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Birth Doula Services
What is a Doula?
The word "doula" comes from the ancient Greek meaning "a woman who serves," and is now used to refer to a trained and experienced professional who provides continuous physical, emotional and informational support to the mother before, during and just after birth; or who provides emotional and practical support during the postpartum period. Doulas help you find your voice, they cannot be your voice. Studies have shown that when doulas attend birth, labors are shorter with fewer complications, babies are healthier and they breastfeed more easily.
Is a doula the same thing as a midwife?
No. Doulas do not practice medicine, or offer any medical advice without the consent of your care provider. Doulas are not trained to respond to any problems that may arise in labor. Doulas also do not deliver babies. In a phrase: doulas coach, midwives catch.
Who should hire a doula?
Any pregnant woman, no matter how or where you plan on laboring and delivering can benefit from the support of a doula.
When should I hire a doula?
It is a good idea to start thinking about labor support around your 5th month of pregnancy, though I gladly accept clients earlier and later in their pregnancies.
Do you have references?
Yes! Please contact us and we will give you contact information for previous clients who have agreed to be references.
Birth is a rite of passage of women. Their journey should be honored, their rights should be fiercely protected, and their stories should be shared.– Marcie Macari
Do you participate in home births?
Yes! We are happy to attend home births, staying within the doula's non-medical scope of practice. We will not attend planned unassisted births.
What is your training? Are you certified?
Shannon is trained through ToLabor, and Jill and Rachael are DONA certified doulas. They all attended a training and completed self-study to become certified.
Do you have any back-up arrangements?
Yes, we do have backup arrangements should we need them.
Are you LGBTQ friendly?
Yes! Every person who wants to have a doula should have one, regardless of sexual or gender orientation or preference.
Other Questions? Feel free to give us a call, or send us a message on the Contact page.
Clients can expect us to:
$750 -- $375 due at the contract signing, and the remaining $375 due by 4 weeks before your due date (36 weeks). Fee may be paid in full or in payments. There is an additional $100 fee for being on-call over a major holiday (Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year's, or Easter). Any additional services requested (wanting a specific doula at your birth, having extra prenatals or attending appointments with you) will also be an additional fee. For more information or exact quotes, please contact us!