Before labor I will meet with you and your partner for two prenatal visits to become well acquainted and explore your priorities, fears, and specific needs for your upcoming transition. In addition, we will discuss how you envision us working together as a team so I can best support you and your people.
I will arrange one or more well qualified back-up doulas.
I will be "on call" for you 2 weeks before and after your baby's due date in order to be available for the birth. This includes being available, by phone, to answer any and all of your pregnancy related questions.
When it's baby time I can answer questions and make suggestions over the phone until you are ready for me to join you.
I will remain with you and your partner throughout labor and birth.
During labor I will be a peaceful presence in the midst of a time full of unexpected challenges. To grieve with you and rejoice with you. To support and encourage you and your partner in whatever ways we have planned.
I provide reassurance and perspective to you and your partner, make suggestions for labor progress, and help with relaxation, soothing touch, positioning and other techniques for comfort.
I usually remain with you and your partner for 1-2 hours after birth, or until you are comfortable and your family is ready for some quiet time together. I am there to take pictures, order food for you, help with breastfeeding, and make sure you and your partner are cared for, physically and emotionally.
I am available to answer questions about the birth, your postpartum body, or your newborn in those following weeks.
I like to get together within the first couple weeks for a postpartum visit to see how your family is transitioning into life with a new baby, and to review the birth.