Birth Doula Service
Our role is to continuously support you throughout labor and delivery by providing emotional support, physical comfort, and sharing knowledge and reassurance to make informed decisions as they arise.
We can make suggestions for labor progress, and help with relaxation, positioning, soothing touch, and other comfort techniques. As your doula, we are working for you, not your caregiver or the hospital. Our role is to provide continuous labor support to you in line with your wishes.
What you can expect from your birth doula:
- A free phone consultation to get to know each other and ensure a good fit.
- One prenatal visit to become more acquainted, explore and discuss your priorities and your birth plan, and to plan how we will best work together.
- An adaptable birth plan guide and assistance with customizations to fit your wants and needs.
- Telephone and email support during business hours for any questions you may have throughout your pregnancy.
- 24-hour on-call availability in proximity to your due-date.
- Continuous physical and emotional support to increase comfort at your hospital or birth center from the start of active labor until your baby arrives.
- Encouragement and reassurance for your partner so they may best nurture you and get the most out of the birth experience too.
- Immediate postpartum support until you are comfortable and ready for quiet time together, one to two hours following birth.
- Breastfeeding guidance using the Natural Breastfeeding approach for a commonsense, casual approach for you and your baby.
- Referrals and resources across the community for specialized care needs, such support groups, massage therapists, and even fun technology aids for pregnancy and parenthood.
- One postpartum visit to your home within the first two weeks to recall your birth story and discuss your transition to the the fourth trimester postpartum period.
As a doula we don’t:
- Perform clinical tasks, such as blood pressure, fetal heart checks and vaginal exams. We are there to provide only physical comfort and emotional support.
- Make decisions for you. We will help you get the information necessary to make an informed decision. We will also remind you if there is a departure from your birth plan.
- Speak on your behalf. We will discuss your concerns with you and suggest options, but you and your partner will speak directly to the clinical staff.
How do we work together?
Our service are offered for a fixed, one-time fee for your birth experience. A non-refundable retainer is due upon signing the contract to secure your due date. Payment plans are available. And, you can use your Health Savings Account (HSA) or Flexible Spending Account (FSA) to pay for doula services. Be sure to check on the details with your provider.
Postpartum Doula Service
The postpartum period can offer many joys of bonding with your baby and growing your family. At the same time, transitioning to the demands of the fourth trimester can feel isolating and draining. Our postpartum doula services fill a widening gap in support for new parents to help you feel secure and cared for while adapting to this great change.
We provide companionship, practical assistance and unbiased education to empower parents as you adjust to these new roles. Our goal is to enable you for the future, working ourselves out of this job as soon as you are confident and ready.
What you can expect from your postpartum doula:
- Practical aid to the mother and family in caring for your infant.
- Non-judgmental, evidence-based information on newborn feeding. This can include breastfeeding guidance using the Natural Breastfeeding approach for a commonsense, causal approach for you and your baby, if you choose.
- Emotional and informational support on recovery from childbirth.
- Infant soothing and coping skills.
- Help creating a calm, nurturing and organized environment.
- Household management assistance including meal preparation, light tidying up and laundry.
- Sibling integration and family adjustment navigation skills.
- Referrals and resources across the community for specialized care needs such as support groups, cleaning services, chiropractors, and even fun technology aids for newborn care.
- Support for your choices and respect for your capabilities as new parents.
How do we work together?
We work in your home for three to six hour shifts, with a minimum commitment of 12 hours over at least three visits. We prefer to have some time with each of your loved ones that will be part of your family care team. We offer flexible scheduling for days, evenings, nights and even weekends. Our rates are hourly and based on building a customized package to fit your individual needs.
“Good beginnings make a positive difference in the world, so it is worth our while to provide the best possible care for mothers and babies throughout this extraordinarily influential part of life.”
– Ina May Gaskin