As your birth doula - I am an educated, professional best friend in your birth space. My job is to hold the space for whatever birth you desire, educate you on your options and help you and your partner feel supported every step of the way. I listen to you, and we find what you need and protect your space. My goal is to prepare you and your support person to feel empowered, educated and cared for.
Hiring a doula is one of the best things you can do to support your birth!
Packages are $1300 and include:
- Complimentary meet and greet with you and your partner (if applicable)
- 2 prenatal planning and connection appointments (2-3 hours each)
- Open communication via text, phone and email
- On call 24/7 from 38 weeks until birth
- Continuous birth support from when you're ready for in-person support until you're settled with babe a couple hours after birth
- 1 postnatal debrief and support appointment in your home within the first week of birth
We start here.
What does birth look like?
What are your options?
How do I get the information that I need?
What are comfort measures?
How do we advocate for ourselves?
Can look like:
• Guiding you and your partner through expectations of labor
• Suggesting techniques in labor, such as breathing, relaxation techniques, movement, and positioning (important both with and without epidurals)
• Helping you find evidence-based information about different options in pregnancy and childbirth
• Helping explain medical procedures before or as they occur
• Helping your partner understand what’s going on with their loved one’s labor (for example, interpreting the different sounds the birthing person makes)
We build here.
Teaching physical support helps create confidence, control and may include:
• Soothing with touch through the use of massage, counter pressure, or a physical tools
• Helping to create a calm environment, like dimming lights and arranging curtains
• Assisting with water therapy (shower, tub)
• Applying warmth or cold
• Assisting the birthing person in walking to and from the bathroom
• Giving ice chips, food, and drinks
We find safety here.
Your brain is just as (if not more) important than your body in birth. I hold space for whatever may come up in your journey and provide:
• Continuous presence
• Reassurance, encouragement, praise
• Helping to reframe challenging aspects of birth
• Bringing a caring attitude
• Helping the birthing person and partner work through fears and self-doubt
• Debriefing after the birth—listening to the birthing person with empathy
Through our prenatal meetings and connection via phone, text or email - I am here for you every step of the way!
We empower here.
Advocacy is defined as supporting the birthing person in their right to make decisions about their own body and baby.
It can look like:
• Encouraging the birthing person or their partner to ask questions and verbalize their preferences
• Asking the birthing person what they want
• Supporting the birthing person’s decision
• Amplifying the mother’s voice if she is being dismissed, ignored, or not heard
• Creating space and time for the birthing family so that they can ask questions, gather evidence based information, and make decisions without feeling pressured
• Facilitating communication between the parents and care providers
• Teaching the birthing person and partner positive communication techniques
The above information is credited to and adapted from the Evidence Based Birth® Signature Article on Doulas.