Birth Doula Services

A complimentary consultation

Completely pressure free, we meet to see if Doula services are right for you. You may take all the time you need to decide. I will wait for you to contact me. This visit can take place at any time during your pregnancy.

Two more Doula visits after you hire my services

The first time will be to discuss in length your wishes, thoughts, feelings, and expectations regarding labour and delivery and my general role. I can assist in developing a birth plan. A birth plan includes individual philosophies you have regarding pain relief, and choices with regards to relaxation, breathing and visualization techniques and positions for labour. At this time, the contract will be signed.

The second time will be a hands-on preparation for labour and delivery, approximately 3 weeks prior to your due date, and will take place in the comfort of your home. This will be a review of what will happen during your birth experience, and our role within it. I will show you the tools that we use for natural comfort measures. We will actually practice various positions for labour, rehearse relaxation techniques and breathing, which help reduce pain and allow you to work through the contractions. Birth partners are shown how they can be as involved as they wish, so that the birth experience is positive for both of you.

Dads and Doulas

Doulas support dads in the labour room too! Our role is never to take an expectant father’s place in providing the loving comfort only they can bring to their partner, but rather to support them so they can be there for their partner in the way they want to be.

Labour, birth and up to two hours postpartum

I prefer that you call me even if you only think you are going into labour or “feel different.” I can answer questions and make suggestions over the phone. I can meet you at your home, stay with you there for as long as you are comfortable, and then accompany you to the hospital or meet you directly at the hospital. I will meet you approximately one hour from the time you request me to join you. If, due to extraordinary circumstances, I am unable to be with you, a back up doula will attend your birth. I may also call our back up if your labour proceeds longer than 24 hours and we believe it is in your best interest to have a change in birth support.

Continuous support during labour and delivery

You will most likely go through a full circle of emotions at your birth. On one hand you may feel excitement, and the other, fear. My role as a birth doula is to help you cope with all the fears and anxieties that you and your partner may have. A doula is not only sympathetic, but is informed as well. We can help you remain calm, relaxed and comfortable until labour is well established. This is a quiet and calm presence and reassurance. You will find that generally, the birth partner is not only there for emotional support, but is more involved with your labour due to the pressure of the unknown being removed as the doula reassures and comforts both of you. I also know when to stay in the background to allow privacy when you are doing well. Comfort measures may also include physical ones, an extra practical hand, and professional information at all times, as hospital staff are kept busy with other patients.

Postpartum visit done in the comfort of your home

Immediately after the birth it is important that you have bonding time with your baby. I will absolutely respect this. I will be on call for you, and then meet again in your home in the next few weeks to briefly review your birthing experience and our role as your doula. At this time, I can assist you further with breast-feeding and with any other questions you may have.

Photographs, and/or an account of your birth.

At the postpartum visit I am pleased to present you with a birth story, a brief account of your labour and special delivery!

24-hour on-call support throughout your prenatal and postpartum experience

Be reassured that you can ask me anything, at anytime of day. This is one of the most wonderful advantages of having a doula.

Fees

Doulas generally offer their services on a sliding scale basis – I believe strongly that every woman deserves a doula – and I want to be sure that every woman has one. Please let me know ahead of time if I can assist you in any way with the fee structure or payment plan. The fees for my services range from voluntary - $350. A $150 retainer fee is collected when the contract is signed and the balance is due at the post-partum visit. I am willing to discuss any changes or additions to services as required.

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