Labor Doula Services

 

"If a doula were a drug, it would be unethical not to use it."
                                                                 -John H. Kennell, MD 


 What is a doula? A doula is someone who has been specifically trained to support other women in labor, both physically and emotionally. Research  has shown that having support during labor from someone who is not  family or affiliated with the hospital results in shorter labors with less pain  medication, more satisfying births, and a decreased likelihood of  c-section or the use of the vacuum or forceps for delivery.*  

 Birth  is very powerful and instinctual, a life-changing experience for a  woman and her family! As a doula, I bring experience and knowledge to  understand objectively what is happening in the natural process of  birth, adding calm and focus to the birth environment. I offer support  with such things as massage and position suggestions, assistance in  communicating with the primary caregiver and hospital staff, and  advocacy for your birth wishes. My ultimate goal is to be part of a  birth team that creates a loving, safe environment in which you can  follow your instincts and birth your baby with confidence.  


 * Read the Evidence Based Birth article on the evidence for doula support. 


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Doula Services Package

My package comes with ...

 

  • Two prenatal visits to get to know each other and to discuss your birth plans and desires
  • One visit with you and your primary caregiver to introduce myself, to discuss the birth plan and to address any questions
  • Phone support and resource information
  • On-call labor and birth support from 38 weeks until labor begins  through to at least 1-2 hours following birth
  • 1 postpartum visit in your home to assist with breastfeeding, postpartum and newborn care, and light housekeeping as needed


Should you desire more than one postpartum visit, we can arrange for an extended package. I am currently charging $650 for doula services - $200 is the deposit to hold your place in my calendar with the remaining $450 balance due by 38 weeks. I try to limit the number of births I attend to a maximum of 3 per month, and my calendar fills up fast at times. If you think you may like my help, please contact me so we can meet! 

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