Labor & Birth Support
Postpartum Follow Up
What is a Birth Doula?
Doulas are professionals trained to provide continuous emotional, physical, and informational support before, during, and just after childbirth. Woman to woman labor support is an age old tradition that has gained renewed appreciation and recognition in present day maternity care. A doula has a deep understanding of birth and the various ways in which it can present itself.
“Asking your partner to be your sole guide through labor is like asking your partner to lead the way on a climb of Mount Everest. Your partner may be smart and trustworthy, and you love this person, but in the Himalayas you’ll both be better off with a Sherpa.”
Ancient Map for Modern Birth
Mothers Journey Birth Doula package includes:
- Complimentary consultation so we can meet, discuss what working together would look like and see if we are a good fit
- 2 Prenatal visits
- Continuous support during the labor/birth and 1-2 hours beyond birth
- 2 Postpartum visits
- Access to small library of pregnancy/birth/postpartum related books & dvds as well as baby carriers
- Phone and email support throughout pregnancy/immediate postpartum
- On call availability for 2 weeks before the due date up until the birth
- Snapshots of your labor and birth (if you desire)
- Community referrals for pregnancy, birth, and postpartum needs
Prenatal meetings allow us to get to know one another and provide an opportunity for me to learn about specific concerns and hopes you have for the birth. Any necessary supplementary childbirth education is included in these prenatal meetings. Discussion about preparing for the early postpartum period is also included.
Support during the birth involves continuous emotional, informational, and physical support during the process (including labor support in your home).
Postpartum follow up visits include “mother care”, as well as allow an opportunity for reflecting on the birth and for information and support on: breastfeeding, infant care/soothing, postpartum transition, baby wearing and postpartum community resources.
Having worked both as a Doula with families birthing in the hospital and as a Midwife’s Assistant for home and birthing center births, I bring a well rounded and experienced approach to my clients, offering many tools for working with the pain and intensity of labor and birth.
I work in a doula partnership with Megan Bunch and Sabine Omvik. Collectively we are the “Santa Cruz Birth Companions”. We provide back up doula support for one another. To learn more about my partner doulas visit www.santacruzbirthcompanions.com.