“If a doula were a drug, it would be unethical not to use it.”
—John H. Kennell, MD
Being a doula is all about one-on-one care, continuous support, empowerment, education, informed choices, right to refuse, positive overall outcomes, great mother-baby bonds, family bonds, great and joyful lives, minimal harm to personal feelings, great memories, and valuable and precious times on our paths through life.
As a professional, non-medical birth labor assistant, I comfort the mother and her partner during birth, act as a liaison between the hospital staff and the birthing mother, and provide one-on-one care that the hospital staff or doctor may not be able to provide. I do this by meeting the mother and birth team before birth, educating her, and discussing her options. I practice comfort techniques and bring my experience and specialized training needed to carry out these unique comfort measures. Mothers who have hired me are happier about their birth experiences, because a birth doula’s job is to empower the mother during birth and support her unconditionally.
The wisdom and emotional support of experienced women at birth is an ancient tradition.
Birth doulas improve the overall outcomes and experience of mothers giving birth. Studies show that women have shorter labors, fewer medical interventions, fewer Cesarean operations, and healthier babies. Recent evidence also suggests that when a doula provides labor support, women are more satisfied with their experience and mother-infant interaction is enhanced. Mothers remember their birth experiences in detail for the rest of their lives. It is my hope as a doula to make that memory a joyful one. Also, studies have shown that mothers who use a doula have lower incidence of postpartum depression, breastfeed longer, and are closer to their infants.
It is all about preserving families and ensuring that women are able to give birth confidently.
All Doula Services Include:
Two prenatal visits, where we discuss options and create your birth vision
Phone, text and email support throughout pregnancy and postpartum period
On-call availability for two weeks before and after your due date
Continuous labor and birth support
Postpartum visit to reflect on your birth journey
Postpartum herbal bath to aid in healing for you and baby
Community resources will be helpful during pregnancy and postpartum
Assistance in scheduling placenta encapsulation, Lactation Consultant, and/or postpartum doula support if you choose
A la Carte Services
Private birth and breastfeeding classes in your home (2 classes)- these classes will cover what to expect in labor, information on informed consent, which decisions you may be faced with, and breastfeeding basics. This is a wonderful opportunity to have all of your questions answered in a low-pressure, supportive environment.
Montrice Services- The montrice fulfills the role of a doula plus provides clinical support. She (or he) has training in assessing a woman’s vital signs, palpate fetal position, monitoring fetal heart tones, and checking cervical progress (when requested). When the woman arrives at the hospital the montrice then serves in the role of a doula, providing no clinical support. This is an excellent option for women who wish to labor at home as long as possible before arriving at the hospital, and women whose goal is a VBAC.
The “It’s You & Me” Guarantee- this ensures that Kristin will be the doula at your birth- if another mother is laboring at the same time, one of our amazing team members will assist her, and Kristin will be with you.
Contact me for more information and pricing regarding services.
Postpartum Doula referrals available upon request
The following are some advantages gained by using a postpartum doula:
• Increased chance of successful breastfeeding
• Less chance of postpartum depression
• Less maternal exhaustion
• Less frustration
• Less apprehension during early weeks
• Ability for Dad to return to work sooner with less anxiety
• Earlier bonding with baby due to increased confidence
• Flexible schedule designed around the needs of the family
• Relatives who live far away are given a way to help with the baby by paying for a doula
Contact me for more information and pricing concerning postpartum doula services.