We will usually have 2 prenatal visits-after the initial meeting, I’ll meet with you and your partner usually twice before labor. The in-depth prenatal visits are where we’ll explore and discuss your preferences, priorities, and concerns about labor. This is an essential meeting as it allows me to really hear what you are needing now, through the remainder of your pregnancy and during your birth. My goal is not to get you to conform to my philosophy of birth, but to hear what you are needing/hoping to achieve. We’ll discuss expectations and roles in labor and determine how we might best acheive your goals together. We may decide to plan additional meetings before labor. If not, we will remain in touch by telephone in the last few weeks of your pregnancy.
I’ll provide you with personalized informational support as you need it. This might include explanations of medical terms or procedures, providing research findings for evidence-based care, helping you determine your preferences and priorities and walking you through the process of making informed choices and connecting you with community resources that fit your needs.
You will have access to my library and borrowing privileges of books, videos and DVD’s. (I just ask that all items must be returned by the postpartum visit.)
You’ll receive 20% off Confident Birthing Childbirth Class (7 week series only). We will take this discount off the retainer if you are already enrolled in class.
If you are having a home birth, my portable birth tub is available to you for a minimal rental fee of $50.00 and the cost of the liner ($38.00-which you will order).
From the time you have retained my services, I am available during business hours to answer questions or help you process information or options. We will also stay in contact-via email or phone, touching base from 37 weeks until your labor begins so that I can be aware of any changes or challenges you are having as you near your birth.
I will sometimes attend appointments with your care providers with you if needed (examples of appropriate times to accompany you would be to meet your care providers if I am unfamiliar to/with them, if you have a special circumstances visit such as your partner is unavailable and you have an issue with your pregnancy, or have scheduled a procedure and would like support.)
I am officially “on call” for your birth from your 37th week and will provide 24 hour phone support from this time to 1 week postpartum (for questions regarding your labor or immediate postpartum experience).
I will be your continuous support through your birth. In early labor, I am available to you by phone and will make suggestions as needed, give you perspective, reassurance and support. Once we have determined your labor is active, I will usually come to your home and help you labor in the comfort of your own space and, together, we’ll determine when is the best time to go to your birth location or call the midwives to come to you.
While with you, depending on your needs, and how your labor is progressing, I might assist you in some or all of the following ways:
When your baby is born I will remain with you usually between 1 and 2 hours (or longer if necessary). I will help your family facilitate the essential skin-to-skin contact and support the organic initiation of breastfeeding as you need. I will stay with you until you are comfortable and ready for quiet time together as a family and I will help you to protect these special first moments which cannot be reproduced.
I remain “on-call” for you in the first postpartum week should you need support with breastfeeding or have recovery concerns.
We’ll communicate over the phone within the first days of your birth and I will visit you (usually between day 2 and 4) to check on your breastfeeding progress and to support your early parenting needs such as sleeping, nourishment, and early newborn care.
Usually within 1-3 weeks postpartum I will return to your home for a visit to review, process and celebrate your birth.
It is my goal to provide you with photos of your birth. This is typically how I document your birth. Photos, while a much loved item of my services, are dependent on how fast your birth goes and how reasonable it is for me to continue with photos throughout the birth and the condition of my equipment.
I will provide additional community resources and referrals as you may need them over the 6 weeks postpartum. I can be reached by phone or telephone during business hours for non-emergent concerns.
As your doula, I DO NOT:
For more information about my birth doula services, contact me.