Starting with 2017 due dates, I will be working in a doula partnership with Emily Bowler, who is also my midwifery partner! Please see our website for more information
A doula partnership means we each spend equal time building a relationship with clients prenatally, and one of us will support you in labor. This dynamic benefits the women and families we serve, and makes the work we do sustainable for ourselves and our families. Working together as a team provides our clients with two doulas’ worth of knowledge and guidance, and ensures that the doula supporting them in labor is well rested and clear headed. Additionally, the partnership model greatly reduces the odds of reaching out to our network of back-up doulas whom clients have not previously met.
What is a doula? What do doulas do?
A doula is a professionally trained support person who specializes in assisting women and families during the childbearing year. A doula develops a relationship with her clients during the prenatal period, guides her clients throughout labor & birth, and provides support in the postpartum period.
As a doula, I aim to inform and inspire my clients through every stage of the childbearing cycle. My work honors the holistic nature of pregnancy, birth, and the transition to parenthood; my services are catered to each family’s unique needs.
The Doula Package
- One or two prenatal appointments in the client’s home, focused on relationship building and discussion of many topics, including: prenatal nutrition, emotionally and physically preparing for labor and birth, physiological stages of labor, natural childbirth, medical intervention, breastfeeding, skin-to-skin contact with baby, writing a birth plan, and any other topics the client would like more information on.
- Discussion and demonstration of techniques to manage the sensations of labor: creative labor positions, massage, and relaxation techniques.
- Phone and email support
throughout the prenatal period; on-call 24/7 from 3 weeks before your due date until the baby is born.
- Personalized early labor support at the clients’ home, if desired.
- Continuous, personalized physical support, emotional support, and informational guidance throughout active labor and up to 2 hours postpartum (including early breastfeeding support).
- Photography throughout labor and birth, if desired.
- Backup doula support.
- Postpartum support at the clients’ home, usually 1-2 visits. Postpartum visits focus on breastfeeding support, natural ways to promote healing in your body, and processing your birth experience. If further professional support or expertise is needed: Referrals to a large network of professionals throughout Massachusetts who serve women and families during the childbearing year.
Expectations of Clients
- Honest and open communication about issues relevant to your pregnancy and birth experience.
- Attendance of a childbirth education class, preferably.
- $400 deposit to secure services; payment of remaining fee by 38 weeks gestation
- On advocacy: As a doula, I will not make decisions for you. I will help you get the information necessary to make an informed decision. Furthermore, I will not argue with care providers or staff on your behalf. I will discuss your concerns with you and suggest options, but you or your partner should speak, on your behalf, to the clinical staff
Cost & Experience
I offer a sliding scale fee of $1,400-$2,000, which is in line with other Boston-area doulas of comparable experience. Clients pay the amount they’re most comfortable with, and the services provided are sandard no matter what amount is paid. My fee reflects my years of experience and skills as both a doula and midwife. If you’re interested in working with me but my fee is outside of your budget, don’t hesitate to contact me– In certain circumstances, I am open to a reduced fee arrangement.
Am I the right doula for you? Contact me!
If you are interested in birth doula services, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org with your EDD, location, and planned site of birth. If I am available during the time frame around your EDD, we can meet in-person or schedule a phone consult.
Baby Boy Alexander, a gentle birth at Cambridge Hospital