"I had a home birth. Michelle was awesome and really made me feel comfortable and encouraged me when it got rough. I couldn't have asked for a better doula and friend. I don't think I could have done it with out her!"
Birth Doula Services
Following is a list of services provided in a Standard Birth Doula Package. Packages can be custom made, based on a family's needs and desires. Fees vary based on services selected. Call for more details.
*Three prenatal visits, at least one hour in length, to discuss and plan for your birth. This typically includes assistance with creating your birth plan, a baby care class, and hospital prep for families preparing for a hospital birth. We will structure this time to meet your needs.
*Care Provider Consultation Service.
*Suggestions for helpful resources locally, on line, and at the library or book store, to aid you in making informed choices surrounding your pregnancy, birth, and parenting. This includes online and real life support groups and playgroups.
*Available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, for phone support and consultation.
*Birth support beginning whenever you need it: in your home, at the hospital, or birth center.
*Continuous assistance during labor. We can incorporate yoga, massage, aromatherpy, visualization, and expertise in movement during your labor.
*One to two hours of immediate postpartum support.
*Breastfeeding information and support.
*One postpartum visit within one week of the birth in your home and one six week postpartum visit in our office.
Definition of Birth Doula:
Labor/birth support doulas are labor support persons who attend to the emotional and physical comfort needs of laboring women to smooth the labor process. They do not perform clinical tasks such as heart rate checks or vaginal exams but rather use massage, positioning suggestions, etc., to help labor to progress as well as possible. A labor/birth support doula joins a laboring woman either at her home, birth center, or hospital and remains with her until a few hours after the birth. Some doulas also offer several prenatal visits, phone support, and one postpartum meeting to ensure the mother is well informed and supported. The terms of a labor/birth doula's responsibilities are decided between the doula and the family. In addition to emotional, physical and informational support, doulas work as advocates of their client’s wishes and may assist in communicating with medical staff to obtain information for the client to make informed decisions regarding medical procedures.