Recognize birth as a transformative experience that you as the birthing person will remember all your life
Understand the physiology of birth and the emotional needs of a person in labor
Assist you and your partner in preparing for and carrying out your plans for the birth. This includes creating a birth plan, providing information about what to expect, and offering referrals.
Stay by the side of the birthing person throughout the entire labor
Provide emotional support, physical comfort measures, an objective viewpoint and assistance to you in getting the information you need to make good decisions. This might look like massage, verbal affirmation, making sure the environment of your space is comfortable and safe, or providing evidence-based information.
Facilitate communication between the you, your partner, and clinical care providers
Perceive my role as one who nurtures and protects the memory of your birth experience. Labor and birth can be intense and overwhelming, and it may be difficult to remember everything as it happened. It is my job to help you tell your story of your birth.
*source DONA International
My Birth Doula Fee is $1350 (on a sliding scale) and includes:
1 free initial consultation. You can ask me questions, I will talk a bit about myself and what I do, and we can see if we are a good fit.
2-3 prenatal meetings, either in your home or somewhere convenient. I will help you reflect on and create your birth plan, offer information, and give support or referrals as needed
24/7 phone support starting at 37 weeks of your pregnancy, including early labor phone support
In-person uninterrupted support once you are ready for me, through your labor and delivery.
Use of my Elle TENS unit during labor if desired
I will stay with you immediately after your baby is born for up to two hours, answering questions, checking in with you, and making sure you are comfortable.
1-2 postpartum visits within a week or two after the baby is born. I will answer questions, offer emotional and physical support, offer lactation/feeding support if needed, and give referrals where necessary.
Phone support up to 6 weeks postpartum during business hours.
Serving families in Pittsburgh and surrounding areas