Birth Services

 

Know what to expect and know your options

Welcoming a baby into your family is an enormous life event that will be remembered for a lifetime. Many parents find themselves thinking very carefully about their decisions around this time and appreciate being well informed. I can help you know your options, know what questions to ask and help you make the decisions that are right for you and your family. As your doula, my role is non-judgmental, I help you find what’s right for you.
 

Are you concerned about a long or stuck labor?

Most of us have heard stories of someone who was in labor for multiple days.  Or perhaps that was you and your baby was born by C-Section, but now you are hoping for something better with this birth.  I’ve got a multitude of ideas for helping to progress labor. I know most people would prefer to have an “efficient” labor – this tends to result in fewer interventions and less exhausted new parents. My guidance on this stems from many years of noticing what works and studying the techniques of Spinning Babies. As always, I provide suggestions or ideas and you decide if they are right for you. I am a keen observer of labor and will have ideas for helping to move your labor into high gear so you can get that baby out of your belly and into your arms!
 

You’ve got someone to call in pregnancy and postpartum too!

As your doula—I’m there for you!  I’m available for phone, text and email support from the time you hire me, to whenever you don’t need me anymore. Feeling anxious the baby is getting big?  Just found out your little one is breech? Want a clue for that cool wrap/ sling thing that’s supposed to be awesome for carrying your baby?  Worried you are slipping into postpartum depression?  I’ve got you covered.
 

The Consultation package $500

Two prenatal meetings, two postpartum meetings, unlimited phone support (NOT attend birth)

  • First Prenatal visit: Discuss any particular concerns or thoughts you have about the pregnancy, your care provider, etc.; put together birth plan; work through pain medication preferences and pain coping techniques; discuss how to gather information for making the best choices for you as interventions are suggested; address fears and concerns about your upcoming birth (possibly practice pain coping techniques, role play advocating for yourself in labor).
  • Second Prenatal visit: Discuss any new concerns; review birth plan and discuss care provider's comments; signs of labor starting; what to expect postpartum- emotionally, physically, breastfeeding, newborn care, newborn behavior, any particular concerns; prepare a postpartum plan.
  • First Postpartum visit: Breastfeeding support; newborn care instruction, emotional support, provide resources for any particular challenges.
  • Second Postpartum visit: Follow up on any breastfeeding concerns, discuss current challenges, including sleep, sibling adjustment, support, physical recovery, etc. May also include information on using a sling, wrap, etc, bathing your baby and other newborn care information.
Labor support

The Birth Package $1200-1600

Two prenatal meetings, on call to attend birth, attend birth, two postpartum meetings, phone support

  • First prenatal: Everything included in the consultation package, plus discussion of how we will work together as a team, what you want from me at the birth, discussion of amount, type etc. of pictures you'd like me to take, discuss how I can best help the partner at the birth as well.
  • Second prenatal: Discuss any new concerns; review birth plan and discuss care provider's comments; signs of labor starting; overview of stages of labor, what to expect in labor; what to expect postpartum- emotionally, physically, breastfeeding, newborn care, newborn behavior, any particular concerns; prepare a postpartum plan
  • On Call for the Birth: I will be available to you, 24/7 beginning approximately 38 weeks onwards, although I will likely have no problem attending if you go into labor before this time. Yes, I really do get up at 2am to meet you in your home or at the hospital! You are always welcome to call with questions or concerns.  I generally ask that you give me an hour to get to you in labor.
  • Attend Birth: I will stay with you, providing support for as long as it takes to have your baby, and about an hour or so afterwards. I regularly spend 8 or more hours with a family, often as much as 12-24 hours. During this time I will provide encouragement, support with coping with contractions, massage, relaxation, visualization, suggestions for changing positions, help in making decisions about the medical management of the labor, support for the partner, in providing support for the laboring person, and breaks for the partner as well. I also often take pictures and may communicate with family members in the waiting area. After the birth, I help to settle the room, getting everyone something to eat, taking pictures, and help with the initial breastfeeding. Throughout labor I am available for whatever the laboring couple may need beyond medical needs, whether it be food, a cool washcloth, support for difficult decisions or help through the contractions. I support the family with whatever decisions are made, regardless of what my own choices or preferences may be.
  • First postpartum (3-5 days postpartum): Primarily breastfeeding support; newborn care information as needed, emotional support, provide resources for any particular challenges.
  • Second postpartum (approximately 3 weeks postpartum): Continued breastfeeding support, resource referral, and processing of birth. I'll also give you a timeline from the birth that will facilitate discussion as well as a copy of any photos I took for you. (possibly include help learning to bathe your baby or use slings, wraps etc.)

The Birth and More Package $1500-1900

This package is particularly recommended for families having twins, or significant concerns.

Includes everything described in the standard birth package [Two prenatal meetings, on call to attend birth, attend birth, two postpartum meetings, phone support], plus two extra visits (either one more prenatal and one or two more postpartum):

  • Third Prenatal visit: To include practice of pain coping techniques within the setting of a labor rehearsal, will also include role playing of various scenarios of particular concern, or whatever is helpful for you in preparing for the birth of your child.
  • Third (and possibly fourth) Postpartum visit: A four hour shift in the style of postpartum doula, to include, baby care so you can take a nap, newborn care instruction, make a meal for you, information about slings, wraps, and help with dishes, laundry, etc.

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Serving Seattle, North King and South Snohomish Counties with Birth and Postpartum Doula Care

For more information, please contact me at melinda@calmconfidentdoula.com or 425-876-5049.