Guardian Angel Births

Maidenhood through Motherhood

Doula Services

Birth & Postpartum Milestones

Every couple deserves a Doula!

 A Doula is  a trained professional, providing an extra pair of attentive eyes, listening ears, helpful hands, and a caring heart. A Doula offers priceless gifts of service to new and growing families.

Whether it's a family's first baby or their tenth, a doula can help make the birth and postpartum experience significantly better. A Doula provides continuous physical, emotional and informational support to a mother and father before, during, and after childbirth to help the mother achieve the healthiest, most satisfying experiences possible no matter where or how she delivers. 

A Doula is not a fashionable new status symbol. While the name is new and becoming more recognized in the world of birth since the 80's, the role is not new. "Doulas" have been around since the beginning of time supporting mothers and families and meeting the basics human needs that the industrialized version of childbirth has omitted from its plans. 

Countless scientific trials examining doula care demonstrate remarkably improved physical and psychological outcomes for both mother and baby. Doulas have a positive impact on the well-being of the entire family, including dad.

A Doula does not replace the father or anyone else in your birth team but compliments their roles. Dads and Doulas work together. 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 does not perform clinical tasks or make decisions for you but empowers you to work effectively with your clinical team and make informed decisions for your birth and your baby.

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 and helping moms through their postpartum adjustment has shown wonderful statistics with low medical intervention rates including caesareans , high birth satisfaction, successful breastfeeding, and recovery and low postpartum depression rates. 

 

My Unique Expertise -

I have over 18 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 260 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 and postpartum difficulties. Furthermore, I have made beautiful friendships and provided long-term counsel and reassurance as couples have stayed connected with me as their 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 evidence-based resources for any areas of interest. 

I will help facilitate communication between you and your partner, birth team, and family, offering additional perspectives and resources on birth progress and interventions to help you make informed decisions and help to ensure positive experiences.

I will help you and your partner with comfort and coping measures, and help you reach your goals. I specialize in Spinning Babies and Rebozo techniques along with comprehensive, holistic care.

I will support you in whatever decisions you make. 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 2-8 weeks. Virtually no prior preparation goes into making sure meals and household duties get taken care of while mom gets the extra rest and nurturing she needs along with emotional support, help with breastfeeding, and infant care. 

Dads and siblings need reassurance and support during this transition too. Dad?s availability and skills are often limited surrounding these issues but even if he can do it all, should he?  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, healthy 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, meal planning, and errands 

*Sibling care and family support

*Postpartum fitness/core safety/healing instruction

* Belly binding instruction with nurturing herbal warming belly massage 

* Herbal foot bath, light massage and other nurturing techniques

* Physical and emotional tips and comfort measures

* Infant care help, instruction, and tips galore

* Breastfeeding Instruction, Latch & Tongue/Lip Tie Evaluation, Weight Checks, and Support

* Hospital, Dr. Office, and/or NICU support on site, if needed 

* Assessment of and help with Emotional Processing of your Labor, Birth, and Postpartum

We will talk about my suggested schedule based upon typical milestones and line that up with your specific needs and goals, keeping in mind dad?s availability and your support system at home.

                                           Your Valued Investment Options

Four Trimesters Package-$1,500 

This includes the full Childbirth and Parenting Series, Birth and Postpartum Doula, and Belly Binding Services- This complete package is meant to give you the very best start from Pregnancy through Postpartum! 

$150 discount for active military, single moms or those on state assistance.  

Payment: Cash, check or Paypal excepted. 

$500.00 on-call fee due when hired (non-refundable)                                                    

$700 birth & postpartum fee due at 36 weeks                                                                  

$300 due on the first night of class                                                                     

$25.00 an hour for additional labor support past 18 hours of onsite care, due within 1 month after birth                                                                                                 

$20.00 an hour for additional prenatal & postpartum visits with a 2 hour minimum         Additional prenatal visits due at the time of visit

Includes:

·         7 week Childbirth & Parenting series with handouts and resources

·         8 hours Prenatal Visits (4 separate) with Birth and Postpartum Planning (Additional prenatal support is by the hour)

·         Phone support in early labor until you are ready for me to arrive

·         18 hours of onsite 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

·         14 hours postpartum care- Minimum of 2 hours per visit, maximum of 4 hours per visit (Additional postpartum support is by the hour)

·         Belly Binding Package (Valued at $125, must purchase wrap)

·         Online Meal Train set-up

·         Anytime Phone Support & Lending Library  

·         On Call Time from 38 - 42 weeks with Back-up

 

Birth and Postpartum Doula Package-$1,200

$100 discount for active military, single moms or those on state assistance.  

