Doula Services

Virtual Doula Services (NEW!)

In light of the pandemic, I am now offering Virtual Doula Services (and I’m actually excited about it!). Availability is limited and subject to change.

Services include:

  • Free 30 minute initial consultation via Zoom, Skype, Facetime, or phone
  • 2 prenatal meetings via Zoom, Skype, Facetime, or phone
  • Download of my “Birth Partner’s Ultimate Labor Support Toolkit
  • Continuous virtual support (as desired by you) from the onset of labor until one to two hours after your baby is born, via Zoom, Skype, Facetime, phone, or a combination
  • 1 virtual postpartum meeting via Zoom, Skype, Facetime, or phone
  • Phone, text, and e-mail availability throughout your pregnancy, up to 3 weeks postpartum, for questions or concerns
  • 24/7 on-call support from 38 weeks gestation until the birth of your baby

 

Investment: $1500 ($1547 value)

Includes:

 

This service is available for all birthplace settings (hospital, birth center, home). All support is done remotely, via the platform of your choice (Zoom, Skype, Facetime, phone). See tabs below for a more detailed description of services.

 

 

My philosophy as a doula is to do whatever I can so that you have a satisfying birth experience, as YOU (and your partner) define it.

Doula services usually include:

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  • 2 prenatal meetings
  • Continuous support from the onset of labor until one or two hours after your baby is born
  • 1 postpartum meeting
  • Phone and e-mail availability throughout your pregnancy, up to 3 weeks postpartum

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During meetings, we’ll work on:

        • Establishing what type of birth you wish to have
        • Clarifying the roles of the birth team members
        • Exploring the path towards you ideal birth
        • Help with your birth plan
        • A run-through of what to expect in birth and how to deal with its challenges
        • Addressing any specific concerns particular to your pregnancy or situation
        • A healthy amount of laughter, and the use of some marbles and a plastic egg.

Once labor has begun, I will meet you for labor support whenever you want. I usually prefer meeting you earlier at your home, rather than at the hospital, since I find this is helpful to the flow of the birthing process. But it’s totally up to you. Support will include a combination of:

        • Physical support: Focus on breathing, positioning, massage, visualization, cold/heat packs, counter-pressure and other comfort and relaxation techniques.
        • Informational support: Answer questions; explanation of where you are in the labor process and what might happen next in the context of the birth flow.
        • Emotional support: Address fears, anxieties and other concerns; reassurance, encouragement and reinforcement of the positive; creating a space where you feel safe and taken care of so that you can focus on labor.
        • Self-advocacy: Help you get the information necessary to make an informed decision; remind you if there is a departure from your birth plan.
        • Partner Support: Helping your birth partner support you, and supporting them as well.
        • Back-Up: If an unforeseeable situation arises, you will not be left doula-less! I always have a back-up doula available, just in case.

Aside from high fives, hugs and the possibility of joyful tears, we’ll:

        • Review the birth and talk about how it compares with what you expected
        • Assess how you are recovering, making sure you are taking good care of yourselves and setting realistic goals
        • Talk about how the baby is sleeping, feeding and doing in general
        • Focus on any challenges that you might be facing and talk about appropriate referrals

I do not:

    • Replace your health care team: I don’t do any clinical or medical tasks.
    • Replace your partner or family: I support and work together with them, to better support you.
    • Make decisions for you: I provide you with evidence-based information to help you make the informed decisions that are right for you.
    • Judge you: This is your birth, and only you can decide what’s best!

Choose Your Plan:


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Investment: $1500 ($1547 value)

Includes:


[mark]Get Birth AND Postpartum Ready[/mark]

Investment: $1575 ($1694 value)

Includes:


(Discounts available for repeat clients and new clients referred by previous clients.)

*I am a Certified Doula through DONA International (www.DONA.org), and received their Advanced Doula designation (one of only 52 in the world) in 2016. Since 2008, I have provided support in well over 150 births, ranging from home births to C-sections.

I also teach advanced doula workshops around the country, and speak at conferences about ways we can change how we approach birth and birth culture, in order to give the birthing power back to the birthing person.

In other words, I’m fairly passionate about all the perinatal things, and bring all that knowledge with me to your birth!

 

Travel Fee:

*Travel Fee: For any drive distance between 20-40 miles from downtown Rochester, there is a one-time travel-fee of $80. If you are located over 40 miles from Rochester, I would be happy to connect you with a doula that is closer to you.

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