My doula services include two prenatal visits, attendance at your birth, and one post-natal visit.
Usually, I meet with my clients at least twice prenatally, in addition to an initial interview. In addition to addressing your needs, my goals for all my prenatal interactions with you are to deepen our familiarity with each other and to make sure I have a comprehensive understanding of your wishes. Ideally, I prefer to meet with you around 28 and 37 weeks into your pregnancy. Our first meeting is for us to cover any questions or topics you feel I can help you with and to prepare you for what to expect as your 3rd trimester progresses. During our second appointment, we can discuss your vision for your birth experience, develop a birth wish list, and help you get prepared for the last weeks of your pregnancy. All the nuances of how you want your birth to be and what involvement everyone should have will be discussed in detail at this meeting. I prefer to schedule the 3rd trimester visit for a time after parents have completed their childbirth classes. This allows people time to envision birth and develop any wishes for how to handle labor and birth. You do not have to have a birth plan before our meeting, but having a rough idea is helpful.
After the 3rd trimester visit, I am on-call for your birth. I can come as early in your labor as you like, and I can help you labor at home or meet you at the hospital or birth center if that is where you are having your baby. My job is to provide continuous support throughout the birth process. After the birth, I will stay with Mom as long as needed to help get breastfeeding started, to take care of any other needs that may have arisen during the birth, and to generally help everyone settle in for some falling-in-love time with the new little one. Some people really benefit from this service, but others don’t really need it and would just prefer to be left alone to bond. Sometimes couples just have the doula ‘stand guard’ outside the room for an hour or so to make sure they can be left undisturbed while they soak in their baby. Any of these variations is completely fine and up to you.
The final benefit included in my doula services is at least one post-partum visit. This usually happens within the first week after the birth and is just to make sure the “babymoon” is going smoothly, to help with breastfeeding if necessary, and to take care of Mom and Dad emotionally. Even when everything goes beautifully, many couples like to have a sounding board to review the birth experience in order to fully process the journey they have been through! If needed, I can return for additional postpartum visits.
Limitations To My Doula Services:
DONA International Standards and Certification apply to emotional and physical support only. The DONA International certified doula does not perform clinical or medical tasks such as taking blood pressure or temperature, fetal heart tone checks, vaginal examinations, or postpartum clinical care.
It is my belief that financial limitations should never preclude a mom from having a doula. Please contact me for additional information on my fees and how we can arrive at a compensation arrangement that works for both of us.
My standard fee is $1100.
Did you know?
Doula fees are reimbursable by health care FSA’s.
Do you have a baby registry? Ask friends and family to contribute to doula services as a registry item.