BIRTH DOULA SERVICES
• 2-3 Prenatal Visits (includes our initial meeting) – During these meetings, we will get to know one another, go over birth wishes & concerns; assist you in drafting an informed birth plan; practice comfort measures & positions; discuss birth options and risks/ benefits of possible interventions, and more!
• Birth – I provide continuous emotional, physical and informational support throughout your labor, birth and the first couple of postpartum hours. 24/7 On Call starts two weeks before your estimated due date. I provide early labor phone support and then meet you at your home/birth center/hospital as active labor begins (or when you feel ready for your doula.) I am with you throughout your labor and birth and stay to help establish initial breastfeeding, get you comfortable and settled in, and to answer any questions. This is usually about 1-2 hours after delivery.
• 1 Postpartum Visit – Provide breastfeeding support & referrals as needed, help with the transition of welcoming baby to your home.
• One month supply of vaginal steam herbs, for postpartum healing and restoration, provided at your postnatal visit
• Provide resources & referrals for additional products, services and care providers that may be helpful to you.
• Unlimited text, phone & email support to answer questions & address concerns as they arise before and after the arrival of your baby.
Photography by Khali Macintyre
What is a doula?
A birth doula is a a trained and experienced professional who provides continuous physical, emotional and informational support to the mother before, during and just after birth.
Studies have shown that when doulas attend birth, labors are shorter with fewer complications, babies are healthier and they breastfeed more easily.
A Birth Doula:
Recognizes birth as a key experience the mother will remember all her life
Understands the physiology of birth and the emotional needs of a woman in labor
Assists the woman in preparing for and carrying out her plans for birth
Stays with the woman throughout the labor
Provides emotional support, physical comfort measures and an objective viewpoint, as well as helping the woman get the information she needs to make informed decisions
Facilitates communication between the laboring woman, her partner and her clinical care providers
Perceives her role as nurturing and protecting the woman's memory of the birth experience
Allows the woman's partner to participate at his/her comfort level