What is your philosophy about birth and supporting women and their partners through labor?
Giving birth is an experience that is one of the most significant and memorable of a birthing person’s life. This day in age, I feel birth is sometimes treated as more of a medical procedure than a natural, memorable, and beautiful experience. This is not to say that I believe a birth experience should be natural. As a birth doula, it is my belief that all birthing people should have the positive birth experience they envision, no matter what that involves. Whether you want a natural birth, interventions such as an epidural or pain medication, or a c-section, I believe it is your absolute right to have the birth experience you envision for yourself, free of judgment. I believe that having constant support, whether that be through comfort measures, insight and knowledge, or just having someone to always be there with you through this experience, makes a huge impact on the overall experience. Doctors, midwives, and nurses focus on the medical aspects of the birth experience, while the doula focuses on the emotional and physical support side for you and your partner. Together they are committed to giving an overall happy and safe birth experience. I believe the feeling of being cared for and supported contributes to a positive memory of the birth experience. In a time that can be scary and vulnerable, having the support of a doula whose primary purpose is to support you and your partner can make a positive impact.
Can we meet to discuss my birth plans and the role you will play in supporting me through labor?
Yes! Once you have decided to move forward with choosing me as your birth Doula, I will help you create your ideal birth plan, as well as review how I can best assist you during labor based on your wants and needs. We will review what comfort measures, techniques, and possibly positions you feel may help during labor, as well as additional options we may use, and they type of interaction you feel would work best for you.
May I call you with questions and concerns before or after the birth?
My services include unlimited calls and messages prior to the birth as well as the 10 days postpartum for any questions or concerns you have. This includes one 1 hour postpartum visit as well about 7-10 days after birth. Past the 10 days after birth, any additional help you may need would be a part of my postpartum doula services.
Do you meet with ME/us after the birth to review the labor and answer any questions?
Yes! My birth doula services include one postpartum meeting to review the labor and any questions you may have. I usually schedule this meeting 7-10 days after birth. Meeting usually runs about an hour.
When do you meET me in labor? Do you come to my home or meet at the hospital?
I usually meet clients in labor when they hit active labor (when they reach about 4-5cm dilated). BUT this does not mean that you should not contact me until active labor. You should reach out at the onset of contractions/early labor, and we will keep constant contact and communication until you just about hit active labor. My goal is to join you within an hour of the onset of active labor, preferably at the start. We discuss and plan prior to the birth where you would me to meet you, but both home and hospital/birthing center are options for me to join you.
Do you work with one or more backup doulas for times when you are not available?
I currently work with one backup doula, in case an emergency arises where I cannot attend your birth. I can definitely arrange for her to join us during one of our meetings if you would like, so that you can be comfortable with them as well.
What training have you had?
I am currently in the process of getting my doula certification. I have taken the birth doula workshop, childbirth class, breastfeeding class, and a nutrition for pregnancy class. I have also taken a rebozo certification workshop.