STUDIES PROVE THAT WOMEN SUPPORTED BY A LABOR SUPPORT PROFESSIONAL DURING LABOR AND CHILDBIRTH REAP THESE BENEFITS:
Reduced levels of anxiety
Mother's have more positive reviews of their birth experience
Mothers have acute sensitivity toward their newborns
Mothers feel secure and have more confidence
Reduced incidences of postpartum depression
25% shorter labor
50% reduction in cesarean rate
60% reduction in epidural requests
40% reduction in oxytocin use
30% reduction in use of pain medications
40% reduction in forceps delivery
In-Person Doula (Traditional)
The word doula (doo-lah) comes from the ancient Greek meaning "servant" 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 4th trimester.
Regardless of the type of birth you are planning – medicated birth, unmedicated birth, surgical birth, vaginal birth after cesarean, waterbirth, hospital, home, or birth center birth – a doula is an invaluable, resourceful presence to have at your side, providing continuous physical, emotional, and informational support to you and your birth support team before, during, and after childbirth.
Birth Doula Package: $650.00
Please feel free to contact me to set up a free 60-minute in-person consultation. We will get to know each other a little bit and see if we would be a good fit for the birth you are wanting. We discuss what you want from a doula and what I can offer for you.
I will not:
Perform any clinical tasks
Such as a blood pressure checks, vaginal exams, fetal heart checks, etc. I am there to provide physical comfort, emotional support and advocacy.
Available from when you hire me and sign the contract until a few weeks after the birth of your baby. I am here to help and support you with as much information you want/need to make a decision that is best for you. No question is a dumb question.
Make decisions for you
I will help you get information so you can make an informed decision that is best for you. I will also remind you if you depart from your Birth Plan.
1-2 Prenatal Visits
One or two visits based on your needs and where at in pregnancy you hire me. These visits can last up to 2 hours. We will talk about what kind of birth you want and make a plan to help achieve your birth goals. We will work on strategies to help you reach your goals.
Speak to the staff on your behalf
I will not speak to staff on your behalf especially where decisions are being made. I will discuss your concerns with you and your partner and discuss options. But you or your partner will speak to clinical staff on your behalf.
I have been a Medical Assistant for about 11 years in Family practice. Currently, I work with a Midwife in a clinic setting. I have completed the DONA approved Birth Doula workshop.
I will be on call for you from 38 weeks until your baby is born. You and your partner will have continuous support from me during your labor. will be with you for 1-2 hours immediately postpartum. This is to help with breastfeeding/bottle feeding support and other needs you have at this time.
I will take 10-15 Birth Photos will minor editing to them for you.
I will work with local doulas that have similar training as me and try to make sure you have a backup doula in the case for some unforeseen circumstance I would be unable to attend your birth.
Project any of my own beliefs onto your experience
You are the decision maker, I am there to help support you and make sure you have plenty of information to make sure you make a decision that is best for you. My beliefs are my own and not to be put onto you for your birth.
Postpartum follow-up visit
We will meet one time in the days-weeks following your birth. We discuss your birth and I am there with you for whatever you need for 1-2 hours, whether that is just so you can take a break, breastfeeding support, support with household things, help with your other children (pets).
We will discuss this during the Prenatal visits what works best for you. We will not schedule this until after your birth so it is at a convenient time for you.
Cost of services
The cost of these services is $600, please let me know if you can't do this because of cost, I do have a sliding scale available for people that are lower income. I can only take a limited number of clients per month so inquire early so we can get you booked.
Payment plans are available. I accept cash, check, credit cards, and Venmo.
I am willing to travel about 50 miles around Reedsburg. That includes Reedsburg, Baraboo, Sauk, Portage, Mauston, Adams Friendship, Richland Center, and Madison areas. Please contact me if you are outside these areas as well as I may be able to make it work for you.