Finding a doula is like finding a boyfriend. You click. Or you don't. So, let's meet and figure it out! I will come to your house and listen to what you're looking for in a doula. I mostly want to hear about how I can help both you and your partner feel supported in the birthing process. I will also answer all questions you might have from birth to doula care and hopefully you'll come out of our meeting feeling like you are on the right path. This is a freebie and should last about and hour, give or take.
Standard Doula Services include: $1,200
2 Prenatal Visits
1 Postpartum Visit
Unlimited Text, Phone and Email support
**On-Call starting at 38 weeks to whenever the baby is born.
**Back up doula hired for every birth
2 Prenatal Visits
These visits help me understand your needs. One of the things I love the most about being a doula is understanding the unique needs of each couple I work with. No laboring mama is the same so part of my job is to understand how best to support both you and your partner. In the prenatal visits, I will do a lot of listening to both you and your partner so I will have a strong understanding of your birth plan and support needs. My focus is not just the laboring mama but the partner as well. In many ways, we work in tandem. The partner knows and loves the mama like no other. I know and trust the birth process. Together, we're an amazing team.
I will also hear about what you've learned in your reading, studying and birth classes and fill in any gaps that you want more clarity on. We'll chat about what's pumping you up and what's freaking you out and most importantly, we'll work through as many of the fears as possible. Finally, we'll chat about pain management and go over some positions and techniques.
As a Doula, I Do Not:
Perform any clinical tasks
Make decisions for you
Speak to the staff on your behalf
Project any of my own beliefs onto your experience
I know your birth plan and will help you navigate the system according to your wishes. I will also help you stay open, understand your options and feel empowered as you experience many unknown, twists and turns. My number one goal here is to support you and your partner. That's truly the bottom line. Support looks different for everyone so what I do shifts along with the birth.
Baby’s first feeding Support
I help you as figure out the delicate dance that is the first feeding. It should be calm and beautiful..... But, sometimes, mama needs a little support from someone who understands the process. The first hour after birth is such a special time so we will work together to make sure you have the support you need.
Postpartum follow-up visit
This will be a day or two after you arrive home. It's very casual. I will help you process and remember the labor and birth (one of my favorite things ever!!!) and check on nursing and your overall well being. I'll offer tips and suggestions if you need some. And I just might even make you a sandwich!