What is a Doula?
The word doula comes from the ancient Greek meaning “a woman who serves” and is now used to refer to a trained and experienced professional who provides continuous physical, emotional and informational support to the Birthing Person before, during and just after birth.
A Doula does not take the place of, nor try to take over the responsibilities of, the important trained medical professionals associated with birth (Midwife, Doctor, Nurse). She also doesn’t replace the Birth Partner. Instead she’s there to help the Client and Partner 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 themself, and the birth they want.
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 – two prenatal visits 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
– 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. 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 $500 – $900, paid in two installments (sliding scale based on what clients can pay).
If interested in my doula services, or for questions, please contact me!
I am also a part of the On-Call Doula Program with Mountain Midwifery Center in Englewood.
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.
I have my Infant, Pediatric, and Adult CPR/AED/First Aid certification.