LABOUR & BIRTH DOULA
As a doula...
I am by your side to provide physical, mental, emotional and spiritual support, to facilitate advocacy and to provide information. I will help you to access the information necessary to make informed decisions. I come with a bag full of labour and birth comfort support tools that I will fully train you and your partner on to support the natural progression through labour and birth. I believe that every labouring Mother is unique and I take the time to discover what makes each individual feel safe and comfortable so that we can best support her needs during labour, childbirth and postpartum. I will also remind you if there is a departure from your birth preferences. I will discuss your concerns with you and suggest options, but as a Doula I will not speak on your behalf to the clinical staff or make medical decisions on your behalf. I aim to give you the information and support needed to empower you and your partner to feel the confidence to speak for yourselves.
LABOUR & BIRTH DOULA PACKAGE
This serves as a chance to get acquainted and for me to answer any questions you may have about my services. You are under no obligation to hire me as your Doula and/or Ecstatic Birth Practitioner after this meeting. I believe in the right doula for the right family.
2-3 PRENATAL SESSIONS:
Birth OPTIONS - Making informed choices
"If you don't know your options, you don't have any." - Diana Korte and Roberta Scaer, authors of A Good Birth, A Safe Birth.
In this session we will be defining your birth preferences backed with evidence based information, so that you are well educated and clear on the best choices for your family.
comfort measures for labour
In this session we will learn about natural ways we can support the progression of labour. We will also explore ways to reduce fear and pain. We consider the specifics of what makes the birthing Mama feel safe and comfortable, and design your birthing environment with this in mind. We learn that supporting the optimal flow of oxytocin (the 'love hormone') aids the natural development of the labour and reduces the need for medical interventions. We learn tips and techniques to support labour and birth, utilizing gravity and breath work throughout.
Postpartum is a very special time in a family's life and too often it is over looked. We prepare as much as we can for the moment of birth but not as much to the days and weeks to follow. Having a clear postpartum plan, tools in place to aid in recovery and having built your circles of support in preparation can allow you to enter into this major transition with more ease, comfort and confidence.
Continuous email/text support
You are encouraged to contact me via email & text throughout your pregnancy and up to two months postpartum for support and to answer any questions or concerns.
On call support 24/7 from 37 weeks until your birth.
continuous labour & birth support up to 2 hours postpartum.
Dedicated support for Mama and partner during labour/birth at home or in hospital, including the use of various comfort measures, such as aromatherapy, breathing & relaxation techniques, body practices, acupressure, reiki, positioning guidance, TENS machine usage and more. I will remain by your side during/after the labour/birth to provide information and
support you physically and emotionally.
1-2 Postpartum Visit:
I will visit you at home/in hospital 1-2 times (your choice) to assist with breastfeeding and to offer support/ information in whatever way your family desires. We may talk about your birth, life with a newborn, baby-wearing, cloth diapering, discuss community resources or anything else that may be of concern to your family. These visits generally last 1-2 hours. (More visits available on a separate fee schedule).
During my service as your doula, you are welcome to borrow any materials from my lending library which includes supportive books, DVDs, MP3s and birth support equipment.
BONUS: FREE CLOTH DIAPERING CONSULTATION ON REQUEST!
Serving Midland, Ontario and the surrounding area. All labour & birth doula sessions are private and can be held in the comfort of your own home. If finances are an issue, I will work with you to find a feasible option.
To request your complimentary consultation please contact me at: