Services

Free Consultation (Now being offered remotely)

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. 

Remote Doula Support:  $1,200

As you may already know, most local hospitals are currently only allowing in one support person. Many would assume this leaves women without their doulas....... But, if there is one thing we doulas are great at, it's adapting and even thriving during challenging times. This new model is different than what we are used to when we think about doula support. But, I strongly believe each woman, and couple will feel fully supported as then navigate the hospital system during such an unprecedented time. I will still be there, it's just in a different way.

This model still includes my standard package, it's simply done by way of FaceTime or Zoom. The actual labor is flexible and will be a combination of technologies. With a little creativity, you will have a birth professional holding your hand and even talking you through contractions. Your partner, who is physically in the room, will be set up for success, by way of my coaching and real-time support, so they can calmly help you navigate both early and active labor. 

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

Standard Doula Services include:  $1,200

2 Prenatal Visits

Labor Support

Breastfeeding Support

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

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

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.

During labor 

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!

© 2018 by Gemma Mrizo.

Tel:650-669-0776

Gemma Mrizo, CD(DONA)

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