BIRTH DOULA SERVICES
Your birth should be a positive and empowering experience. You should have the care and support you deserve from a compassionate, unbiased and non-judgemental person. That's where I come in!
According to DONA International, 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.
BIRTH SUPPORT AT A GLANCE
2 Prenatal Home Visits
Unlimited Email Support Throughout Pregnancy Until 2 Weeks Postpartum
24/7 On Call Starting at 38 Weeks
Access to Evidence-based Information to Make Informed Decisions
Help Writing Your Birth Plan
Continuous Support Throughout Your Birth In Home, Hospital or Birth Center
Present up to 2 Hours After Birth
Resources and Community Referrals
1 Postpartum Visit
Access to Prenatal Pilates Upon Request
WHAT TO EXPECT
We will meet for 30 minutes to go over any initial questions you may have, discuss what you are looking for in your labor support, go into greater detail about my experience and approach, and explore how we can best meet your needs.
We will deep dive into your vision of your birth and answer any questions you may have. I want to know about you and who may be attending your birth. We will come up with your birth plan and discuss the roles of the people involved. Keeping your birth partner involved at their comfort level is very important to me. I will bring some suggestions of books to read and we will go over comfort measures for labor.
I will go on-call at 38 weeks until birth, available 24/7. During birth, my role is to support you and your birth partner. I will be making suggestions for position changes and movement, using comfort measures, reminding you to stay nourished and hydrated, and keeping the atmosphere calm. I will help you through labor and we will decide if I meet you at home or at the hospital if that is your chosen place of birth.
During the early postpartum period (1-2 hours after birth), I will stay with you to assist with breastfeeding and questions you may have. Once I know you and your family is settled in, I will give you some quiet time. One week after birth, we will have a scheduled postpartum visit to discuss you and your birth partner's birth experience. I can also address any questions you have about your life with your new addition!