Labour & Birth Support

My Belief about Birth

I believe that birth is not an illness or a condition, but an amazing, wonderful, exciting event that is normal, natural and healthy.

Pregnancy, labour and birth have a profound effect on women and their families. It is an experience that is never forgotten.

Women intuitively and instinctively know how to labour and give birth. Those caring and supporting them, need to trust and respect that inner wisdom.

Women’s confidence and ability to give birth is either enhanced or diminished by those who care for her and where she births.

Women have the right to give birth free from routine medical interventions. If interventions become necessary, all information needed to support and understand the intervention, should be provided.

Women have the right to choose where and with whom they give birth.

Education empowers women to make informed choices in health care, to assume responsibility for their health and to trust their intuition, instinct and inner wisdom.

My Role as Your Doula

I will provide emotional support, physical comfort and informational support. I will provide reassurance and perspective to you and your partner, making suggestions as labour progresses and helping with relaxation, massage, positions and other techniques for your comfort.

I am independent and self-employed. I work for you, not your caregiver or hospital. I work within your team to help ensure the best birth outcomes and birth memories.

The majority of births are couples. My role in no way takes away or replaces the role of the partner. Rather, my presence allows the partner to be involved to his/her own comfort and participation in this most wonderful, amazing, miracle of the birth of your child.

How I Practice

Initial meeting

We’ll meet to become acquainted and to determine if we make a good match. I’ll provide information on the specific services I offer and provide information about the doula’s role. I can also offer names and numbers of other doulas in the area for you to contact if you wish.

First prenatal visit

During this meeting I would like to meet with you and your partner to discuss your priorities for your birth and address any fears or concerns that you might have.

You will also meet with the backup doula that I work with.

I provide plenty of handouts, information and offer books/DVDs/videos from my extensive collection.

As your doula, I will be available by phone or email 24/7 to answer any questions or concerns that you may have.

I will go over our contract with you. If you would like to see this contract ahead of time, please send your request by email.

Second prenatal visit

During this meeting we will discuss your birth plan and review comfort measures through labour and birth. We will also review postpartum health and infant care.

We will go through a list of possible outcomes and interventions.

We will discuss details such as getting to the hospital or setting up for a homebirth.

We will also talk about breastfeeding basics and offer practical advice for the early weeks of your baby’s life.

Third prenatal visit(optional)

We can arrange a third visit if we feel there is a need.

Labour, Birth and the Immediate Postpartum

After our prenatal visits, I encourage you to call or email me any time you have questions or concerns and after your caregiver visits. I would like you to call me as soon as you are in labour, your water breaks or you know when you are going to be induced. This allows me to make arrangements and be available when you want me with you.

Except in extraordinary circumstances, I or my back-up doula will remain with you throughout your labour and birth.

After the Birth

Usually I remain with you for one or two hours after the birth, until you are comfortable and your family is ready for some quiet time together. I can also assist with breastfeeding if necessary.

You are welcome to call me any time before our postpartum visit, with any questions or concerns you may have. A postpartum visit will be arranged at a mutually agreeable time. The purpose of this visit is to review the birth and provide any assistance that will help you in your adjustment to parenthood.

I remain available for breastfeeding and postpartum support until you feel comfortable in your new role as parents.

Fee for Doula services: $500 + travel

Fee for returning clients: $400 + travel

If my fee seems unaffordable and is the reason you’re unsure about hiring a doula, please contact me and ask about other financial arrangments.

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