What does a doula do...
After our initial consultation, a signed contract and retainer fee is required to secure your due date on my calendar. Once you're a client, I am available for phone/email/text support during business hours as well as after hours for immediate needs only (All medical emergencies should be reported to your care provider)
Two Prenatal Visits which include:
- Discussing the desired role of the doula during labor and birth
- A general overview of the birth process (This does not replace a childbirth preparation course)
- Learning how to make informed choices
- Discussing the client's wishes for labor and birth
- Assistance in developing birth preferences and a written "birth plan"
- Guided labor rehearsal; practicing relaxation/comfort measures, and positions for labor and birth.
- Support through decisions
- Provide continuous support to help you achieve a safe and satisfying birth experience.
- Use intuition, knowledge, and experience to provide emotional, physical, and informational support to the client.
- Help the client gather information to make an informed decision.
- Gently remind the client if choices are deviating from the client's birth preferences.
- Remain 1-2 hours after the birth to assist with comfort and initial breastfeeding
- Contact the client at 24 and 72 hours postpartum for a well check and to answer any questions
- Visit 1-2 weeks after baby's birth to discuss the birth and answer any questions the you may have as a new parent
What DOESN'T a doula do?
- Take the place of the clients spouse or partner.
- Make decisions for the client, or contradict medical advice from any care provider.
- Speak to the staff on the clients behalf regarding any medical care.