Birth & Postpartum Milestones
Every couple deserves a Doula!
A Doula is -
A professional, providing an extra pair of attentive eyes, listening ears, helpful hands, and a caring heart-offering priceless gifts of service to new and growing families.
A Doula does not replace the father or anyone else in your birth team but compliments their roles. The presence of a Doula helps to ensure a more intimate and non-intrusive birthing and postpartum environment. A Doula is there to support both of you and act as your pillar of strength and guardian of your special moments during labor and through the postpartum adjustment.
A Doula is an essential part of your birth team! You are encouraged to explore the different roles that a Midwife, Dr., Nurse, Partner, and other family members can provide, as well as the Doula. Be realistic about your expectations for them and how everyone can work together to create your perfect team!
The presence of a Doula at a birth while helping moms through their postpartum adjustment has shown wonderful statistics with low medical intervention rates, high birth satisfaction, successful breastfeeding, and recovery.
My Unique Expertise -
I have over 17 years of experience and developing my skills of professional, comprehensive, evidenced based education and intuitive, nurturing care. I've educated and/or provided care to over 250 families before, during, and/or after their births since 2001.
I have attended home & hospital births for both singles and couples of all ages and walks of life. I have experience in helping clients with natural births, medicated births, VBAC, Cesarean birth, difficult labors, multiples, teens, sibling preparation, difficult family life, unexpected situations, miscarriages, infant death, congenital diseases, perinatal/postpartum fitness and health, postpartum depression, breastfeeding difficulties, postpartum difficulties and long term counsel and reassurance as your baby moves through milestones the first year and beyond.
I will meet with you prenatally to help you discover your goals and develop a birth & postpartum plan
I will work through the 5 points to staying healthy and low risk along with comfort measures and other areas of interest
I will help facilitate communication between you and your birth team and family, offering additional perspectives and resources on birth progress and interventions to help you make informed decisions.
I will help you and your partner with comfort and coping measures, and helps you reach your goals. I specialize in Spinning Babies and Rebozo techniques along with comprehensive, holistic care.
I am always honored to come along aside parents during these special moments!
The Forgotten Trimester-
Postpartum is often a time that is easily overlooked and most families do not understand the major milestones that mother and baby face together, especially the first 6-12 weeks. Virtually no prior preparation goes into making sure meals and household duties get taken care of while mom gets the rest she needs, the emotional support, help with breastfeeding, and infant care.
Dads, siblings, and others in your circle of care need reassurance and support during this transition too. Whether you have an involved support team or not a Doula will compliment them.
We must remember to celebrate this new mother and emulate the other cultures that honor new mothers by caring for them, supporting them, and placing value on the magnificent transformation she is going through. Postpartum depression is common in our culture yet, virtually non-existent in other cultures where this time of much needed support is valued.
A postpartum doula can help bridge the gap of support for mothers and babies by providing the support, education and extra nurturing they need to be confident new mothers. This is the greatest gift we can give to new mothers and newborns.
My Unique Expertise -
I am specially trained to help guide you through these physical and emotional changes by providing education, support, extra nurturing, comfort measures, coping and transition skills, and newborn care.
I can also help your partner, siblings and other family members transition through this time too as you develop your own unique parenting style without compromising babies most biological needs!
My services also include
*Help with light housework, tidying, light meal prep, and errands
*Postpartum fitness/core safety/healing instruction
* Belly binding instruction with nurturing herbal warming belly massage
* Herbal foot bath, light massage and other nurturing comfort measures
* Physical and emotional tips and comfort measures
* Infant care and tips
* Breastfeeding Instruction, Evaluation and Support
* Hospital and/or NICU support on site, if needed
All of this is tailored to you per your support system and needs at home which is discussed in more detail during our consult.
Your Valued Investment Options-
Comprehensive Birth Package includes Childbirth and Parenting Classes, Birth and Postpartum Services. - $1,275 This complete package is meant to give you the very best start from Pregnancy through Postpartum!
