The word “doula” comes from the ancient Greek meaning “a woman who serves” and is now used to refer to a trained and experienced professional who provides continuous physical, emotional and informational support to the mother before, during and just after birth; or who provides emotional and practical support during the postpartum period.
Studies have shown that when doulas attend birth, labors are shorter with fewer complications, babies are healthier and they breastfeed more easily. Recent evidence also suggests that when a doula provides labor support, women are more satisfied with their experience and the mother-infant interaction is enhanced as long as two months after the birth. With doula support, partners take a more active role and they tend to stay more involved with their partner rather than pull away in times of stress.
-Free consultation at a location of your choice
-2-3 prenatal visits depending on your need, where I answer questions, help you with your birth plan, talk about any fears or concerns, previous births, and actively practice support and comfort measures.
-Unlimited phone call and email support in the weeks surrounding your birth
-On call 24 hours/day beginning two weeks before your due date to two weeks afterwards.
-Meeting you at your home or hospital once labor begins.
-Providing continuous, uninterrupted support throughout labor. I will be there to answer questions about the risks and benefits of procedures, help you stick to your birth plan, provide emotional encouragement, support family members, help with comfort measures, and assist with optimal labor positioning.
-Stay with you for 1-2 hours after baby arrives, to help you get settled and establish breastfeeding.
-1 Postpartum visit at your home to ensure all is well and offer any referrals if needed.
Basic labor support package as well as packages including acupuncture visits to help the body prepare for labor are available. Call for pricing.