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Is a doula right for me?

  

The birth of your baby is an incredibly intimate and sacred event. You will carry the memory of your baby's birth with you for the rest of your life.

 

During this seismic shift, it is crucial to have your own "person" to help navigate the emotional and physical changes of becoming a parent. Someone who creates a safe space to ask questions, and helps to ease your mind. 

That's where I come in. 

 

I know how you have waited for this day and how incredibly transformative birth can be. I work with you to provide a positive birth experience that is as beautiful and unique as you are. 

 

I am here to support you every step of the way so that you feel confident and empowered on your special day.  During your birth, I committed to maintaining a sacred and tranquil environment while supporting your every emotional and non-medical physical need. 

 

As your doula, I bring my knowledge and expertise coupled with non-judgemental support to hold space for you and your family as you welcome your baby. 

Modern studies have shown the effectiveness of doulas at birth: 

  • 34% less likely to rate their birth experience as negative

  • 40% less likely to use synthetic oxytocin to speed up labor.

  • 50% less likely to give birth by cesarean section

  • 38% decrease in low 5 minute APGAR scores 

  • 25% decrease in length of labor 

  • 40% less likely to use anesthesia

I welcome families of all belief systems, sexual orientations, nationalities, and income levels, and believe there is a doula for every person who wants one. 

What is included in a contract?

Birth Support

Before birth, we will meet at least two times to discuss your birth plan and options. Due to Covid, virtual meetings can be arranged if you prefer. 

During the entire duration of your pregnancy, I am available via phone or text as needed. At 38 weeks, I am on call to you 24/7 until you have your baby.  

When you are in active labor, I will meet you at your birthing location and I will stay with you to provide continuous support until your baby arrives. When your baby is born, I will help with breastfeeding (or first feeding), and ensure that you have eaten and are settled before I leave.  

After your birth, I am still available via phone or text, and I typically plan a postpartum follow-up visit 7-10 days after birth to check in with you and provide any referrals you may need. 

If for any reason, I cannot join you due to Covid restrictions, I will provide continuous virtual support. 

Offering birth doula support for the greater Hudson Valley including: Middletown, Saugerties, Newburgh, Kingston, Rhinebeck, Red Hook, Poughkeepsie, Catskill, Woodstock, Hudson, Albany, Western Connecticut and New Jersey.