From the beginning of time, women have been cared for and nurtured as they become mothers. Women experienced in childbirth supported other women during the birth process. After the birth, family, friends, and neighbors from the community would rally around the new family to help guide them through their tender early weeks and months with a new baby. Through birth and postpartum doulas, these roles have been expanded and professionalized.
Everyone deserves a doula!
Studies have shown that doulas can help cut back on time spent in labor, reduce a mom's anxiety, lower the rate lower the rate of medical interventions (including C-sections) and improve mother-baby bonding post-birth. I can't guarantee your individual outcome, but working with a doula can set the odds in your favor.
Research shows that when continuous labor support is provided by a doula, women experience an:
Ideally, around the start of the second trimester. The price for text and phone call exchanges is a flat rate in my fee. The earlier you hire me the sooner I can be of service in preparing you for the latter stages of pregnancy, birth, and postpartum and build a trusting relationship.
I often have room to fit in last minute clients, but that is never a guarantee.
My goal at your birth is to complement and strengthen your partner's role, I will continue to encourage partners to participate at their comfort level. I work with parents to help reduce anxiety and build the confidence partners need to help the birthing partner in labor. If they need or want a break, I am happy to step up.
Studies show that partners participate more actively during labor when a doula is present. In combination with your doula's professional expertise, the team creates the very best support system.
I provide physical, informational, and educational support to the mothers and families of newborns during the fourth trimester and to the families suffering from postpartum depression, during the first year after giving birth. As your doula I will nurture the family, provide education, assess the family’s needs, and provide community referrals which can meet any needs outside the scope of the doula. In today’s western culture, most new mothers have very little support. Holistic postpartum services are needed more than ever in this transitional period.