It is an honor to help women, babies, and families celebrate the precious season of birth.
As a doula, I work to help families achieve the birth experience that they desire, before, during, and after labor. Before labor, I make sure that families have all of the information that they need to make decisions and understand the labor experience. We will also spend time together to get to know each other and build a foundation of trust. I am here to help you through the ups and downs of both the physical and emotional aspects of late pregnancy and birth. We can prepare by getting the whole birth team together to practice for the big day. Practicing labor coping techniques before hand can greatly ease your comfort with using them in the moment of need. These coping techniques include: breathing, massage, movement, visualization, props, and more.
During labor I go with the flow, ready at each moment to respond to what is needed. I will mostly work to help you find your own balance and sacred space to work within. Helping you to relax and stay calm, nourished, hydrated, and positive; as well as helping you to take action and help your labor progress with walking, movement, and coping techniques when necessary.
I am not there to get in the way of your partner. I support the partner just as much as the laboring mother. I encourage harmony, teamwork, and love between partners, families, and the birth team. Some moments will involve me simply being there for you to have another person to bounce thoughts off of or share emotions with through your journey.
After the birth of your beautiful baby, I will stay with you for awhile (1-3 hours) to make sure you land back down on the ground in a safe, happy, and healthy space. I help you foster breastfeeding and nourish the bond between Mother and Baby. My goal is to help you and your family to have a safe, healthy, life-affirming, and joyous birth.
Our first meeting is free as a courtesy consultation. We can meet in your home, or at a local coffee shop or cafe.
Once hired as your Labor Doula, I will: - Meet with you twice before birth to help prepare, process, and practice. - Support your comfort during the last few weeks of pregnancy by offering Pre-Natal yoga moves and some simple stretches and exercises to keep you feeling your best. - Help you prioritize your Birth Wish List and Preferences. - Make sure that you are fully informed. - Provide references and resources you need. - Be on call for you 24/7 from your 38th week until the birth of your baby. - Unlimited phone and email support. - Checking in on you during pre-labor, and coming to your labor whenever you feel that you need me. - During labor I will help provide you with safe and healthy food, drinks, coping techniques, information, positive energy, companionship, support, massage, meditation/visualization, newborn and breast-feeding support, and love. - After the birth I will come to visit you and your baby within one to three weeks to check in and make sure everyone is healing, recovering, and blossoming into their new roles. If there is anything you want to talk about from your birth experience, I am here for you at this time.
My Doula fees are on a sliding scale and available on request. INQUIRE HERE
The first few weeks, and few months, after giving birth, are a precious and important time for growing families. Getting to know your new baby, as your baby gets to know what life is all about, can be a beautiful time of celebrating these explorations, learning, and growth. Staying well supported is the key. As a postpartum doula, Rebecca is there to support the Mother, the new baby, and the family through this time. Most postpartum sessions are about 4 - 8 hours long.
During these times Rebecca can: ~ help with breast-feeding - the latch, engorgement, herbs, & comfort measures ~ teach infant care skills - diapering, soothing, bathing, & carrying ~ help Mom to recover physically and emotionally from the birth ~ listening and counseling about the transitions the family is going though ~ making sure everyone is fed - making soup, foods and teas that help encourage breast milk production, and your favorite foods ~ care for your baby if parents need to rest/shower/etc. ~ household organization and help with laundry, etc. ~ giving attention to other children ~ amazing references to new mom groups, breastfeeding groups, lactation consultants, & more.
Sometimes it is just nice to have some extra help. Although you can enjoy Postpartum Doula care anytime within the 3 months after your baby is born, it is often found to be most helpful right when returning home from the hospital and the first few weeks after birth. Contact Rebecca for a free consultation and to plan the perfect care package that fits your family. Prices are on a sliding scale and available on request. INQUIRE HERE