What is a doula?
DONA International states a doula is “a trained professional who provides continuous physical, emotional and informational support to a mother before, during and shortly after childbirth to help her achieve the healthiest, most satisfying experience possible.” Those that hire a professional report a shorter, more satisfying birth experience.
My primary goal is to equip you to discover your own desires for birth and to be confident in your ability to birth your baby, your way. Women have complex needs during childbirth and the weeks that follow. They thrive with individualized care based on their circumstances and preferences. Each woman, each mom, and each birth is unique. Together, we will work to realize your needs and determine what would make your birth a satisfying experience.
I believe the birth team works best with three parts.
Body: Cared for by doctors, nurses and/or Midwives
Emotion: Cared for by a spouse, partner, loved one or friend
Mind: Cared for by a doula with information, suggestions, and encouragement
It is important that you are confident in each of these team members. You should feel comfortable and safe with them. They should support you and your desires regardless of their personal opinions.
During the complimentary consultation, we will determine if we are a good fit for each other. I will also assess what your personal needs are and I will custom-build a package for you.
At a minimum, each client receives:
Prenatal visits to review your birth preferences, birth plan, and comfort techniques
Access to my lending library
Birth support at your home and/or birthing location
Postpartum support immediately following delivery
Postpartum follow-up one week after delivery
Email and phone availability throughout your pregnancy
24 hour phone support starting at 38 weeks up until your birth
Add-on options include additional prenatal/postpartum visits, placenta encapsulation, and childbirth education.