What's included in a birth doula package?
I will visit you at your home once or twice depending on how far along you are in your pregnancy. If you are hiring me after 34 weeks, we might discuss an option to have one prenatal and two postpartum visits.
I look forward to hearing about your hopes, concerns, and expectations regarding birth. We will talk through your birth preferences, and if you do not feel prepared to make a decision, I will direct you to resources so you can make informed choices about your care.
I will answer all of your questions during pregnancy and provide any resources or referrals you may need. I am on-call 24/7 between 38 to 42 weeks, which means I am always available and anticipating your call.
We will be in communication throughout early labor and decide the best time and place for me to meet you. Ideally, I will meet you at your home and we will travel to your planned place of birth together.
I will coach you through active labor with continuous physical and emotional support.
I will guide you and your partner to ask the right questions and communicate your needs and preferences with your medical team. This will allow you to make informed decisions about your care with confidence.
I will assist your loved ones and show them comfort techniques. We will work together to ensure you are well taken care of with continuous support during labor.
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After the baby is born, I will visit your home within the first two weeks to see how your family is adjusting to life with a new baby. I can help with breastfeeding, getting a good latch, and answering questions you might have about feeding your baby.
I also create space for you to reflect on your experience. As someone who was present throughout the length of your labor, I can fill in gaps and answer your questions. I think it is tremendously important for mothers to have time to process, celebrate, grieve, and express exactly how they feel after this hugely physical and emotional milestone.
At this time, I will also provide any additional resources you might need to help you feel supported during the postpartum period.
THE ROLE OF A DOULA
Understanding the basics
As your doula, I do...
Provide informational, emotional and physical support to a mother before, during, and shortly after childbirth. I strengthen your birth team by working collaboratively with your partner, family, or whoever you plan to have at your birth so they know how to best support you. I help you advocate for yourself and make confident, informed decisions about the care you receive.
As your doula, I do not...
Judge your choices, make decisions for you, or speak for you. Doulas are not medically trained and will not perform clinical tasks, diagnose conditions, or provide treatment.