What is a Doula?
A doula is a trained and experienced labour companion who provides continuous emotional support, physical comfort and assistance in obtaining information before, during and just after childbirth.
This is an opportunity for us to meet and get to know each other. We discuss your wishes regarding your birth, you and your family's needs and what you expect and hope from me as your doula. This connection allows you to ensure I am the right fit for you. I'll go over my training, past birth experiences, my birth philosophy and answer any initial questions you may have.
I offer two prenatal visits to all of my clients. Our prenatal visits allows us to become comfortable with one another and gives me the chance to gather important information about your birthing plans and desires. We'll review your pregnancy and discuss important life, health and family situations. We will discuss your ideal birth plan: What are your desires, wishes and needs for labour and birth? What role is your partner comfortable with? What are your expectations of me as your doula? We'll discuss fears or concerns that you or your partner may have. In our second prenatal visit, we may practice comfort techniques, such as massage, breathing exercises and different birthing positions. Our time spent together allows us to prepare for your birth.
During early labour, I will meet you at your home when you need me. We will work together through each contraction, determining time in between each one. I can guide you through different breathing techniques, offer massage and body positioning to help with the contractions. I will be there to help you relax and rest as much as possible before the birth. If you are doing a home birth, I will set up the room to create a calming and warm space. If you are planning a hospital birth, I can help you and your partner decide when it is time to leave for the hospital.
On going support
From our initial meeting all the way through your pregnancy and delivery, I take the time to get to know you, your concerns and your needs. I’m always available by phone/email throughout the entire process, 24 hours a day. I provide all of my clients with local resources that are very helpful as a new parent.
Birth Doula Package $1500
As your birth doula, I provide continuous support to your family before, during and after baby arrives. We will work together to create a safe, memorable and empowering birthing experience. My birth doula package includes:
Two prenatal visits
Unlimited phone and email support
Educational resources and access to my lending library
Guidance creating your birth preferences
Use of TENS machine
24 hour on call support from 38 weeks of pregnancy until the birth of your baby
Continuous support during labour (no time limit)
Additional 2 hours of support following your birth, including initial breastfeeding assistance
One postpartum visit in your home to help you with breastfeeding or bottle feeding, meal prep and to ensure you have settled in nicely with your baby. This is suited to your individual needs. This also allows us an opportunity to talk about your birth and the miracle that just took place!