Doula Services

 

“Labor is powerful and intense, but it is the joy of

birth

that is overwhelming with love.”

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What is a Doula?

 The word doula, is an ancient Greek word that  means  “woman’s servant” or  “a woman who serves”.

Today the word doula has come to mean a labor support person.    A doula offers resources, information, support, helps to create a secure environment, assistance with relaxation, breathing, and position changes during labor.  A doula is someone who will support you in all your decisions regarding your pregnancy, labor and birth, she does not make decisions for you.  A doula does not take the place of a woman’s partner, but instead supports both a mother and her partner as they become a family.

 

How Can a Doula Help Me?

  • 31% decrease in the use of Pitocin
  • 28% decrease in the risk of C-section
  • 12% increase in the likelihood of a spontaneous vaginal birth
  • 9% decrease in the use of any medications for pain relief
  • 14% decrease in the risk of newborns being admitted to a special care nursery
  • 34% decrease in the risk of being dissatisfied with the birth experience

Information from www.evidencebasedbirth.com

 

Will a Doula Help if I Want an Epidural?

Absolutely!  Even if you are planning to get an epidural, a doula can still provide resources, education, support at home and at the hospital, assist with position changes during labor, assist with siblings, & offer support with breastfeeding initiation.  Some women still feel some pain and discomfort even with an epidural, a doula can help with other comfort measures.

Why Choose a Natural Birth?

  • There are no side effects
  • Baby also benefits from the mother’s endorphins secreted during labor
  • Freedom to move around during labor and after
  • Mothers who have natural births feel empowered
  • Better able to work with your body during labor and especially for pushing
  • Less likely to need forceps or vacuum for delivery
  • Easier and faster recovery postpartum
  • Breastfeeding initiation easier

 

Services & Fees

  • Complimentary interview at my classroom in Whitney Point, NY
  • 2 prenatal visits:  In these meetings, we will discuss the details of your birth plan, our strategies for achieving your goals, and any concerns you may have.
  • Email and phone support throughout pregnancy
  • Access to my library of over 75 books
  • On call from date of hire until birth
  • Constant labor support.  When you go into labor, I will meet you at your home or the hospital according to your wishes.  I will remain with you until after the birth of your baby and provide up to two hours of support after your birth.
  • Assistance with breastfeeding initiation
  • 1-2 postpartum visits including lactation assistance if requested

Fees: 

  • Birth with first baby: $600
  • VBAC: $600
  • Previous client: $475
  • Have had a previous birth: $500
  • Save $50 if also taking Newborn Naturally Childbirth classes!

*Some insurance companies will reimburse doula services.  FSA funds can often be used for doula services.  Please check with your insurance company.

**As a doula  I cannot provide any medical services or offer medical advice.






The primary hospitals where I practice are: Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital, Binghamton, NY; UHS Wilson Memorial Hospital, Johnson City, NY; Cortland Regional Medical Center, Cortland, NY