My role as your birth doula

Initial meeting

Before you decide to hire me as your birth doula I like to have an initial meeting so I can answer any questions you may have about my experience and background, how I envision our relationship moving forward, and so that we can get a sense for who we each are. The most valuable thing I will bring to your birth is a calm, reassuring presence, so it is very important that you (and your partner if they will be present) feel comfortable with me.

This meeting is free and 30-45 minutes in length.

Prenatal visits

Our first prenatal visit is an opportunity for me to get to know you, your family, and your expectations, desires, and priorities for your baby's birth.  We also begin to develop a comfort with and trust of each other. I can also share information about specific questions or concerns you may have and connect you with local resources.

During our second prenatal visit, we will delve deeper into labor coping skills, like positioning and techniques your partner or I can use to help relieve pressure and pain. Even though your feelings will inevitably change once you are actually in labor, it is helpful to practice different techniques and positions so you are familiar with them and you have a sense for what feels best to you.

Ideally we will meet a third time to continue the conversations and activities listed above and wrap up any other loose ends, like coming up with an awesome postpartum support plan!

Each prenatal visit will last 1 - 1.5 hours.

From the moment you hire me through the weeks following your baby's birth, I will be available on call by phone or email.

Labor and Birth

Our relationship revolves around this incredible moment in time in which you labor and give birth to your baby(s)!

As your doula you don't need to wait until you are sure you are in active labor to call me. Whenever you think it would be helpful to have me around, you can call on me. I will provide unconditional and continuous support including:

  • Emotional support

  • Physical support and coping methods like positioning, massage, and other comfort measures.

  • Informational support:

  • Detailed note-taking so you can recall the progression and timeline of labor and delivery

  • Photos if desired

Postpartum

At our postpartum visit, we will debrief the birth experience and I will check in on how you, your new baby, and the rest of the family are doing, and provide any information you may need about infant feeding, emotional and physical recovery from birth, mother–baby bonding, infant soothing, and basic newborn care.

Because I love to cook and bake, I will also bring a homemade dish or treat of your choice.

How much does it cost?

 

My rates are based on the extent of my doula services that you desire and your personal financial situation. My goal is to run a business based on equity, compassion, and honesty. I hope to be able to provide my services for any family who would benefit from them, and not restrict the benefits of a doula-supported birth to only those of a certain income level.

My basic formula is to charge a set amount which covers being on call for up to 4 weeks and up to 12 hours of doula support. After that point I will charge an hourly rate with a maximum cap that we agree the cost cannot excede.

If you would like an estimate, please feel free to reach out!

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