$150 discount for active military or those on state assistance. Cash, check or Paypal excepted.
Ala Cart Options -
· Birth Doula-$750.00
$50 discount for students, repeat clients, active military, or those on state assistance
Includes: 4 hours prenatal meetings (2 separate) with Birth Plan Counseling
18 hours of Labor Support (Additional labor support is by the hour, this allows me to keep my upfront costs lower for you, potentially saving you money)
Up to 2 hours post delivery support after your birth
2 hours postpartum meeting within 1 week
Anytime Phone Support & Lending Library
On Call Time from 38 - 42 weeks on with Back-up
Payment: $350.00 due when hired (non-refundable)
$400 birth fee due at 36 weeks
$25.00 an hour for additional labor support past 18 hours of attendance
$20.00 an hour for additional prenatal and postpartum meetings
Additional prenatal visits due at the time of visit
· Postpartum Doula- $350
$50 discount for students or birth doula clients, repeat clients, active military, or those on state assistance
Includes: 4 hours Prenatal meetings (2 separate) with Postpartum Planning
12 hours of Postpartum Care (on top of your postpartum visit included in your birth Doula package)
Belly binding package
Minimum of 2 hours per visit, maximum of 4 hours per visit
Anytime Phone Support & Lending Library
On Call Time from 38 weeks on with Back-up
Payment: $100.00 due when hired (non-refundable)
$250 postpartum fee due at 36 weeks
* Additional Prenatal and Postpartum hours - $20.00 an hour
Additional prenatal/postpartum visits due at the time of visit
We will talk about my suggested schedule based upon typical milestones and line that up with your specific needs and goals! For more long term support it should extend over a 3 month period meeting those basic needs during the 4th Trimester!
Q and A about Doula Services -
Why should I consider a Birth Doula?
A Doula is a professional labor assistant who is working for you. I draw on my knowledge and experience to provide physical comfort, emotional support to both the mother and her partner, and communication with the staff to make sure that you have the information you need to make informed decisions as they may arise in labor. I can provide reassurance and perspective to positioning and other techniques for comfort and progression. A doula provides a more personal touch and constant role during labor and birth than a doctor, nurse, or even a midwife can provide because of the personal prenatal contact and simply because of the differences in roles. Statistics show wonderful outcomes from Doula assisted births.
Why should I consider a Postpartum Doula?
The postpartum time or what we call the "4th Trimester" is most often overlooked in our society. After baby is doted on, the mother is left abandoned to care for herself and this little one all alone with no social network or resources when she has questions. Most dads return to work quickly or after a few days and moms are expected to regain normal life right away. When in fact, mothers need much nurturing and reassurance, time to heal and bond for success with breastfeeding and confidence in parenting. A Doula can help with light chores, meal planning, infant and mother care, comfort measures and guide you through this 40 day period while also facilitating communication with and directing family and friends in ways that they can truly be helpful and not hinder the mother infant bond!
Do I need a Doula if I have a great partner & support from family/friend(s)?
That depends. You need to consider your goals and your desires as well as be realistic about what exactly your support system is able to provide for you. For example, your husband is not expected to be a professional but a supportive husband. A Doula does not replace dad but compliments the father and takes the burden of solo support off of his shoulders. There is much to consider about ways that a Doula and others can be helpful at your birth. In case of a long labor, doulas and dads can switch off or work together. In a hospital a doula provides a presence of professionalism, someone that is "on your side", working for you and not the hospital. At a home birth, there may also be sibling care, home care, food prep. etc. and other considerations such as photography, video etc.
When should I contact/hire you?
If you are pregnant and considering a Doula at all, you should contact me right away, early on in your pregnancy. We can schedule a consult. The first visit does not obligate you to my services. We can talk about availability around your due date and then decide if we feel like we are a good match for each other. A non-refundable deposit is required to reserve my services if you decide to hire me. I only take a minimal number of births per year because of my own growing family!