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What is a Birth Doula?

As a Birth Doula, I draw on my professional training, knowledge and experience to provide continuous physical, emotional and informational support to the mother and her partner before, during and just after childbirth. I can provide reassurance and perspective to you and your partner, make suggestions for labor progress, and help with relaxation, soothing touch, positioning and other techniques for comfort. I can also help in communicating with the staff to make sure that you have the information you need to make informed decisions as they arise in labor. I am independent and self-employed. As your doula, I am working for you, not your caregiver or hospital. I practice in accordance with the DONA Standards of Practice and the DONA Code of Ethics. Both documents are available online at  https://www.dona.org/

Services

  When you are in Labor
~stay by the side of the laboring mother throughout the entire labor, no matter how long

~provide emotional support and guidance, and physical comfort measures

~facilitate communication between the mother in labor, her partner, and the clinical care providers
                                                                 
  After Birth
~remain with the mother and baby for 1 – 2 hours after birth - until you are comfortable and your family is ready for quiet time together

~help the mother and baby to initiate breastfeeding, if desired, during the first hour or two after the birth

~provide a minimum of two and a maximum of five 1-hour postpartum visits to the mother and newborn during the first 14 days after the birth

~available by phone to answer questions about the birth or your baby during the first 14 days after birth 

  As a doula I do NOT:
~preform clinical tasks, such as: blood pressure, fetal heart checks, vaginal exams

~make decisions for you

~speak to the staff on your behalf 

Pricing


Basic Birth Doula Plan  $700

These services include:
~at least two 1-hour prenatal meetings

~being on call for the mother 14 days prior to the due date and up to 14 days after the due date

~ staying by the side of the laboring mother from the time that the client calls in her doula until at least one hour after the birth

~ a minimum of 2 and a maximum of five 1-hour postpartum visits to the mother and newborn during the first 14 days after the birth. 


Virtual Plan $300

These services include:
~at least two 1-hour prenatal phone meetings (video phone meetings are an option)

~unlimited support through phone calls & emails after prenatal phone meetings

~continuous support via video call throughout labor from the time the client calls until at least 1 hour after the birth

~a minimum of two and a maximum of five 1-hour postpartum calls


Sibling Care Plan $500

These services include:
~at least two 1-hour prenatal meetings with the family to become acquainted

~helping to take care of siblings and getting them involved in the birth, if that is desired.