Birth Doula/Labor Assistant Services

Before the Birth

In addition to a free initial consultation, two prenatal visits are included in my fee. We'll use this time to get to know each other better, and to talk about your plans for the birth and any questions you have about pregnancy, labor or postpartum.

I'll provide you with a number of informational handouts, and I provide unlimited telephone and e-mail support beginning when you hire me.

Starting at 38 weeks pregnant, I will be on call for your birth 24 hours a day. If I am unable to attend your birth for an unforeseen reason, a backup doula with a similar philosophy to mine will assist you.

Labor and Birth

As soon as you feel you need me, I will come to your home or meet you at your place of birth. I will remain with you at all times in your labor - unless you need a little privacy.

During labor, I will provide physical comfort measures, such as massage, aromatherapy, suggestions for position changes, and reminders to use the bathroom; and emotional support and encouragement. I'll also run minor errands if needed, such as getting you a snack, and take photos and video if you wish. And I'll provide informational support, answering questions about anything that comes up in labor so that you can make informed choices.

After the Birth

Mother and baby handsI will remain with you after the birth until you and the baby are settled. I'll help with establishing breastfeeding, and help protect this sacred family time.

A few days after the birth, I will make a postpartum visit to your house to talk about your experience and see how you're adjusting with the new baby. I'll bring along any photos from the birth and a written birth story, if you wish.

Fees

All the services above are included in my fee, which is on a sliding scale from $500-$900. I ask clients to evaluate their own income and ability to pay; there's no particular income requirement.

I'm also always happy to consider requests for a volunteer doula. I don't turn anyone away simply for lack of funds. After all, doula support is for everybody - not just for women in higher income brackets.