Doula Services

 
 

What is a doula?

Doula, a Greek word, means woman's caregiver. We now use the word to describe a trained and experienced labor companion who provides the birthing person and their partner continuous emotional support, physical comfort and assistance in obtaining information before, during and after childbirth. Doulas are not medical professionals and do not give medical advice.  A doula will also not perform medical tasks like checking blood pressure, doing cervical exams or monitoring the baby’s heart rate. It is never the place of a doula to judge, condemn or go against a birthing person’s wishes.

WHY SHOULD I HIRE A DOULA?

Well to be honest, I can not answer that for you. It's your birth and it should be the way you envision it but I can provide you with some information to help you decide, which just so happens to be what a large portion of what a Doula does! Before labor begins, a doula can help you go through differing information available and figure out what's best for you and your family. Doulas often support laboring persons by: providing continuous emotional and if wanted, physical support, giving information if asked and helping the mother find resources to research her birth choices, using comfort measures like massage, suggesting different positions and helping with relaxation breathing, accommodating the birthing person’s wishes for the birth environment (low light, soft music, etc) to the extent possible in the place of birth, encouraging the birthing person to communicate with their care provider and to be informed about any procedures and interventions, supporting the birth partner in the best way to support the laboring person.

A doula never replaces the very important role of the birth partner and a good doula will help the birth partner by suggesting ways that they can support the laboring person. During labor, according to a Cochrane review, a doula has multiple benefits to the birthing person including reduced use of pitocin, decreased rate of interventions during labor, less need for pain medication including epidurals, much lower c-section rate, higher chance of a spontaneous vaginal birth, shorter labors and I think most importantly, a higher satisfaction with birth outcomes. A doula's focus is tending to and helping the birthing person and supporting the relationship of the laboring partnership. The same goes for a postpartum doula - they can help you feel comfortable and confident in caring for your newborn(s) and make sure you get enough sleep, eat healthily, and take enough time for yourself to fully recover.

 

 

PACKAGES

On Call LABOR DOULA
$575

Free consult - meeting at your choice of a public place or in home - to see if I am the right fit for your family

One prenatal visit, in home, usually is about two hours in length.
This is where we discuss you and your partner's goals, expectations, and how I can best support you both throughout your journey, also any other topics you would like to discuss

Unlimited support to you and your partner via text, email and phone throughout your pregnancy and labor

One postpartum visit, in home, usually is about two hours in length
To check in on how you are settling in with your new normal and to help how I can - tidying up, laundry, breast feeding consult, watching over your little while you take a nap, are just a few examples help options - I would offer to cook but I probably like you too much by now to do that to you

In person continuous support during your labor, birth and up to two hours postpartum 

On-call availability 24/7 from two weeks before your EDD and two weeks after. I will ready to join you within 90 minutes of notification of labor

 

Off Call LABOR DOULA
$400

Off call service - all efforts to make your birth will be made - not priority service 
Free Consult - meeting at your choice of a public place or in home - to see if I am the right fit for your family
Unlimited support to you and your partner via text, email and phone throughout your pregnancy and labor
In person continuous support during your labor, birth and up to two hours postpartum
$250 nonrefundable retainer is required to book and the rest of payment is due within one week of birth attended
 

PRENATAL/POSTpARtUM
$30 per hour

Prenatal sessions provide information, conversations and support to the birthing person and partner
Postpartum sessions can provide assistance around your home, emotional support, feeding consults and newborn holding for naps - whatever support you need to settle into your new normal
$30 per hour - typical sessions are around two hours, one hour minimum - can be for your desired time period