No-obligation preliminary meeting (up to 1 hr):
An opportunity to meet each other, for you to ask questions about me and doulas in general, and to see if I’m the right match for your family.
1-3 additional prenatal visits (up to 2 hrs each):
If we decide to work together I will meet with you 1 to 3 times before your birth, typically at your home. This is a great time to get to know each other better, for you to share your hopes, expectations, excitements and fears, and to ask lots of questions. I can help you access information as you find your unique path. This is also an opportunity to talk about your birth wishes, sometimes called a birth plan. I’m also available for questions by email, phone or text starting at the time we decide to work together. Here’s a link to a menu of Prenatal Visit Topics.
On Call from 38 weeks:
I am available to drop everything and join you at your home or birth-site when you are in labor. I offer remote support by text or phone while you are in early labor and will join you when you are in active labor. I have a back-up doula for the very unlikely situation that I am unable to join you during your labor.
Labor and birth support:
My goal is to help you have the birth experience that is right for you. Labor is inherently unpredictable and every birthing person is different; your physical and emotional needs, your baby’s needs, and your birth wishes all contribute to your unique birth journey. What is right for you will become clear during labor and probably not before (though with thoughtful planning you can be prepared for whatever your path holds). I will support you along the way. This support can take many forms. I know techniques to improve comfort during labor, help encourage labor progress, and support both partners through the wonders and challenges of the birth journey. I can help you understand what is happening, offer physical and emotional support, give you verbal affirmations, or guard the room so that people are quiet when they enter. At your birth I will be a calm presence, confident in your ability to birth your baby.
I will remain with you until you and your family are comfortably settled–usually 1-3 hours after birth.
1 postpartum visit:
In the first days to few weeks after birth I come to your home to check in. This visit can be and opportunity to talk about your birth experience, to admire your new baby together, and to get help accessing other support if you want it. Some families would like me to check in twice after their birth, and I am happy to.
I am happy to discuss flexible payment options including barter and payment plans if you are experiencing financial hardship.