Basic Doula Package
As your labor doula, I will provide you with information, physical and emotional support. This includes, but isn't necessarily limited by:
Be on Call 24 hours a day from 38 weeks till your baby is born so you have support every step of the way
My services cover hospital births or home births in the Bay Area from San Francisco to San Jose, including San Mateo and the Peninsula.
Visualization Doula Package
I believe in every woman's power to birth her baby. However, many women must first overcome their fear of childbirth. Fear of the unknown and fear from horror stories and television depictions of childbirth or just plain old fear, no matter where it comes from, all cause tension in the body. Tension in the body works against your contractions and prevents your body from working efficiently, so your body has to work harder and thereby causes pain. Pain causes more fear, which causes more tension, which causes more...well you get the idea.
Doctors break the fear-tension-pain cycle by offering pain medications; many doulas, including myself, work to break the cycle by providing physical and/or emotional support aimed at easing tension in the body during labor. I believe that there is a time and place for both of these approaches, but I also believe that you can set yourself up for success by preparing yourself to the best of your abilities before the main event. Athlete's train for their sporting events. Students study for their finals. Professionals proofread their reports and practice their presentations. Why would preparing for labor be different from other things we do on a regular basis?
This package includes all of the services mentioned above and more. I know from the experience of my own two births, that the last month of pregnancy can be the one that also carries the most amount of anxiety about the upcoming birth. Additionally, we live in a fast paced society (the Bay Area is especially known for being a place where people put high demands on themselves or others) where it can be hard to find the time to spend focusing only on the pregnancy and the time necessary to fully prepare oneself for labor. My visualization package helps you do that by including additional prenatal visits where we spend time using different relaxation techniques, visualization exercises, and any other technique you'd like to focus on for your journey to motherhood.
Visualization Package Includes
It is also important to note that as a doula, I do not perform clinical tasks and am not a health care professional. I do not make medical decisions for you. I will help you get the information you need to make informed decisions for yourself. I will not speak to medical staff regarding matters where health care decisions are being made, but I will help you get the information you need to make an informed choice.