Dou-what?

What is a doula?  A doula is the secret ingredient to your best birth experience.   A doula provides continuous emotional and physical support to you and your partner throughout your labor, delivery, and the early stages of postpartum. 

What does a personal trainer, a wedding planner, a tutor and a life coach have in common?  They are all "doulas".  Someone who is there for you, from beginning to end, giving the support and resources you need to match your own personal goals.  If you'd hire a personal trainer to help reach your fitness goals, a wedding planner to make your dream wedding a reality, a tutor to help you get through a challenging course or a life coach to help you get from where you are to where you want to be, then why wouldn't you hire a doula for one of the most transformative, challenging, and empowering experiences in your life?

Here's a really wonderful article about why everyone deserves a doula.


“One of the most effective tools to improve labor and delivery outcomes is the continuous presence of support personnel, such as a doula”
— American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology, 2014

truth

Evidence shows that continuous physical and emotional support in labor from trained personnel, such as a doula, resulted in:

  • faster labors

  • fewer forcep/vacuum extractions

  • fewer cesareans

  • fewer epidurals

  • higher newborn apgar scores

  • greater happiness and satisfaction in the mother

Will a doula replace your partner?  No.

The doula is there for both you and your partner.  A doula works together with your partner in whatever role is best suited for you.  As a trained professional, your doula can help guide and facilitate the best methods for your partner to support you.

Labor and delivery can be significantly overwhelming for the partner, in different but equally challenging ways.  Your doula is there for your partner as well to provide the support they need, so that they can best be there for you.

Fear, uncertainty, anxiety, panic, suffering, feeling out-of-control.  Your doula will keep these unwelcome visitors out of your labor and birth.


your options

Are you ready?

Ready to feel confident about going into labor?  Ready to feel thrilled about this amazing experience?  

Let's make that happen for you.  Below is an outline of my customary services.  

I currently serve on Oahu, HI. Inquire here to confirm that your due date is available on my calendar. I often book out 5-10 months in advance.

PRENATAL SERVICES:

  • Complimentary Interview

  • Two 90-min prenatal appointments

  • Phone, email, and text support during your pregnancy

  • Assistance creating your birth plan

  • Informational support and educational resources

  • Learn comfort techniques, breathing techniques, and laboring positions best suited to you for effective pain coping

  • Mindfulness and energy medicine techniques

  • Yoga and mindful movement

LABOR AND BIRTH SERVICES:

  • On-call text/phone support 24/7 from 38 weeks on until delivery

  • Unlimited continuous physical and emotional support during labor and delivery

  • Use of TENS unit as requested

  • Use of Rebozo as desired/requested

  • Use of essential oils as desired/requested

  • Massage for pregnancy

  • Acupressure techniques for labor

  • Bodybalancing techniques

  • Immediate postpartum support

  • Support for initiation of feeding baby, using your preferred method

  • Guaranteed Backup Doula

  • Snapshot photography of your labor and birth, if desired

POSTPARTUM SERVICES:

  • One postpartum visit

  • Additional postpartum texts/calls as needed or desired

  • Discuss, review and process your birth experience

  • Answer any questions about your birth or life with newborn

  • Provide breastfeeding support, troubleshoot, or refer to lactation consultant

  • Discuss postpartum needs and transition back to work/school/life

  • Screen for postpartum mood support

  • Referrals to other postpartum specialists as needed/desired

*Please note that these are customary services.  As each pregnancy is unique, I tailor my services to best meet your unique needs.

$1000


Here for you. I believe that every woman should have access to doula support if she wants it.  Contact me for more information on flexible pay schedules and qualifications for discounted rates.

Do you have a baby registry? A doula is the perfect gift that parents, grandparents, friends or loved ones can bestow.  Add my services to your baby registry.

Come one, come all.  I will happily support you wherever you plan to give birth. I serve birth centers, home births, and hospitals alike.

Find me: my services are listed at www.doulamatch.net

I'm not in your area? No problem.  Support is still here for you before and after your labor.  Schedule a virtual coaching session with me here: