Pregnancy, Birth and Postpartum Services
I will provide you will the resources for evidence-based decisions. The amount of information available is overwhelming. Don't waste your precious time, I have an up-to-date evidence-based resource library ready for you.
You have autonomy in your birth and the right to make your own decisions about you, your body, and your baby. In labor and birth, I will advocate for you and your preferences.
Before your birth, we will discuss your general health and mental preparedness.
Comfort measures, breathing exercises, and techniques to help your partner help you.
We will discuss any fears you have about birth and ways to calm them.
We will discuss any of the common practices in and out of the hospital setting.
How to best prepare for your birth and postpartum.
And of course, what to do when you think you are in labor.
Pregnancy and Labor
Standard care includes a prenatal visit
Phone and email support
24/7 on-call service for your labor
starting at 38 weeks
Continuous labor support
Immediate postpartum care at your place of birth
Postpartum doula care to optimize your fourth-trimester transition. Includes, meal prep, light housekeeping, baby care, lactation help, and companionship during this vulnerable time.
What services do I need?
I am happy to discuss options with you, some people like companionship during office visits and ultrasounds, others need educational resources. Others will need induction, cesarean, or pregnancy loss support.
I can provide a full spectrum of services tailored to your needs during pregnancy, labor, and postpartum.
Things I will not do as a Doula:
perform clinical tasks such as vaginal exams or fetal heart monitoring
give medical advice or diagnose conditions
make decisions for my clients (medical or otherwise)
pressure a birthing person into certain choices just because that’s what I would do
take over the role of the partner if one is present
catch the baby unless you really really want me to and your medical team is on board
change out for anyone else (but I might call in my back-up after 12-24 hours)
Fees and Payment
I feel that it is incredibly important that anyone who wants a Doula has access to one. I offer a sliding fee scale, payment plans, some barter, and trade as well.
Being a Doula requires great commitment, time, love, energy, and unwavering support. So, please carefully consider whether you and your family would truly need access to the sliding scale. I welcome a conversation about fees so we can come to an arrangement that will work for all of us.
My base birth rate is $500, for additional services and postpartum care the rate is $25 per hour. Give me a call so we can discuss your plan.
After the initial interview, we can discuss the initial deposit and payment plan that will work for all of us. For any birth-related care, my preference is for families to be paid in full by 35 weeks of pregnancy.
BARTER AND TRADE
The type and approximate quantity must be proposed and agreed on by all of us at the start of care.
dairy, eggs, produce
landscaping and gardening
trade work such as plumbing and electrical, masonry, carpentry, painting
CONSIDERING THE SLIDING SCALE
I am happy to provide both in-person and virtual services. Our consulattion will be virtual unless you prefer otherwise.
For prenatal visits and birth, you may choose either or a combination of both virtual and in-person services, unless restrictions prohibit in-person at your chosen place of birth. Postpartum care can be virtual as well to assess any breast/chest feeding challenges and provide support with baby care questions that might arise. I am happy to discuss my personal and professional protocals.