Why have a doula on your birth team? Maybe you're excited to give birth and just* need an extra someone to remind you of how to breath evenly while laboring. Or maybe you're nervous about giving birth and want someone around who knows the ropes. Maybe your partner is anxious about how to support you best. Maybe you both need just a little more support overall. By showing up here to find the best birth support you can,you've already set yourself up for success,and I'd love to continue building on that with you. (*"just" comes with a whole lotta extra, I promise!)
As your doula, I'm here to be a sounding board, assist you in uncovering the confidence you already have, and help you nail this whole birth thing. Know that I will offer objective guidance based in evidence, experience, respect, and most importantly, from a deep place of love for this work and the families I serve.
So, let's get together,chat about your thoughts on birthing this little human, and learn how I can best work with you to make this big life transition less stressful overall.
My Birth Doula Package
There are significant benefits to having a doula, such as less stress surrounding your pregnancy, birth and postpartum experiences, decreasing the need for induction, pain medication and cesareans, reducing the length of labor, and having a more positive birth experience overall. You can read more about these findings here.
As your birth doula, my package includes:
One free, 60 minute consult at your favorite coffee or tea shop
Three prenatal meetings with both partners: Your first one being asap, the second around 34 weeks and third around 37 weeks, all at your home (and I can even meet with you up to just a few days before your EDD if you're finding me later in your prenatal journey!)
Follow up emails from each meeting with in-depth research
Consistent availability prior to the on-call period via email, text and calls
Being on call for three weeks before your EDD, and up to two weeks after it
Acute assistance via texts/phone calls/facetime throughout your early labor (and possibly joining you in your home)
Suggesting when to call the advice nurse when it seems that it may be time to transfer to the hospital.
Joining you at home or in the hospital in active labor (sometimes sooner, depending on your needs)
Staying with you for 1-2hrs after your baby arrives to help you establish the feeding choices you have for your baby
Joining you at your home for one postpartum appointment to process your birth experience, help with breastfeeding, evaluate your postpartum needs, answer any questions you might have now that you and your family are settled in, newborn care assistance, plus unlimited postpartum assistance via phone and email.
Extra Prenatal Wellness Appointments (2hrs): These are helpful when you want or need extra information or assistance to go over nutritional needs, help with meal prep and/or refining your grocery list, how to detox your home and body before and after your baby comes, as well as baby-registry consultation and preparing your home and space for baby's safety needs.
Breastfeeding Education (3hrs): This is a personal, extra prenatal appointment to go over all the ins and outs of breastfeeding to best set you up for success once your little one arrives. If you have friends who are also interested and expecting, I offer private classes for groups, as well!
Placenta Encapsulation: Benefits from consuming your placenta can be increased energy and milk production, assistance with hormone balancing, decreased possibility of baby blues and postpartum depression, combating fatigue (gives you an energy boost when you need it), lowered body heat, raised iron levels, help with involution (bringing the uterus back down to size), and minimized bleeding. Find out more about it here.
In my practice, I have worked with families who have experienced the following:
VBAC (Vaginal Birth After Cesarean)
pregnancy after 40 years of age
loss or termination of previous pregnancies
birthing at a birth center
preterm birth (birth before 37 weeks)
being GBS+ (positive)
SPD (Symphysis Pubis Dysfunction)
2nd time pregnancy
If you have any specific needs or questions about a condition you have, I would be happy to speak further about it and make sure you are heard and supported in all ways. Contact me to chat more.