Doula Services

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What is a Doula?

Traditionally, a “doula” is a woman who serves. Today, a “doula” is a professional that provides support to the mother (and family) before, during and just after birth. This support ranges from being emotional to help you through any hopes and fears, educational to inform you of options and what to expect, and physical as we guide you through the intensity of labor. My goal is to help you achieve an empowered and informed birth, in whatever way YOU choose.

Do I need a Doula?

Women supported by a doula during labor have been shown to have:

favicon 50% reduction in cesarean rate
favicon 25% shorter labor
favicon 60% reduction in epidural requests
favicon 40% reduction in pitocin use
favicon 30% reduction in analgesia use
favicon 40% reduction in forceps delivery

In addition, long-term benefits are seen:

favicon improved breastfeeding
favicon greater interaction between mothers and babies
favicon decreased postpartum depression

Statistics from Mothering the Mother by Klaus, Kennel, and Klaus

Doula Services:

favicon An initial meeting at no cost and with no obligations.
favicon 2 prenatal meetings: birth prep, hopes and fears, nutrition, your plans and desires, and comfort measures. This can also include a meeting with your care provider.
favicon Unlimited support by phone, text, or e-mail throughout your pregnancy.
favicon On-call availability 24/7, starting about 2 weeks before your due date (and individualized based on any history or needs).
favicon Continuous support and encouragement during your labor from the time you call until after baby is born and family is settled.
favicon Acupressure during meetings and/or labor to help with morning sickness, fatigue, fetal positioning, pain, the start of and progression of labor, and lactation. Additional sessions at cost.
favicon Photography, if desired. I am not a professional, but have a beautiful Nikon and would be happy to snap some photos.
favicon Breastfeeding assistance at the start, if needed. I can also help direct you to more help and support if needed.
favicon One postpartum visit after ~2 weeks to discuss the birth, check on you and the baby, and help with any questions or needs.

Doula services are $900. A $300 retainer is required at the time of signing the contract. This holds your spot on my schedule and is applied to the total fee. The remaining $600 is due by week 37 of your pregnancy. Payment plans can be arranged.

Specialized skills: I have an extensive background in VBACs (vaginal births after cesareans) and homebirths. I attend and support ALL births (non-medicated, medicated, induced, vaginal, cesarean, hospital, birth center, homebirth, etc.)

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