Birth Doula Services
Why Use a Birth Doula?
Numerous clinical studies have found that a doula’s presence at birth:
tends to result in shorter labors with fewer complications
reduces negative feelings about one’s childbirth experience
reduces the need for pitocin (a labor-inducing drug), forceps or vacuum extraction and cesareans
reduces the mother’s request for pain medication and/or epidurals
Our Birth Doulas
Our Birth Package Typically Includes:
Interview The interview is the beginning of our relationship, and helps us get to know each other and decide if we are a good match. There is no obligation to continue this relationship after the interview, so please feel free to set one up and determine whether I am meant to be your doula.
Prenatal Visits The Birth Package includes two prenatal visits. We will work to identify your birth philosophy, your preferences, and your expectations for your labor and delivery. We will do hands-on practice with coping techniques and comfort measures. Some of the things we might practice include breathing patterns, comfort positions, visualization, and massage.
Birth Plan Your birth plan is a free-form document that we can create together, to communicate your birth preferences to any staff, friends, or family that will be present during your labor and birth.
Phone Support Your third trimester will be a time of questions and anticipation. During this time, I will check in with you by phone each week, offering emotional and informational support, resources and referrals. You are welcome to call me at any time with questions or concerns.
Your Birth Month I will be on-call for you 24-hours a day, 7 days a week during your 'birth month.' Your birth month begins when you reach 38 weeks gestation and continues until your baby is born. During this time, I will be ready to join you at a moment's notice whenever your labor begins.
Early Labor It is up to you to determine at what point during early labor you would like to contact your doula and your caregiver. Often, the doula is the first person an expectant woman will turn to when she thinks she may have begun labor. I can provide you with coping techniques and advice on ways to spend your time during early labor, and would be happy to spend that time with you.
Labor & Birth Once you're in active and labor and you've arrived at your birthing site, I will support you throughout your entire labor, whether it lasts 4 hours or 40 hours. Your care provider may come and go, and your nurses may rotate through shift change, but your doula will be a constant, reassuring presence.
Immediately Postpartum Typically, I will stay with you and your new family for about two hours immediately following the birth of your baby. I will help to establish your initial breastfeeding, if needed, and insure that mom and baby are feeling comfortable in their first moments together.
Postpartum Contact I will check in with you by phone during your first days at home with your new baby. This provides the opportunity for you to ask any questions that have arisen, and to share the joy of your new family.
Postpartum Visit I will make a postpartum visit to your home, usually about 1-2 weeks following the birth of your child. This gives us the opportunity to review your birth experience, evaluate my services as your doula, and resolve any concerns or questions you have about your new bundle of joy.