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 your doula is a good match.
2 prenatal visits: We get acquainted, prepare for your birth, and discuss how we 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. We are 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. We will provide continuous physical and emotional support throughout your labor, birth, and recovery.
As a doula, we 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.
We will not:
- Make decisions for you, or
- Provide any medical care.
We bring with us a wide range of knowledge and resources to assist you with your birth. We will provide help with:
Breathing and relaxation, Massage, Position suggestions, Encouragement,
Support for partner, and Reassurance of normalcy.
After your birth: We will stay for approximately 1 hour and assist with establishing breastfeeding. We will be in contact with you the next day to discuss your needs for a postpartum visit.
We will be on call for 2 weeks before and 2 weeks after your due date. If you give birth outside that range, We will make every effort to still attend your birth.
Interested in setting up a doula consultation? Contact email@example.com
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.
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.
Contact Brandy at firstname.lastname@example.org
In Home Lactation Specialists, LLC