Create a strong bond with your doula.
A great relationship with your doula begins with prenatal meetings. In addition to an introductory meeting, I meet with clients twice before baby arrives. These meetings last for roughly an hour and a half each. The discussion is free-flowing and based on a family's needs.
Once a family decides to invite me into their birth, I am available 100% of the time via email and text to answer questions, discuss birth plan ideas, and provide emotional support.
"Birth matters. It matters because it is the way we all begin our lives outside of our source, our mothers' bodies. It's the means through which we enter and feel our first impression of the wider world. For each mother, it is an event that shakes and shapes her to her innermost core. Women's perceptions about their bodies and their babies' capabilities will be deeply influenced by the care they receive around the time of birth." -Ina May Gaskin, CPM, Birth Matters: A Midwife's Manifesta
Labor and Delivery Support
Depending on both practicality and the family's needs, I will join a mom in active labor in her home or at the place of birth. I will remain at a mom's side until baby is born and typically stay for an additional one to two hours postpartum.
I will visit a mom between one to two weeks after she gives birth. At that point, our conversation turns to processing how the birth went, feeding baby, mom's nutrition, sleep, and postpartum mood disorders. Although I am not a postpartum doula, I can provide resources and referrals to families to ensure they are feeling confident and supported.