DOULA

I will always lean my heart as close to your soul as I can.  ~Hafiz

“Doula” is a Greek word for “woman caregiver”. A doula supports and cares for the well-being of the mother-to-be, and is there for her before, during, and after the birth of her baby. She offers her continuous presence during labor and delivery and is there to provide both physical and emotional support to the birthing woman and her partner.A doula helps to hold space for the birthing process to unfold, while encouraging the birthing woman to trust her intuitive instincts and the wisdom of her own body. Doulas are not responsible for any of the medical aspects of pregnancy, labor, or delivery, and do not replace a woman’s health care provider (doctor, midwife, obstetrician) but can help facilitate and support communication between the mother, her partner, and health care provider.

Why have a Doula?

Doulas provide continuous support during labor which is shown to:

  • Reduce the need for pain medication as well as other medical interventions such as oxytocin use and cesarean section
  • Reduce the length of labor
  • Increase breastfeeding
  • Increase feelings of satisfaction in the mother

Marshall H. Klaus, MD, John H. Kennell, MD and Phyllis H. Klaus, MFT, LMSW. (2012). The Doula Book. Boston, MA. Da Capo Press.

 

PRICING PACKAGES

Basic Birth Doula Package
  • 2 prenatal visits – Each visit is 1.5 – 2 hours long.  During this time we will have the opportunity to get to know one another.  We will work together to discover how I can best support you.  We will prepare for your birth and visualize your birth plan.
  • telephone/text and email contact during your pregnancy as you require and for eight weeks postpartum
  • 24 hour on call care beginning 2 weeks prior to your due date until birth.  
  • Continuous care during labour and delivery until your early postpartum period.  I will stay with you until you are comfortable with me leaving.
  • 1 postpartum visit including healing, nursing, caring for your babe and emotional support.
  • meal train

$1200 + tax

Postpartum Package
  • A total of 6 daytime postpartum shifts that you have the flexibility to use any time for up to 8 weeks from the date of your baby’s birth. Each shift is a minimum/maximum of 3 hours each.
  • Total support hours: 24 + 1-hour intake

Postpartum care can include:  

  • Baby soothing
  • Baby care 
  • Nursing support
  • Meal preparations
  • Light tidying up
  • Coping support
  • Emotional support and referrals 
  • Meal train

$600 + Tax

Private Pre/Postnatal Yoga Sessions

Single Session
$120 + tax

Three Sessions 
$300 + tax

Six Sessions
$540 + tax

Each session is 60 minutes
Gift certificates available for pre and post natal private yoga

Baby Rocking

Tammy Lapointe offers her arms and tender heart as a baby rocker.

Her schedule during the school year can be somewhat limited, however during school breaks her time becomes quite flexible.  Tammy provides this service but please contact me for more for more information.  

Photography with Angela Bliss

Pricing for posed newborns:

Package 1 – $500
Includes 5 images, proof gallery presented in a private online viewing gallery, print release

Package 2 – $700
Includes 15 images, proof gallery presented in a private online viewing gallery, print release

Birth Package – $1500
On-call from 38 weeks to delivery, coverage begins upon photographers arrival to 2 hours post – delivery, gallery presented in a private online viewing gallery, print release.

*attendance at a doula meeting upon request

Meal Train

For fourteen days after your new babe arrives home, an appetizing and healthy meal will be delivered to your home by a member of your community.  Once you provide me with the contact information of your friends and family who wish to participate, I will arrange the rest.  Not everyone knows 14 people who are willing to participate and if that is the situation for you, leave it to me to provide them as well.

I recognize that cost can be a barrier to doula services, so all of my doula packages, pre & postnatal yoga & photography with Angela Bliss are available on a sliding scale or on trade. Please contact me personally for more information.

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