What is a Doula?
“The word "doula" comes from the ancient Greek meaning "a woman who serves" and is now used to refer to a trained and experienced professional who provides continuous physical, emotional and informational support to the mother before, during and just after birth; or who provides emotional and practical support during the postpartum period.
Studies have shown that when doulas attend birth, labors are shorter with fewer complications, babies are healthier and they breastfeed more easily.
A Birth Doula
- Recognizes birth as a key experience the mother will remember all her life
- Understands the physiology of birth and the emotional needs of a woman in labor
- Assists the woman in preparing for and carrying out her plans for birth
- Stays with the woman throughout the labor
- Provides emotional support, physical comfort measures and an objective viewpoint, as well as helping the woman get the information she needs to make informed decisions
- Facilitates communication between the laboring woman, her partner and her clinical care providers
- Perceives her role as nurturing and protecting the woman's memory of the birth experience
- Allows the woman's partner to participate at his/her comfort level
Birth Doula Services Include:
- Free initial consultation.
- 2-3 prenatal visits at Thrive Mama Collective to discuss what your preferences are for labor and birth, to help you build a birth plan, to discuss what you are expecting of me as your doula, helping your partner with comfort measures and possibly accompanying you to an appointment with your care provider. This does not include your free consultation.
- Informational support including references to local birth organizations and professionals along with access to my ever-growing library of books and dvds.
- Unlimited support availability by text/sms and email, available by phone between 8am and 5pm.
- Available 24/7 on-call labor support for the 2-3 weeks surrounding your estimated due date.
- Back-up Doula in the event that I am unavailable.
Continuous labor support throughout your labor and early postpartum
- An attempt to get pictures or video of your birth and baby if you would like. (I am not a professional photographer)
- Help to establish early breastfeeding and bonding.
- I will stay about 2 hours to help with your initial postpartum care.
- 1-2 postpartum visits
- Additional breastfeeding support, resourcing and advocacy.
References available upon request.
Fee of $1,200 for Doula services, I require a non-refundable $400 retainer fee at contract signing to reserve the weeks surrounding your estimated due date, the remainder is due on or before 37 weeks.
I will do what I can to work with you on payment. I am open to arrange a payment plan or barter.
I am accepting 3-4 clients a month.