Definition Of A Doula
A Doula's role is to ensure a satisfying birth experience by providing physical, emotional,
and informational support to a laboring woman and her partner. However, a Doula does NOT perform clinical tasks such as blood
pressure, fetal heart rate monitoring, cervical checks, or homeopathy. Your Doula works exclusively for you, not your care
provider or hospital. My training and certification as a registered nurse enhances my doula practice, however, I will not
perform nursing tasks as your doula.
I will meet with you before the birth to discuss the labor and birth, provide birth plan information,
and practice labor positions, massage, and breathing techniques.
From the moment you hire me, I am available to
answer questions and make suggestions over the phone or on e-mail at any time.
Once active labor has begun, I
will stay with you until one to two hours after the baby is born.
During labor, I will provide reassurance and
perspective to you, make suggestions to help labor progress and help with relaxation, massage, positioning and other techniques
Your birth plan is of the highest importance to me. I will work to maintain the integrity of your
birth plan throughout your labor and delivery.
I will rarely speak to your healthcare provider on your behalf.
Rather, I will help you consider all of your birth options and will create an environment where you feel comfortable communicating
with your healthcare team.
I am happy to photograph labor, birth and/or recovery if desired as time and circumstances
During our one postpartum meeting, it is my pleasure to admire your baby, help you with breastfeeding
and pumping as needed, teach you techniques to help sooth your baby, give referrals, discuss the birth and any other concerns
you may have at that time.
As Your Birth Doula
As your Doula, I will be on call for you 24 hours a day beginning two weeks before your estimated
due date (EDD) and ending with the birth of your baby. This means that I will carry my cell phone with me at all times, and
will not leave the area unless it is an emergency. If unforeseen circumstances prevent me from attending your birth. I will
have a back-up Doula on call beginning two weeks before your EDD and ending with the birth of your baby.
Please keep me updated after visits with your care provider if there are concerns that s/he has about
your pregnancy and/or birth. As your EDD approaches, contact me after prenatal visits as your cervix begins to change. Call
me when you think you may be in labor, even if you are not sure, so that I may make arrangements to attend your birth. Please
allow me approximately 1.5 hour's time to reach you in non-rush hour traffic and 2.5 hours in rush hour traffic.
I provide the services above for $1,500. A $500 deposit is due upon hiring me as your doula. The remaining amount is due
at our prenatal meeting.
My philosophy of doula care is very simple. I am there to help you experience your birth in a way that is meaningful
for you. My professional experience includes: hospital, birth center, home birth, vaginal birth, Cesarean birth, VBAC, un-medicated
or "natural childbirth", epidural, HypnoBirthing, water birth, labor induction with and without medical pain management,
high-risk pregnancy, and working with licensed midwives, certified nurse midwives, and medical doctors. Regardless of your
choices or situation, I will stand with you throughout your labor and delivery. I maintain a nurturing environment where you
and your partner receive the kind of support that is uniquely appropriate for you.