WHAT IS A BIRTH DOULA?
Birth is a moment of transformation for baby, mother and family. Pregnancy is a time of personal reflection, ‘who will I be as a mother?’ ‘What kind of family will I create?’ It is a time to reflect, choose and become. Birth doulas help align family values with a congruent maternity care experience. Through advocacy and education doulas support birthing people to have empowering birth experiences. Studies show the presence of a doula lowers risks of unnecessary medical interventions. Women rate higher satisfaction with their birth experience when a doula is present. Doulas provide unbiased care for clients at home, hospital, or birth center. It should be noted, doulas are not medical providers and do not replace the need for a midwife or doctor.
BIRTH DOULA SERVICES
I value families receiving quality evidence-based information during the pregnancy year. My hope is birthing people feel empowered during their birth. When the birthing person is well cared for prenatally and during labor, babies tend to be born more gently and peacefully. I hope to bring my expertise to your family.
Complementary Initial Consultation
During our initial consultation we get to know each other and what you hope for with your birth.
We meet for 2-3 prenatal visits. Each visit you will receive bodywork. We discuss your emotions, birth plan, specific concerns you may have.
I am on-call two weeks before and after your due date.
I will arrive as early in labor as you desire. I provide massage, emotional support, comfort measures, labor movements, and advocacy. Support is continuous until several hours postpartum.
During postpartum visits I support you with breastfeeding, relaxation, processing and recovering from birth. Massage is also included in postpartum care.
I offer my doula work on a sliding scale $500-$1400. Your care will include all prenatal care, on-call, birth, postpartum and bodywork.
If you qualify for WIC or SNAP please contact me since you may qualify for my birth doula services free of charge.