Congratulations! Your family is growing!
The addition of a baby to your family is a wonderful event. However, both birth and the postpartum period or "4th trimester" can be full of unknowns. Like a tour guide in a foreign country, I want to help you navigate this journey as peacefully as possible, drawing on and reminding you of your strengths all along the way.
To help you decide if I am the best choice to provide your family's Doula care we can schedule a meeting either in person or virtually. This is a great time for you to ask questions about what birth and/or postpartum care might look like. Additionally it's a good opportunity for me to get a sense of your family's needs and preferences and possibly offer suggestions that might help your transition to parenthood go a little more smoothly. This meeting is complimentary and does not commit you to hiring me. I like to think of it as an interview.
If you do choose to hire me as your Birth Doula after this meeting, we will schedule a few more opportunities to meet (generally 2 or 3 times) and work on the things that feel most important to you before your baby arrives. If hiring me for Postpartum services, we will begin scheduling those visits for the times that work best for your needs.
Birth Doula Support
The birth of your baby is an event you will remember all of your life. I want to do everything I can to help ensure that memory is a satisfying one. Currently I am able to offer in person and virtual support, with flexibility to provide that in the way that best fits your family's needs.
During pregnancy we will meet in a way that is most comfortable to you. When you are in early labor I am available to come to your home to help you and your partner manage. At facilities such as free standing Birthing Centers and hospitals that are still allowing the presence of a Doula, I can attend to your needs throughout labor and the delivery of your baby. And in most cases, I can still provide virtual support even when Doulas are not able to attend in person due to limited hospital visitor policies. My services will include:
• Facilitation of your birth vision as far as it is safely possible within the circumstances of your labor and delivery, including but not limited to comfort measures, movement, positioning, or almost anything else that feels supportive to you
• Working with your partner (if applicable) to establish and maintain a peaceful and positive environment
• Working with the staff and providers to establish rapport and to ensure that you have enough information to make informed decisions about your care
• Option to provide a "virtual waiting room" experience to your choice of family members and friends in light of visitor restrictions at most hospitals
• A visit to your home shortly after you and baby leave the hospital
As your Birth Doula I will be on call 24/7 beginning 2 weeks before your due date until the birth of your baby
• My fee for Birth Doula support ranges from $700 - $850*
* Please add $5 for each in home Birth Doula visit outside a 15 mile radius from Midtown Tulsa
Postpartum Doula Support
Every family has different needs that may change from day-to-day. Each postpartum session provides a check-in on how the last 24 hours have gone, formulation for a plan for the session, and can include anything that feels supportive inside the home. Examples:
• Basic Breastfeeding support (including referral to a lactation consultant if needed)
• Troubleshooting with feeding and sleeping cycles
• Spending time with your baby so you can rest
• Non-medical assistance with after-birth healing (both physical and emotional)
• Organization of supplies
• Assisting with baby & sibling care with a parent present
• Basic household tasks
• Grocery shopping and errands (with funds needed for purchases provided by client in advance)
• Simple meal preparation
• Helping with laundry
• I am certified in Basic Life Support (CPR) for adults, children and infants
• I offer services starting at a minimum of 12 hours
• Each visit is a minimum of 3 hours.
• My fee for Postpartum Doula support is:
$25/hour for 12 - 18 hours *
$22/hour for 19 - 24 hours *
$20/hour for 25 + hours *
* Please add $1.50/hour outside a 15 mile radius from Midtown Tulsa
Can I afford Doula care?
Often families recognize the need for Doula care, but do not know if they can afford it. Here are some things to consider:
While most insurance policies do not cover the cost of Doula services, many Health Savings Accounts or Flexible Spending Accounts do reimburse for these services. If you have an HSA or a FSA check with your account provider to see if Doula services are covered.
Doula services make a great gift, especially if this is not your first baby and you already have all the needed supplies. Maybe a family member, friend or group would like to contribute toward the fee. I do offer gift certificates. Also here is a link to Babylist, an easy way to add Doula services to your registry. https://www.babylist.com/index
I like old fashioned bartering and am open to that in some cases. Are you or your partner or a family member skilled in carpentry or landscaping? Does someone in your family love to wash windows or do yardwork? These are ongoing needs in my family (and we're not so great at them) Ask me if I have bartering opportunities available.
A tenth of all of my receipts is set aside to enable me to help Moms in need. I cannot always guarantee that schedule and funds will allow, but ask about reduced cost services for yourself or someone you know in situations of need.
Rebozo Certified, February 2019
Ask me about bringing the benefits of the rebozo into your birth experience. The definition of "rebozo" is a long scarf covering the head and shoulders, traditionally worn by Spanish-American women. In some cultures the rebozo has been used for generations for everything from hauling vegetables in from the garden to carrying babies. It is gaining use among women in the U.S. as a valuable and practical tool for use during late pregnancy and labor to help ease discomfort, and it's a great way to help Dads and other birth partners get involved in that process. I am happy to announce I am Rebozo Certified!
Do I Need a Postpartum Doula?
Numerous studies and the personal experiences of women show that mothers who receive support in the weeks following childbirth (especially the first 3 months) are less prone to suffer the effects of peri-natal mood disorders such as depression or anxiety and generally enjoy a faster physical recovery.
This healthier transition to parenthood happens for several reasons. A Postpartum Doula provides:
opportunities for the new mom to rest
support for better outcomes whether bottle or breastfeeding baby
confidence in developing infant care skills
the benefit of a safe, objective ear for the mom to process her birth story and her feelings about parenting
an outside source to pick up on potential problems before they escalate and help the family of a newborn navigate those issues