Birth Support

  • ​Recognizes birth as a key experience the mother will remember all her life

  • Understands the physiology of birth and the emotional needs of a woman in labor

  • Assists the woman in preparing for and carrying out her plans for birth

  • Provides continuous care for the woman throughout the labor

  • Provides emotional support, physical comfort measures and an objective viewpoint

  • Provides information the family needs to make informed decision

  • Facilitates communication between the laboring woman, her partner and her clinical care providers

  • Perceives her role as nurturing and protecting the woman's memory of the birth experience

  • Encourages the woman's partner to participate at his/her comfort level

 

  • Feels more secure and cared for

  • Is often more successful at adapting to new family dynamics

  • Has greater success with breastfeeding

  • Has greater self-confidence

  • Encounters fewer postpartum issues

  • Has 50% reduction in cesarean birth

  • Has 30% reduction in requests for pain medication

  • Has 60% fewer requests for epidural anesthesia

  • Has 25% decrease in the length of labor

  • Has 30% decrease in use of Pitocin

  • Reduction of medical cost

  • Has increased breastfeeding success

  • Greater overall satisfaction

 We strive to make every birth as special and as individual as we can.  As a woman and a doula, we hold the birth of a child as one of the most sacred events in a woman’s life. Women have been assisting women in child birth with great success for centuries and the benefits of having a doula at your birth are numerous for not only both mother and baby, but the whole family. 

As your Birth Doula we provide the following services:​

Initial consultation/interview via phone, in person or video call

2-4 prenatal visits

Non Urgent support during normal business hours and Urgent support 24 hours a day 7 days a week  (Please always call 911 or your medical provider first for all medical emergencies.)

Guidance in understanding what to expect and creating a custom birth plan for the many scenarios birth can present

Begin "on call" time to attend your birth starting at 38 weeks of gestation

Support over the phone or at home in early labor, if desired and appropriate

 (Your doula will arrive within two hours of your request to have her present for in person support) 

Continous support through the duration of labor, during the birth, and approximately 1-3 hours after the birth to support the early bonding time and initial breastfeeding

Support and preparation for breast or bottle feeding both prior to and after the birth

Two postpartum visits in your home during the first two weeks after your birth which includes:

 

   * A review of the birth and thumb drive of any photos taken at the birth
   * Support for self care, newborn care and assessment of postpartum depression or any other concerns         

   * Instruction in swaddling and evidence based infant calming/soothing techniques                                  

   * Phone consultations as needed up to six weeks postpartum          

   * Access to my list of resources

 

 

Studies have shown that when doulas attend birth, labors are shorter with fewer complications, babies are healthier and they breastfeed more easily.​
During a birth, a doula:

When a mother has a doula present at her birth she:​