Birth Doula Care
Your birth experience will shape you and your life in enormous ways. You have the right to make empowered decisions about your pregnancy and birth, without judgement. I will support your decisions by explaining your options, and providing pros and cons for each choice you need to make. While I cannot make those decisions for you, or make others respect them, I can help you find your own voice and be a supportive part of the health care team surrounding you on your birth journey.
Essential Mama Bear Care
Premium Mama Bear Support
with a Lactation Consultant
This package offers the same support as above, but you will also have an in-home session up to three hours with an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant who will be available for text and phone support following up for a few weeks.
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These birth packages give you access to my book lending library
Additional prenatal or postpartum hours are available to add to your package.
This package is created for those who just want some extra care to gain more empowering information prenatally and postpartum. This package includes either:
2 prenatal sessions (2 hours each)
1 prenatal session (2 hours) + 1 postpartum session. (5 hours)
Additional sessions are $150
Virtual Mama Bear Doula
This includes everything in the Bear Necessities package plus phone/text/email support.
I will be on call when you are in labour and offer phone support during the birth.
Description of Birth Doula Care
- You will learn how to empower yourself during labour using BRAIN technique and other tips I'll share with you.
- You will learn how to create a realistic birth plan.
- Discuss stages of labour, provide information about interventions.
- We will discuss your biggest concerns about labour, birth and life with a newborn.
- Talk about your postpartum plan.
- Show you some comfort measures I will use in labour, and teach them to your partner (if you have one.)
- Continual labour support unti 1-2 hours after the birth. I stay with you while hospital shifts switch, and you're meeting various health care providers.
- I will cheer you on, keep you focused on your journey, be a rock for you, offer a perspective and options. I will stay calm and objective.
- I can suggest relaxation techniques, massage, apply acupressure, hydrotherapy, different positions, and other calming measures for comfort during labour.
- I will do my best to keep your birth space protected.
- I'll probably (no, definitely!) shed tears of joy and pride when your sweet baby/ies is/are born.
- I'll stay with you, offer to snap some pictures of your new family. I'll make sure you are fed and comfortable.
- I'll assist where I can with breast/chestfeeding. Using my intuition, I'll sense the right moment to make my exit, giving you quiet time with your new family.
- A few days after your birth I will visit with you to see how you're feeling, how your recovery is going, discuss the birth, offer feeding support (if needed), provide some community resources and admire your sweet baby.
- We can talk about your postpartum village and how you will go on with your day to day while caring for a baby.
Jen is a wonderful mentor and has such a friendly nature. I appreciated her love, unending kindness and support. Thanks for being there when I really needed you."**first time mama**
The Labour Flow Chart
When I arrive to assist your birth, I will bring my doula bag with various tools to support your labour. (by tools, I mean acupressure balls, and my rebozo scarf for example.) The first thing I take out is a clip board with a chart that I update during labour and until I leave the hospital. This does not interfere with my time with you, as I am just making quick notes.
Such as cervical checks, who did them, your health care provider's names, positions we try, medicine administered. I keep track of music you are listening to, or I'll jot down jokes made. Laughing in labour increases oxytocin, so bring your sense of humour to your birth! When I visit you postpartum I will share the flow chart with you and make sure you have a copy of it.
Why do I keep a flow chart?
I think it is important
for you to know what happened each step of the way
so you realize fully
you were in labour!
Toronto's High Risk Birth Doula
No matter what kind of pregnancy you are having, or what your birth plan is; no matter the complications you may be experiencing or what your health care providers may be saying to you, you deserve a Doula who is confident and supportive. You need a person who can help you understand what is happening during a time you when you may not feel supported. We will look at all the options together and I'll answer all your questions while discussing pros and cons for each option. I'm going to work with you and your health care team so you understand and feel comforted in the process.
As the Doula for your high risk birth, we will go over what to expect with any meetings you may have with medical staff such as the Chief Obstetrics of hospitals. If your delivery is in Toronto, but live out of town, we will talk about how this will affect your labour and what sort of options you may have if induction is planned.
I offer nurturing, supportive, and empathetic and resource-sharing assistance to enhance your feelings of agency leading up to and during labour and birth. Whatever choices you make, I will support them.
And one final important detail about being your High Risk Birth Doula:
I work for you, not the hospital.
I've got you.
Types of births I have assisted:
Families conceiving with Assistied Reproductive Technology and In Vitro Fertilization
High risk - cervical cerclage, placenta previa or on bed rest
Induced and high medical technology labor & birth
Precipitous birth (baby born within less than 3 hours of regular contractions)
Has other health issues (autoimmune illness for example.)
Plus size mothers
Perinatal and Postpartum mood disorders
Previous birth trauma, miscarriage and/or birth injury
Remote and rural clients birthing away from home
Survivors of Previous Life Trauma
Survivors of childhood sexual abuse
Vaginal Birth After Cesarean (VBAC)
Families of Color