I am available to discuss your plans for the birth experience that you truly desire. We will have an opportunity to talk about your pregnancy and birth preferences and learn a little bit about each other.
Phone, Text & Email Support
While serving as your birth doula, you may contact me throughout your pregnancy.
We will review your choices for your medical provider and place of birth, as well as your physical, medical, and emotional needs throughout the remainder of your pregnancy, during labor and birth. We will discuss your birth history, clarify your preferences for a satisfying birth experience, and develop or review your Birth Plan. Prenatal exercises and birthing positions that you and your partner can practice will be demonstrated. Additionally, I will recommend any resources that you may find helpful during the remainder of your pregnancy and into postpartum.
I will provide continuous support throughout your labor by assisting you physically with position changes, comfort touch, and breathing techniques. The emotional experience of birth can take its toll on both the mother and her partner during labor and I will create a calming environment so that the hormones that allow labor to progress can kick in. As your doula, I will offer evidence-based information providing you with the knowledge that enables you to ask your medical caregivers questions and make informed decisions about you and your baby. Since every labor is unique, I will help you navigate every step of the way, as your labor progresses and as situations arise. I can also take photos of your birth experience.
Family Bonding Support
After the birth of the placenta, you will begin your recovery and family bonding stage of labor. During this time, many hormonal changes take place so that your uterus can start healing and your baby can start adjusting to the world outside the womb. As your doula, I will support you in having your baby skin-to-skin on your chest, the first significant bonding experience that you both may share. This is the baby's natural path to begin breastfeeding and taking in colostrum (first breast milk), aka "liquid gold", that will boost your baby's immune system. If you choose to breastfeed, I will assist you in making sure that your baby is latching on to the breast correctly so that you may benefit from the release of oxytocin, a hormone that reduces postpartum bleeding and helps your uterus to return to its normal size.
Postpartum follow-up visit
As part of my continued doula support, I will visit your home within the two weeks after your birth to check up on you and your family. We will review your overall health, your baby's health, whether you're getting enough sleep, adequate nutrition, and any breastfeeding concerns. We can review your birth experience, clarify any questions or missing information, and address any immediate postpartum challenges. We will go over a postpartum support plan to make sure that you are tracking the baby's feeding and elimination patterns, as well as adjusting to a new sleep schedule. Should you need any additional postpartum resources, I will provide you with a list of recommendations at this time.
I will provide a list of resources in your community to help you throughout your pregnancy and after your birth. During your pregnancy, some of these may include birth centers and hospitals, midwives and obstetricians, childbirth educators, and parenting classes. After your birth, some of these may include lactation consultants, pediatricians, postpartum doulas, and mother & baby exercise/yoga classes.
- Prenatal and Postpartum Massage Therapy
- Infant massage classes