What is a Doula?

A birth doula is a trained and experienced labor companion who provides a birther and their partner continuous emotional support, physical comfort and assistance in obtaining information before, during and just after childbirth.
A birth doula…
  • recognizes birth as a key life experience that the mother will remember all her life…
  • understands the physiology of birth and the emotional needs of a women in labor…
  • assists the woman and her partner in preparing for and carrying out their plans for the birth…
  • stays by the side of the laboring woman throughout the entire labor…
  • provides emotional support, physical comfort measures, an objective viewpoint and assistance to the woman in getting the information she needs to make the decisions that are right for her…
  • facilitates communication between the laboring woman, her partner and clinical care providers…
  • perceives her role as one who nurtures and protects the woman’s memory of her birth experience.

 As a doula, I do not:

Perform any clinical tasks.
Make decisions for you.
Speak to the staff on your behalf.
Project any of my own beliefs onto your experience.

 What is Included?

Free Consultation

I will meet with you and your birthing partner to go over any initial questions about doula services and for you to decide if we are a good fit to work together. This meeting can be done in your home, my burlington office or another predetermined location.

2 Prenatal Visits

These meetings give us time to get to know each other. We will discover your hopes for your labor and what fears you may have. I will provide you with the resources you need to make the decisions that are best for you. We will also go over comfort measures you can take during pregnancy and the different stages of labor. We will discuss when you may want to call me once labor begins and signs that it’s time to head to the hospital or to call the midwife if you are having a home birth.

Phone and Email Support

Do you have questions about pregnancy and early labor? Do you want to to discuss something that your doctor or midwife brought up during a prenatal visit? Do you just need some emotional support? I will be available by phone or text for you or your partner any time throughout pregnancy. You are welcome and encouraged to contact me after visits to your healthcare providers.

Continuous Labor Support

Studies have shown that the memory of your birthing experience will stay with you always, and it is my goal to create the best possible experience for you and your partner. During labor, the techniques we’ve discussed during our prenatal visits will come to life. I will support you emotional and physically. I will also facilitate communication between the you, your partner and your care providers to make sure you are aware of what is happening at all times during your labor.

Feeding Support

Once baby is born, I will support you with initial latch-on after birth and provide breastfeeding support pre- and post-birth.

Postpartum Follow Up

Once you and your family have settled in, we will schedule a postpartum visit to discuss mother’s health, well-being and recovery. We can discuss the birth experience and I’ll answer any questions regarding newborn care. I’ll also recommend resources or referrals if needed.
Looking for more hands on postpartum support? I can provide additional postpartum doula services including, but not limited to: emotional support, educational support, meal preparation, household organization (laundry, dishes, light housekeeping), infant care, care for older children, running errands, or just an extra set of hands.