Childbirth is a transformative time; not only for the woman giving birth, but for her partner(s) as well.
We take time and care to prepare our homes and loved ones for the arrival of new life, however, too often we do not take the time to prepare ourselves and partner(s) physically, emotionally and informationally. It takes a village and knowledge is power. It does not matter whether you chose to birth at home, a birthing center or a hospital. What DOES matter is gathering the information and support you need to feel prepared, connected and ready.
Childbirth is a time when body, soul, and science work as one to bring a new life to this Earth and bring a new sense of self to the woman laboring and delivering that life.
Whether you chose to birth without any pain medication, or you know that using the assistance of pain medicine is what you need to do to birth your baby with confidence and grace, it is of upmost importance that you receive evidence based information to guide you to make decisions that suite your needs and desires.
I draw on my knowledge and experience to provide emotional support, physical comfort, and informational support as needed and communication with the nursing and/or midwifery staff to make sure that you have the information you need to make informed decisions as they arise in labor. I can provide reassurance and perspective to you and your partner, make suggestions for labor progress, and help with relaxation, massage, positioning and other techniques for comfort. I am independent and self-employed. As your doula, I am working for you, not your caregiver or hospital.
Depending on which of the three packages you choose, we will meet twice or several times before labor to become acquainted, to explore and discuss your priorities and any fears or concerns you may have, and plan how we might best work together.
#1 FOR WOMBen WHO HAVE GIVEN BIRTH BEFORE
Prenatal visit at your home (one)
Together we will create an action plan to promote a peaceful, worry-free labor and birthing environment. You will feel comfortable and prepared on what to expect during labor and delivery at home and at the hospital.
Continuous labor support home or hospital
You will benefit by having a doula answer all your questions about any and all procedures during your entire stay at the hospital or birth center. You will receive constant emotional and physical support to manage the labor waves. Assistance with breastfeeding immediately after birth You will have immediate assistance for a successful latch on creating an instantaneous bonding with your child.
We will have one postpartum visit after the birth of your child to relive the beauty that was your birth, help with any breastfeeding questions, help transition siblings, and do any light housework or meal preparation and cooking you may need. I am here to help you transition into being a parent of multiple children!
# 2 WOMBan’s FIRST BIRTH
Weekly check-ins after 36 weeks of pregnancy
Get answers for all your questions with someone who will spend as much time as you need explaining all medical gibberish. (If I don’t have the answers I will find them for you from trusted, fact based sources.)
Two prenatal visits home. Helping Partner Prepare – Getting to know you BOTH
Together we will create a birth plan to promote a peaceful, worry-free labor and birthing environment. You will feel comfortable and prepared on what to expect during labor and delivery at home and at the hospital. Your partner will learn how to be the best doula there is. You will learn how to communicate with the medical staff with love and respect to get your desires met with a smile. You will also learn basic baby care for the first few weeks after birth such as diaper tricks, feeding techniques, and baby’s first bath!
Continuous labor support home or hospital
You will benefit by having a doula answer all your questions about any and all procedures during your entire stay at the hospital or birth center. You will receive constant emotional and physical support to manage the labor waves.
Postpartum home visits (two)
I will help guide you to the best of my ability with latch-on technique for breastfeeding, answer all your new baby questions, help with the first bath, help with organization of the home post birth, and even some delicious meal preparation and cooking! I am here to help smooth the transition into parenthood!
#3 informed WOMBan Special
Package #2 plus 10 hours of postpartum care, and one additional prenatal visit
Postpartum care (10 hours)
- One additional Prenatal visit to ensure Mother and partner(s) feel educated and supported
- Light House work
- Additional meal preparation and cooking
Postpartum Doula Care
In this beautiful time of transition, it can feel overwhelming to think about all of the things that need to be done after baby is born. This is also a sensitive and sacred time for your new family to connect and be together. As your postpartum doula, I help you to create and maintain the space you and your new family desire.
- From grocery shopping to meal prep, I help you nurture you with the foods that satisfy and benefit your postpartum body
- Light housework and laundry; I allow you and your partner(s) to have restful, quiet time not worrying about household chores.
- Providing emotional support as you process your birth experience and adjust to your new life as a parent
- Breastfeeding advice and guidance
- Information on the physical changes in your body during the first few weeks and months postpartum
- Cesarean Scar Massage
- Cranial Sacral Therapy
- Pelvic floor strengthening
- Diasatasis Recti exercises