As a birth doula, I accompany women in labor to help ensure a safe and satisfying birth experience. I have completed trainings approved by DONA International and toLabor and have completed an extensive reading list, along with attendance at a childbirth preparation class. I attend several trainings, conferences and workshops a year related to my doula profession. I draw on my professional training, knowledge and experience to provide emotional support, physical comfort and informational support to make sure that you have the information you need to make informed decisions as they arise in labor. I can provide reassurance and perspective to you and your partner, make suggestions for labor progress, and help with relaxation, massage, positioning and other techniques for comfort. I am independent and self-employed. As your doula, I am working for you, not your caregiver or hospital.
I will meet with you and your partner at least once before labor to become acquainted, to explore and discuss your priorities and any fears or concerns, to discuss your birth plan and to plan how we might best work together.
When you are in labor.
I prefer that you call me when you think you are in labor, even if you do not yet need me. I can answer questions and make suggestions over the phone. We will decide if I should come right then or wait for further change. Except for extraordinary circumstances, I will remain with you throughout labor and birth.
I usually remain with you for one or two hours after birth, until you are comfortable and your family is ready for quiet time together. I can also help with initial breastfeeding, if necessary.
I am available to answer questions about the birth or your baby and would like to get together with you within a few weeks to see how you and your baby are doing, to review the birth, and to get feedback from you about my role.
As a doula, I do not:
1. Perform clinical tasks, such as blood pressure, fetal heart checks, vaginal exams, and others. I am there to provide only physical comfort and emotional support.
2. Make decisions for you. I will help you get the information necessary to make an informed decision. I will also remind you if there is a departure from your birth plan.
3. Speak to the staff on your behalf. I will discuss your concerns with you and suggest options, but you or your partner will speak directly to the clinical staff.
**Language adapted from DONA Birth Doula Workshop Manual – Doula letter of agreement.doc 2006
Fees: Birth doulas charge on a per-birth basis. As a doula in training I am currently offering my services on a sliding scale. Please contact me for information about fees or if you would like to schedule a free informational meeting.
Do not hesitate to contact me with any questions, or about my availability; if I am not available I would be more than happy to help you find a doula who is a great match!