I am available to meet with an expectant mother as well as her partner and/or support person(s). Please call to set up a free consultation.
2 Prenatal Visits
These prenatal visits are designed for mom and partner to ask questions and talk about the upcoming birth. It is also a chance for us to become familiar with one another.
When labor begins, mom or partner should contact me as soon as possible. I will need one hour notice to get my things in order and head to the hospital or home. I will be there for the entire labor and delivery, no matter the length of time, or time of day or night.
Working for mom
I am here to support laboring mothers. I will be available to be at her side when she is in labor but it will be up to her to let me know when she wants me to be there. I am comfortable with hospital or home settings, as long as I am welcome and the atmosphere is safe for mother and baby.
Baby’s first feeding Support
In addition to labor and delivery, I will stay with mom for up to 3 hours after baby is born to assist in establishing breastfeeding and to help ensure mother and baby are comforable and resting.
As a Doula, I Do Not:
Perform any clinical tasks
I will not perform clinical tasks such as taking blood pressure readings, monitor contractions, listen to fetal heart tones, cervical checks, etc. Those tasks are for the OB/GYN or midwife to perform.
Make decisions for you
I am here to help mom make informed decisions about her birth.
Postpartum follow-up visit
I will schedule one follow-up visit two-four weeks postpartum with mom and baby to make sure all is going well and to answer questions. I am also available via phone and text message for moms anytime.
Postpartum breastfeeding support
If mom and baby are having trouble with feeding, I am available to meet and help with issues to help resolve them, or find the appropriate support needed.
I do not speak for you
As your birth doula, I am your guest in a hospital setting. I can give gentle reminders to the hospital staff on your behalf about your birth plan, but I cannot give orders to the staff and they have absolutely no obligation to listen to what I have to say. You are their patient, therefore it is up to you and your partner to discuss your options and needs with the medical staff. I am there to support your decisions, and to help you to follow your birth plan.