my doula service includes:

One free initial consultation to ensure that we are a good match, and a second meeting if a birth partner was not present at the first meeting.  I can meet you at any location.  The whole family is welcome!

1-3+ antenatal visits at any location, including checkups with your provider

Basic childbirth education focusing on the topics you would like to learn about

Continuous phone and email support throughout pregnancy

Birth plan assistance

Access to my book lending library, DVDs, and use of comfort tools such as a rebozo, birth ball, TENS machine, massage tools, and other comfort tools

24-7 on-call status beginning at 38 weeks of pregnancy and until baby comes

Continuous physical and emotional support for you and your birth partner throughout your labor and birth

Certified lactation counseling to get breastfeeding started right and problems addressed quickly

At least one postnatal visit to discuss any concerns and talk about the birth

Access to my records concerning your birth

Itemized receipt for insurance and FSA reimbursement

Phone and email support for six weeks postnatally

In-home cloth diapering and babywearing workshops and lending libraries

Sitz bath herbs and peri bottle- very important!

Placenta encapsulation

Birth photography 

Birth pool hire

I also offer special pricing and packages for those mothers whose spouses will be deployed at the time of birth, as well as planned cesarean births. 

£900

Doula is a Greek word for “a woman who serves” – some say “female slave” – that has come to mean “a woman experienced in childbirth who provides continuous physical, emotional, and informational support to the mother before, during and just after childbirth” (Klaus, Kennell, and Klaus, Mothering the Mother).

And that’s about it! Whatever “physical, emotional, and informational support” means to YOU is what you shall receive. Each mother, birth partner, baby, and labor is different, and a doula takes the time to customize her support to the needs of the whole family at any particular moment in the childbearing process. Doulas have been shown to pose no risk- meaning a doula’s presence will cause no harm.

The presence of a doula has been shown to provide several important benefits, such as:

tendency for shorter labors with fewer complications
fewer negative feelings about one’s childbirth experience
less need for induction/augmentation, instruments such as forceps or vacuum, and cesareans
mother is less likely to request pain medication and/or epidural

Mothers who are accompanied by doulas also:

feel more secure and cared for
are more successful in adapting to new family dynamics
have greater success with breastfeeding
have greater self-confidence
have less postpartum depression
have lower incidence of abuse
– DONA International, “Why Hire a Doula?”

what i do as a doula:

Provides unbiased, evidence-based information about all aspects of the birth process*
Assists family in creating a birth plan
Acupressure, massage, gentle touch
Rebozo techniques for pain relief and optimal fetal positioning
Chants, self-hypnosis cues
Encourages the “3 Rs” crucial for coping with labor: Relaxation, Rhythm and Ritual
Suggests a wide variety of labor and birth positions
Teaches all of the above to the birth partner and encourages partner to take the lead support role if he/she desires
Provides continuous support to mother throughout entire labor
Assists in breastfeeding initiation and problem solving
Takes notes about labor and birth process and creates a birth story for the family
Visits with family after the birth to check breastfeeding progress and help the family process the birth

what i don’t do as a doula:

Medical Procedures (cervical checks, blood pressure/temperature, external version, perineal support, prescribe medication, etc.)
Medical Advice/Diagnosis
Exclude or prevent birth partners from participation
Make decisions for you at any time

*Always discuss my information and all practices with your care provider!

about my training

I received my CD(DONA) birth doula certification through DONA International in 2010 and allowed it to lapse in 2014. I am a mentored doula with Doula UK.

To continue my doula development, I have attended independent workshops held by practicing doulas (including Penny SimkinDebra Pascali-Bonaro and Naoli Vinaver), the Supporting Every Birth perinatal bereavement support workshop presented by Michelle Every, and the Doula UK entry workshop held by Bridget Baker.  

I also have attended thought-provoking talks and study days presented by midwifery leaders including the British Journal of Midwifery, Mark Harris (Birthing 4 Blokes, consent), Jane Evans (breech), and Dianne Garland (waterbirth).

I became a Certified Lactation Counselor in 2014. CLCs are trained breastfeeding educators who work alongside IBCLCs to provide support for basic issues.

Finally, I am a midwifery student at National Midwifery Institute! I am greatly enjoying and benefitting from apprenticing with the Yorkshire Storks independent midwives as I work toward achieving an American CPM (Certified Professional Midwife) certification.

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