PROFESSIONAL BIRTH DOULA SERVICES
My typical birth doula package is $600* and includes the following:
(*I firmly believe that every woman who wants the support of a doula during this amazing but difficult process should have access to one. If you cannot afford the standard fee please contact me anyway – we can work out a payment plan or if needed, a sliding scale, so that you may have the support you deserve. Many insurance companies will reimburse for doula services.)
At least 2 prenatal appointments
During these visits we will discuss your wishes for your birth in detail. I will provide you with information on the many options you may face, become familiar with your preferences, and give you tools for managing labor and birth.
Unlimited phone/email support
I am available to you by phone or email during your pregnancy and early labor to answer any questions you may have, or to offer support or encouragement. This service also extends into your first few weeks with your new baby.
Birth plan assistance
Using your wishes and preferences for your birth as a guide, I will help you to create a written birth plan that will clarify what is important to you and help your team of care providers to work collaboratively.
Access to my lending library
You are welcome to borrow from my collection of books and DVDs on pregnancy and birth. I can offer personalized recommendations for which ones you may find the most helpful.
Continuous labor support
I will go on-call for you beginning at 38 weeks gestation. This means when you call, I will drop everything to be with you for the duration of your labor and birth. I will join you at whatever point you request, whether that be at home or meeting you at the hospital/birth center. From that point forward I am there for you and your partner in any way you may need me, until you are holding your baby in your arms.
Should you go into labor prior to 38 weeks, I will do my very best to be there with you. Should I not be able to attend your labor for any reason, I will provide an approved backup doula at no additional cost to you.
Immediate postpartum assistance
I will remain with you for a couple of hours after your baby’s birth to help you to understand and advocate for your choices regarding newborn procedures, assist you with initial breastfeeding, and make sure that you and your partner are comfortable. Should you wish, I can snap photos of your first moments together with your new baby. Once everyone is settled, I will leave you to enjoy your new family.
I will visit you at your home one to two weeks after your birth to see how you, your partner, and your new baby are doing and to process the birth experience together. I can offer assistance and answer your questions wherever possible, or direct you to the appropriate resources. My training includes breastfeeding support and recognizing signs of postpartum depression, and I can also offer guidance with infant soothing, sleep tips, babywearing, and cloth diapering. I have many connections in the community and will be happy to direct you to a lactation consultant, postpartum doula, massage therapist, new parent support group, or whomever you may need.