Why Should I consider a Doula?
A birth doula is a trained labor support person who provides emotional and physical support to a laboring woman and her partner. While a doula is not a medical professional, I can offer a wide range of comfort measures during labor - from massage to acupressure to continuous reassurance and coping techniques.
Women supported by a doula during labor have been shown to have:
50% reduction in the cesarean rate
25% shorter labor
60% reduction in epidural requests
40% reduction in oxytocin use
30% reduction in analgesia use
40% reduction in forceps delivery
What Does a Doula Do?
I can offer comfort and support during you pregnancy by providing you with information, contacts and by being there to listen whenever you need. I can help you determine you goals and recognize you fears so you can have the birth you want.
I will help with relaxation, breathing techniques, positioning/movement, use of a birth ball, and may use techniques such as massage, hydrotherapy, hot/cold therapy, music, acupressure, and aromatherapy to ease the pain of labor.
I also have a tens machine that is availble free of charge to my doula clients and a handheld doppler to monitor the baby's heartbeat while labouring at home.
What Do You Charge?
My charges includes two prenatal appointments at your home, e-mail and telephone access for any questions and concerns, birth and one post-natal appointment to review your birth and check on your well-being, that of the baby and breast-feeding. I will be on call for two weeks before and after your due date, meet you at your home when you are in labor and stay with you until your baby is born.
I believe every woman should have access to a doula despite her financial situation. If you are looking for a doula, but are afraid that you can't afford it, or feel you can't justify the cost , please contact me and we can discuss options. I really do believe a doula is benefical to every woman wether it is you first baby or your fifth and I will do everything I can to make my services accessible to everyone . I can offer payment plans, barter or offer my services on a sliding scale so just email or call and we can talk.
Angie's Cell 0975266833