This is an exciting time to be a Doula! We are not a household name, yet, but I see that in the very near future. The American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology has finally endorsed Doulas, “Continuous labor support, including support provided by doulas, is one of the most effective ways to decrease the cesarean rate.” How have we done this? Doulas are your most passionate advocate throughout your pregnancy, birth and postpartum. We will never speak for you but we will give you a voice. You will be knowledgeable on every decision you may have to make, understand the risks and benefits, and gain confidence discussing your options with your care providers. We trust the birth process. With Doula support you will come to believe in yourself, baby and body. We want you to feel connected to your baby physically, emotionally and spiritually. The power in the process of creation is there for you to utilize. New science has shown us that your baby releases adult stem cell to “cure what ails you”. I always believed that there was a scientific reason why I felt so wonderful during pregnancy. I had a WOW! moment when I learned that science has found brain cells from our children in the mothers’ brains. (no wonder we know exactly what they are thinking!)
During labor I never leave your side. As an expert in the labor process, I can help you manage any labor dystocia. Labor dystocia is any issue that negatively effects labor progress. It may be fear, stress, baby mal-position, muscle spasm, tendon or ligament pain, the atmosphere, or unresolved emotional pain. 100% of my focus is on the mother and her partner. I am your only care provider that is not influenced by an institution, litigation, and regulations. This does not mean that I ever contradict medical advice. Medical advise is outside the scope of practice for a Doula. In order for your to have a great birth experience I have to maintain the utmost respect for essential and non essential hospital/birth center staff. I am proud of the excellent relationship I have at all area hospitals and care providers. We are a team.
“Doualing” is not just a career, it is my passion. Every day I research new methods and techniques to be more effective during the labor process, while still protecting the sanctity of your birthing day. I treasure every birth experience and am truly honored to guide and support you on this journey. Your labor experience has a profound impact on the rest of your life. Expect nothing less than a day filled with peace, love, joy, and empowerment.
In Doula Spirit,
“Nuts & Bolts” Birth Doula Services
-A minimum of 2 prenatal meetings
The first is an intake of your history, an assessment of your needs and wishes for your birth (birth plan), and discussion of concerns and questions. It essentially helps me understand my role based on your expectations.
The second is a labor trial. We will practice using the Doula tools including birth balls, massage techniques, aromatherapy, etc. We will discuss all your options, possible outcomes and finalize your birth plan.
We can meet additional times if needed or at your request
This is your birth. I respect and support your decisions for your ideal birth experience:)
-Unlimited phone and internet support.
-Education ( You can pick my brain)
-Continuous labor and delivery support that can begin in your home or when we meet at the hospital. This includes non-medical comfort measures during labor, positions and movements for labor and birth, strategies for coping during difficult labors: including back labor, self-care recovery measures, waterbirthing, assessing, and education of breast feeding technique immediately following birth.
I usually remain with you until breastfeeding is established and you are settled postpartum.
-Use of TENS for pain management
-Use of essential oils
-Postpartum visit in your home, at your request.
Included are breastfeeding or bottle feeding support and education, newborn and infant care information, personal care information, home organization, sibling adjustment information, assistance with adjusting to new roles, answering questions and addressing any concerns.
Also, it is a wonderful opportunity to reflect on your birth.
Postpartum support that continues through the fourth trimester adds household organizational support: preparing occasional light meals, grocery shopping, light laundry, tidying and dish washing.
I hope you will give me the opportunity to meet with you as it is most important for you to find a doula that you completely trust and are comfortable. Supporting women and their families is my passion. I truly believe birth is an empowering, transforming, and life changing event. Every woman can have a positive birth experience with the right education and support.
Above all else, I am committed and compelled to provide you with the same level of tender loving care I give my own family. I am accessible via home & cell phone, facebook, twitter, and e-mail. I will do my best to answer all your questions with evidence based information. Although I lean toward the Midwifery model of care, the Medical Model is what most of you will be required to navigate. I firmly believe that a beautiful, and positive birth experience can be achieved in a hospital setting. I support your choices, which could include a non-medicated birth, use of an epidural, or scheduled cesarean. Your journey begins with open communication with your care provider, knowledge of hospital practices and procedure, constructing a workable Birth Plan, flexibility, and trust in yourself and your body. (of course hiring a Doula:)
It is an honor and privilege to be a part of the day you welcome a new life, healthy, happy, and full of promise.
Feel free to contact me even if you are due near at time blocked out of the calendar. I have partner doulas to back me up in the event of my absense. I only chose Doulas whom I have personally worked with and provide the same level of care as NEAR To You Doula Services. You will heave the opportunity to meet the Co-Doula at one of our prenatal appointments.