I support women and their partners in creating an empowering experience for their pregnancy, birth and parenting (post partum). I provide education, advocacy and emotional/physical support to enable each couple to have the empowering experience that will lead them into being parents either for the first time or for the next time.
A birth doula is emotional and physical support for you and your partner in labor. A doula will help you prepare and advocate for the birth of your baby and will support you in having a great birth experience.
1-2 pregnancy sessions (creation of birth plan and basic education/support planning)
Continous emotional and physical throughout labor, birth and early post partum until breastfeeding has been established (usually 2 hrs after birth). Availability via phone or email from hiring until 2 weeks post partum. Unlimited on call availability for 2 weeks prior to due date and 2 weeks post partum. Taking photos with your camera or video taping (if desired). Basic Breastfeeding support and 1 post partum follow up visit in the first two weeks to provide closure and any additional support or resources given at this time.
Post Partum is an important time for the creation of a new family and having support for this period of time can often impact the long term ability for mom and baby or mom, baby and partner to bond and create lasting health.
This includes breastfeeding support and resourcing for breastfeeding challenges
Facilitating bonding for mother and baby.
Some light housecleaning and meal preparation.
Assisting with newborn care and developing rituals/routines.
Can include time for mom to bathe, nap or just rest.
Can include day and/or night time care.
This can also include caring for siblings and supporting the whole family.
* Post Partum doula care to be used within first 3 months. Typical post partum support is begins within the first week after birth. A 4 hour daily minimum is required, although as much as 10 hours can be available per day/or night (depending on need).
Having your placenta processed into capsules is a wonderful way to assist with postpartum healing. It can be used for depression, low vitality, fatigue, increasing milk supply and assisting with lactation, low birth weight and hormonal imbalance. It provides oxytocin, builds blood and provides nutritional and hormonal support for post partum healing, PMS symptoms, and any other time of transition and change in a woman's life.
For those in the Los Angeles area, I will provide pick up and delivery of your placenta. You can expect the encapsulated placenta returned to you within 5-7 days of pick up. I also offer herbal combinations for digestibility, added herbal support for those with a history of depression or hormonal issues, soothing or blood building herbs or other individualized combined safe herbal support with your placenta encapsulation.
I offer private education and mentoring for couples who may need additional support either because they have not taken a childbirth education class or those who desire to spend extra time working through their fears around labor, birth or being a new family.
3 session mimimum which include:
Natural birth preparation for home or hospital
In depth relaxation and coping techniques.
Working through fears and past traumas.
Newborn care and post partum (inc. breastfeeding)
Staying in partnership as a couple through this life changing experience.
Any of these services can be combined and many times will include discounts for more than one service. I also offer spiritual counseling, parent mentoring, women's circles, and blessingways.