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:
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 meeting at no cost and with no obligations.
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.
Unlimited support by phone, text, or e-mail throughout your pregnancy.
On-call availability 24/7, starting about 2 weeks before your due date (and individualized based on any history or needs).
Continuous support and encouragement during your labor from the time you call until after baby is born and family is settled.
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.
Photography, if desired. I am not a professional, but have a beautiful Nikon and would be happy to snap some photos.
Breastfeeding assistance at the start, if needed. I can also help direct you to more help and support if needed.
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.)