As a doula, I support women and families through the journey of labor and birth. I draw on my knowledge and experience to provide non-medical emotional and physical labor support. I am not here to make decisions, but to help you know your options. I do not perform any medical procedures. I can provide reassurance and perspective to you and your partner, make suggestions for labor progress, help with relaxation, massage, positioning, and other techniques for comfort. I will strive to maintain a calm and peaceful birth environment. I am independent and self-employed. As your doula, I am working for you, not your caregiver or hospital.
Free Consultation - I offer a free initial consultation before a contract is signed so we can meet and decide if we’re right for each other. I hold your estimated due date for 1 week following our interview. After 1 week, the date will be open to other clients; therefore it is important that you let me know your intentions within that week. I encourage you to meet with other doulas and carefully consider which doula would be right for you.
Prenatal Meeting - We will gather to go over your priorities and any concerns or questions you may have regarding your upcoming birth. We will also discuss my role during your labor and delivery. Here we will explore your vision for your birth, pain coping strategies, labor management options, and how you and your partner foresee working together. It will be at the first prenatal meeting that we will sign a contract and I receive the payment for my services.
Birth Plan - I can provide guidance if you need any assistance in writing a Birth Plan. The Birth Plan can help your birth team be aware of your wishes for your birth and postpartum care. This Birth Plan should also be presented to your care provider so that your provider may become familiar with your desires for your birth.
On-Call Support - I will be on-call for you 24 hours a day beginning two weeks before your due date and ending two weeks after your baby’s birth. I will also inform you of times in which I am unavailable for labor support. While I will make every effort to attend your birth, unforeseen circumstances may prevent me from being able to do so. To cover these times, I will arrange for one or more reliable back-up doulas, whom you may meet upon request. I am part of a partnership with two other amazing doulas, Susan Linville and Nancy Reinhart. If I cannot attend your birth, one of these doulas will attend.
I would like you call me when you think you are in labor, even if you do not yet need me. I can answer questions and make suggestions over the phone. We will decide if I should come right then, or wait for further change. I can then make arrangements to attend your birth. I usually need 1-2 hours to get to you from the time you ask me to come. We will also decide where to meet; at your home or the hospital.
I will use my knowledge and experience to provide support and comfort to you and your partner. I will help your partner support you through reassurance, assistance and suggestions. I will act as a liaison between you and your medical team, helping you ask questions in order to get the information you need from them. I will establish a good rapport with the medical team and remind staff of your Birth Plan.
As a doula I do not:
Perform clinical tasks such as blood pressure checks, fetal heart tones or vaginal exams. I am there to provide comfort techniques, emotional support and advocacy.
Make decisions for you. I will help you get the information necessary to make an informed decision. I will also remind you if there is a departure from your Birth Plan.
Speak to the staff regarding matters where decisions are being made. I will discuss your concerns with you and suggest options, but you or your partner will speak on your behalf to the clinical staff.
I usually remain with you for one or two hours after birth, until you are comfortable and your family is ready for quiet time together. I will photograph your labor, birth, and postpartum if you desire. I can assist with initial breastfeeding latch-on and techniques if needed. I am available for phone contact after the birth of your baby.
I would like to get together with you within one to two weeks for a postpartum visit in order to see how you are doing, to review the birth, and to admire your baby. During this visit we will talk about how breastfeeding is going, and go over ways to care for yourself during this special postpartum time.