Birth Keeper / Postpartum Consultation
I have been a birth and postpartum doula for over 21 years.
I have attended over 500 births, 40 of which were home water births as an assistant midwife.
I have also worked with over 800 families postpartum. I see myself as an educator.
It is never my agenda, it’s yours! I am simply a guide. We create together.
As a birth doula and an assistant midwife I was trained to prefer natural birth. I feel now, 21 years later, that ALL births are sacred! I do not stand in judgement of ANY birth. Birth is a teacher and there is no one perfect way to birth. Each birth is original and individual.
Birth Support and Education for Partner/ Family
If you are not interested in having a doula with you hours on end, I offer a training for partner/ sister/ friend. We do all the same prep and birth-plan building. During your birth I am available to guide and consult with your team by phone.
Birth Doula Package
I attend one birth a month only. I am all yours for that month. Often doulas will take 3-4 clients. In that situation a client may end up with a back up. Clients rarely if ever want the back up. I make it a priority to be well and show up. Even if that means serving you virtually if unwell. During Covid we had to resort to virtual support at one point.
I am on-call 24 hrs a day 2 weeks before your due date and 2 weeks after your due date for any and all questions. Also every Monday (MAMA Mondays) I reach out with product/ birth/ postpartum information and a general, “Hello, how are you?” (I do not give medical advice. That is the work of your midwife or doctor.
We meet two to three times before your due date beginning roughly a month before.
I am always happy to meet in person more than this should the need arise.
I offer a third visit as tea time and reflection before your big day.
Getting to know you.
Myth-busting, and “the middle way.”
Birth plan preparation (less is more)
Implementing my “top five” system
The role of the Divine Masculine in the room.
How we do anything is how we do everything.
Tools, pushing stage, positions, signs of labor.
Knowing the stages and where we’re at…
Grief and birth.
I come to home, hospital, or birth center when your contractions are lasting 40 seconds + for over an hour. I am always in touch as labor begins. There are no hard and fast rules here. We discuss and I come when I can be most useful.
Photography / video and written birth story included
Postpartum visit:( 2 hours)
I meet you at home your first day home to help you all settle. (Birth clients may add additional hours upon request.) I check in with baby, make turmeric milk, help with all aspects of feeding and postpartum.
Baby reading– 30 minutes / 1 month old plus/ phone reading.
Induction Belly Massage –
You must be at least 1 cm dilated and this must be approved by midwife / Doctor.
Birth Doula fee for all of the above is –
Postpartum Doula/ infant care educator-
I not only cover care of the physical, but I help you understand how your little one communicates. We study cues together. Your baby wants to be seen and understood. Who they are is here now!
- The Art of Maternal Telepathy
- I make every effort to be there your first day home.
- Breast feeding support / pump navigation
- SPA BABY- (bath, nails, baby massage)
- Cord /circumcision/ non-circumcision education and care
- Jaundice/ colic solutions
- Baby reading/ report ($225 value) each session
- Product and nursery consultation
- Sleep sculpting / Gentle sleep work/ Sleep expectations of the first year.
- Lite cooking and tiding up.
Postpartum – $90 per hour consultation.
(Birth clients- $50 per hour )(2 hour minimum)