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 at 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 and friends. Many times I felt isolated for what I felt were “healthy” decisions for my family. 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 and motherhood. My work also allows me to focus on woman who are looking for a more natural approach to pregnancy, childbirth and parenting.
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 and the postpartum period.
PLEASE NOTE: Accepting new Birth and Postpartum clients in the greater Portland, Maine area and virtually beginning March 2021.
As a 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, we will visit multiple times before your little one arrives offering emotional and informational support to your and your partner. We will work on your desires for childbirth and on learning ways to meet your physical and emotional needs throughout the remainder of your pregnancy and during childbirth. We also work to prepare your support person in assisting you as well as assisting with baby’s first feeding. As a Postpartum Doula, we will work together in the weeks immediately following birth to provide emotional and informational support. Feeding assistance is also offered at these visits. I offer overnight doula care as well. In the months that follow birth, I provide services on transition back to work 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 my packages include a free consultation and are customizable.
ULTIMATE BIRTH PACKAGE
3 Prenatal Visits – Birth education and planning – Breastfeeding Education – Baby Care Education – Text and email support – Attendance at birth
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
1 Hour Breastfeeding Visit
VIRTUAL DOULA SUPPORT PACKAGE
1 Virtual phone support (90 mins) visit – 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
POSTPARTUM OVERNIGHT CARE
Care provided 7:00 pm – 7:00 am
Lactation support and education is offered by a RN, IBCLC (International Board Certified Lactation Consultant) who is able to work with complex feeding issues as well as basic breastfeeding education and support. Services are offered either virtually or in person. As a member of the AETNA Provider Network, there is no out of pocket cost to you for up to 6 visits. Prenatal breastfeeding education classes are offered virtually on an ongoing basis.
In an effort to serve all women and make my services affordable, I do offer payment plans, sliding fees and gift cards, as well as accepting AETNA insurance for breastfeeding services. I want to serve any woman who would like Doula support, therefore, if you have financial concerns please contact me directly.
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