Doula Services

No-obligation Interview

Most doula relationships begin with an interview. This is your chance to get to know me and find out if I would be a good fit in your birth environment. I would love to connect with you to chat and answer any questions you may have.

Birth Doula Package Includes:

Prenatal

~   Up to 2 (1 hour) prenatal visits

~   Visits will include:

  •  discussions about birth preferences, desires, and/or philosophy 
  • stages of labor and what to expect (including any necessary shifts in expectations)
  • comfort measures, birth positions, and techniques for home practice

Labor Support

  • On-call support beginning at 38 weeks until birth
  • Guidance & support for you and your partner during labor & birth
  • Attendance at your birth at any hospital, birth center, or home     
  • Continued support for 1-2 hours immediately after birth                
  • Breastfeeding education and assistance as required
  • Photos of birth & newborn if desired (note, I am NOT a photographer – candid, imperfectly perfect shots only)
  • Timeline of your birth as witnessed by doula (if desired)

Postnatal

~   One (1 hour) prenatal visit

~   Visits will include:

  • review of labor and birth
  • wellness check-in
  • considering any resources or support that may be needed, desired or necessary
  • a time for reconnecting

 

Investment - $800

Note, if you are unable to pay fees at the time of contract signing, a payment plan can be arranged with a secured deposit and convenient payment plan option.
 

** I accept Interac e-transfer and cash payments **

 

I offer low-cost doula services through the Calgary Pregnancy Care Center. If you are in need of emotional, physical, and material support connect with me or contact CPCC at:

Birth Doula Benefits:

  • 28% less likely to have a cesarean section
  • 31% less likely to use oxytocin to speed labor
  • 9% less likely to use any pain medication
  • 34% less likely to rate their childbirth experience negatively
  • Decreased medical intervention in labor
  • Reduces length of labor.

The continuous presence of an experienced doula during labor has been demonstrated to endow the birthing person with confidence and to provide greater satisfaction in birth.

F.A.Q.

Learn more at DONA.com

A doula is a non-medical support person who focuses on caring for you emotionally and physically, and helps you to feel informed and supported. While they often have similar approaches, a midwife differs from a doula in a very large way. A midwife is a medical professional, meaning that the primary focus of their care is on the health and safety of you and your baby. Both doulas and midwives work with you prenatally, support you throughout the birth and follow up with you postpartum. Specifically at a birth, a doula is often found doing hip squeezes, engaging physical and practical support (such as keeping you hydrated, cool, and nourished), and providing guidance and reassurance (to you and your partner). At a birth, midwives may be found doing similar things to a doula, but their top priorities include: ensuring that you and baby’s vital signs are stable, assessing you and your baby, completing cervical exams when needed, administering medication if necessary, and catching the baby you are birthing.

Doulas and midwives are a great pair!

“Will my partner feel left out?” This is a common question and a very valid one. Many think that a doula takes on the role of the partner when, in fact, our role supports them as well. It is a firmly  held belief that the role of a  doula is to amplify support, and that goes for your partner too. Your partner knows you better than anyone else. Even if they aren’t sure how to support you in labor/birth, they know your fears, preferences and desires. We work with your partner by encouraging them, offering guidance and suggestions when needed, reminding them to also stay hydrated and to take bathroom breaks, and more. If your partner has witnessed birth before, they still deserve support and the comfort in knowing they are supported as well.

Doulas support all types of birth. While you may not request much physical support, there are emotional and informational ways your doula can support you.
A doula can benefit you and your partner if:

  • You would like pain medication early on in your labor (or perhaps in the parking lot)
  • You plan to use nitrous oxide, an IV narcotic or an epidural
  • You have a cesarean birth, whether it is unplanned or scheduled

A doula can help you find a rhythm and stay informed, and can ensure that you are cared for emotionally and mentally. Some pain medications take the edge off (like nitrous oxide), while others may be more effective with taking the sharpness away (like an epidural). Sometimes there is still a need for other coping techniques, such as counter pressure, that we may need to utilize. Having a doula can provide you with reassurance that you have more tools available. Perhaps you feel you are coping well with the discomfort of labor– wonderful! A doula can ensure that you and your partner’s emotions are supported and that you continue to receive any information you would like. The physical support piece does not fully go away either; you and your doula still have things like massage or positioning as options. At cesarean births, whether they are planned or not, doulas are useful to help with cesarean birth preparedness, balancing emotions and thoughts, and keeping you informed of the options you still have in the operating room.

Typically, the beginning of your third trimester is a good time to secure your doula. We often recommend that you start your search in your second trimester, talk to and interview a couple of doulas, and really determine who is the best fit for you. You deserve someone you feel an easy connection with and someone who you feel fits your personality and needs.

A doula is not a medical professional. A doula does not give medical advice, but can provide public medical information, and will facilitate asking questions to get the information you need to make informed choices for your family. A doula does not perform any medical tasks – like vaginal exams, listening to the heartbeat or catching babies etc. Doulas do not make any decisions for their clients, but will help you understand your options.