Services

SONY DSC   I offer several different services.  These can be combined or used seperately:

  •    Birth Doula
  •   Postpartum Doula
  •   Placenta Encapsulation
  •   Childbirth Classes

Birth Doula Support Includes:

  • Initial consultation (free of charge) to get to know each other and see if I’d be a good doula for you.
  • Two to three prenatal visits to assess your needs and desires for the birth, define and understand our expectations of one another, and provide you with useful tools for labor and birth.
  • Phone and email support throughout your pregnancy and early postpartum period
  • Help creating a birth plan to help you clarify your preferences for birth and explain the options available to you.
  • I will be “on call” for you 2 weeks before and 2 weeks after your estimated due date. This means that I will arrange my personal schedule so that I am not out of town during this time.
  • I will meet you at your home when labor begins and follow you to where you are birthing.
  • Continuous one on one support throughout the entire birth
  • Stay for 1-2 hours after you give birth to take pictures, assist with breastfeeding, and make sure you are comfortable.
  • Postpartum visit to celebrate the birth of your baby and go over any questions you have about the early postpartum stage.

What Is A Postpartum Doula?

1. What do postpartum doulas do?
What a postpartum doula does changes from day to day, as the needs of the family change. Postpartum doulas do whatever a mother needs to best enjoy and care for her new baby. A large part of their role is education. They share information about baby care with parents, as well as teach siblings and partners to “mother the mother.” They assist with breastfeeding education. Postpartum doulas also make sure the mother is fed, well hydrated and comfortable. Source (Dona.org)

Postpartum Doula Support Includes:

  • Newborn care; bathing, swaddling, feeding
  • Self-care recovery and postpartum comfort measures
  • Light housekeeping such as emptying the dishwasher, baby laundry, etc.
  • Help resolve breastfeeding challenges
  • Run errands
  • Meal preparation; sandwiches, eggs, etc.
  • Snuggling baby or watching older children so mommy can bathe/eat/nap

Why Should I take Placenta Capsules?

The placenta contains your own natural hormones and is perfectly made for you, by you. Experts agree that the placenta retains hormones. Reintroducing them to your system is believed to ease postpartum and menopausal hormonal fluctuations. Source (PlacentaBenefits.info)

Your baby’s placenta, contained in capsule form, is believed to:

  • contain your own natural hormones
  • be perfectly made for you
  • balance your system
  • replenish depleted iron
  • give you more energy
  • lessen bleeding postnatally
  • been shown to increase milk production
  • help you have a happier postpartum period
  • hasten return of uterus to pre-pregnancy state

Placenta Encapsulation Services Include:

Placenta Encapsulation is a 2-step process typically occurring over 2 consecutive days.

  • Placenta capsules are made from your placenta with no added ingredients
  • I will encapsulate the placenta in your home.
  • I will prepare, clean and dehydrate your placenta on the first visit.
  • The next visit will include the grinding and encapsulation.
  • Depending on the size of your placenta, it will yield 80-200 capsules

Fees:

Birth Doula: A complete birth package is $500. A non refundable deposit of $200 is required at the first prenatal visit to hold your due date and cover the prenatal visits. The remaining $300 is due at 4 weeks before your due date or at our last prenatal visit.

PostPartum Doula : Postpartum Doula services are based on an hourly rate of $25 per hour, with a minimum of 3 hours per session.   If you are hiring me as your Birth Doula, the rate will be reduced to $20 per hour.

Placenta Encapsulation:  $200 flat rate for placenta encapsulation.  If you hire me as your doula, the placenta encapsulation fee will be reduced to $125.

* I am understanding of the fact that for many families, this may be more difficult than for others. I am happy to set up a payment plan for those who might have a hard time paying all at once. I feel that every woman should be able to have a doula.