Congratulations on your new baby!
This is one of the most important days of your life..the day he or she is born! The day your family grows!
This journey of pregnancy has so many twists and turns from the very beginning all the way through delivery, and even after, There are questions, some that the medical professionals answer and some that you would just like a guide who has been there and has resources. Are the aches and pains normal? What can I do to alleviate some discomfort? Is what my doctor telling me evidence based? Do I have other options? How can my partner best support me? All of these questions are normal during pregnancy… Support can be your friend.
Have you considered hiring a doula for this?
As your doula, I provide not only support during labor, but from the moment you hire me, and into the post partum period. I can help you answer these questions, reassure you, and find you the resources you need.
First we meet. Your birth space is intimate and deserves to be respected. Making sure that I am the right fit is a must. There is no obligation. We can meet at your home, a coffee shop, or if you have small children, a play area. We will discuss what I can do to support you.
If you decide you want to hire me, we will meet one to two more times. Once at approximately 34 weeks and again at 36 weeks. This is for us to get comfortable with each other, for me to get to know your desires, concerns, fears and likes as well as your partners (I am there just as much for them as I am for you). We will go over birthing plans, positions, pain management, and any other questions you may have. If you’ve had concerns, we will discuss them. We will go over possible scenarios and what your wishes are to have happen so that you can have the best birth possible.
In between these meetings and birth, I am available via call or text for all those questions you feel weird calling your doctor to ask. I also may tell you to call your doctor. During this time I provide emotional and informational support. No question is too silly.
When your labor starts, and when you are ready, I will join you at your home, birthing center, or hospital during your labor. I plan on staying with you for the amount of time you need support. I do not have an hourly limit in my contract. If you are being induced or having a cesarean, I will be there as well. During this time I will provide emotional, informational and physical support. I will help to make sure you have the birth you choose and encourage you to be heard, or remind you to remember your strength. I will remind your partner to eat and give them direction if they need it to help support you. I will make sure you know what is going on in the fast moving moments. I will remind you the things you learned in class (they seem to leave you in these moments.) I will encourage you to find your inner strength, it’s there. I will continuously remind you that you CAN do this, and help you find comfort in the hard moments.
After baby is born, I will stay with you for a couple of hours to make sure feeding is going well, you are being well supported, and help with any needs you may have.
I will check in with you and be available via text or phone for any post partum questions.
Then we will meet twice after to answer more questions, get some baby snuggles and talk about your birth and how it went.
Our relationship doesn’t end unless you want it to. I am always available for local resources. You can take advantage of as many or as few of my services as is comfortable for you. I also offer post partum services to my clients if you are needing some extra support with feeding, sleeping, or any other part of parenting. You aren’t alone on this journey…. You’ve hired a doula!
Now you've decided a doula is a good idea...
but, how much does it cost?