“It was so wonderful to have Megan as a part of my journey to motherhood. She is personable, knowledgeable, and compassionate. Her demeanor is genuine and kind. We couldn’t have found a better doula to care for our family.” (Client review, January 2018)
What is a Doula?
The word Doula is used to refer to a trained and experienced professional (of any gender expression!) who provides continuous physical, emotional and informational support to a Birthing Person before, during and just after birth. A Doula is almost like a birth sherpa, someone who has walked the path, and can help people navigate the twists and turns of this particular journey.
As a Doula, I don’t take the place of, nor try to take over the responsibilities of, the important trained medical professionals associated with birth (Midwife, Doctor, Nurse). I also don’t replace the Birth Partner, if applicable. Instead I’m there to help those involved handle the intense emotional and physical aspects of birth, as well as help the Birthing Person tap into their innate potential to birth. A Doula’s knowledge of birth provides a great counterpoint to the Midwife or Doctor’s medical concentration, the Partner’s knowledge of the Birthing Person, and helps the Client advocate for themselves, and the birth they want. I use my wide range of birth experiences to help navigate this uncharted path. With experience in many environments; low and high risk pregnancies; spontaneous labor, scheduled inductions or caesarean, emergency inductions or caesareans; surrogacy; and first through multiple pregnancies (whether that be siblings, or pregnancy after loss), I bring a very wide range of knowledge to your experience.
My Doula Services
As a birth Doula, I provide not only my consistent presence for the whole of your labor and birth, with no hour limits, as well as the time immediately following to help get breastfeeding/chestfeeding started, but also one – three prenatal visits (depending on how far along when booked) and one postpartum visit.
During the prenatal visit(s), we will review:
– information pertaining to the type of birth the Client desires, as well as how to handle deviation in that plan
– comfort measures
– breastfeeding/chestfeeding information (if desired)
– as well as answer any question the Birthing Person or Birth Partner might have!
The postpartum visit will include discussion of the labor and birth, where I can provide answers to any questions the Birthing Person or Partner might have, as well as a chance to discuss breast/chestfeeding, if applicable. At that point I will provide them with an account of the labor and birth, as well as any pictures taken.
Fees and Payments
My fee is $650 – $1000, paid in two installments (sliding scale based the client’s knowledge of what they are able to pay).
I also offer a yoga add on!
Doula clients may pay $100 for 3 private prenatal yoga classes (may buy multiple packs).
If interested in my doula services, or for questions, please contact me!
For more information on doulas, and why you should have one, check out DONA International’s page for mothers.
I am fully insured and certified, with additional training in serving sexual abuse survivors, as well as LGBTQA+ families.
I have my Infant, Pediatric, and Adult CPR/AED/First Aid certification.