As your birth doula, I offer the following:
A face-to-face meeting providing information about my services allowing you (or you and your partner) to decide if we are a good match. Since it is essential to know that you and your doula are a good fit for one another, this initial consultation is always offered free of charge. If we are both confident about moving forward, we sign a contract and you provide two checks: one is deposited immediately and the other held until the 38th week of your pregnancy.
I am available to you throughout your pregnancy once we have signed your contract. You are welcome to call, send an e-mail, or text to ask questions about your pregnancy or early labor, or just for emotional support. I have many resources to draw from, including my own collection of birthing books and dvds. I can also recommend the services provided by my colleagues in the Hudson Valley Birth Network — from acupuncture, to childbirth education, chiropractic, and more.
Second Meeting (Prenatal Visit – 37th week of pregnancy):
Two hour (or more) meeting in your home during which we discuss your hopes, desires, and any fears about labor and birth. We talk about what it is like to labor at home and at the hospital or birth center and discuss pain management techniques, coping skills, and positions for pushing. We review when to call me and your midwife or doctor and discuss specific signs of labor and its progression so you feel more confident knowing when your labor has begun.
Labor, Birth, and up to Two Hours Postpartum:
As of your 38th week of pregnancy, I am considered “on-call” to you 24/7. Should you have pre-term labor, every effort will be made for me to support your labor and birth. If I am unavailable due to illness, birth doula support will be provided by a back-up doula who is a colleague and also a member of the Hudson Valley Birth Network.
I remain with you at your home from the time active labor begins; follow you and your partner’s car to the birth center or hospital and stay with you after your birth to ensure that you and your baby have good skin-to-skin contact and a positive start to breastfeeding.
This final home visit offers an opportunity for us to see one another again and talk about your birth. It is not mandatory, but can be a lovely time to recall how labor progressed, and help you remember how amazing you were!
I can aide with initial latching-on after birth and provide breastfeeding support by phone pre- and post-birth. I can also refer you to a lactation consultant, if needed.
If you have any specific questions about my services, please let me know!