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The Doula Package

The Doula Package is a comprehensive service designed to offer expecting parents ongoing support, information, and advocacy throughout pregnancy, labor, birth, and the immediate postpartum.

 

THE DOULA PACKAGE

My fee is $1,800 but I offer a sliding scale
for those who need it (please ask about this).

THIS FEE INCLUDES ALL OF THE FOLLOWING:

Free Consultation

This is a time for us to meet, discuss my services, explore your reasons for wanting a doula, and determine if I am the right doula for you and your family.

2 Prenatal Visits

A trusting relationship is the foundation of doula care, so these meetings are focused on getting to know each other, having open discussions, and building our support team. We discuss your concerns and birth preferences, look at evidence based information, create a personalized birth plan (if desired), review labor positions and comfort measures, discuss your previous birth experience (if you’ve had one), and anything else you might want to explore or review.

Unlimited Phone, Email & Text Support

When you reach out, I promptly reply. It’s so simple but so important to know that a compassionate and knowledgable person is just a phone call away. I can make suggestions and just listen in a way that even the best doctor or midwife simply doesn’t have the time for.

Information Sheets & Resource Lists

I give out plenty of printed information to help you stay informed and keep you updated on all the great prenatal and postpartum services offered in the Portland area.

On-Call Services

Beginning at 38 weeks in your pregnancy, I’m officially on-call for you. This means that I don’t leave town, my cell phone is on me at all times, and I answer my phone 24 hours a day. If there is reason to believe that you might go into labor before 38 weeks (e.g., you did with your first pregnancy, you’re having twins, or you’re in a high risk category), we can easily make arrangements for on-call services to begin earlier.

At Home Labor Support

Not everybody needs or wants this service, but for those who want to labor in the comfort of their own home for as long as possible, my presence can be reassuring. I normalize the labor process and help keep things calm so you can feel safe and secure. I also offer tips on labor progression and comfort measures, and help you determine when it’s time to transition to the hospital.

Continuous Labor & Birth Support At The Hospital

At the hospital, I’m with you throughout your labor and birth, and offer my support in a variety of ways including informational support, physical comfort methods, mental and emotional encouragement, labor progression techniques, effective positioning, breaks for your birth partner, and advocating for your labor and birth preferences.

Photos Of The Day Your Child Is Born

If desired, and when I am not needed in other ways, I’m happy to take photos or home videos during labor, birth, and/or just after your baby is born so that you can have visual memories of this incredible life transition.

Immediate Postpartum Support

After your baby is born, I stay with you at the hospital for 1-2 hours to assist with breastfeeding, encourage family bonding, remind pediatric staff of your newborn decisions, and rejoice in the beauty of your baby.

Postpartum Home Visit

Once you’re home from the hospital and nesting in with your baby, I come over to offer transitional support focused on integrating the birth experience, assisting with breastfeeding, answering newborn care questions, discussing your transition into parenthood, or anything else you’re wanting information on.

 

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Consultations

If you’re not looking for doula support but would like to get detailed information and practical guidance on how to approach pregnancy, birth, and the postpartum, then consultation sessions might be a good fit for you.

CONSULTATIONS

$75-$100 Sliding Scale

These sessions offer individuals and couples an opportunity to speak with a professional doula and childbirth counselor about how to navigate the sometimes confusing path through pregnancy, labor, birth, and the postpartum. Consultations are designed to help you identify your childbirth goals, evaluate your options, provide specialized information and resources, and get you on track towards decision-making and sustainable solutions that can be readily applied to the childbearing year. Consultation sessions can focus on whatever interests or concerns you most, but here are some topics that people frequently focus on:

Understanding Your Birth-Related Options
Portland has a rich birth culture that provides women and couples with a wide array of options. All of this choice is empowering, but it can also be a bit overwhelming! For instance, you can decide to have your baby at a hospital, birth center, or at home. If you elect to give birth in a hospital, there are several to choose from, each offering distinct advantages and disadvantages. You can hire a doctor, nurse midwife, naturopathic midwife, or direct-entry midwife as your medical provider, and there is also the option of having a birth doula to assist you. Natural birth, water birth, epidural assisted birth, and cesarean birth are all options, and there are many other choices to be made along the way. Consultations can help you understand and sift through all of these various choices so you can decide on the direction that’s right for you, your family, and your specific set of circumstances.

Creating A Birth “Plan”
You can’t really plan how your baby’s birth is going to unfold because there are always some unexpected twists and turns along the way that require flexibility. However, creating a birth plan can nonetheless be an excellent tool for expecting parents and their medical providers. It can be used as an educational tool to help you better understand what to expect at the hospital, the kinds of choices you actually have, and how to advocate for yourself. Consultations are used to help you design a personalized plan that lists your specific goals, preferences, and requests, and it can be given to your medical providers as a way of informing them about your preferences.

Getting Ready For Labor & Birth
Whether you’re wanting to better understand the stages of labor, learn practical and effective coping strategies, or prepare mentally and spiritually for the experience of birth, consulatation sessions can help. Maybe you’re trying to figure out which type of childbirth education class is the best fit for you and your partner. Or maybe you’re just looking for a rundown on the “tried and true” techniques that have been helping women with contractions for centuries. Or perhaps you’re wanting to dive in more deeply, explore what this transformative path has to offer, and cultivate an empowered attitude and mindset that will serve as a foundation for you to draw from. Whatever your goals, we can get you started.

Postpartum Checklist
When asked, “Are you ready for the baby to arrive?” many expecting parents begin to scan the list of things they still need to buy or the co-sleeper that still needs to be put together. While having appropriate baby gear is important, there are many other considerations and preparations that can influence how the first weeks and months unfold with your newborn. The postpartum can be a tender time – your lifestyle, relationships, and hormones will be changing. Consultations can help you set up appropriate support systems and get you mentally and emotionally prepared for this profound identity shift.

Welcoming Baby #2
So you’ve been in love with your first-born for a while now and you’re excited that another baby is on the way, but you’re starting to wonder how the transition from one to two children is really going to work. Who will take care of your first-born when you go into labor? How will you help your fist-born ease into this big transition? What will you do when the baby needs to be nursed and your toddler needs your full attention? Is the human heart really capable of loving two children equally? Consultations can help you find answers to these types of questions and sustainable solutions for your growing family.

 

 

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Counseling

If you’d like to process a particular concern or want to explore the emotional, psychological, or spiritual aspects of the childbearing year, I’m also a marriage and family therapist specializing in this area.

 COUNSELING

$75-$100 Sliding Scale

The childbearing year is a time of great anticipation, tender transitions, and major identity shifts. Counseling focused on this unique lifecycle phase offers a space where you (or you and your partner) can safely explore your changing life, process a variety of emotions, prepare for the transformation of birth, and look ahead to the joys and challenges of the postpartum. For more detailed information on my counseling services, please go to portlandbirthcounseling.com. Counseling sessions can focus on whatever interests or concerns you most, but here are some common topics that people choose to focus on:

Self-image and your changing body
Exploring hopes and goals
Stepping boldly into your shifting identity
Identifying your inner strengths and resources

Discovering labor techniques unique to you
Addressing worries and concerns
Preparing for the tender postpartum

Exploring inner and outer obstacles or challenges
Processing previous pregnancies and births
Defining the kind of mother or parent you’d like to be

Examining societal expectations and pressures
Exploring relationship changes and opportunities
Processing family history or abuse history
Coping with physical discomforts or health issues
Grieving from miscarriage or loss
… and much more

For more information about my counseling and consultation services, please visit my counseling website: www.portlandbirthcounseling.com

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