Other Services

DOULA SERVICES

A doula is there to “mother the mother”.  She becomes part of your birth team and is an advocate for the family as well as a source of information. 

Free initial meeting: This is where all your questions will be answered and we can determine if we are a good match.

2 prenatal visits: We get acquainted, prepare for your birth, and discuss how I can support your goals.

This includes: DISCUSSING labor support, pain control and interventions, REVIEWING comfort measures, HELPING write a birth plan, and PLANNING postpartum adjustment.

Most appointments are held in one of our offices at any of our convenient locations.

Along the way, we will have established a supportive relationship. I am always accessible by email and phone* for any questions that arise.

*Before you call please be sure to review our office hours for non labor related questions.

During labor: We will stay in frequent contact until you are ready for me to meet you at your home, birth center, or hospital. I will provide continuous physical and emotional support throughout your labor, birth, and recovery.

As a doula, I will:

  • Be sensitive to the preferences and needs of you and your partner,
  • Remind you of your wishes, and
  • Provide information so that you can make educated decisions.

I will not:

  • Make decisions for you, or
  • Provide any medical care.

I bring with me a wide range of knowledge and resources to assist you with your birth. I will provide help with:

Breathing and relaxation, Massage, Position suggestions, Encouragement,

Support for partner, and Reassurance of normalcy.

After your birth: I will stay for approximately 1 hour and assist with establishing breastfeeding. I will be in contact with you the next day to discuss your needs for a postpartum visit.

I will be on call for 3 weeks before and 2 weeks after your due date. If you give birth outside that range, I will make every effort to still attend your birth.

Your birth will be attended by me unless I am already in a birth with someone else. In that event, your birth will be attended by one of the other phenomenal women who work with my practice.

POSTPARTUM DOULA SERVICES

A postpartum doula is hired to be a helper in the home, day or night*, for a family that has just welcomed a new baby.

She may help with…

other children, light housekeeping, breastfeeding, and the needs of the baby.

This is so that new parents can get some sleep!

A postpartum doula is a wealth of information on infant care and bonding. She can especially be a lifesaver for families that have welcomed multiples.

*Please note this service requires four hour per shift minimum.

MONITRICE SERVICES

A monitrice is similar to a doula in that she provides labor support in a hospital setting.

The difference is that before it is time to go to the hospital, a monitrice can perform clinical skills that a doula does not do in order to monitor a baby’s well being, like:

MONITORING fetal heart tones  and CHECKING for cervical dilation in the mother

This is seldom necessary, as doula services are usually sufficient, but may be preferred by:

VBAC (vaginal birth after cesarean) and First time parents

It can be helpful to have a concrete idea about what is going on during labor while still at home.

LACTATION CONSULTANT

A lactation consultant offers support and assistance with any breastfeeding concerns or issues.

During a visit she will be…

  • CHECKING your baby’s weight
  • ADVISING on latch and proper positioning
  • ADDRESSING milk supply issues

A report is provided to give to your pediatrician.  This makes for a more comfortable and easy transition for your baby’s first doctor visit.

One visit with a lactation consultant is included after your home birth.  She is also available for hire for problem solving and additional follow up for our patients.

Brandy Walters
In Home Lactation Specialists, LLC
(
248) 952-7551

CHIROPRACTIC CARE

Chiropractic care during pregnancy with a chiropractor who specializes in working with pregnant women and is certified in the Webster’s technique can help your baby to get into the optimal position for an easier birth. We encourage you to introduce chiropractic care into your healthy lifestyle.

CLARKSTON:

Wills Family Chiropractic
5885 S. Main St, Ste 4
Clarkston, MI 48346
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STERLING HEIGHTS:

Journey to Health
34770 Dequindre Road
Sterling Heights, MI 48310
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ROYAL OAK:

Optimal Wellness Family Chiropractic
3302 Crooks Rd
Royal Oak, MI 48073
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