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 you. Did you know that you don’t need to have a “natural birth” to have a good birth?! If a baby comes out of a person, it’s a natural birth! A good birth can be a birth with or without pain management/medication, a cesarean birth, or a birth with medical complications for you or baby. I’ll be there to provide continuous support and comfort, no matter what. Feeling overwhelmed about your birth options? I hear you! 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 people 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 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, if desired. We’ll also talk about managing expectations and planning for your postpartum period and baby feeding goals.
- 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. *This is flexible; I can go on call earlier if there’s a medical reason and/or high-risk pregnancy.
- 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 I can help with initial feeding if desired.
- One postpartum home visit where we can discuss your birth experience and talk about how you and your family are doing. I can help with feeding, newborn care questions, and provide further resources, if needed. (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!)