Birth Doula Care
A birth doula is someone who is there to support you throughout your pregnancy, labor, and immediate postpartum journey with emotional, physical, and informational support.
Your doula is able to get to know you throughout your pregnancy, becoming familiar with your hopes and wishes for your birth, along with any special needs and wants you have for that day. Your doula is on call for you in a way that your doctor cannot be; you know a doula will be at your birth barring any unforeseen circumstances. This continuity of care is not always present in modern, American health care. Having someone in the room with you during your birthing will provide en element of emotional support through your labor journey.
Physical support during labor is pretty obvious. Labor doesn't tickle, and a birth doula can help you to stay as comfortable as possible throughout labor. Whether your goal is to have an unmedicated birth or to get an epidural, physical support is a vital component of birth doula care involving position changes, massage, counter pressure, aromatherapy, temperature regulation, and even more tricks of the trade.
Doulas are a valuable source of information throughout your pregnancy and birth. We've read all of the pregnancy and birth books, stay abreast of the current evidence-based practices, and have been to births in which we learn through experience. Here are just a few ways in which a birth doula can provide informational support:
- discuss your options for health care providers and hospitals
- suggest reading material and educational resources throughout your pregnancy
- discuss different childbirth education models, and discuss which might be the best fit for you
- help you to write a birth plan
- answer questions throughout your pregnancy
- suggest stretches to keep you comfortable throughout pregnancy
- suggest methods for preparing your body for labor and birth
- explain the pros and cons of suggested medical interventions
- explain what that beeping noise is
- suggest positions for labor progress
- provide breastfeeding support immediately postpartum
What about your partner?
Doulas do not take the place of your partner! We're there to support the entire family. Partners and doulas become a team during the birth, relying on one another to support the birthing person in all of the ways we can. We're a resource for partners to ask questions during labor, get reassurance that things are normal, and allow them an opportunity to take a break. Yes, it's all about the mom, but birth is a rite of passage for the entire family. Partners and dads need plenty of support, too.
Birth Doula Package
3 prenatal visits
At our three prenatal visits we'll have the opportunity to get to know one another better, providing the foundation for a connection that will carry through to the birth. We'll identify your birth goals, cover questions to ask your doctor or midwife, discuss choices you have during labor, work together to write a birth plan, cover coping techniques and position changes, and discuss the stages and changes that happen during labor.
Phone, text, and email support
After signing our contract, I'm available to you via phone, text, and email to answer any questions you may have throughout your pregnancy and postpartum period. I'm notoriously responsive!
On call beginning at 37 weeks
Beginning at 37 weeks, I will be on call continuously for the special day your little one is born.
Continuous labor support
Early labor can go on for a long time, and we'll discuss what this can look like and different coping strategies for early labor. I will provide phone and text support through early labor. Beginning in active labor when your contractions are closer and you're needing in-person support, I will join you at your home, hospital, or birth center and stay with you through your birth and about an hour or two postpartum.
1 postpartum visit
I'll visit you at home within 1-2 weeks following the birth. We'll have the opportunity to debrief the birth by sharing notes and pictures. At this visit you'll have the opportunity to ask any additional questions you may have about postpartum recovery and newborn care.