A doula is…

a non-medical support person for labor, birth, and postpartum. Doulas provide information and help during your prenatal period so that you can make educated choices about your labor and birth. We also provide emotional and physical support during labor through training in drug-free pain management, relaxation techniques, and labor tools. We encourage and support partners to participate in labor, birth, and postpartum. During the postpartum period, doulas help new parents by allowing them to review their own birth process and heal from any part they found confusing or upsetting. A doula can identify and provide resources for perinatal mood disorders. We encourage new families to be open about the challenges they are facing in order to help them normalize or cope with the situation. We are also trained to educate new families about nursing and help establish good habits.

A doula is not…

trained in medical procedures. Doulas do not perform blood pressure checks or monitor fetal heart rates. We will not give medical advice, but will provide information so that you can make a choice based on evidence. We do not push our personal opinions or judge your choices. We will not communicate to the hospital staff for you, but encourage you to speak up for yourself. Doulas feel it is very important to help a pregnant person find their own strength and utilize it. Doulas do not interfere with medical decisions, and we will do our very best to create a cohesive environment between the hospital staff and your family. A doula does not replace your partner or family member. It is our job to facilitate a calm, positive environment that encourages participation from your birth partner, family, and friends.


My Services


Private Childbirth Education

In-home 5 Hour Course

Private in-home childbirth education on a day of the birthing person’s choice. The course will be specific to whichever the birthing person chooses, such as home birth, birth center birth, or hospital birth preparation. This course is tailored to be inclusive and relevant for all genders and relationship structures.

Some topics covered include: preparing for labor, signs of labor, comfort measures, common interventions, childbirth, newborn procedures, immediate postpartum care, chest feeding, and postpartum resources

The course is generally 5 hours. It includes a digital and physical copy of the presentation for note taking, demonstrations, charts, and videos. Snacks and water will also be provided. Payment is due when session is scheduled.

Investment: $250 (20% discount for Birth Doula Service clients)


Birth Plan Preparation

Template

Provide a birth plan template as a resource to know what options are available for any circumstances within labor, birth, and the postpartum period. Payment due when session scheduled.

 

Birth Plan

Discussion session providing evidence based information about decisions for labor, birth, and postpartum. Creation of a custom birth plan that is easy for any medical provider to refer to regarding care. Birth plans will differ based on type of care provider - midwife and/or obstetrician, where the birth will take place - home, birth center, and/or hospital, and what type of birth is anticipated - drug-free, epidural, narcotics, and/or cesarean.

Investment: $100 for a template and a 2 hour session (included in Comprehensive Doula Service Package)


Day of Doula Services

Labor Support

-Complimentary consultation, contract and payment for services completed online, full payment due at contract signing

-Must receive a birth plan from client before 38 weeks

-Phone availability 24/7 once contract is established

-Will show up for labor when needed (usually during active labor) and provide continuous physical and emotional support up to 2 hours postpartum

-Use of TENS Unit, Birth Ball, Peanut Ball, and other labor tools

-Nursing and/or bottle feeding support, if needed

 

Postpartum Support

-One postpartum wellness check - this is the best time to bring up any concerns or struggles so I can provide support and resources

  • Nursing and/or bottle feeding support, if needed

  • Discussion of your birth experience to promote healing and understanding and the evaluation of my services

Investment: $500 flat fee


Comprehensive Doula Service Package**

Prenatal Support

1st meeting: Complimentary consultation, deposit of $350 due only if we move forward with a contract

2nd meeting: Discuss specific needs for client and labor techniques/birth affirmations, meet birth partner(s)

3rd meeting: Birth plan preparation, postpartum expectations, balance of $400 due before 38 weeks gestation

 

Labor Support

-Phone availability 24/7 once contract is established

-Will show up for labor when needed (usually during active labor) and provide continuous physical and emotional support up to 2 hours postpartum

-Use of TENS Unit, Birth Ball, Peanut Ball, and other labor tools

-Nursing and/or bottle feeding support, if needed

 

Postpartum Support

-Two postpartum wellness checks - this is the best time to bring up any concerns or struggles so I can provide support and resources

  • Nursing and/or bottle feeding support, if needed

  • Discussion of your birth experience to promote healing and understanding and the evaluation of my services

Investment: $750 flat fee

-Beginning with contracts signed after November 1, 2019, my flat fee will be $850 due to experience, education, and rising living costs.

-I have and will continue to offer payment plans and discounts to those in need.


**This is a general outline of the comprehensive package and will be different based upon each client’s needs. Some clients need more postpartum visits, and some need less prenatal visits. I am very flexible in creating a schedule that is most beneficial for each of my clients. I offer my services at a flat rate, and the rate will not change based on the number of meetings or hours of labor.