Our Doula-Client relationship will begin in your last trimester, with our first prenatal visit.
Over the course of these 2-3 prenatal visits, I will meet with you and your partner to discuss such topics as:
-Birth setting options
-Diet & exercise
-Active labor and birth
-Natural comfort measures and techniques
-Newborn bonding and care.
-We will also create a Birth Plan that best describes your vision of your ideal birth
-In Addition, I will keep in contact with you on a regular basis with email and phone support, in addition to our home visits.
As your 'due date' nears, I will be available 24/7 for the last two weeks of your pregnancy for any questions, concerns, or fears that may arise. When the time comes, you will call me as soon as you have the early stirrings of labor, and I will come and be with you throughout your entire birth, from whenever you call to a few hours after your little one arrives (usually once the first breastfeeding is established).
Together, we will be able to:
-Ensure your birthing space is set up according to your birth plan
-Use massage, pressure, heat packs, water, movement, and other techniques to ensure your comfort
-Suggest position changes, including use of a birth ball
-Encourage your fluid and food intake
-Provide support to your partner & birthing team – including reassurance, contact, a continuous presence, and breaks if needed
-Offer guidance with vocalization, visualization, rhythm, and rocking
-Provide non-judgmental support and unconditional care throughout the birth
-And while I won't speak to care providers on your behalf, I will encourage and support you to use your voice and make choices that best serve you, your baby, and your birth vision.
During the early weeks after the birth, in addition to email and phone support, I will meet with you at your home and provide breastfeeding support, information on sleep issues, baby wearing, accessing local services and more. We will also have the opportunity to revisit and retell your birth story; what it was like, what you loved, and what you wish had been different. This will help provide an opportunity for a feeling of wholeness and closure around your birth experience.
NURTURING, RESTORATIVE TOUCH
During pregnancy, a woman's body goes through incredible changes; ligaments stretch, muscles lengthen, and her body has to accommodate extra weight and pressure, especially in our hips and back. This can all lead to soreness, fatigue, and joint pain.
Let me help alleviate some of your discomforts with a nurturing, therapeutic prenatal massage.
EARLY PREGNANCY GUIDE
INFORMATIVE AND COMPASSIONATE
Pregnancy can be confusing and overwhelming at first. There are many questions and answers that arise for a newly pregnant woman and couple.
I am available for early pregnancy counseling and guidance.
RELAXATION AND RELIEF
I also specialize in deep tissue, myo-fascial, and sports massage modalities. In addition, I offer relaxation massage techniques.
In-home or private massage space available.
PERSONALIZED DOULA CARE PROGRAMS
WHATEVER WORKS FOR *YOU*
I tailor my fees on an individual basis, I am willing to help you create a financial plan that works for you.
Together we can design a personalized Doula Care program!
Please feel free to contact me to discuss further details.
As both a Doula and a massage therapist, I pride myself in providing you and your partner with care, understanding, information and support for the entire spectrum of your pregnancy and birth, by offering pregnancy massage, Doula care, breastfeeding information and assistance. I can also teach infant massage to parents who would like to further deepen their bond with their new baby.
Our initial meeting will help me tailor my packages to fit your needs, as every pregnancy is different. Together we can design a personalized Doula Care Program that best suits your individual needs!
To schedule an initial consultation, or to learn more about my practice, please contact me.