Breastfeeding information
Breastfeeding support
Cesarean birth
Early Labor Support
Exclusively Pumping
Feeding Tube Devices
Homebirth
Insufficient Glandular Tissue
Labor & Delivery Information
Latching Problems
Lip Tie
Low milk Supply
Massage
Mastitis/breast Infections
Multiples
Photography
Preemies
Preterm Infants
Slow Infant Weight Gain
Sore Nipples
Tandem Nursing
Teaching
Tongue Tie
Unmedicated Childbirth
VBAC
Waterbirth
Weaning

8 Responses to “Candace McCollett, CBE, CLD, CLE”

  1. Anonymous says:

    Candace was absolutely amazing. I’m pretty sure I wouldn’t have survived child birth without her. I had a very long labor, so my husband appreciated being able to tag out for a cat nap while Candace still kept at it. She was with us for 25 straight hours and wanted to stay even longer to continue helping with breastfeeding support. Even more, she was available for all types of questions as soon as we hired her continuing to today, six months later.

    During labor, Candace came to the house first. She had me changing positions every thirty minutes and was nothing but encouraging. She talked me through contractions, made sure I ate, and even cracked an occasional joke to help me stay sane.

    At the hospital, Candace never offered medical advice unless I asked for her opinion, which is based on experience. She walked me through some common procedures and helped advocate for the birth I wanted. Sometimes, just telling me to ask for time to think was just as important as making a decision.

    In the end, I was exhausted and wanted an epidural. Once she made sure I wanted one and was ready to vary from my birth plan, she was very supportive of my decision. She talked me through the process and encouraged me to do what I knew was best. After, I quickly got pushy, and she stayed by my side the next 3.5 hours saying encouraging words and sometimes even holding a leg.

    After the baby was born, she stepped back, allowing my husband and I to relish being with our son. But as soon as I asked for her again, she was at my side in two seconds, talking me through the final stage of labor.

    Candace stuck around for a few more hours. She helped with everything from getting me water to helping me take out my contacts. We spent the next few hours trying to get my son to breastfeed. After a valiant effort, I asked for her to go home even though she wanted to stay as long as it took to get my son to latch. But we were too exhausted. However, Candace stayed available via phone to answer all questions during the remainder of our hospital stay.

    A few days later, she checked up on us at home. She answered all breastfeeding questions and recovery questions. She even just listened as I talked about my birth again, a much needed part of my healing process.

    I would recommend Candace to any friend any time. You won’t find a more caring, compassionate, knowledgeable doula out there. She’s worth every penny. Happy laboring!

  2. Anonymous says:

    Candace McCollett saved me from a possible hysterectomy. I’m really not kidding. My birth story, though it ends happily, was a nightmare.

    The OB GYN who attended my son’s birth was not interested in the birth plan my husband and I created. She instantly suggested interventions that we had specifically mentioned we would only pursue as last resorts. When she got pushback, she took her knowledge of my specific needs, and went home in a tiff. As a result, I labored for 22 hours (plus 8 at home), until she came back for her next shift before receiving a membrane sweep which was necessary to move my labor along. At that point I was exhausted. Candace was with me and my husband, the WHOLE TIME. She acted as half of the tag team, providing me with the counterpressure I needed, for two days. Holy hell. She is dedicated.

    Ultimately, I was in labor for 45 hours. After my son was born, we delayed the cord clamping until it had quit pulsing. Fifteen minutes after the cord was cut, the Nurse Midwife said she was getting nervous that I hadn’t delivered the placenta, and called the OB GYN (yes, the same one) in to consult. The OB GYN proceeded to invert and prolapse my uterus, with traction to the umbilical cord. Keep in mind, I hadn’t even had an aspirin for pain. I thought I was dying. Candace immediately stepped up. She got my attention on her, and got me back into the deep breathing that had gotten us through labor. I was able to maintain that, and not completely flip out, while the OB GYN from hell pushed my uterus back into my body, and righted it. Some 60% of women who have this happen, have to have an emergency hysterectomy. Candace, by keeping me calm, and able to manage my pain levels with a breathing technique, was certainly the reason I was able to lay on that table with a doctor’s hand inside me, to her elbow.

    She is dedicated, knowledgeable, and a fierce advocate. I love her very much, and certainly believe anyone looking for a doula could not find her better.

  3. Katy Delker Allred says:

    Candace’s birth class was so much more than I expected it to be. She was so knowledgeable and provided us with a HUGE amount of information. I expected to be mainly learning about breathing and positions for an easier labor, but she informed us of countless choices along the way to birth that I had no idea of whatsoever. She always presented both sides while still sharing credible resources and most importantly – her own experiences. I highly recommend her childbirth class to anyone!

  4. Anonymous says:

    Candace is amazing! She is compassionate, honest, resourceful, empathetic, knowledgeable…I could go on and on. Having her expertise/support during my pregnancy and especially during labor was invaluable. What I learned from her and the support she gave was above and beyond the services most doulas provide.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Candace is an amazing doula! We really appreciated the time she took before our birth to learn about us, teach us, and asked us questions. Going over the various birth scenarios to help us figure out exactly the type of birth we wanted was very helpful. when it came time to our birth my labor was very quick so we texted her a few times from home thinking we still had a while but ultimately realized it was time to push, so she met us directly at the hospital. she helped park our car got our bags out and brought them up and even took pictures with her camera. her calming reassuring voice during pushing was what got me through a natural delivery. she helped remind the team of our birth plan and gave me sips of water in between pushing. she was the biggest help with breastfeeding afterward as we had a difficult start with that. I credit all of my success with breastfeeding to CandaC! she gave us a little extra help with home visits for breastfeeding as well.

  6. Anonymous says:

    Candace is simply amazing. I don’t even have the words to describe what her care, support, knowledge, and expertise meant to me and to my daughter. She is absolutely perfect and I would never EVER have a baby without her!

  7. Anonymous says:

    I can’t express how grateful I am to this class. My husband and I felt prepared for labor, postpartum and breastfeeding as a result of Candace’s great teaching. She is funny and keeps your attention. I kept thinking how much more I would have liked school if Candace would have been my teacher/professor. I was able to have a dream unmedicated hospital birth. My husband and I felt confident with how we wanted our birth to look. The hospital respected our wishes and one nurse told me she had never seen such a good and precise birth plan (thanks, Candace!). Breastfeeding was easy from the start for me, but I ran into a bump when my baby was 5 weeks old and was admitted into the hospital with RSV. The stress of the hospital and him being sick caused some feeding bumps. Candace took time to email back and forth with me offering suggestions and help. She even offered to come to the hospital if I wasn’t seeing improvement! Now that’s truly caring about people! My only complaint is that my birth experience was so good that I already have baby fever and I am ready for another one :-)

  8. Anonymous says:

    I can’t express how grateful I am to this class. My husband and I felt prepared for labor, postpartum and breastfeeding as a result of Candace’s great teaching. She is funny and keeps your attention. I kept thinking how much more I would have liked school if Candace would have been my teacher/professor. I was able to have a dream unmedicated hospital birth. My husband and I felt confident with how we wanted our birth to look. The hospital respected our wishes and one nurse told me she had never seen such a good and precise birth plan (thanks, Candace!). Breastfeeding was easy from the start for me, but I ran into a bump when my baby was 5 weeks old and was admitted into the hospital with RSV. The stress of the hospital and him being sick caused some feeding bumps. Candace took time to email back and forth with me offering suggestions and help. She even offered to come to the hospital if I wasn’t seeing improvement! Now that’s truly caring about people! My only complaint is that my birth experience was so good that I already have baby fever and I am ready for another one :-)

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