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WHAT IS A BIRTH DOULA?

A caregiver who provides emotional, physical and informational support to a woman before, during and shortly after childbirth. A birth doula accompanies a woman in labor to help ensure a positive and empowering birth experience. While a doula cannot guarantee a specific outcome, she draws on her knowledge and experience to advocate for the well-being of and decisions made by the woman. She customizes her support to address the needs of each individual woman, caring for her with compassion from pregnancy into motherhood.

 

BIRTH DOULA FEE

$900

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1-2 Prenatal Visits

Continuous Labor Support

Immediate Postpartum Support

1 Postpartum Visit

Labor & Birth Photography, if Desired

 
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PRENATAL VISITS

An opportunity to thoroughly discuss mom's birth preferences and assist in the creation of a birth plan. Providing information and education as needed, I utilize these visits to help mom and any support person(s) work through questions, concerns or feelings about pregnancy, labor and delivery. Advanced understanding of birth expectations and preferences, health history, preferred coping mechanisms and support needs will help me fulfill my role as your birth doula.

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CHILDBIRTH SUPPORT

As your birth doula, it is my duty to provide you with continuous support from the moment I am called until after you are settled in post-delivery. I draw on my extensive training, knowledge and experience to offer you emotional, informational and physical support to ensure a safe and satisfying birth experience. I do not provide medical advice or services but will help you and your support partner understand your options so that you can make well-informed decisions. I work for you and bring to each birth a heart of compassion, nonjudgmental support and confident advocacy.

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POSTPARTUM VISIT

Our relationship does not end once you deliver your child. Within 2 weeks of delivery, I will plan to meet with you in your home to review the birth experience and relive the details of labor and delivery as desired. We can joyfully reflect on a positive birth experience or talk thoroughly through the emotions and questions surrounding a traumatic or unexpected birth experience. No matter the birth, I am there to listen empathetically, validate your feelings and help you process all that comes along with the birth of a child! I am also committed to providing necessary resources to ensure safe and appropriate healing in the postpartum period.

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BIRTH PHOTOGRAPHY

As a special perk to my clients, I provide photography of labor and delivery as requested. I am not a professional photographer, but I am able to capture special moments and gift you the opportunity to watch your birth from a different perspective!