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:
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.
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.