CLINICAL STUDIES HAVE SHOWN THAT A DOULAS PRESENCE AT BIRTH:
- Tends to reduce length of labor with fewer complications
- Reduces the need for inductions (pitocin), vacuum or forceps delivery, and cesearean section
- Reduces the mothers request for epidural or pain medications
- Reduces negative feelings about the childbirth experience
RESEARCH HAS SHOWN PARENTS/PARTNERS WHO RECEIVE THIS KIND OF SUPPORT:
- Feel more secured and cared for
- Are more successful in adapting to new family dynamics
- Have greater success with breastfeeding
- Have greater self confidence entering parenthood
- Have less incidences of postpartum depression
My approach to birth is based on the belief that, well, You Can Do It! With a little bit of knowledge and guidance, anything is possible. I have experience working both with mothers choosing a home birth or birth center as well as mothers choosing to give birth in a hospital.
I have supported families from different backgrounds, in different birth environments, and with different birth preferences. You make the choices, my job is to support YOU!
Support During Pregnancy:
My services as your birth doula includes multiple prenatal visits, as time allows. These visits give us the opportunity to dive into getting to know one another and are the perfect time for me to learn about what you hope to achieve within your pregnancy, labor, and birth. Through these visits we discuss how I can best support you and your partner (or whomever else may be attending your birth).
After I am hired, I become available to you to answer questions, give referrals, quell concerns… Whatever you need!
I also provide one post natal visit. This visit is optional, but it gives us the opportunity to revisit and process your labor together. I may also provide referrals for any extra assistance you need- breast feeding, post natal care, etc. PLUS, I get to admire your sweet newborn!
Support During Labor and Birth:
This is my specialty! I want you to feel nurtured, cared for, and most importantly, Supported! All the breathing practice, positioning, education, as well as massage and aromatherapy come in to play now. I employ different comfort techniques and do my best to see that my recommendations keep labor progressing and that mama is as comfortable as possible. I also advocate for you in the sense that I make sure you have the information needed to make the right choices for you and your baby. This is very important to me.
Regardless of the birth journey you have planned, I want to ensure that you are an empowered woman with a birth story that satisfies!
Complete Doula Services Fee: $1000
Birth Plan Consulting:
So you already have an ideal birth team in place? Or maybe you have decided to honor the privacy of childbirth and are choosing to not hire a doula. Either way, this option is offering prenatal preparation only. Together we will spend a total of 5-6 hours (usually over the course of 2-3 home visits) going over how to create the perfect birth plan for you, usual hospital policies and how they affect you/ your birth plan, as well as suggestions for you and your partner to keep labor and birth going as smoothly as possible. I leave you with information, references and printouts. Contact me for more information!
(This is a great option for those in remote/rural areas or out of state! I offer this same package via Skype or Zoom)
*Remember: If you decide to hire me as your doula throughout the course of these visits, I am more than happy to put this amount towards the Complete Doula Services Fee.