Doula Services

DOULA SERVICES

A doula provides physical and emotional support and becomes part of your birth team, advocating for your family and offering education and 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.

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 doulainfo@nineshortmonths.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.

They 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. They can especially be lifesavers for families that have welcomed multiples.

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

Contact doulainfo@nineshortmonths.com

LACTATION CONSULTANT

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

During a visit one of our team members 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. We also update your midwife so your entire team can serve you better.

One visit with a lactation consultant is included after your birth center or home birth. Additional visits are available for purchase for problem solving and additional follow up for our patients.

Contact Brandy at brandy@nineshortmonths.com

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

Placenta Encapsulation

Whether you give birth at Nine Short Months or elsewhere, our own resident student midwife, Melissa, can come and get your placenta for processing into capsules. Parents find that placenta encapsulation makes recovery easier in the postpartum period when they are taking these capsules. For more information, contact melissa@nineshortmonths.com

For Other Practitioners

Our birth center offers a host of opportunities for midwives, educators, and other practitioners and community members. Email us at info@nineshortmonths.com for more information so we can help meet your needs!

 

Birth Room Rentals

Are you a home birth midwife interested in using our beautiful facilities while maintaining a private practice? Do you have a client that desires a birth center birth but would like you as a midwife? We offer rentals of our birth rooms including use of the center and its facilities (kitchen, laundry, etc.). Expand your business and offer more options to your clients by renting with us!

 

Classroom & Office Rentals

We have large classroom space available for one time or ongoing affordable rentals, perfect for childbirth education, infant or parenting classes, or any other type of group or event. We also have several beautiful prenatal rooms equipped with massage tables perfect for midwives, LMTs, LCs, NDs, doulas, or other practitioners to use as office space. Rentals can be ongoing and per day of use so you can have a beautiful office space to meet clients without having to pay rent for time you don’t use. Rentals include use of the lobby, kitchen, bathroom, and laundry.

 

Laboratory Testing

Nine Short Months offers in house lab services including a host of prenatal tests, Pap testing, STI screening, and more. If you are a midwife that does not offer in home testing, we offer convenient and affordable lab services. We are an alternative to hospitals and other testing sites that will help your clients feel comfortable and supported in their care choices.