Benefits of Hiring
a Birth Doula
A woman who has a doula
with her through labor and birth is:
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, help initiate the baby's first latch, and will take photos while you admire and bond with your newborn. I will deliver your personal birth story at our postpartum visit. 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.
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.
Birth Doula Support, $1,000
Infant Feeding 101 Class, $250
Two-hour, in-home instruction on basics of breast and infant feeding including:
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.
Postpartum Infant Feeding Package, $250
At each visit, I will provide an observation of a feeding with compassionate troubleshooting regarding cause of concern (which might include an evaluation of infant’s oral anatomy, and mother's breast/nipple), assistance with bottle feeding or combination feeding if needed, support with pumping, goal planning for breastfeeding and returning to work in order to ensure a healthy milk supply and breastfeeding relationship, and an individualized, holistic feeding care plan for mom, partner and baby.
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. Fifty percent of the fee will be asked for a down payment to secure on-call dates (two weeks prior to due date until birth), and contracts drawn up and signed. Two prenatal visits, birth support and photography, and one postpartum visit is included in your services. Other services available.
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Bundled Service Packages Available
During our two-hour prenatal meetings (up to two) 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 former birth preferences from a prior birth, discuss details of birth (setting, caregiver, who will be at the birth, etc.), discuss and practice comfort techniques including reiki touch therapy, and in-depth discussion on the phases and what to expect during labor and birth, and discussing a postpartum plan.
In addition to birth services, I offer packaged services for basic breastfeeding education (e.g., positions and techniques), infant feeding and postpartum support.
I am available by text or email to answer questions throughout your pregnancy
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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.
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.