"Making the decision to have a child is momentous. It is to decide forever to have your heart go walking outside your body."
LABOR DOULA PACKAGE:
My fee is $800
THIS FEE INCLUDES ALL OF THE FOLLOWING:
This is a time for us to meet, discuss my services, explore your reasons for wanting a doula, and determine if I am the right doula for you and your family.
2 Prenatal Visits
A trusting relationship is the foundation of doula care, so these meetings are focused on getting to know each other, having open discussions, and building our support team. We discuss your concerns and birth preferences, look at evidence based information, create a personalized birth plan (if desired), review labor positions and comfort measures, discuss your previous birth experience (if you’ve had one), and anything else you might want to explore or review.
Unlimited Phone, Email & Text Support
When you reach out, I promptly reply. It’s so simple but so important to know that a compassionate and knowledgeable person is just a phone call away. I can make suggestions and just listen in a way that even the best doctor or midwife simply doesn’t have the time for.
Beginning at 38 weeks in your pregnancy, I’m officially on-call for you. This means that I don’t leave town, my cell phone is on me at all times, and I answer my phone 24 hours a day. If there is reason to believe that you might go into labor before 38 weeks (e.g., you did with your first pregnancy, you’re having twins, or you’re in a high-risk category), we can easily make arrangements for on-call services to begin earlier.
At Home Labor Support
Not everybody needs or wants this service, but for those who want to labor in the comfort of their own home for as long as possible, my presence can be reassuring. I normalize the labor process and help keep things calm so you can feel safe and secure. I also offer tips on labor progression and comfort measures, and help you determine when it’s time to transition to the hospital.
Continuous Labor & Birth Support At The Hospital
At the hospital, I’m with you throughout your labor and birth, and offer my support in a variety of ways including informational support, physical comfort methods, mental and emotional encouragement, labor progression techniques, effective positioning, breaks for your birth partner, and help you advocate for your labor and birth preferences.
Immediate Postpartum Support
After your baby is born, I stay with you at the hospital for 1-2 hours to assist with breastfeeding, encourage family bonding, and rejoice in the beauty of your baby.
Postpartum Home Visit
Once you’re home from the hospital and nesting in with your baby, I come over to offer transitional support focused on integrating the birth experience, assisting with breastfeeding, answering newborn care questions, discussing your transition into parenthood, or anything else you’re wanting information on.
POSTPARTUM DOULA SERVICES:
Hourly daytime rate: $30 an hour
Hourly overnight rate: $ 35 an hour
*Minimum of 4 hours daily and 6 overnight
THESE FEES INCLUDE ALL THE FOLLOWING:
Now is a time to rest during your recovery from your vaginal or cesarean birth. I will be there to take care of you.
Talking through your birth is very therapeutic, I'd love to hear your birth story.
Wearing your baby is great for bonding and breastfeeding, but all the different carriers can be confusing. I can help figure it out with you.
Struggling with your baby's latch? Afraid baby is not getting enough milk? I'm trained to help achieve breastfeeding success.
New parents are exhausted. Take a nap, a shower, a walk... I've got baby covered.
I can do the grocery shopping, take a trip to Walgreens, the drycleaners.... whatever you need.
New parents have more important things on their mind. Let me do the dishes, vacuuming, laundry, clean bottles, etc.
Accompany To Store or Dr. Office
Sometimes you just need an extra pair of hands or someone to soothe baby in the car... let's go!
Infant Care & Safety
I'm trained with scientific information on where baby can sleep safely, safety in the home, and how to care for baby.
Maybe big brother or sister needs some special one-on-one time, I can take care of baby for you or focus on brother/sister.
Questions? I'm here for you!
Referrals To Other Local Resources
I've got lots of great resources, from Lactation Consultants to Lip/Tongue Tie Specialists to Playgroups.