Benefits of Hiring
a Birth Doula
A woman who has a doula
with her through labor and birth is:
During our postpartum visit 3-5 days after birth, we will talk about your birth experience together, as well as follow up on how breastfeeding and self-care is going for both mother and partner.
In early or active labor, call me to meet you (whether you wish that to be at your home or the hospital). During labor, I will assist or advise on comfort measures such as breathing, relaxation, movement/positioning, providing massage, hot or cold packs, beverages, warm baths, showers, guided visualizations, and other requested comforts. I will remain through the birth, and can take photos while you admire and bond with your newborn. I will deliver your personal birth story at our postpartum visit. If service is purchased, professionally edited photo will be delivered within one month of your baby's birth.
A doula birth is a beneficial companion in any birth environment (hospital, home, etc.), for both medicated and nondedicated births, scheduled and unscheduled c-section births, for first-time parents (single, partnered, or LBGTQ), or established parents.
Let's talk! Contact me to find out my availability around your due date. If I am free, we will set up our first meeting (which is free!) to get to know one another and see if we are a good fit. If we've decided to move ahead, 50 percent of the fee will be asked for a down payment to secure on-call dates (one week prior to due date until birth), and contracts drawn up and signed. Two prenatal visits, birth and one postpartum visit is included in your services.
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I am available by text or email to answer questions throughout your pregnancy
Doula is an ancient Greek word meaning ‘a woman who serves’. Today, a birth doula is trained and experienced in childbirth. As a labor companion, she supports both the birthing mother and her partner with non-medical services such as emotional support, physical assistance for comfort and progress in labor, ongoing reassurance, and assistance in facilitating or enhancing communication with caregivers.
Helping you plan a birth experience you feel confident about
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NOTE: A non-refundable retainer fee (50%) is due to secure on-call dates, the rest due after birth. Photography, though included, is secondary to birth support. Other photo sessions (maternity, newborn) may be purchased separately.
Bundled Service Packages Available
Birth photography is available either bundled with or separate from doula services. But you may also schedule maternity, newborn/family lifestyle portrait sessions, from a half hour to two and half hours done on-location or in your home.
During our two-hour (2-4, depending on package) prenatal meetings in your home, we will talk about your desires, hopes, needs, and fears about birth, what roles you expect your partner to play (as well as your partner's comfort level), expectations of me as your doula, help with formulating or reworking a former birth plan from a prior birth, discuss details of birth (setting, caregiver, who will be at the birth, etc.), discuss and practice comfort techniques including reiki healing, and in-depth discussion on the phases and what to expect during labor and birth.
In addition to doula support, I offer packaged services for personalized, one-on-one prenatal nutrition and basic breastfeeding education (e.g., positions and techniques) and coaching.