Birth is such a surreal experience! It is also intense, exhausting, physically and emotionally depleting, and demands all of your focus and energy for long hours. Labor support from someone educated on the birth process, physical touch measures to aid in comfort and labor progress, who understands what a laboring person needs to move through the stages of labor with as much ease as possible, who encourages you through your birthing preferences and to pivot and support you when challenges arise is a critical piece in a positive and empowering birth experience. Your doula will help you understand recommendations from medical professionals and explain your options.
Born With Love Doulas support birthing people in labor to help encourage a safe and satisfying birth experience. We draw from our knowledge and experience to provide emotional support, physical comfort, informational support and help to facilitate communication between you and your care providers. We provide encouragement and perspective to you and your partner (if present), make suggestions for labor progress, and help with relaxation, use comfort touch techniques, positioning and other measures for comfort. As your doula, we work with you to ensure a positive, peaceful and healthy birth.
Your doula will provide 2 prenatal visits to get to get to know each other, discuss your birth preferences, how your your doula can support you, possible interventions, informed consent, birthing positions, comfort touch measures and address any concerns you may have. We provide phone and email support upon hire through 2 weeks postpartum (24 hour phone support from 37 weeks). You will have on-call birth support from 2 weeks before your due date. After birth your doula will remain with you for up to two hours, until you are comfortable, your questions are answered, we have assisted you with breastfeeding (if you choose) and your family is ready for quiet time together.
Working with our team of doulas ensures built in back up support, many resources and expertise that the team offers when needed to your doula and you!
At your doula consultation I will use these labor support methods during your labor:
During our 2 hour prenatal visits we will discuss birth plan topics and what to include in your birth plan, navigating possible interventions and informed consent, labor positions, comfort touch measures as well as other concerns you may have.
Within 2 weeks following your birth your doula will visit you for a postpartum doula support session. During this time I can answer any questions you may have regarding your birth, newborn questions, as well as offer breastfeeding tips.