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?
Evidence shows that continuous physical and emotional support in labor from trained personnel, such as a doula, resulted in:
fewer forcep/vacuum extractions
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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: