A doula is a trained professional who provides continuous physical, emotional and informational support to you before, during, and shortly after childbirth to help you achieve the healthiest, most satisfying birth experience possible.
Your doula usually requires one hour from the time you call her until she arrives at your location. However, this can vary depending on your location and the circumstances of your birth. Your doula will work with you to determine the best course of action for your specific situation. It's always a good idea to contact your doula as early as possible to ensure that she can make it to your location in a timely manner.
Your doula will remain with you throughout the entire labor and birth, and for two to four hours after the birth until you are comfortable, or your family is ready for quiet time together. She can also help with initial breastfeeding if needed. Within a few weeks after your birth, she will set up a time to visit with you and your family to review and process your birth, and see how you and your baby are adjusting. You can discuss what was helpful about her role, and any suggestions you may have for her.
Your doula prefers that you contact her when you think you are in labor, even if you do not need her immediately. She can answer any questions and make suggestions, and you will decide if she should come then or wait until further notice. You will also decide where you would like for her to meet you: at your home, birth center, or hospital.
Your doula will make every effort to provide the services described here, and she provides a backup doula in case of any unpredictable circumstances. Early planning will ensure that you and your doula are covered, and you will have the opportunity to meet the backup doula at one of your prenatal visits.
I do not use fancy equipment. My focus is on capturing your memories at an affordable price.
You will receive prints and all of the digital copies of your birth story photos. I will provide you with samples and references so you can get an idea of the quality of my work.