The Warmest Welcome Birth Doula Services and costs are listed here.
- complementary initial interview
- 1 – 2 extensive (and often more) prenatal visits
- frequent contact as your baby’s birth date approaches
- 24 hour on-call support
- birth support
- 1 -2 postpartum and breastfeeding assistance visits
- back-up support
- optional photography, video-ing, or childbirth classes
This visit is free of charge regardless of your decision about support during your birthing. This is a “get to know you” visit so you can assess if the services I provide are what you need and if we are a good match. I can provide references to recent clients or referrals to other doulas, if necessary.
This home visit is a time to discuss your birth hopes/plans, your concerns/fears and other factors that may impact your pregnancy, birth and postpartum experience. We will discuss comfort measures to use during labor, explore various choices you have in regards to your birth, consider responses to various possibilities during labor and ultimately find out what YOU want for your birth. We will learn which laboring techniques are best suited for your individual circumstances. We will discuss the logistics of the actual birth day (i.e. when to call, where to meet). We will discuss your partner’s feelings about birth and how we will work together to provide support for you.
24 Hour On-call Support
I am available for phone and e-mail consultation throughout your late pregnancy and early postpartum time.
When your labor begins, I am available when you decide you need me, whether you would like me to come to your home or meet me at your birthing place. I will provide professional birth support and comfort measures. I will follow your birth plans in assisting your immediate postpartum desires such as skin to skin contact and breastfeeding, if planned.
About two weeks after you give birth, I will make a home visit to see how you are doing. We will discuss your experience and I may be able to answer questions for you about the birth. Childbirth is an emotional experience and this is an opportunity to explore your feelings as well. If possible, I will provide you with a written record of your experience. This visit will also allow me to get a general idea of how things are going with breastfeeding and the transition with having a new baby.
Back-up Support/Comfort Measures Classes
My Doula Group provides back-up support in the unlikely event that I become unavailable to attend your birth. A one-hour Comfort Measures/Meet & Greet Class is included in the cost of our doula services. This is your opportunity to meet your back-up while expanding your knowledge of comfort techniques. Topics vary. Past topics included Comfort with Birthballs/Exercise Balls before, during and after birth, Using a Rebozo for Comfort and others.
Depending on your desires, I may provide miscellaneous services such as photography, or videotaping. Childbirth classes or infant massage instruction may be provided at a reasonable additional fee.
The cost for my services is $1500 in Sonoma county, $1800 in Napa and Marin, $1900 in San Francisco. Payment plans are available. Home birth and birth center clients please contact me directly to discuss fees.