Payment: Cash, check or Paypal excepted. 

$500.00 on-call fee due when hired (non-refundable)                                                     

$700 birth & postpartum fee due at 36 weeks                                                                

$25.00 an hour for additional labor support past 18 hours of onsite care, due within 1 month after birth                                                                                                 

$20.00 an hour for additional prenatal & postpartum visits with a 2 hour minimum         Additional prenatal visits due at the time of visit

Includes:

·         8 hours Prenatal Visits (4 separate) with Birth and Postpartum Planning (Additional prenatal support is by the hour)

·         Phone support in early labor until you are ready for me to arrive

·         18 hours of onsite 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

·         14 hours postpartum care- Minimum of 2 hours per visit, maximum of 4 hours per visit (Additional postpartum support is by the hour)

·         Belly Binding Package (See description. Valued at $125, must purchase wrap)

·         Online Meal Train set-up

·         Anytime Phone Support & Lending Library  

·         On Call Time from 38 - 42 weeks with Back-up


B Birth Doula and Postpartum Belly Binding Package- $1,000

$50 discount for students, repeat clients, active military, or those on state assistance

Includes: 

·        4 hours Prenatal Visits (2 separate) with Birth Planning (Additional prenatal support is by the hour)

·        Phone support in early labor until you are ready for me to arrive

·        18 hours of onsite Labor Support (Additional labor support is by the hour, this allows me to keep my upfront costs lower for you, potentially saving you money.)

·        Online Meal Train set-up

·        Up to 2 hours postdelivery support after your birth

·        2 hours postpartum care with first binding session

·        2 additional 30 minute binding sessions (See description)

·        Anytime Phone Support & Lending Library  

·        On Call Time from 38 - 42 weeks with Back-up

Payment: Cash, check or Paypal excepted. 

$400.00 on call fee due when hired (non-refundable)                                                       

$600 birth fee due at 36 weeks                                                                                          

$25.00 an hour for additional labor support past 18 hours of onsite care, due within 1 month after birth        

$20.00 an hour for additional prenatal and postpartum visits (2 hour minimum)       

$35 for additional binding sessions only without additional postpartum care

Additional prenatal and postpartum visits or binding sessions due at the time of visit.

Birth Doula Package-$900.00 

$50 discount for students, repeat clients, active military, or those on state assistance

Includes: 

·        4 hours Prenatal Visits (2 separate) with Birth Planning (Additional prenatal support is by the hour)

·        Phone support in early labor until you are ready for me to arrive

·        18 hours of onsite Labor Support (Additional labor support is by the hour, this allows me to keep my upfront costs lower for you, potentially saving you money.)

·        Online Meal Train set-up

·        Up to 2 hours post-delivery support after your birth

·        2 hours postpartum visit (Additional postpartum support is by the hour)

·        Anytime Phone Support & Lending Library  

·        On Call Time from 38 - 42 weeks with Back-up

Payment: Cash, check or Paypal excepted. 

$300.00 on call fee due when hired (non-refundable)                                                      

$600 birth fee due at 36 weeks                                                                                          

$25.00 an hour for additional labor support past 18 hours of attendance due within 1 month after birth                                                                                                                   

$20.00 an hour for additional prenatal and postpartum visits 

Additional prenatal and postpartum visits due at the time of visit

 

Postpartum Doula and Belly Binding Package- $400 

$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

·        Online Mealtrain Set-up

·        Belly Binding package included (Valued at $125, must purchase wrap)

·        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: $150.00 on call fee due when hired (non-refundable)

$250 postpartum fee due at 36 weeks 

$20.00 an hour for additional prenatal and postpartum meetings with a 2 hour minimum 

Additional prenatal or 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! The most typical Doula Support includes the first 2-6 weeks. For more long-term support it should extend over a 3-month period meeting those basic needs during the 4th Trimester! All of this is flexible based upon how you are transitioning, any complications that may arise, dad?s availability, and your additional postpartum support team. 


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 practical home care needs as well as 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. 

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 month because of my own growing family!