Serving Families in Worcester and Surrounding Areas
Labor and birth, while a wonderful thing, is incredibly intense and at times, overwhelming. A lot of mothers say that it was the hardest thing they've done in their life. A doula is a trained labor companion that is thoroughly and completely dedicated to simply helping you, in a way that no other person is dedicated and able to do. Your partner might not know how or have the right information, and medical personnel might not have time. A doula has both. Hiring a doula ensures that you receive the best possible support and attention that you will need during labor and delivery.
As your doula, I will support you
Physically I will provide comfort measures and suggest positions to help the labor progress.
Emotionally I will encourage you when you feel like you are at the end of your rope. I will help you find strength when you think you have none left. If things don't go the way you hoped, I will help you adjust and make peace with the situation.
With Information I will explain in layman's terms what is going on. I will help you find the words to ask your provider about risks and benefits of suggested procedures, so you could make well-informed decisions.
"If a doula were a drug, it would be unethical not to use it."
- John H. Kennel, MD
What is included in my services?
FREE initial consultation/interview
2 prenatal appointments
We get to know each other
I learn about your goals
We practice some relaxation techniques and comfort measures
Unlimited email and phone support prior to birth
Attendance at any midwife/doctor's appointments, if desired
Being on call from 38 weeks until the baby is born
Continuous support during labor at home, hospital or birth center
Immediate support 1-2 hours postpartum
1 postpartum visit
Access to local resources and my lending library
Fees: $1000 - $1500
I believe that every woman deserves a doula if she wants one. If price is the only thing keeping you from hiring your doula, please talk to me about payment plans or discounts. Currently, I have a discount for home births, and a discount for women of color.
For more information on doulas, I recommend this article from Evidence Based Birth.