"Doula is a Greek word whose definition has come to mean a woman who helps other women."
"The word has further evolved to mean a woman experienced in childbirth who provides continuous physical, emotional, and informational support to the mother before, during, and after childbirth."
The Doula Book, 3rd Ed., Kennell, Klaus and Klaus
As a birth doula, I provide physical, emotional and informational support for expectant parents and their families during labor. I support all birth choices and seek to empower families to have their best birth. My services include:
2 prenatal visits, in which we will discuss your birth preferences, comfort techniques, and address any fears or concerns;
Unlimited text/email/phone support;
24/7 on-call availability to attend your birth starting from your 37th week until you go into labor;
Continuous support during labor and birth from the time you decide you need me until about 2 hours post-partum. Support includes comfort measures (including touch techniques, positioning techniques, emotional support, and access to tools within my Doula Bag);
A post-partum visit to discuss your birth experience and assess the need for any resources.
Doula services are $1300. These services can be combined with private pre- or postnatal yoga sessions for an additional cost.
As a Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator, I offer private childbirth education in the comfort of your home. Information is evidence-based and covers the stages of labor, pain management and coping techniques, hands-on support, common interventions, induction, C-Section and its recovery, newborn procedures, initial breastfeeding and “the super simple birth plan.” Additionally, this session will cover suggestions for communicating with your care provider and support staff during labor. Private (or semi-private) childbirth education lasts 4 hours.
Birth Prep is a shorter, more focused session covering coping and pain management, hands-on techniques, what to bring, and suggestions for communicating with your care provider and support staff. Sometimes considered a doula crash course for partners, this session generally lasts between 1.5-2 hours.