Doula Services

6891E577-40E3-4B59-888B-ECD8C68EC521What is a doula?

A birth doula is a trained professional that provides emotional, physical and informational support before, during and after childbirth (check out this great article from Evidence Based Birth).  It is an honor and a privilege to work with mothers and families at such a transformative time.  Each mother and baby are different and I strive to support and empower each family to make the choices that work best for them.

According to a recent study published in the Cochrane Review, people who have a doula during childbirth experience:

  • A 39% decrease in risk of cesarean.
  • A 15% increase in the likelihood of a spontaneous vaginal birth.
  • A 10% decrease in the use of any medication for pain relief.
  • A 38% decrease in baby’s risk of a low 5 minute APGAR score.
  • A 31% decrease in the risk of being dissatisfied with the birth experience.

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My Birth Doula Services Include:

  • A complimentary interview with you and your partner to see if we would be a good fit.
  • Two prenatal visits.
  • Two to three (or more, if needed) postpartum visits.
  • Phone / text / email support throughout your pregnancy and early postpartum period.
  • Continuous support during your labor and immediate postpartum period (I will come when you want me to come and stay 1-2 hours following your birth).
  • On call 24-hours a day from 38 weeks gestation until your baby’s birth.
  • Access to my collection of pregnancy-related books and DVD’s.

Prenatal visits allow us to get to know one another and talk about your birth.  I can help you with a birth plan and discuss any questions you have about your pregnancy, birth and postpartum period.

Postpartum visits are a time to remember your birth and make sure everyone is thriving in the first few weeks with baby.   I can assist with breastfeeding, infant care and provide community resources for any help that is needed.