We will discover your fears, goals and dreams for your labor and delivery. During the first visit we will discuss your options for birth and talk about your preferences. We will talk about what you should bring to the hospital/birth center or how to prepare for a home birth. The second visit is the dress rehearsal. We will go over how to identify the start of labor, when to call your doula and when to contact your doctor/midwife. We will discuss labor options and practice pain management techniques. Your doula will teach you and your partner how to manage early labor, before you need advanced support.
You can call, text or email your doula with questions, fears or concerns. Additionally, our team of doulas can make referrals whenever you need other birth professionals: photographers, massage therapists, chiropractors, lactation counselors, pediatricians, midwives, prenatal yoga classes, etc.
Postpartum Belly Binding
This ancient art commonly practiced in West Africa, South America and Asia can help your mid-section return to pre-pregnancy size, promote healing of abdominal separation and provide 360 degrees of support to your internal organs as they return to their pre-pregnancy positions. Our doulas provide bengkung belly binding services following the birth of your baby. You can also receive postpartum belly binding without birth support. Schedule your belly binding service here.
Our practitioner will encapsulate your placenta following the birth of your child. Ingesting the placenta in capsule form may help reduce anxiety, postpartum depression, postpartum bleeding and promote better sleep.
Your doula will remain with you from the time you request her presence either at your home or your birth location, until shortly after birth. She will assist with labor positioning, comfort measures, and coaching. Your doula will help you understand your options and provide the information you need to navigate childbirth and to make informed decisions about your care.
Our doulas provide support and information to newly formed families as they adjust to life with a newborn. We assist with feeding, talk about your birth experience, set expectations for postpartum recovery, and suggest community resources for additional information and services.
Breastfeeding or chest feeding although natural, does not always occur naturally. It is a skill that is learned and requires support. Our doulas provide basic assistance and can refer to specialists if more advanced support is needed. If choosing to exclusively pump or bottle feed, our doulas are able to provide education and support.
Childbirth Education Classes
We offer group and private childbirth education classes to prepare our clients for pregnancy, childbirth and the postpartum period. Our instructor will teach comfort measures, the stages of labor, and teach your partner how to support you during labor. Reserve your space in one of our group classes or contact us to schedule private instruction.
Traditional Postpartum Doula Services
Our doulas offer postpartum support rooted in African, Carribean and Indigenous traditions. Our care is focused on the physical and emotional healing during the first 40 days following childbirth. This time is also known as the 4th trimester. The sessions include herbal baths, herbal womb steaming, traditional massage with oils, herbal teas for lactation support (if desired), and belly binding with warming oils. Schedule your session here.