Why do you need a doula?
Every parent can benefit from trained labour support. Doulas understand the unique qualities of birth and provide holistic care to make birthing a comfortable and empowering experience. Doulas educate families to help them make informed choices by educating so you can maintain control of your birthing experience.
When and where will we meet?
Interviews can be conducted by phone or in person. Our free, no-obligation consult is a chance for us to meet and get to know more about each other.
How many times will we meet pre-labour?
We meet twice in the prenatal period. Ideally, these meetings will be done in your home so that I can see your space and learn how to best support you throughout the birthing process.
Our first meeting will be a basic meeting to get to know one another. We'll discuss your worries as well as your hopes surrounding the birth of your baby. In addition, we will build a plan with your birthing vision and values in mind.
The second meeting, is about uniting your support team to be the best support to you. As a team, we will discuss comfort techniques and other ways to support you during labour and delivery. We talk about birthing positions, massage, and discuss techniques to get rest and speed up labour. The basics of breast or chest feeding and the first latch will be discussed, as well as your baby's physiological sleep habits, so you know what to expect within the first year of life.
The third meeting is optional -- we will meet before your 41 week gestation prenatal appointment to talk about induction. We'll review what to expect, human gestation, so you can be fully educated in the decisions surrounding induction.
What is your availability?
I will available to you by text, phone, and email. At 37 weeks gestation, I will be on call to you 24/7 to answer any questions or help you determine whether you are in labour. As soon as you go into labour, call me and we will discuss the next steps, get together and prepare for the labour and delivery of your baby.
What if you can’t make it?
If I absolutely cannot make it due to emergency or illness, my back-up doula colleague will assist instead.
You will have the option of contacting her in advance should you wish to meet her.
If I do not make it because you failed to notify me, there is no refund.
If I do not make it in time because of the speed of birth, I am still on my way, and will still spend 2 hours with you and your family. I will offer a second additional and optional prenatal within 2 weeks of your birth at no cost to you, or a Newborn lifestyle photo shoot. There is no refund.
If I do not make it because of my error and there is significant notice and contact leading up to your birthing, I will refund the second portion of your prenatal. This event has not happened, this clause is here to protect you in the event I fail to provide services.
I already have a support person...
No matter what combination of support team members you have in your birthing room, each person has a very different role to play. Midwives, doctors, and nurses each focus on different aspects of the medical side of birth, such as the immediate health of the birther and baby, the safety of delivery, and the paperwork. As your doula, my main role is to take care of you and to delegate tasks to support you and to protect your emotional well being.
Sometimes partners don't know what to expect during birth. Doulas offer them support so they can feel calm. We support partners to provide you with additional levels of guidance and support. Partner's often take the role of encouragement and love, while doulas provide the comfort measures such as massage, water, reminders, and a cold cloth. Doulas are very familiar with the terminology used in birth, and all the stages of birth, as well as variations of the normal physiological birth process. Using this knowledge, doulas provide both the birthing person and partner peace of mind throughout the process, so that you and your partner can focus on the delivery.
The friends and family who attend your birth are important members of your birth team but they often do not know how to best support you. I work with them to ensure your needs are met. This often means delegating tasks to them, such as getting your water, or showing them how to help you move through a contraction.
We all come together to make a special team for you and your best interests are at the center of all we do. It's a wonderful feeling when everyone has a chance to be an active part of your birth experience. Imagine: one person may be doing a hip squeeze, one is holding your and and dancing with you, another is getting you a cool cloth and one is massaging your feet.
I am having a c-section!
Whether you are having a c-section or natural birth, in both cases I will provide you with the same pre-birth knowledge and support. Based on your preference, this may include accompaniment into the operating room, recovery room etc. As your doula, I will be there for you in the same way as if the baby was birthed vaginally- the only difference being the method of delivery.
During labour questions
What should I bring ?
TENS machine is available to you at 37 weeks
Various essential oils and massage tools
Rebozo in which is a tool used to assist the mother into various positions and for relaxation.
What will you be doing?
I provide you with comfort measures such as, massage, movement, guided relaxation, visualization, position changes and encouragement.
I help you feel safe, confident and comfortable.
I wont make decisions for you but offer suggestions and support so you can make an informed choices. I will advocate on your behalf to you other birth team members.
Post Partum Questions
How long will I stay with you?
After your birth, I will remain with you for up to two hours. During this time, I can assist with breast / Chest feeding and any emotions you may be experiencing.
Will I visit you at home post labour?
You will receive one postpartum visit. In this first visit, we will go over your birth and I will answer any questions you may have. We will take a second look at breast / chest feeding to ensure that all is going well.
Will I help with chest/breastfeeding?
Yes, I will stay with you after your baby is born to ensure you learn how to latch, and what a latch should feel like. I will also offer chest/breastfeeding support at your postpartum visit. For an additional fee, I am also able to provide postpartum doula services, which cover topics like breastfeeding and more. Please email me to learn more about postpartum support.
You struggle with investment
I strongly believe in the benefits of a doula for every person and family. I am open and willing to work on a payment plan that will allow you to benefit from support services at your time of birthing.