Birth Doula

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**PLEASE NOTE** I am currently only taking clients who have experienced previous trauma in their Birth Journeys, VBAC or HBAC Support. I can refer you to other wonderful Doulas who may be available if you do not fall into the above-mentioned category.

When I am asked by potential clients, family, friends what it is I do, what the purpose and value is of what I do, I reflect…

If we were in a different time, place, culture, we as doulas would be the sisters, mothers, aunties, and friends of the labouring person – we would be the women of experience, the women to whom the labouring person could turn to for continuous emotional, physical, informational and energetic support as they transition from “maiden to mother”(sic). We would encourage them with words of support, gentle or strong caresses, help them to move, to sway, to rock, moan and breathe through each swelling and vibration as their body surrenders to the intensity of the journey into parenthood. We would do then, what we do now……

In today’s birthing climate, and to help families navigate their birthing experience, I incorporate many techniques including movement, visualization, fear release, hydrotherapy, massage, acupressure, aromatherapy and deep relaxation techniques. I provide informational support, complementing whichever medical model you may have chosen for your birth. I provide emotional support and physical support. I am available to you during your prenatal period and to meet with you and your partner, if you have one, twice in your home (or virtually) before your birth process begins.

I remain with you throughout your birth journey, from when you need me to be there until your baby is born. I usually come to your home, but can join you in the hospital/birth centre if that is preferred. I remain with you throughout your labour until you are settled in bed (at home) or in the postpartum area of the hospital (usually 1-2 hours). In circumstances beyond anyone’s control, such as hospital policy changes, there may be a pivot to a hybrid model of care. This means that you may receive in-person care while in your home and virtual hospital support by way of phone/text/video conferencing/FaceTime or any combination thereof.

I also provide 2 postnatal visits upon your return home to help with the early adjustment period of new parenthood and to help support and assist with feeding.

I am available for phone and email consults as necessary during your pregnancy and often remain in contact with families well after their babies are born. 

Should you wish to meet for a no-obligation interview, I’d be happy to arrange that with you.

 

Essential Doula (incl. Hybrid Care) includes:

  • 2 prenatal visits (4-5 hours) to build relationship and discuss your personal vision of your birthing experience; includes private breastfeeding education and discussion of 4th trimester expectations
  • Note this package reflects either In-person birth support or a Hybrid model of care*
  • Email/phone/text support throughout your pregnancy and post birthing time, with on-call 24/7 support from 38 weeks to the birth of your baby
  • Use of lending library (books, DVDs, articles)
  • links to relevant & supportive sites
  • Emotional, physical and informational support to you and your partner (if you have one) throughout your birthing time
  • Free TENS machine or use during labour and birth ($100 value)
  • Experienced back up doula
  • 2 (min 4 hours) postpartum visits to help with breastfeeding, questions surrounding your new baby, and family adjustment
  • 30 days 24/7 phone/email/text support after bringing baby home
  • additional, on-going phone/email/text support throughout the “4th” trimester (first 3 months)
  • In circumstances beyond anyone’s control, such as hospital policy changes, there may be a pivot to a hybrid model of care. This means that you may receive in-person care while in your home and virtual hospital support by way of phone/text/video conferencing/FaceTime or any combination thereof

Learn more about Essential Doula (incl. Hybrid Care)

$1550

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