Services

Free Consultation 

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.  

Phone & Email Support 

Phone: (717) 342-8449

Email: cherishedbirthservices@gmail.com

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.

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.  

During labor 

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.

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.  

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.

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.

 

 

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.

Charish Dissinger

Birth Doula

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