Birth and Postpartum services

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BIRTH / POSTPARTUM DOULA & CONSULTATION

I have been a birth and postpartum doula for over 18 years.  I have attended over 500 births, 40 of which were home water births as an assistant midwife, and I have worked with over 800 families postpartum.  I see myself as an educator, not one to instill dependence.   It is never my agenda, always yours!  As a birth doula and an assistant midwife I was trained to prefer natural birth.  I feel now, 18 years later, that all births are sacred!  I do not stand in judgement of birth.  A C section can be sacred, and an epidural is just a tool.  The more you “resist” with birth, the more it “persists”, the exact thing you don’t want presents.  I am interested in birth as a teacher for clients, and it is always teaching me as well.  If you are not interested in having someone with you hours on end then sign up for a consultation!  Bring the educator to you!  I spend up to two hours with you answering all of your pressing questions and or breastfeeding or sleep issues.

INTUITION AND THE BIRTH ROOM

Yes as you see from my site I am a trained intuitive, but I do not give readings during, or after a birth. I would need to be in deep meditation for that.  You need a doula not a mystic while birthing. My greatest value as your doula is to be grounded, and very much in pace with you during labor, than off connecting with loved ones on the other side.  I do offer in postpartum a check in, and a mini baby reading at the postpartum visit.  I suggest waiting at least a year before connecting with a lost loved one.  It can be an amazing experience and also overwhelming. In that first year it can be difficult to find energy or time to brush your teeth much less have the emotional band width to process a reading.  You have enough on your plate getting used to new mommy wings.

 

Birth Doula

Rose Birth Doula package is a standard package.

Orchid Birth Doula Package includes the Rose Package +12 hours of postpartum.

ROSE DOULA PACKAGE ($2500.00)

I only accept one birth a month.  I am all yours for that month.  I have only had to call in a back up once out of 500 births and that was at a 72 hour home birth.  (That’s rare, don’t panic:)  The role of a doula is sacred and a bond is formed.  Often doulas will take 3-4 clients and often a client ends up with a back up.  It can be jarring

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. I do not give medical advice. That is the work of your midwife or doctor. We meet twice before your due date beginning a month before. I am always happy to meet more than this should the need arise.

Meeting 1:
Getting to know each other
Birth navigation.
Myth-busting, and “the middle way.”
Birth plan preparation (less is more)
Implementing my “top five” system

Meeting 2:

Meeting the 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.

Labor:
I come to home, hospital, or birth center at 511. (5 minutes apart, lasting a minute for over an hour.) I am with you the entire time until one hour after the birth. (The average birth is 15 to 24 hours.)Photography / video and written birth story included (Ask me about my modified packages for VBAC, repeat clients, and 2nd/3rd time mommies.)

Postpartum visit:( 1 hour)  Sharing your birth experience.  Postpartum depression can be reduced by 40 % if a new mother tells her birth story as SHE experienced it, within a week of delivery.
Breast-feeding support

ORCHID BIRTH PACKAGE- $3100 Includes all of the above and12 hours of postpartum care.

(The above fees are subject to change, and do not include registry fees.)


 

Private Birth Education

I am an ICEA certified childbirth educator

I offer a private in-home birth education class geared toward home or hospital birth. It lasts four hours and we cover the following: $175.00

  • Anatomy and terminology
  • The Tao of birth
  • About your hospital (the ins and outs)
  • About your home birth
  • “What we resist persists.”
  • The land of labor (positions, breath, tools, aromatherapy)
  • Product information (less is more)
  • Birth history –your partners and yours
  • Birth plan construction

 

Holistic Postpartum Care

What I offer as your Postpartum Doula:

infant care education

breast feeding support
first bath
cord /circumcision care
jaundice/ colic solutions
baby massage
baby carrier instruction
product and nursery consultation
sleep sculpting

When everyone is settled I also offer the following:

Home Mechanics

Ayurvedic cooking. (1-2 dishes per visit)
light cleaning
baby laundry

$50 per hour first 50 hours, $45 after initial 50 hours.

SLEEP SCULPTING CONSULTATION  (BETTER SLEEP FOR YOU AND BABY)

$180 1-2 hours Also includes three follow up phone sessions.

Custom sleep consultation using food, consistent biological appropriate tools, and your way of being, to enhance better sleep for YOUR baby.  There is no one size fits all with human beings that ever fit well!  Most books and systems must appeal to a large population.  My work is rooted in the individual!  Best to start anytime before 3 months old for a pre-consult, then again at 17lbs to get that 6 hours straight of sleep.  Did you know that sleeping through the night technically for infants under one years of age is six hours?  Any other process or sleep training that offers more than that usually goes against the natural grain of infancy.  I like to work with what is.  I work to understand who your baby is as an individual and create a plan that best suits your baby and your family.

 

SPIRIT BABY READINGS $150

What is a spirit baby reading?  Babies understand and communicate more than you know!  When it’s appropriate and requested I open the channel to receive impressions and images from babies wanting to communicate.  I never offer spontaneous readings while working postpartum or attending a birth unless it is requested.  Even so I usually recommend that new moms wait at least a year before getting read.  Especially with mediumship.  You need time and space to process the emotions that come up and that can be difficult as a new mom to find the time and space for that.  Working as a reader occupies a whole other floor of my psyche than where I am working from as a doula.  Doula work requires great grounding and common sense.  I match the energy of the babies and moms I work with to maintain peace and calm.  Readings can take place pre-gestation, gestation, during and after delivery and anytime pre-verbal.  I also counsel women with regards to fertility and loss.  Stay tuned for my upcoming class to learn how to connect to your little one yourself.

Soul Sessions  $150

Spiritual counseling with a dash of intuition.