Where else can I find information about what you do?
I have been featured in several media outlets. You can find the stories here on my Newsworthy page.
Some women may assume that a doula is not for them based on the common misconception that doulas will only support a natural birth. I have learned that some women who desired my services thought they would be ineligible due to their plans for pain management and other common birthing situations.
This is your birth. I am here to support you during this birth. It’s as simple as that. Everyone has their own agenda walking into each birth, you, your partner, your families, the nurses, the doctors, the tech who comes to draw your blood, Everyone. My job is to leave my own ideas about birthing at my door when I leave & come to you with an open mind, strong body and loving support.
A doula cannot tell you how to birth, only give you ideas and tools derived from evidence based care to use during your pregnancy, labor and immediately postpartum. It is your choice to implement these ideas.
If you choose to use narcotics or an epidural as pain relief during your birth, it is just that, your choice. It is not within my scope of practice to tell you whether or not to use these forms of pain relief. I will help you find the information necessary to make an informed decision about your pain relief choice, and support you no matter the decision you make.
Should you choose to have your labor induced or to have a surgical birth, this also does not preclude you from having doula support.
While it is true that many women who seek doula support desire a more natural birth, it certainly is not a hard and fast rule. My goal is to support you through your birth how you see it and as the situation dictates.
If you still have questions about whether or not you want a doula to attend your birth, please do not hesitate to ask. I am more than willing to answer your questions during a free initial consultation so you can make a more informed decision.
How many clients do you take per month?
I can only take two birth doula clients per month & one postpartum client. Why so few? My goal is to block out 2 weeks before and after your due date to be completely available for your birth. If I cannot clear all those dates, I will let you know and be sure to have a backup doula in place. Given the support a postpartum family needs I am only taking one family per month to be sure I have adequate availability.
In addition I can only take on clients as my family situation dictates so that I am able to give you my 100% attention you deserve.
Do I really need a birth plan?
If you are planning a low intervention birth, yes. Why? Most care providers today are not familiar with or may have never seen a physiologically normal birth. The new normal for most birth facilities is the myriad of interventions and management their resulting cascade. A simple one page reminder of your birthing wishes will do the job. And yes, I am happy to help you draw up a plan.
Do you have breastfeeding support services?
Yes. Additional support above and beyond the initiating the breastfeeding relationship with your new baby is available. I am a Certified Breastfeeding Counselor-CBC(CBI) through Childbirth International. Rates are posted on my Services page.