My wish is for you and your partner to be informed, educated, and supported so that you can have the best birth and easiest postpartum transition possible for your family.
Doula is a Greek word meaning a woman's servant. Doulas "mother the mother". My goal is to educate and support you both emotionally and physically during pregnancy, birthing, and postpartum.
Why Choose a Doula?
Numerous clinical studies have found that a doula's presence at birth:
tends to result in shorter labors with fewer complications, reducing the length of labor by 25%
reduces negative feelings about one’s childbirth experience
reduces the need for pitocin by 40%
reduces the mother’s request for pain medication
reduces requests for an epidural by 60%
decreases the overall cesarean rate by 50%
All services start with a complimentary meeting where we meet and discuss what services you are looking for and get to know one another.
Birth Doula Support:
I offer unwavering support to you and your family before, during and after birth. I will stay in close contact in order to routinely check how you’re doing and step in with anything you might need
Use of aromatherapy if desired
Photographs during labor and birth
Education on breastfeeding, newborn care, baby wearing and cloth diapers
I have experience with vbacs and couples who have struggled with infertility
It is important for me to know exactly how I can assist you and your growing family. Through our visits we will design a birth plan and postpartum plan specific to you and your needs.
I am happy to provide you with evidence based education and information on a wide variety of topics.
I can help with fetal positioning and pre-natal exercises.
You are also welcome to my resource library.
During the COVID-19 Pandemic birth services may be done virtually depending on current hospital policy.
Labor package #1 - $950
I am always available for questions via phone or email upon hiring.
2 prenatal visits: We will discuss your pregnancy, nutrition, birth plan, go over birthing time, breastfeeding (if applicable) and newborn care - more information below.
Birthing time support - more information below
1 postpartum visit (approx. 1-2 weeks after birth)
Labor package #2 with an IBCLC - $1050
Same as package #1 plus:
1 postpartum visit (approx. 1-2 weeks after birth) and breastfeeding assessment with with Angela Swieter, IBCLC (International Board Certified Lactation Consultant). More information below.
Labor package #3 with 2 postpartum shifts - $1100
Same as package #1 plus:
Two 3-hour postpartum shifts scheduled within the first month postpartum
Postpartum Doula Services: Packages starting at $100
Services include but are not limited to:
Physical and emotional support
Infant care while mom and partner rest
Educating the new family in mother care and baby care
Assisting with breastfeeding and/or bottle feeding
Grocery shopping and errands
Making meals or freezer meals
Escorting mom and/or baby to follow-up appointments
Providing resources and referrals if needed
I offer a $100 discount for repeat clients
In case of an emergency I do have backup birth doulas (see picture below).
Breastfeeding Support with Angela Swieter from Basking Babies
Angela Swieter, RN, BSN, IBCLC, ICD ICPE, ICPD with Basking Babies
Angela can help you with baby care and mom care. Those include cord care and jaundice. Feedings per lactation consultation include: history, accurate weight check, assisting with latch/positioning, pre and post feeding weight checks, feeding plan and liaison between patient/caregiver. Mom care includes: activity/exercise for the first 6 weeks, vaginal flow, healing of perineum and care, nutrition, postpartum blues vs. depression and warning signs.