Birth Doula Services 

Dear Doula Birth Package:

Dear Doula provides continuous, individualized​ physical, emotional and informational support to a pregnant individual and their partner during pregnancy, labor and delivery and postpartum. 

 

Dear Doula Birth Services include:

  • free (30) phone consultation to discuss your needs/wants

  • two prenatal visits in your home and/or common location 

  • on call/text 24/7 communication (beginning at 38 weeks) 

  • present for the entirety of your birth 

  • breast/chest feeding support, if requested

  • one postpartum visit within 1-2 weeks following birth

  • continuous phone and email support throughout pregnancy and early labor

  • access to childbirth education and maternal mental health resources 

Prenatal Visits: 

During the duration of our prenatal visits, we will be establishing a trusting, caring and nurturing connection to ensure that you and your partner feel empower, supported, and validated throughout your birth! 

During this period Dear Doula will:

  • listen/learn more how to best support you through the birthing experience 
  • discuss birth hopes, dreams, wishes, likes/dislikes 
  • provide childbirth education (maternal body changes, the 3 trimesters, newborn choices, stages of birth)
  • tension-fear-pain cycle 
  • education on common medical interventions that could be suggested
  • Go over the BRAIN acronym
  • teach comfort measures for birth: 
    • birthing balls (peanut & yoga ball)
    • educate the different birthing positions to provide comfort and decrease pain ​​
    • optimal positions for baby to descend 
    • hot/cold & water techniques  
    • deep slow breathing & slow breathing while pushing 
    • touch (counter pressure, double hip squeeze, gentle massage or light touch) 
    • vocalization (low pitch vs. high pitch, humming, moaning, sighing, grunting) 
    • visualization board "birth board" & affirmations 
    • aromatherapy
    • setting the mood i.e. playing music, turning the lights down
    • discuss any worries, fears or thoughts lingering about birth
  • go over hospital norms/what to expect at triage & when admitted
  • what to pack for the hospital/birthing center 

  • what to wear and how to feel safe, secure & and relaxed while birthing

  • body autonomy & newborn medical choices for home, birthing center & hospital births 

  • make sure that your questions and concerns are answered
  • ensure that you and your partner feel prepared, ready, safe for child birth

Labor and Delivery Expectations: 

  • be on-call from 38-42 weeks

  • be present the entire time while you are in labor and delivery at setting of your choice

  • help you and partner feel empowered while obtaining important information necessary to make informed decisions about your birthing experience

  • provide continuous emotional reassurance, encouragement, caring/calm presence 

  • provide physical  support by help creating a calm environment (dim the lights, draw a bath, food/hydration reminders) 

  • provide informational support by guiding and keeping individuals informed of your birthing choices through evidenced-based information

  • encourage different breathing techniques and birth positions

  • supports partner by informing them on what is going on, keeping them informed, allowing for bathroom/movement breaks

  • amplifying your decisions and voice 

  • can take birthing photos/videos upon request ​

Dear Doula does not:

  • speak to hospital staff (i.e. doctors, midwives, nurses, any hospital employee) on the client’s behalf, however, will encourage, remind and mirror positive communication

  • replace the role of your partner

  • make decisions for their client & partner

  • conduct any medical procedures, interventions, exams on birthing individual or newborn baby.

  • work for hospitals, birth sites, or other health care professionals.

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*Dear Doula supports home, birth center and hospital settings births. 

Dear Doula supports ALL birthing decisions (i.e. medicated and non-medicated, induction, vaginal or cesarean births).*

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