"A woman experienced in childbirth who provides continuous physical, emotional, and informational support to the mother before, during and after childbirth." (Klaus, Kennell and Klaus, Mothering the Mother)
The word, "doula" comes from the Greek word for the most important female servant in an ancient Greek household, the woman who probably helped the lady of the house through her childbearing. You may hear about 2 types of doulas:
What are the benefits of using a doula?
Are doulas only for women who want a natural non-medicated birth?
What if I'm having a planned or an unplanned cesarean section?
Dads and doulas - how do they work together?
What's the difference between a doula and a labor nurse in the hospital?
What's the difference between a doula and a midwife?
How do I find the right doula for me?
What happens if you can't come when I'm in labor?
Do you have any clients I can contact for references?
If you have questions that are not listed below, please contact us! It may be one that others are also interested in.
I provide at least 2, usually more, prenatal home visit. At these visits we will get to know each other better & I will go over some basic prenatal care & discuss things to do to prepare for your labor, delivery & postpartum. I will come to your home when you are in labor & go to your place of birth with you. I stay a couple of hours after birth until you are comfortable & your baby has nursed. I will make at least 1 postpartum home visit, usually between the 1st & 2nd week. I am available from the time you hire me until the end of the 3rd month after birth (the 4th trimester) for you by phone, e-mail, facebook or text. I also can provide a lending library of books & media, private or group childbirth classes, placenta encapsulation, aroma therapy touch massage & postpartum care including night care.
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What are your fees?
My birth doula fee is $600. Half is due when you hire me (or payment arrangements made), and the balance within one month of the birth. I believe that every woman who wants a doula should have one & am willing to work with you to make it happen. *If finances are an issue please speak to me about it as soon as possible*
Fees may be paid by cash, check, paypal, or credit card - online or in your home - in full or on a payment plan - by friends & family as gift certificates.