I believe that every family should feel informed, supported, listened to, and loved during pregnancy and childbirth! No matter what your hopes and preferences are for the birth of your dreams, I’ll be there to support those choices. I don’t believe that there’s only one way to have a “good” birth. Whether you choose pain medication or not, whether you’re having a cesarean birth, or whether this is your first or fifth baby, I’ll be there to provide continuous support and comfort. Feeling overwhelmed about your birth options? No problem! We can explore them in-depth during our prenatal meetings. The birth doula services I provide are evidence-based, non-judgmental, and tailored to meet your specific needs.
What is a Doula?
The word “doula” originates from the ancient Greek, meaning “woman who serves.” Modern doulas provide non-medical support to birthing women and their families through the following:
- Working with the family to explore their birth preferences, values, and needs
- Encouraging and modeling effective communication
- Providing non-clinical comfort measures and emotional support during labor
- Keeping a positive attitude, and creating a positive atmosphere with the birth team
- Facilitating and promoting self-advocacy (a doula does not speak for you)
- Building bridges within the local birth community
What I Provide as Your Doula
- 2-3 prenatal home visits where I’ll get to know your preferences, values, and coping style. We’ll practice labor comfort and coping techniques. I can help you create a list of birth preferences to share with your provider, as well as a plan for the postpartum period, so you’re not caught off-guard!
- Evidence-based information and resources to help you explore your options for labor and birth.
- On-call 24 hours a day for your birth starting at 38 weeks, until the baby is born.
- Continuous support during labor, delivery, and the immediate postpartum period. Support may begin at home, or when you get to the hospital, depending on your labor. I’ll stay until you’re feeling settled in after the birth, usually an hour or so, and answer any questions you might have about initial breastfeeding and newborn care.
- One postpartum home visit where I’ll give you my notes from the birth, help process the experience, and check in on how the new family is doing. (Please note: Nora in the Nest also provides Postpartum Doula Care, and you may be interested in a package combining birth and postpartum services! Click here for more information about Postpartum Doula services, and here for information about packages!)