SERVICES

What is a Birth Doula?

"We define a birth doula as a professional support person trained in the needs of the family during pregnancy and childbirth. The doula offers non-judgmental support, guidance, evidence based education and practical hands-on support during childbirth including comfort measures. Doula originates from the Greek word meaning woman servant. A birth doula recognizes the profound impact of childbirth on the mother."

(IDI.COM)

Birth Doula Services 

Dear Doula provides continuous individualized

  • emotional

  • informational

  • physical 

support to a pregnant individual and their partner during pregnancy, labor and delivery and postpartum. 

 

Dear Doula Birth Services include:

  • free phone consultation to discuss your needs

  • two prenatal visits in your home and/or common location 

  • on call/text 24/7 communication (beginning at 38 weeks) 

  • present for the entirety of your birth 

  • help transition and get you settled into your postpartum room

  • breast/chest feeding support, if requested

  • one postpartum visit within 1-2 weeks following birth

  • continuous phone and email support 

  • access to childbirth education and maternal mental health resources 

 

Prenatal Visits: 

During the duration of our prenatal visits, we will be establishing a trusting, caring and nurturing connection to ensure that you and your partner feel empower, supported, and validated throughout your birth! 

During this period Dear Doula will:

  • listen/learn more how to best support you through the birthing experience 
  • discuss birth hopes, dreams, wishes, likes/dislikes 
  • provide childbirth education (maternal body changes, newborn choices, stages of birth)
  • introduce different comfort techniques
    • i.e. benefits of touch, light massage, counter pressure techniques, breathing techniques, different positions to ease discomfort ​
  • education on common interventions for birth 
  • teach comfort measures for birth: 
    • use of Rebozo ​
    • birthing Balls 
    • educate the different birthing positions to provide comfort and decrease pain ​​
    • hot/cold techniques  
  • discuss any worries, fears or thoughts lingering about birth
  • go over hospital norms/what to expect at triage & when admitted
  • make sure that your questions are answered
  • ensure that you and your partner feel prepared, ready, safe for child birth

Labor and Delivery Expectations: 

Dear Doula will:

  • be on-call from 38-42 weeks

  • be present the entire time while you are in labor and delivery at setting of your choice

  • help you and partner feel empowered while obtaining important information necessary to make informed decisions about your birthing experience

  • provide continuous emotional reassurance, encouragement, caring/calm presence 

  • provide physical  support by help creating a calm environment (dim the lights, draw a bath, food/hydration reminders) 

  • provide informational support by guiding and keeping individuals informed of your birthing choices through evidenced-based information

  • encourage different breathing techniques and birth positions

  • supports partner by informing them on what is going on, keeping them informed, allowing for bathroom/movement breaks

  • amplifying your decisions and voice 

  • can take birthing photos/videos

Dear Doula does not:

  • speak to hospital staff (i.e. doctors, midwives, nurses, any hospital employee) on the client’s behalf, however, will encourage, remind and mirror positive communication

  • make decisions for their client & partner

  • conduct any medical procedures, interventions, exams on birthing individual or newborn baby.

  • work for hospitals, birth sites, or other health care professionals.

Dear Doula supports both home and hospital settings for births. Dear Doula supports all birthing decisions (i.e. mediated and non-medicated, vaginal or cesarean births).

Dear Doula

© 2020 by Dear Doula.

585.507.1698 Call or Text 

Located in Rochester, N.Y.