Motherwell Doula Care

BIRTH & POSTPARTUM DOULA CARE IN WESTERN MASSACHUSETTS

What is a Birth Doula?

A birth doula is a woman who is able to accompany you and your family through labor, delivery and the immediate postpartum period. She provides physical, emotional and informational support. For example, a doula is able to help you and your partner with comfort measures such as massage and pressure, visualization and breathing, hot and cold packs, position changes, and bringing you water to drink and a cool cloth for your forehead. A doula is a calm, experienced, caring presence throughout your entire labor and delivery. She will not leave your side unless you request it. A doula is knowledgeable about the stages and phases of labor including labor variations and complications and common medical interventions, policies and procedures. She provides non-judgemental, unbiased information. A doula provides a hand to hold, words of encouragement and the wisdom of experience. She has been there before and she is not afraid.

A doula does not provide medical care for you or your baby. Her support complements and is in addition to the support of your health care providers. A doula does not replace or overshadow the support of your husband, partner or other loved ones present. A doula helps your loved ones help you. A doula does not offer her opinion or advice, just information to help you decide what is best for you, your baby and your family. A doula’s role is to help you have a safe, satisfying birth experience as you define it.

To learn more about how doulas make a difference visit DONA International


Birth Doula Care


rate: $900


INCLUDES:

An interview (at no charge) to give you the opportunity to determine if you would like me to be a part of your birth experience. I invite you to ask questions about how doulas help, my experience and training, the services I offer including rates and availability and anything else that's on your mind.


ONCE I AM HIRED I OFFER:

Two prenatal visits at your home (one with you and one with you and your husband or partner) to get to know each other and to get a sense of how I can help you have a safe, healthy and satisfying birth experience as YOU define it. I invite you to share with me your hopes and concerns about giving birth, your preferences about your care and your baby's care during pregnancy, labor, delivery and the immediate postpartum period and to ask any questions you have about anything at all!

We have a secret in our culture and it's not that birth is painful, its that women are strong. - Laura Stavoe Harm

By request and on a case by case basis I will attend prenatal visits with you and your health care provider and I will accompany you during any prenatal procedures.

Unlimited daytime phone and email contact with you for the remainder of your pregnancy.

Resources and referrals tailored to the needs and interests of your family. For example: parenting multiples, postpartum emotional complications, cloth diapering, baby wearing, breastfeeding and working outside the home, safe sleeping practices, childbearing loss and more.

I will be on call for you from week 38 to week 42 of your pregnancy.

CONTINUOUS LABOR SUPPORT = I will join you at home or at the hospital at any point in your labor that you wish. I will provide emotional, physical and informational support until your baby is born and you and your new family are resting comfortably (typically two to four hours after delivery).

A visit to your home in the first weeks of your baby's life to talk about the birth and admire your baby.