Doula Service

Doula Service:

The word, “doula,” comes from the Greek word for the most important female slave or servant in an ancient Greek household, the woman who probably helped the lady of the house through her childbearing. The word has come to refer to “a woman experienced in childbirth who provides continuous physical, emotional, and informational support to the mother before, during and just after childbirth.” (Klaus, Kennell and Klaus, Mothering the Mother)

A doula…

“Recognizes birth as a key life experience that the mother will remember all her life…
Understands the physiology of birth and the emotional needs of a woman in labor…
Assists the woman and her partner in preparing for and carrying out their plans for the birth…
Stays by the side of the laboring woman throughout the entire labor…
Provides emotional support, physical comfort measures, an objective viewpoint and assistance to the woman in getting the information she needs to make good decisions…
Facilitates communication between the laboring woman, her partner and clinical care providers…
Perceives her role as one who nurtures and protects the woman’s memory of her birth experience.“
– from DONA website

Very much enjoying my postnatal visit with this sweet soul!

          Womanly Wisdom doula service strives to be an essential support for you through pregnancy, birth and beyond. Doulas believe that birth is a normal process and can most often be done with minimal intervention. My passion is to serve you emotionally, physically, and with information so that you feel prepared as you transition into a new and exciting chapter of your life. As a doula, my service also extends to whom ever else you choose to be a part of your birth experience. In making sure that his/her needs are met, we can contribute as a team to serve you in the highest. I will be a constant energy of support from the moment you need my assistance through the birth of your baby and postpartum depending on your needs.

It is my priority to offer you tips to maximize the healing of your body after birthing and provide information and support to have a healthy relationship with your baby.

There is concrete evidence that the presence of a doula at your birth creates:
50% reduction in the Cesarean rate
25% shorter labor
60% reduction in synthetic oxytocin use
30% reduction in analgesia use
40% reduction in forceps delivery

33% less likely to be dissatisfied or negatively rate their birth experience

This information is contained in Mothering the Mother: How a Doula Can Help You Have a Shorter, Easier, and Healthier Birth by Klaus, Kennell, and Klaus (1993)

From the above statistics, with fewer drugs and fewer medical interventions, a baby can benefit from being present and from a mother who is awake and ready to bond immediately. When the mother has a satisfying birth experience, she is much more likely to successfully bond with her baby which in turn can greatly increases her chances of success in breastfeeding.

Womanly Wisdom Doula care certified by DONA international includes:

*3 prenatal meetings where we will get to know each other and discuss your birth vision. The first visit will be free of charge so we can see if we are a good match. During our prenatal meetings, we will discuss ways to optimize a natural birth (ie; diet, affirmations, birth positions, breathing techniques and so on). We will discuss any concerns that you may have and hopefully come to a place where you’ll feel more comfortable. I may offer some massage during our visit if you are experiencing discomfort or offer advice on some yoga postures that may be helpful.

* Access to lending library of books and videos.

* On call for labor support from 38wks to 43 wks.

* Continuous phone support from 38 weeks on wards.

* Once your labor begins and from the moment that you need me, I will be at your service offering emotional, physical and informational support. I will stay with you through the birth and after until you no longer need my support.

* An option of me making you a post birth organic recovery soup.

* An option of me making you a post birth organic recovery tea.

* An option of me making you a lovely organic solution to soothe your yoni after a vaginal birth.

* A 20% discounted rate for any placenta remedy (except on the Power of the Placenta Package) and off the base price of a placenta print.

*I offer up to 2 postpartum visits which will involve anything from helping you feel settled back at home (tidying up, making sure you have everything you need so that you may rest and recover, making sure breastfeeding is going well) to answering any questions you may have about caring for your new baby. If i don’t have the answers i will do my best to use my resources to find an answer for you.

* I am available via phone or email if you have any concerns in the future. If there is a need for another postpartum meeting,  there will be $15 per hour charge.

* There will be a back up doula in case for some reason i am unable to be at your birth. This could be an emergency or some unexpected circumstance that needs my presence.

COST: Sliding scale $450-$800

A $200 retainer fee is due upon the first meeting after deciding to work together. The remainder is due within 3 weeks after the birth.

*If you are  in a state of true financial difficulty and wanting support please contact me and we can discussed some options.

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