My Doula Services

Congratulations on the upcoming birth of a new little life…each one is such a miracle!

A doula is a skilled labor assistant that guides the labor process with continuous, compassionate and uninterrupted expert support. Birth is often a journey into the unknown. Every mother must follow her own path and can gain strength from the experience. A knowledgeable, caring guide is a wonderful comfort to both mother and father. Doulas use positioning, massage, emotional support and in-depth knowledge of childbirth to aid the mother and baby during labor and birth. Doulas provide extra support and direction, allowing the family to focus on each other and have peace of mind during this special time. Birth is a natural, normal rite of passage. Doulas understand the physiology of birth and the emotional needs of a woman in labor and supports her through this transition and can help process the birth, if needed, at the postpartum visit.

Free 30-45 minute consultation where we get acquainted, I explain my services and answer questions
Discuss how I may best support and assist you
One in home prenatal visit
Assistance in helping you to create your Birth Preferences
Unlimited telephone/text/email support throughout pregnancy
24 hour on-call availability two weeks before and after your EDD, along with a back-up doula in the event I’m not available
Support and assistance in your home, birth center and/or hospital
Assistance with pain coping techniques
I provide you with evidence based information that can assist you in making informed decisions
I keep detailed notes of your experience for your Birth Story
As a photographer, I can capture your labor, birth, and immediate postpartum experience
Stay with you after birth to assist you with getting settled and initial breastfeeding
Follow-up phone call to check in and a postpartum home visit to discuss your birth experience and present you with your Birth Story and photographs
The role of the doula is NEVER to take the place of the partner during labor, but to complement and enhance their experience. Today, many fathers are taking a more active role in the birth process, but some partners feel that this is a huge expectation and would rather be able to enjoy the delivery without having to stand in as labor coach. With a doula as part of the birth team, a father can do whatever he feels comfortable with at each moment. Doulas can encourage the father to use comfort measures and can step in when he needs a break. Having a doula allows the father to be able to support his partner emotionally during labor and birth and also enjoy it himself without the pressure to remember everything he learned in childbirth class.

Fees

My doula fee is $800 for the Basic Package and $1200 for the Deluxe Photography Package.

A 50% retainer is due at the time of hire, with the balance due by 36 weeks.

This fee includes prenatal support, labor, birth, and postpartum care.

The Basic Package includes one high resolution edited photograph and your Birth Story.

The Deluxe Photography Package includes 50-75 high resolution edited photographs, a slideshow video, and your Birth Story.

It does not include TENS unit rental, in which I am certified to use. Rental of the TENS unit is $30.