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.
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.
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.
In Home Lactation Specialists, LLC