I attend births in Northern Virginia and the District of Columbia. Contact me if you're out of my service area and we can chat.
This time is for us to get to know each other. We can chat on the phone, FaceTime/Skype, or meet in person but it's really important to feel comfortable with the person you ultimately hire as your doula. This consultation is free of charge and there is no obligation to hire me.
These visits are designed to help you prepare for your birth. We'll discuss the birth process, help you create a birth wish list, and discuss evidence-based facts and resources. We'll also talk about your specific situation and how to best navigate the journey you are on. Other topics include comfort techniques for labor, choosing the right health care provider, partner support techniques and breastfeeding. Additionally, more formal natural childbirth preparation material would be covered if an upgraded package is selected. We will dive in-depth into the listed topics and more, as we prepare for you and your partner for your upcoming birth.
At your first prenatal visit I will give you a book I compiled full of birth related resources and evidence-based information and research. This will help you feel empowered and informed to make decisions about you and your baby's care. I have many birth focused books in my lending library which are available to borrow throughout our time working together. Clients also have the ability to login on this site to access unique pages full of additional resources, evidence-based information and recommendations of perinatal practitioners.
Unlimited Phone and Email Support
I am available to you via phone, text and email, from the day we begin working together until after your baby's been born.
Use of a TENS machine
This non-invasive, safe tool helps stimulate nerve fibers and works to block pain signals in labor. Check out more info on this page.If you would like, you can choose to borrow this hand-held device for your birth.
I go on-call 24 hours/7 days a week for your birth starting at 38 weeks and continuing through the delivery of your sweet babe.
I provided continuous labor support from the onset of labor extending through an hour or so post delivery. Labor support could start and stay in your home if you are planning a home birth, or start at home and move to a hospital or birth center. During this time, I will encourage relaxation, position changes, pain management techniques and comfort measures to aid in easing labor. My goal during this time is to offer the care and support you and your partner need in order to achieve the birth you desire. I will be available to help you make informed decisions about the factors that impact your birth.
Labor and Birth Photographs
I personally strongly value photographs and I am aware how important documenting this life-altering experience may be to you. If desired, I can capture your special moments, during and/or after labor and birth so you can forever relive the day you met your baby.
Immediate Postpartum Support
After your delivery, I can help you navigate newborn breastfeeding and bonding and create a safe, sacred space to enjoy your newly expanded family. I can help with proper latch technique and other breastfeeding basics. Your comfort and your new family's comfort becomes my main priority.
This usually occurs within a week post delivery. We will talk about concerns you might have regarding breastfeeding or your personal postpartum care and also process through the birth you experienced. If you are encapsulating your placenta, I will bring it to our visit.