What is a Doula?
A doula is your guide through childbirth! This support ranges from 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, where you feel safe, respected, and comfortable, as we take each moment as it comes, and welcome your new baby to the world!
I am DONA trained, Birthing from Within certified, licensed in the Mamalates Birth Recovery method, toLabor trained in acupressure for pregnancy & birth, and certified in Birthing Mama Prenatal Yoga & Wellness.
Do I need a Doula?
Support by a doula during labor have been shown to have:
50% reduction in cesarean rate
25% shorter labor
60% reduction in epidural requests
40% reduction in pitocin use
30% reduction in analgesia use
40% reduction in forceps delivery
In addition, long-term benefits are seen:
greater interaction between mothers and babies
decreased postpartum depression
Statistics from Mothering the Mother by Klaus, Kennel, and Klaus
An initial consult to interview and see if we’re a good fit: FREE
Approximately 2 prenatal meetings. This can vary based on need and time availability. My visits generally include birth planning, hopes & fears, positioning, pain coping, and meeting my back-up. Each visit is about 1-1.5 hours and every client receives a folder of resources and articles.
Unlimited support through your pregnancy by phone, text, or email. On-call availability 24/7 starting about 2 weeks before your estimated due date (and individualized based on history or needs).
Continuous support and encouragement during your labor from the time you request me until after the baby is born. There are no time limits or requirements for when I first arrive—studies show support and comfort in EARLY labor has effects on birth and well-being of mother and child. When you need help coping or when you need reassurance, I will be there!
I am trained in acupressure for pregnancy and birth (by toLabor) and can include some of this for labor efficiency during a prenatal visit. Additional sessions available at cost.
Photographs – I am not a professional photographer, but am happy to bring my Nikon and snap some photos. First & foremost I will be a doula!
After birth, I will stay until the family is comfortable and breastfeeding has started – typically about an hour. I love running down to the hospital gift shop for your must-have snack before I leave!
One postpartum visit after ~2 weeks to discuss the birth, check on you and the baby, and help with any questions. If needed, I’ll refer to other professionals for more assistance. This visit is about 1-1.5 hours.
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. I will attend births at SwedishAmerican, OSF St. Anthony’s, and at home attended by a midwife. Travel outside of Rockford can be discussed.
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, etc.).
CONTACT ME with any questions or to schedule a consult! 815-871-3376 or erdickey (at) gmail (dot) com