The first home visit
We come to your home and meet with you and your birth partner and discuss your goals, hopes, and fears surrounding your birthing experience. We’ll discuss your birth education options and determine if we are a good fit as partners in the birthing process. We go over postpartum care and make a complete postpartum care plan. This first visit takes about an 2-2.5 hours.
The Second home visit:
In this visit we complete your comprehensive birth plan, discuss comfort measures, make a packing/preparation list and finalize all plans for your baby’s birth day. Payment for all labor services are due at this visit. This visit must take place before 38 weeks gestation. This visit takes about 2 hours.
Phone and text support
Once under contract, your Doula will be available to you by phone and text to answer any questions you may have, provide factual information, and help you improve your communication with your provider.
Birthing day Support
Continuous emotional support has been linked to better outcomes in all birthing experiences. Whether the birth occurs in a home or birth center with a midwife, or in a hospital setting with doctors and nurses, the ongoing presence of a Doula as a member of your birth team can be a great comfort and blessing. Not all care providers can provide intensive, uninterrupted attention. Your Labor Doula will be there from the early signs of labor all the way through to recovery. Your Doula will be by your side as long as you need and will provide a constant presence to help you through your labor.
Throughout all history, women have supported other woman as they brought new lives into the world. This support was often literal as backs and legs have been supported, hands were held, and brows were wiped. Effective comfort techniques have been passed down through generations. Our Doulas have been trained in many traditional techniques as well as several new methods. All of our Doulas are trained in physical support measures such as
Aroma and sound therapy
Hot and cold comfort measures
Your significant other is a very important part of your birthing experience. We take the time to make sure that your birth partner has the education and support they need to be a confident and helpful partner. As we build your birth plan we make sure that we include the roll of your partner, to insure they are participating as much or a little as mom would like.
Bringing home a new baby can be overwhelming. Family and friends can be a major blessing but sometimes you need more help than they can provide, or you just need someone you can count on to be there when you need them. We offer postpartum support including
Older child care
Human placenta has been used in Traditional Chinese Medicine for centuries. According to TCM practitioners, placenta has been used historically for insufficient lactation, to boost Qi/energy (which woman are believed to be depleted of after birth) and to nourish the blood. Steaming is a key part of these properties as TCM also believes that cooling things (like raw placenta) should be avoided in the postpartum period. The cooking process is believed to release beneficial properties in the placenta and make nutrients more easily absorbed by the digestive tract. Steaming per our preparation protocol should destroy any viruses or pathogens that may have been picked up on the placenta’s journey outside the body, making it safer for the mother to consume. May increase the amount of iron (ferritin) in the placenta.