Meeting to get to know each other
This is where we meet to see if we are compatible. There is no obligation with this meeting - it is mostly just an informal chat often over coffee. If we decide we would like to work together, then we will schedule a first prenatal meeting and I will send you a contract and release of information form. To set up an initial meeting, use the form under the "contact" button to send me an email or call me at 651-699-0271.
First prenatal meeting
During this meeting we will discuss your hopes and dreams for your birth. We may go over a variety of things including:
- relevant personal history
- writing a care preference plan (birth plan)
- various relaxation techniques that work for you
- expectations of labor and birth
- practice some simple exercises that are helpful to get baby in an optimal position for birth
Second prenatal meeting
During this meeting we will complete whatever we did not have time to get to in the first meeting as well as other things like:
- practice a variety of labor and birth positions
- discussion of who will be invited and the roles everyone is expected to play
- addressing any last concerns
- deciding about the ambiance of the birth - lights, music etc.
- making sure you are well supported after the birth with a plan that considers food and help with chores
Labor and birth
Once your labor starts, I am available to come support you at any time. Some people like to labor on their own at home, while others appreciate the knowledge of a doula during this early stage. Once I arrive to assist you, I am by your side until you have your baby in what ever way your baby arrives (vaginally or cesarean). After the birth, I will help you establish breastfeeding and make sure you are completely comfortable before I leave (usually 1-2 hrs. after baby is born).
First postpartum meeting
There’s a lot to learn the first few days after baby is born! I try to stop by the hospital (or your home) within the first five days for a short visit. This time is often focused on breastfeeding and new baby care.
Second postpartum meeting
At this meeting we will discuss your labor and go over any feelings you may have regarding the birthing process. We will work with any breastfeeding issues, perineum care, and baby questions you have. Also, I will make sure you are getting the postpartum support you need to stay healthy and comfortable. This meeting usually takes place 1-3 weeks after you have your baby and is 1-2 hours long.
Once we decide to work together I am available to you by email or telephone for support, questions, provision of resources and pregnancy, birth and postpartum expertise. Though I cannot medically advise you, I can help you find evidence-based information and answers to your questions. I am also authorized to help you use a TENS Unit during labor should you choose.
You will have a designated back-up doula either selected by you or arranged by me if you prefer. This ensures that if unforeseen circumstances arise, you will be assured doula labor support. Back-up doulas are seldom needed, but are an important part of your support team. There is no additional cost for back-up services.
The package of services listed above is $950. A $475 retainer fee is due at the time of our first prenatal meeting, and the remaining amount is due at the second prenatal meeting. The full fee is applicable whether the birth is two hours or twenty two hours and whether it's vaginal or cesarean. A payment plan is also an option if needed. Some health insurance plans and most "pre-tax health accounts," such as Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA) and Health Savings Accounts (HSA), will reimburse doula fees.