“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:
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+
Please visit (link to birth photography) for questions and answers regarding birth photography
Doula Care without Photography (plus tax) $600
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.