Birth + Postpartum Doula Support
Doulas offer unwavering support to you and your family before, during, and after birth. I work for you and not your care provider, which means I’m able to give you the continuous one-on-one support. The evidence has shown that having a doula present at your birth can improve your overall outlook of your birthing experience by offering various non-medical support options. If you want to learn more about doulas this article from Evidence Based Birth is great!
In addition to getting to know each other; having a few prenatal visits is beneficial because we explore your birth goals, practice coping techniques, and address any concerns you may have going into your labor or postpartum period. I'd also help connect you with other resources in the community and informational resources if desired.
Labor and Birth Support
When I walk into your birth my job is to support you and your choices throughout your entire labor until about 2 hours after birth. I can help with comfort measures for both you and your birthing partner. Or I can just be another source of calm energy in the room. You and your family is my top priority.
Learning how to care for a newborn baby (or multiple newborn babies!) and finding time to run errands, cook, clean, and recover from birth or adoption can be incredibly overwhelming. So let me support you while you nurture your new baby. We can set up a schedule before birth for a few hours at a time or as you need it, up to 1 year postpartum
Other benefits for BIRTH support
unlimited support via text/email until 12 weeks postpartum
1-2 prenatal appointments to discuss birth plan and other information
on-call labor support starting at 37 weeks
2 hours of support after birth to assist in feeding and bonding
One postpartum visit 1-2 days after birth
1 appointment 1-2 weeks postpartum
Other benefits for POSTPARTUM support
help processing your birth or adoption
feeding support (breast/chest, pumping, bottle, etc)
general baby care education and support
assist in meal prep or light household chores
a companion while running errands or attending appointments
overnight care support
Back-up Birth Support
Most professional doulas have a back-up agreement with another doula for those *just in case* situations such as family emergencies, illness, extremely long labors, or multiple clients in labor at once. I have partnered with Erin Magenity from Bridge Birth Services. Erin trained as a birth doula through DONA International after serving as a Peace Corps volunteer.
Every family is unique, so I customize my support services to better meet each client's needs. Regardless of how you choose to birth, we will dive into your beliefs and expectations around labor, birth, and postpartum. Together, we will explore your physical and emotional strengths and limitations to ensure you’re prepared for birth and your transition into caring for a new baby.