for Confidence and Joy
TO A MORE MEMORABLE, SATISFYING AND CONFIDENT BIRTH:)
you to ADVOCATE for yourself, easily and comfortably-for a lifetime and
supporting you as your do.
your friendly neighborhood Doula:)
served over 1200 families in 5 counties, 23Home Births, Hospitals and
Birth Centers and have served with over 129 care providers including OB's,
Midwives and Nurse Midwives since 1995.
support women and their families in achieving the birth that they desire.
Doulas and HypDoulas serve in homes, hospitals and birth centers. I give
continuous emotional, physical, and informational support. I ensure that
I am always available to look after you and your husband physically and
emotionally to attain the birth memory you desire. I provide life skills
building and "Proactive Parenting" support as a specialist in
Doulas and HypDoulas...
as a key life experience that the mother and father will remember all of their
- understand the physiology
of birth and the emotional needs of a woman in labor as well as
- assist the Mother and Father
in preparing for and carrying out their CHOICES for the birth
- stay by the side of the Birthing
couple throughout their entire Birth
- provide emotional support,
physical comfort measures, and an objective viewpoint, as well as
helping you get the information you need to make decisions you feel
- facilitate good communication
between the Birthing Mother, Father, and clinical care providers.
- Doulas perceive their role
as nurturing and protecting the memory of your birth experience
- I am so fortunate to have
met and learned from:
Tuschoff , Founder
- Ina May
Gaskin , THE American Midwife:)
Simkin, co founder of Doulas International with DONA:
- So many others, Home Birth
Midwives, Birth Center Midwives and The
UNT Health Midwives)
Studies have shown that having
a doula may decrease:
by 60% Cesarean birth by 50% Pitocin use by 40% Narcotics use
by 30% Forceps use by 30% Length of labor by 25%
here to visit Hypnobabies.
Four Hearts Services
(DONA) Certified HypDoula and Placenta Encapsulator
- Home visit one-
1 hour meeting to give you information and allow you to decide if
I am a good match for you, as this is a very intimate time your Doula
shares, it is essential that you are comfortable! This is likely to
increase the "DOULA EFFECT". A list of interview questions,
other Doulas, or references are provided upon request.
- Home visit two-
2&1/2 hour meeting in which you go over your fears/desires/hopes
for your Birth with a CHOICE sheet I provide to you. This tool (with
over 100 choices on it that are made for you unless you care to make
them yourself-yes you have the right to make EACH choice for YOUR
Birthing) acts as a communications format for you and your primary
and as a navigational tool for me so that I may serve you more fully.
This sheet is a teaching tool for adding to your chart and your provider
can review it.
- I am happy to meet your provider
if I have not .
- It supports continuity if
your Provider is not on call or unavailable for your delivery.
- Home visit three-
2&1/2 hour meeting called a "DRY RUN". What it is like
at home and the hospital. We will practice several comfort measures
and coping skills, several pushing positions for birthing with and
without an epidural. We go over when to call me and specific signs
of your Birthing and its progress.
Early Parenting********Home visit four*********
This is a special
addition for your special addition, a class to support early parenting
skills and raise confidence!
Birthing, and up to 2 hours Postpartum- I remain with you
from the time you think you are in labor, (even if you want to do
early labor at home) transporting to the hospital with you, staying
till 2 hours after your birth to insure bonding and latch on. I also
call or come by the next day to visit.
phone support-I am available by phone 24/7 to check in with
after visits to your healthcare provider or even if you just want
to talk about how you feel, ask questions about early labor or just
need support. This is for Mom & Dad!
follow up- I write a Birthday Card addressed to the baby about
the birth. This offers an opportunity for closure and discussion of
your feelings about your birth.
that time you were happy with the services you received from me, you
may pay the balance of my fee, if not it is yours to keep. If you
choose to keep the remainder of my fee, I ask that you submit suggestions
in writing so that I may serve the next couple more fully.
- Placenta Encapsulation:
I receive and
prepare your placenta in capsule form and tincture
support- Tongue-Tie Assesment included-Besides l latch on
and in person nursing support, I will supply contact numbers for a
LaLeche support group and leader near you and OR a Lactation Specialists
in your area.
- I also tweak your skills up a
notch as you feel more competant!
and tricks-by phone for free or visits on new parenting issues,
nursing issues and general postpartum recovery .