'Mothering the mother' is a gendered term used to describe the work I do. My hopes are for families to make decisions that align with their goals, values, and preferences related to childbirth. Parenting is an art. There is no perfect way to raise children. My number one goal is to support your informed birth and postpartum choices. I am a resource; I encourage you to utilize me.
- 2-3 prenatal visits to discuss available choices in maternity care & birth plan.
- 24hr on-call support two weeks before EDD & after it.
- Continuous labor support.
- Aid in clear clinician-patient communication.
- Emotional support during labor & one hour after birth.
- Physical comfort measures.
- At two weeks postpartum, a 3-hour meet up to review birth & infant feeding.
- Professional referrals if necessary.
Birth coach is another term that describes a doula. As an experienced professional, I am here to assist with your physical and emotional needs related to childbirth. I recognize pregnancy and birth as a monumental moment in a person's life and completely commit to actively showing up as your doula.
We will begin our relationship through prenatal visits, where I will address any questions and concerns you may have about pregnancy and childbirth. During these meetings we will discuss all things birth-related so that you may be as prepared and informed as possible. Prenatal visits are an opportunity for families and their doula to get to know each other. We're going to be a great team!
As your birth doula, I will commit to being on-call 24/7, two weeks before and after your EDD. My presence will be continuous throughout your laboring journey. Labor massage, hip squeezes and counter pressure are noninvasive comfort measures I offer to help ease some of the stresses of labor. Childbirth and maternity care is a big unknown for many families. So, having an experienced professional during labor can boost your confidence by being aware of your maternity care options; bring a sense of safety and help keep stress levels to a minimum.
Postpartum Care: Postpartum care entails a variety of newborn care related services, knowledge about a woman's changing body and lifestyle transitions with a newborn.
- Breastfeeding and bottle-feeding education
- Introductory newborn sleep training
- Infant bathing
- Diaper changing
- Cord care
- Circumcision care
- Swaddle techniques
- Soothing techniques
- Baby wearing
- Baby laundry
- Meal preparation
- Light house cleaning
- Pump & bottle sterilization
- Sibling & pet adjustment tips
- Accompany clients to doctor visits
- Run errands
- A listening ear
As a postpartum doula, my time is spent differently than a newborn care specialist or baby nurse. I do not assume complete care of a newborn. My services are intended to help families adjust to the needs of a newborn while still meeting their own needs. Together, we will build a thriving and harmonious family circle. Go team go!
Establishing eating, sleeping & hygiene routines post-baby may seem silly at first, but it's a lot harder than you'd expect it to be. Family adjustments include finding the right tools and supplies to fit their life-style and home rhythms. You may consider getting a baby carrier or using a different diaper rash cream or wonder how you clear a newborns stuffy nose. There are so many products these days, it's hard to know what's best for mother and baby. Especially, if you are a first time parent or your kids are far apart and you just can't remember all the tricks and tips you once used.
The three months after birth often accompany many physiological changes in mother and baby. Hormones fluctuate and sleep becomes irregular due to the nutritional needs of an infant. Newborns need to eat every 2-3 hours and they sleep most of the day.
This cocktail of changes can produce a wide range of stressful emotions that, if un-addressed, can have serious implications. According to the Office on Women's Health, statistically, postpartum depressive symptoms occur in one in nine mothers. If you've just given birth, finding the time to cook, clean, bath and rest your body may be difficult when you're tending to those same needs in your baby.
That is why experienced and nonjudgmental postpartum support is invaluable. I can commit to providing you with the care you need to stay nourished and hydrated while also sharing my newborn care skills and breastfeeding/bottle-feeding knowledge.
I do not:
- Diagnose medical conditions
- Perform clinical tasks
- Take over the care of a newborn
- Drive clients
- Walks dogs
- Heavy house cleaning tasks
- Make decisions for you
Image from (Choices In Childbirth)