I support you safely in person, virtually, or in some combination.
During pregnancy - While you’re deciding whether to become pregnant and once you are pregnant, your I start by listening to you, identifying and helping to clarify the most important considerations that you value and prioritize—and I continue doing this throughout the time of your pregnancy and birth. I offer evidence-based options of care and comforts and lets you hear the known benefits and drawbacks of them.
Your partner—whether that is also the baby’s parent or another person—will also be instilled with confidence and readiness through your birth doula’s presence and support. You’re both preparing for an unforgettable moment.
Delivery - Wherever you choose to deliver —hospital, home, birthing center— I walk you, get you in and out of the tub, provide comforts like counter-pressure, give your partner breaks, and talk you through every stage so you can remain focused on your job. I will stay with you after delivery to be sure your birth goals are met even in that first critical hour, so you and your baby share skin to skin time for bonding, well being, and latching to nurse if that is your plan. Then, when you’re ready, I give you alone time.
Post Birth - I meet once more when you’re home with your baby to ask about your healing progress, answer questions you didn’t know you had, earlier.
Postpartum/Nightime/Infant Care Doula:
I meet with you before the baby is born to understand your priorities and share some early preparatory steps, talk you through the puerperium changes your body will go through in your “fourth trimester.” As you settle in with your new baby in the first couple of days home, I will start visiting with you, providing you individualized support, and an opportunity for 1:1 sharing for you to talk about how you’re feeling and doing during each visit. I provide non-medical expertise, resources, and recommendations. Whether you have a single baby or multiples, mysupport includes an array of aspects and events in baby care, postpartum recovery, feeding, and sleep—precious sleep.
I spend several hours in a stretch with you by day, and stay all night with your new little family member. That way, you can fall into deep restorative sleep between feedings and feel ready for the new day.
Infant Feeding Specialist:
As an Infant Feeding Specialist (IFS), I support new parents in feeding during the first year of your baby's life.
I will review with you the many feeding options you have, step you through creating your individualized plan, provide safe storage guidelines for milk and formula, observe and assists in feeding positions and holds…latching, pumping, and expressing if you're nursing. You’ll gain confidence in when to feed and quantities per feed by baby’s age, measuring, preparing, and storing if you're using infant formula.
I also provide transitional support for parents returning to work and resuming other facets of lives, to coach and support parents through the transitions of bottle feeding or eating solids, and to provide continual professional infant feeding and care expertise throughout the baby’s first year and beyond.
Childbirth is a normal physiologic process and I can help you and people around you get familiar and comfortable with it.
As expectant parents, you learn the evidence on
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Classes for family and friends on how to support new parents:
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