Birth and Postpartum Doula Care
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Why am I a Doula – What Exactly is a Doula and Answers to all of your other Questions as well as a Sampling of our Doula Services!
I began my Doula journey years ago and was trained through DONA. “With all things in life, it was not the “time” to pursue that passion. Seven years later, it is the time! I have a passion and a love for all things pregnancy and birth. It is what led me to switch nursing careers years ago to start working with mothers and babies. I went on to receive my IBCLC and currently work part time in a local hospital offering lactation support. I LOVE my work!!!! It is such a gift to share such a special time in a family’s life.
My own birth experiences led me to this passion. I was the weird person who loved being pregnant and who actually loved laboring and delivering my babies (that is not to say that it was not uncomfortable). Breastfeeding was difficult for me but I persevered and breastfed for what was “too long” for my extended family. Many times I felt isolated for what I felt were “healthy” decisions for my family. I felt judged for not complaining about my birth experiences. I realized that woman do not obtain the compassion, understanding and support that they need in the pregnancy and postpartum period (the 4th Trimester). Birth is empowering and allows women to work with their intuition and strength. I have such concern for American families as our medical practices and practices around maternity/paternity leave are not always supportive of the family. These experiences have led me to focus my doula work on care for the mother and acceptance of her desired experience of pregnancy/labor/birth. My work also allows me to focus on woman who are looking for a more natural approach to pregnancy and childbirth.
Through my extensive educational background in coaching, nutrition, reiki, breathing techniques and yoga, as well as aromatherapy and natural remedies, I am able to provide woman a balanced, holistic and natural approach to pregnancy, labor and the postpartum period.
As a Birth and Postpartum Doula I am often asked “What is a Doula?”
A Doula is a professional trained in childbirth who provides emotional, physical and educational support to a mother who is expecting, is experiencing labor or has recently given birth. This support extends to the womens partner as well. As a birth doula, I hope to help women have a safe, memorable and empowering birth and postpartum experience. My passion is working with women seeking natural childbirth, however, I support all women and their choices to birth in whatever way serves them!
The next question I am asked is “What does a Doula do?”
As a Birth Doula, I meet with you multiple times while pregnant to work on a birth plan and I also make myself available to you by phone in order to respond to questions or concerns that might arise during the course of your pregnancy. While I am a RN and knowledgeable, I do not provide any type of medical care and will refer you to your midwife or OB. During delivery, I am available to provide comfort and pain relieving techniques, relaxation and breathing techniques and massage. I also educate and provide encouragement and reassurance to your partner. I act as a supportive advocate in helping you to fulfill the desires you have for your birth. After birth, I will assist you with feeding your baby, whether you choose to breastfeed or bottle feed.
As a Postpartum Doula, I visit with you multiple times in the weeks immediately following birth to provide emotional and informational support. Feeding assistance is also offered at these visits. In the months that follow birth, I provide services on transition back to work, overnight care and support for those experiencing postpartum depression. Having a baby is a life changing time in our lives and many transitions occur. We can sometimes feel overwhelmed with these changes and desire the support of someone who is educated and has been there.
Will the Doula take the place of my partner?”
No, Doulas do not take the place of your partner, we support, encourage and reassure your partner.
CUSTOMIZED DOULA PACKAGES
All of the packages listed below include a free consultation
We cater to your individual needs, therefore, if you would like to add a service or change a service, we will come up with the perfect package for you and your family.
- ULTIMATE BIRTH AND POSTPARTUM PACKAGE
3 Prenatal Visits – Present for Labor and Birth – 2 Postpartum Visits
Explore how birth works – hands on session exploring techniques to enhance your comfort in late pregnancy and labor – aromatherapy blends to assist with pregnancy and during birth – education on self care, nutrition and lifestyle modification; meditation and movement to prepare you for birth – phone, text and email support – emotional and physical assistance during labor and delivery – educational handouts – assistance with breastfeeding – support to you and your family in the postpartum period.
BASIC BIRTH AND POSTPARTUM PACKAGE
2 Prenatal Visits – Present for Labor and Birth – 1 Postpartum Visit
Explore how birth works – hands on session exploring techniques to enhance your comfort in late pregnancy and labor – aromatherapy blends to assist with pregnancy and during birth – education on self care, nutrition and lifestyle modification; meditation and movement to prepare you for birth – phone, text and email support – emotional and physical assistance during labor and delivery – educational handouts – assistance with breastfeeding – support to you and your family in the postpartum period – Care Package
ULTIMATE BIRTH PACKAGE
3 Prenatal Visits – Present for Labor and Birth
Explore how birth works – hands on session exploring techniques to enhance your comfort in late pregnancy and labor – aromatherapy oils to assist with pregnancy and during birth – phone, text and email support – emotional and physical assistance during labor and delivery – educational handouts – assistance with breastfeeding – support to you and your family in the postpartum period – Care Package
ULTIMATE POSTPARTUM PACKAGE
3 Postnatal Visits – Breastfeeding Support – Educational Handouts – Text and email support – Care Package
BREASTFEEDING SUPPORT PACKAGE
1 Breastfeeding Visit – Educational Handouts – Text, phone email support
ONLINE DOULA SUPPORT PACKAGE
1 Video or phone support (90 mins) – Educational Handouts – Option for ongoing support.
PREGNANCY PREPARATION PACKAGE
1 Yoga for Fertility Visit (90 mins) – Nutritional and Lifestyle Modification for preparing for pregnancy – Relaxation Techniques – Text and email support
In an effort to serve all women and make my services affordable, I do offer payment plans and gift cards. I want to serve any woman who would like Doula support, therefore, if you have financial concerns please contact me direclty.
Upcoming Workshop: Self Care for the New Mother – October 15th at Summerville Medical Center – 6pm – 8pm
To schedule your FREE consultation or to schedule any of our services, click HERE.