Birth Doula Services
A birth doula is best described as a non-medical support person that assists the birthing person and/or family continuously, throughout the pregnancy, during labor/birth and immediately postpartum.
Doulas are trained in the physiology and psychology of birth, armed with information and the unique art of honoring, guiding, encouraging and providing physical and emotional comfort throughout the entire process.
The role of the doula is never to take the place of husbands or partners during birth, but rather to complement and enhance their experience. - American Pregnancy Association
Birth is transformative. Whether this is your first time and have no idea what to expect, or you’re looking to have a more satisfactory experience this time around, doula support can elevate and enhance your overall experience.
Individualized support will be a central aspect of your care. I will help you sort out what kind of birth experience you desire, and assist you in how to prepare for that type of birth, accordingly.
Your doula will answer questions, support your choices and help you to feel confident and prepared before and during birth. Birth doulas (also called labor doulas) are trained in specific comfort techniques that encourage relaxation, trust, focus, confidence and strength, as each stage and phase of the birthing process unfolds.
Whether you’re interested in an unmedicated birth, wish to receive medication, preparing for a VBAC (vaginal birth after cesarean), having a medically/emotionally indicated cesarean, repeat cesarean, or aren’t quite sure yet… a birth doula can assist you through the process of navigating all of the information and options available, and helping you to come to the realization of what your personal goals and values are. Your doula will work together with you, your partner, and your provider, to help you have a positive birth experience and memory.
Your doula will NOT replace your partner or take over their primary support role. Doulas aim to compliment and encourage the role of your partner to the level of involvement they are comfortable with at any given moment.
*For VBAC information and resources, please scroll to the bottom of the page*
Comprehensive prenatal preparation sessions cover a wide variety of topics including informed decision-making, personal preferences, comfort measures, local resources, navigating the hospital birth environment, effectively communicating your wishes to your provider, and the unique hormonal processes involved as your birthing time unfolds. Your prenatal visits will be informative, and based on the content that you would most like to cover.
As a birth attendant entrusted with the honor of occupying someone’s birth space, I am committed to providing respectful, inclusive, and non-judgemental support/advocacy to people and families of all ethnicities, cultures, gender identities/expressions, and dynamics.
What kinds of support does a birth doula provide?
Unlimited email, phone (text/call) support throughout pregnancy and through the postpartum transition.
Prenatal birth preparation visits.
Birth plan/preference assistance.
Continuous, hands-on (or off!) physical and emotional support during labor and birth. A calm, reassuring presence.
Non-pharmacological comfort techniques such as use of the Rebozo, visualization, focal points, acupressure, counter-pressure, relaxation and light touch massage.
Co-creation of your desired birth space.
Guidance through positioning/pelvic biomechanics.
Evidence based information.
Back-up doula network.
TOLAC/VBAC sensitive preparation, information and support.
Assistance with first feeding, if desired.
In-home postpartum family visit within the first few weeks after birth.