Free Consultation (1 Hour)
I would love to meet with you and your partner to discuss your doula needs. We could meet at a coffee shop, via video chat, or wherever you are most comfortable.
Phone And Email Support
Once you retain me as your doula, I will be available by text, phone, or email for questions, concerns, and updates. I will respond as quickly as possible. Once you are 38 weeks pregnant, I will be on-call and will remain within 30 miles of Des Moines. In most cases, if you go into labor before 38 weeks, I will be available to support you! If I will be out of town around your due date, I will let you know that before hiring and would have a back-up doula available.
2 Prenatal Visits (1-2 Hours each)
At least two (although usually three) prenatal visits will be conducted in your home. We will thoroughly discuss your plans for your birth, comfort techniques, childbirth options, and concerns. For families giving birth in Ames, a travel fee will be added to the doula fee.
Certified though DONA (Doulas of North America), I have many professional obligations, ethical requirements, and standards of practice to follow. Upon request, I can supply you with more information regarding DONA and my qualifications, training, scope of practice, and background. I am also a certified Bereavement Doula through Stillbirthday and an Advanced VBAC Doula trained through The VBAC Link.
During Labor, including birth photography
I will join you at your home, hospital, or birth center once you are in active labor and ready for support. I will remain with you during your labor and birth and for 1-2 hours after your baby is born. Photography is offered as a complimentary part of your doula package, which includes photos of labor, birth, and immediately afterward. These photos will be sent to you within one week.
as a doula, I do not :
Perform any clinical tasks
I do not check blood pressure, check cervical dilation, or listen for fetal heart tones. I do not diagnose or prescribe. I provide emotional, physical, and informational support before, during, and after birth.
Make decisions for you
At many points in your pregnancy, labor, and postpartum period, there will be decisions to be made. My role will be to inform you on options, resources, and supports. It will be you and your birth partner who will ultimately make these decisions.
Baby’s First Feeding
I will remain with you during baby's first feeding at home, birth center, or hospital, whether that is by breast/chest or bottle.
Speak to the staff on your behalf
As your doula, I will not speak to the staff on your behalf. Based on your choices and decisions, I will discuss options with you and encourage you to speak with the staff once you have made your decision.
Postpartum Follow-Up (1 Hour)
Following the birth of your baby, I will visit once to provide postpartum support, review your birth experience, and answer any questions about recovery, baby care, or feeding. This visit will typically occur within the first 1-2 weeks after birth. If necessary, referrals to community supports can be provided, including lactation consultants. Text and phone support is available for up to 12 weeks postpartum.
Once you retain me as your doula, I will share a list of community resources, classes, and supports that you may find useful during pregnancy, birth, and/or postpartum. Based on specific concerns, I can refer you to an appropriate provider in the community.
My fee is $1200 for the services described above. Please click on the tab "the doula package" to see a full description of what I offer as part of your doula package. ***A discount is offered for clients who have hired for previous births. Other discounts may be offered on a case by case basis.
Project any of my own beliefs onto your experience
My role will be to support you and your decisions. I hope to help you have the best birth experience possible!
In the rare circumstance that I would be unable to attend part or all of your birth, I have several trained and experienced back-ups who could take my place. "Meet the Back-Ups" nights are held every couple of months so that you can meet these doulas and ask any questions you have. If my back-up doula is used for all or part of your birth, I will pay the back-up doula's hourly fee.