Many families ask about a birth philosophy. Our philosophy of birth is that it is designed to be a normal, natural process that your body was perfectly made to experience. Our desire as doulas is to support you in a way that allows and encourages you to achieve your goals and desires for birth, whatever they may be, as well as one that keeps mom and baby healthy.
As a doula, our role is three fold. We want to support you educationally, offering knowledge, research, dialogue, and whatever else is necessary to help you make informed decisions throughout your pregnancy and birth. We are also here to support you mentally & emotionally throughout your pregnancy, labor, birth and postpartum journey. We will help to normalize life and labor as well as walk with you through whatever comes your way during this journey. In the event where virtual support only may be requested or required, we remain present with you by phone/text or video. Our calming presence will be felt and will hopefully give you the security that we are here for you and your partner.
We welcome any and all calls in the months, weeks, and days leading up to your birth. Our cell phones are never far from us, including the night hours, and we are happy to answer any questions that we can. As labor begins, our goal is to be available to you whenever you decide that you would like us to join you. This may be by a phone call, a text, or even a video chat. Very often, the birthing person chooses to labor at home as long as possible, in an environment that is comfortable and peaceful for them. It’s great to have a doula present with you when things start to get more challenging, serving as an emotional, educational, and physical support person.
Postpartum, we meet with families at least once, and sometimes more often, within a week or two after baby is born. Here’s the truth: we carry our labors around with us in their ‘back pockets’ for the rest of our lives, so it is important to be able to talk through the birth memory. This postpartum visit helps immensely with this act. As a birthing person, you will make decisions along the way that impact your experience. Some of these decisions you will feel good about, and some may bring questions and concerns. We want you to know that you made the best decisions possible with the circumstances that crossed your path. We are also there to answer questions, check in on breast feeding (if that is in your plan), and provide referrals for postpartum support, if needed.
Our fees for doula services vary depending on the experience level of the doula you wish to work with, see our bundle options for our current fee structure. We ask for a $350 non-refundable retainer fee to reserve your “due month” on your doula’s calendar. The remainder can be spread out into one or two additional payments prior to your baby’s birth. We feel strongly about not limiting someone’s ability to hire a doula based on financial restraints, so we are happy to talk with you personally about spreading payments out into a plan that works for you, if needed.
As far as births and estimated due dates, each doula typically works with anywhere from 1-4 clients a month and varies based on that particular doula’s availability. We always have a back-up doula in place – just in case we happen to be traveling, kids are ill, or another birth happens at the same time. Our ultimate goal, however, is to strive to have YOUR doula be the one walking with you on the big day!
Congratulations, again, and we look forward to talking with you!