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BIRTH DOULA SERVICES

Every woman and family deserves nurturing, knowledgeable support during birth -- no matter how she chooses to do it. I work with families to ensure their needs and wishes, special circumstances and traditions are understood and respected during this wondrous time.

Support toward the birth you want and deserve
 

​Giving birth and bringing home your baby is one of the most profound transitions your family will ever experience. It can be a time mixed with anticipation, uncertainty, wonder, challenge, and joy... and it is different for every family.

 

My goal is for you to feel supported, accepted, and encouraged during your birth experience. My Birth Doula services can be used at a home birth, a birth center, or a hospital. When your labor day arrives, you will be ready to meet it head on. You will know how best to ease into the new sensations of the contracting uterus and moving baby. You'll be well-supported as you cope with these changing sensations as your baby moves down and out into the world. To assist you, I will bring a birthing tub, TENS Unit and an array of other tools and help your partner soothe and comfort you.

 

I encourage you to contact me! Let's discuss how I might assist you and your family.

 

Birth Doula Clients Receive:

 

  • Continuous phone, text and email support

  • Two (2) prenatal visits

  • Help with composing a birth plan

  • 24 hour on-call service from 2 weeks before due date until birth

  • Continuous support throughout the birth

  • 2 hours of support after birth

  • Copy of notes from birth (timeline)

  • Two (2) postpartum follow-up visits

  • Visit 1: Breastfeeding support, problem solving, evaluation of families needs

  • Visit 2: Deliver birth notes, answer any questions, assess for additional assistance

 

I trained to become a Birth Doula with Penny Simkin through Seattle Midwifery School (currently Bastyr University & The Simkin center for Allied Birth Vocations). I adhere to the international standards of doula care dictated by DONA International. I have attended over 500 births while working independently and with Open Arms Perinatal Services.

 

Partner Support
 

Although the laboring mom is my primary focus, I provide emotional, physical, and informational support to both the mother and her partner. My presence is not meant to exclude the partner, or diminish their role, in any way. At the same time, moms in labor ran labor easier knowing that their labor parter can rest and is well-cared for.

 

Free Consultation
 

Prior to making your final decision about my Birth Doula Services, I offer you:

  • Free Phone Consultation and

  • Free in-person Consultation/Interview

Some of my Birth Doula Training and Continuing Education
 

It is important to me to stay up-to-date on the ever-chaning world of birth. Here are some examples of the trainings I have completed and continue to pursue annually:

  • REACHE conferences – yearly

  • WA Labor and Delivery:  The Latest Interventions for Childbirth Challenges – PESI

  • Spinning Babies World Confluence

  • Spinning Babies Workshop with Gail Tully

  • When Survivors Give Birth with Penny Simkin

  • Rebozo Uses for Labor and Birth with Carrie Kenner

  • TENS unit Training with Carrie Kenner

  • When the Baby Dies

  • Birth Doula Training with Penny Simkin

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

New Birth Doula Client:
$1,800
Returning Client:
$1,400
Benefits of Birth Doula Support:

Research evidence shows that the quality services of a postpartum doula can ease the transition that comes with the addition of a baby to a family, improve parental satisfaction and reduce the risk of mood disorders.

Numerous clinical studies have found that a doula’s presence at birth:

  • tends to result in shorter labors with fewer complications

  • reduces negative feelings about one’s childbirth experience

 

Research shows parents who receive support often:

  • Feel more secure and cared for

  • Are more successful in adapting to new family dynamics

  • Have greater success with breastfeeding

  • Have greater self-confidence

  • Have less postpartum depression

  • Have lower incidence of abuse

  • reduces the need for pitocin (a labor-inducing drug), forceps or vacuum extraction and cesareans

  • reduces the mother’s request for pain medication and/or epidurals