What is a Doula?
A birth doula is a professional support person who provides emotional, physical, and educational support during pregnancy, labor, birth, and the postpartum period.
What does a doula do?
If possible, a doula meets with the birthing person before labor begins to discuss preferences and help connect with resources and information. We then are available to answer questions, talk through ideas, and check in until labor begins, at that point, we attend your birth as a continuous support person for you and for a partner if one is present. During labor we will do things like guide breathing, gentle touch and massage, suggesting position changes, gathering supplies, keeping you hydrated etc. After birth, the doula remains for an hour or two to make sure that everything is settling down well and feeding is established. We then will check in in the few days after baby is born and visit to make sure things are going smoothly and to connect you with any additional resources you may desire.
Doulas are adaptable to your needs and desires - I like to say “I figure out what you need, and then I do that.”
What does a doula NOT do?
Doulas don’t provide medical services such as cervical exams or administering pain medication. We will not speak for you or make any decisions for you, but we will support you in advocating for yourself and help you ask the questions you want to ask and to get the information you need, so you can be best informed about your choices. Doulas do not pressure you into any particular birth plan or tell you what is best for you.
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Where I work:
I am happy to attend a home birth where a licensed provider is present, a birth center, or hospital. I typically serve Rhode Island and South Eastern Massachusetts, but if you are out of that range and I seem like a good fit for you please reach out and we can discuss if i can be a good support for you in your alternate location.
I trained with Evelyn Conrad and received my Birth Doula Certification in 2017 through Doulas of North America (DONA)
I also attend workshops and continuing education experiences whenever possible including:
Gena Garcia-Kirby’s rebozo workshop
Open Circle Perinatal Loss workshop
My birth doula services begin with a free introductory meeting, if you decide to hire me, I charge a package rate which includes 2 prenatal meeting, unlimited phone/text support, 24 hour on-call response in your “due range” (2 weeks before your “due date” and until birth) and 2 postpartum visits
I offer a sliding scale rate based on income/ability to pay
Additional prenatal meetings- $35 per hour (sliding scale available)
Additional postpartum support - note: While I am not a certified postpartum doula, I am available for extended postpartum support. Additional postpartum meetings at a rate of $35 per hour (sliding scale available)
available add on: a plaster belly cast for $50 - a great way to commemorate your bump