Having a doula attend your birth is a very personal experience. As such, you need to feel comfortable with the person you hire, and you should interview a few. There is no charge for this initial consultation.
Once hired, I am available by phone or email whenever you have questions or just want to check in. I like to keep in touch so we can both be as prepared as possible.
In addition, you will have access to my personal lending library. A current list of books is available here.
2 Prenatal Visits
I usually schedule two prenatal visits; one and two months before your due date. We'll talk about your hopes, fears, and concerns, and get you as ready as we can.
When labour begins, I can meet you either at your home or at the hospital or birthing centre, depending on how things are going. Once I'm there, I won't leave your side until the baby comes.
Baby’s First Feeding Support
After the birth I will stay with you for one to two hours, long enough to help your baby latch for the first feeding.
2 Postpartum Follow-up Visits
Within the first few days after birth I will check in with you to make sure you are getting off to a good start. After you have settled in at home for a couple of weeks, I will visit you again to check in, talk about the experience, and get feedback from you.
As a Doula, I Do Not:
Perform any clinical tasks
A doula's role is to support the birthing family emotionally, physically, and informationally. There are other staff available to fill clinical roles, my focus is strictly on the family's comfort.
Make decisions for you
This is your birth. I will help you get all the information you need to make informed choices, but the decisions are ultimately up to you.
Speak to the staff on your behalf
I will remind you if the birth is deviating from your plan, and help you get the information you need, but you or your partner will be the ones to speak to medical staff.
Project any of my own beliefs onto your experience
Every birth is unique, and the choices belong to the birthing family alone. I will be there to support you in whatever decisions you make.