Anticipation

The birth of a baby is a true miracle that a mother and father will remember forever. I became a doula after photography first brought me into the labor and delivery room. I love to witness the way birth transforms women and their partners, and I am in awe of women’s strength. As much as birth itself deeply fills my heart, I often left with a feeling of “I should have done something”. I witnessed so many families struggle without proper support as I sat quietly documenting their day, and I wanted to be able to make a difference. I wanted to be rock for each mom that I was photographing. My goal is to not only provide irreplaceable memories, but to also support and empower moms and their partners on the amazing journey to parenthood. A birth doula supports you and your partner by providing the knowledge, comfort, and education necessary for a fulfilling birth experience, using techniques such as: • massage • breathing techniques and vocalization • counter pressure • visualization • relaxation • education and advocacy Doula support allows the laboring woman's partner a greater sense of relaxation, and therefore an increased ability to care for the mother-to-be on an emotional level.

May 30, 2013

“If a woman doesn’t look like a goddess during labor, then someone isn’t treating her right.” ~ Ina May Gaskin

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Doulas are individuals who are hired by families looking to have additional support during their pregnancy and birth.  We are there to help with emotional, physical, and informational support – we don’t make medical decisions, nor do we “replace” dads and partners.  Doulas give prenatal support and continuous labor support.  Having the sort of support that doulas are able to give has been shown to reduce the rates of interventions (including cesareans) and improve satisfaction rates.  And the research has shown that there are no known downfalls.  Thus the quote “if a doula were a drug, it would be malpractice not to use it.”

Clinical studies show the benefits of working with a birth doula include:

Other benefits include:

  • higher levels of confidence in partners as coaches
  • increased maternal sense of satisfaction in the birth
  • overall sense of well-being following delivery
  • easier transition into parenthood
  • higher breastfeeding rates
  • 40% reduction in the need for forceps
  • 50% reduction in cesarean rates
  • 25% reduction in the length of labor
  • 60% reduction in the rate of epidural use

 

Traditionally my clients have two prenatal classes with me covering birth education, labor prep, and emotional health. I am a level II Reiki Practitioner as well as my husband, and we both are available for your emotional wellbeing during pregnancy as well as labor and delivery.  In addition to Reiki we make available other natural resources such as emotional release, full natural health coaching for mom and baby, salt therapy, and more.  I am available for phone consults should any issue come up during pregnancy. During most pregnancies average clients and I do a number of back and forth phone calls, texts, and emails; especially as early labor is beginning to get established.  Having a doula during pregnancy helps stress by keeping mothers informed and prepared.

During labor I am here to support you as well as your partner. I am happy to support families at home if they choose to spend more time at home as they labor; I also meet folks directly at their place of birth.

Aside from providing comfort measures to mom, I’ll be your servant for the day. You can expect me to be the one getting water, ice, snacks, spotting dads and partners for bathroom and meal breaks.  I work with partners to make sure moms are doing what their bodies need/want to do to keep labor progressing – position changes and suggestions, as well as other pain management strategies.  I am also there to make sure that families have the time and space they need to get all the information they want/need to make a decision, should the need for intervention become necessary.

I remain with families for a couple of hours following birth – making sure breastfeeding is getting well-established and things are calm and mellow.  I follow up with a short one hour visit sometime in the first week following the birth, and I am happy to be made available via facebook or text as new moms begin to sort out and process the birth – no matter how it went.  I also remain available for referrals to other resources within the community as families begin their parenting journey.

 

The Birth Experience

Birth Photography & Doula Care (plus tax) $1300+

  • 1 complimentary interview/prenatal meeting in Edmond or Oklahoma City. We will discuss what to expect, what moments you wish captured, etc.  We can also get to know each other during this visit so that I am not a stranger at your birth.
  • Phone, Text, and Facebook Messenger Support throughout your pregnancy.
  • Access to researched handouts and articles / articles on breastfeeding , labor induction, newborn procedures, postpartum suggestions, etc.
  • Choice of 1 free FasterEFT tapping or Reiki session with Loren Willis, CNHP
  • 1 visit to your midwife or doctor appointment + a “labor rehearsal” meeting after so we can discuss last minute desires & questions.
  • On-call 24/7 for 2 weeks before and after your due date until the birth.
  • Telephone support in early labor; help with assessing the status of your labor, tips for comfort and progress.
  • Photography coverage of labor (starting at any point in labor you are comfortable) and birth up to 2 hours afterward.
  • Optional Reiki during labor
  • Assistance with your initial breastfeeding efforts.
  • 100+ high-resolution digital images by instant download as well as USB drive.  Please note the length of your labor and if there are any restrictions put on photography could affect that number.
  • 5-10 Professionally custom edited images in a mix of black & white and color
  • 5-10 Web-sized watermarked images you may share online
  • Custom slideshow of 50+ images put to music and video if captured.
  • 30 birth announcement cards or prints
  • Keepsakes from Echo
  • Postpartum Visit.
  • Postpartum Text and Facebook Messenger Support for questions after baby arrives.

Please visit (link to birth photography) for questions and answers regarding birth photography

 

Doula Care without Photography (plus tax) $600

  • 1 complimentary interview/prenatal meeting in Edmond or Oklahoma City. We will discuss what to expect, what moments you wish captured, etc.  We can also get to know each other during this visit so that I am not a stranger at your birth.
  • Phone, Text, and Facebook Messenger Support throughout your pregnancy.
  • Access to researched handouts and articles / articles on breastfeeding , labor induction, newborn procedures, postpartum suggestions, etc.
  • Choice of 1 free FasterEFT tapping or Reiki session with Loren Willis, CNHP
  • 1 visit to your midwife or doctor appointment + a “labor rehearsal” meeting after so we can discuss last minute desires & questions.
  • On-call 24/7 for 2 weeks before and after your due date until the birth.
  • Telephone support in early labor; help with assessing the status of your labor, tips for comfort and progress.
  • Optional Reiki during labor

 

  • Assistance with your initial breastfeeding efforts.
  • Postpartum Visit.
  • Postpartum Text and Facebook Messenger Support for questions after baby arrives.

 

 

I am interested in hiring you! What do I need to do?

1. First, contact me to make sure I am available for your due date. I often book mothers as early as their first trimester, and only take a few clients a month.

After you hear back from me, I will hold your spot for 10 days (of course you can take longer to decide but I can’t guarantee a spot!).

2. We will meet up for coffee or lunch (on me) in Edmond or Oklahoma City to discuss details, review your contract, get your remaining questions answered, and get to know each other.

3. To secure my services, fill out and sign your contract, and finalize your $200 deposit.

4. The remainder of your fee is due by your 36th week of pregnancy at any pace you desire.

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