Phone, Text & Email Support
Continuous Labor Support
We will meet 2-3 times prenatally and discuss your desires for labor and birth and formulate a Birth Plan. From there, we will be exploring childbirth preparation; how to relax, breath and move your body in labor. Childbirth deserves as much attention and planning as if you were preparing for any physical and mentally challenging event, like a marathon.
I offer initial phone support until you decide when you want my physical presence at home or hospital. From there I will guide you through the stages of labor with the appropriate coping techniques of relaxation, breathing and movement all from which we have addressed and practiced prenatally. I will help you understand what is occurring at the different stages of labor and provide emotional support through encouraging words, nurturing touch and a constant presence.
Immediate Postpartum Support
After the baby is born, I will ensure all birth plan requests are meet such as skin to skin and delayed cord clamping as well as any applications to your newborn. My presence remains until breastfeeding has been established and everyone is settled in with necessities. And, it would be my honor to take a new family photo.
As a Doula, I Do Not:
Perform any clinical task
I WILL physically and emotionally support you.
Make decisions for you
I WILL help you find the information necessary to make an informed decision. I will also remind you of your Birth Plan desires.
Speak to the staff on your behalf
I WILL discuss your concerns with you and suggest options, and support you or your partner to directly speak to the clincal staff.
Postpartum follow-up visit
I will visit you 1-2 days postpartum to answer any questions you may have and to process your birth. I then come about a week later after you are home a few days. After that I will check in with you and offer additional visits, if needed. I can come to you as often or seldom as you like. Every woman will have different needs and preferences.
There are many resources available in our community for pregnant women, new moms and families. I can refer you to a plethora of health care providers that I have met and worked with over the years.