Birth Doula Services
The complimentary consultation is not binding for the parents, and is a time to discuss their Birth Plan as well as their expectations for the Doula. Most importantly, the consultation is a time for the expecting parents to meet with me and discuss their concerns and hopes, and learn if I would be a good fit for their birth. At this time you will receive my contract, other information about my services, as well as a brief plan for your prenatal visits and birth. Contact me to set up a meeting spot, either at your house or another location. The consultation lasts about 45 minutes.
Once the expecting parents agree to have me as their birth doula,
we will set up between two to three prenatal visits.
Throughout pregnancy I will be available over email or phone to answer any questions or discuss concerns, hopes, and fears. Or just to check-in!
First Prenatal Visit (45 minutes-1hr)
Handle paperwork, discuss a payment plan, and take a down payment of $400
Discuss previous birth experiences and medical history
Answer any questions, either about my role as a doula or general childbirth questions
Discuss fears, concerns, or other emotions about this upcoming birth
Provide educational resources for the parents
Second Prenatal Visit (45 minutes-1hr)
Check in on the pregnancy so far, make any necessary changes to the birth plan
Discuss options in the case of emergencies
Answer any educational questions
Practice breathing techniques and positions to prepare for labor
Pay the remaining $400
Third Prenatal Visit (optional... different options) (time varies)
Tour birth setting with the parents (hospital, home, or birth center)
Practice more coping mechanisms for labor (visualizations, distractions etc)
Ensure all contact information is correct
Allow for any final questions
I will be on call 2 weeks before and after the due date (38-42 weeks gestation) and during this time will be available by phone at all hours.
Each woman is unique and so is her labor and birth, therefore it is up to the mother when she would like me to meet her at the hospital or her home. It is the parents' responsibility to contact me, giving me approximately 45 minutes (depending on location) to get there. I will come when called, and will also be available by phone to help with coping mechanisms during a long pre or early labor.
Throughout Labor and Birth I will remain by the family's side offering guidance and support, emotionally and physically. I am trained in the use of the Rebozo, and other comfort measures, such as gentle massage, hypnobirthing, aromatherapy, different positioning for the first and second stages of labor, and more. At each birth, I attempt to create an atmosphere that supports the family's birth plan. I provide birth balls, an essential oil diffuser, a rebozo, and more for each birth.
Labor and Birth
Breastfeeding Support/ After the Birth
After the birth, I will remain with the parents for at least an hour, offering support for the first breastfeeding as well as answering any questions. The final payment will be due at the first postpartum visit.
Though I am not a certified Postpartum Doula, I do offer Postpartum support after the birth.
Disclaimer: Doulas do not replace your health care provider and do not use any medical interventions, as well as do not make any medical decisions for you. Instead they can answer any childbirth questions to their knowledge and experience, as well as offer emotional and physical coping methods during labor and birth.