What Does Your Empowered Birth Look Like?
A doula can be an integral part of a birth experience where you will feel comforted, confident and supported during your upcoming birth. A doula offers comfort measures to help the birthing woman cope with labor sensations, evidence-based information, and a calm, trusting presence during childbirth. Although typically defined as a "birth doula", most doulas' offerings begin in pregnancy and extend into the postpartum period. You can learn more about what a doula does here. In terms of what you get when working with me, here's a peek...
I provide comprehensive prenatal support, consisting of:
- Unlimited, 24/7 phone, text, and email support
- Two prenatal visits (three if hired within 4 months of your due date)
- Access to my resource library, as well as a password-protected part of this website that includes evidence-based articles
Prenatal visits give us with the opportunity to become familiar with each other and build a trusting relationship. These 3 education-focused meetings ensure you feel informed about your options and confident in what to expect during birth.
A typical prenatal visit schedule includes:
- Prenatal Visit 1: At this meeting, we will develop a clear birth plan that outlines your priorities for birth and your preferences. This plan can be used as a tool to make sure everyone you invite to your birth, including any medical professionals, understands your desires and preferences for the birth of your baby.
- Prenatal Visit 2: This visit is completed at around 36 weeks of pregnancy. At this time, we discuss comfort measures, he labor process, and what to expect postpartum. In addition, we review your “postpartum plan” to ensure that we set you up for success once baby is home!
I frequently meet with clients informally between official prenatal visits, as well, to get to know each other a bit more and answer any questions they may have.
Labor and Birth Support
During your birth, you benefit from skilled use of comfort measures which can help you feel as calm and comfortable as possible. I also help facilitate discussion between you and your chosen primary attendant (if any) to make sure you are informed and confident about any decisions you may need to make during the birth. Please remember that my role of the doula differs from the role of any medical professionals. If you have a partner who will be taking an active role in supporting you during birth, birth doula support will benefit him/her as well, and the two of us will work together to ensure you are fully supported as you labor and give birth.
I remain with you for up to two hours after your birth, until you are comfortable and ready to enjoy quiet time with your family. I also help with initial breastfeeding as needed.
During the postpartum period, I am available by phone/email 24 hours/7 days to answer questions. My services include up to two additional postpartum visits, which usually take place as follows:
- Postpartum Visit I usually takes place 2-4 days after birth in a hospital; 1-2 day after birth center or homebirth
- If requested, I will come by for a second postpartum visit 1-2 weeks after birth
During our postpartum visits, we will review your birth experience, assess breastefeeding, see how you are doing physically, emotionally, and mentally, and get feedback from you about my role. In between visits, I will text and call periodically to check in with you and your family. I can answer questions or concerns about you, your, baby, and the postpartum experience (non-medical, of course!), and provide referrals for additional support as necessary. Your partner (if applicable) should also feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns.