This is a chance for us to get to know one another. If you are interested in having a doula at your birth, we will discuss how I can be of assistance. This gives you a chance to see if I would be a good fit for your needs.
Once you have decided to hire me as your doula, we will meet once or twice to discuss your goals for your labor and birth, and how I can best help you to achieve them. We will cover the stages of labor, what to expect during labor, and coping and relaxation techniques you might find beneficial. We will also discuss breastfeeding and postpartum plans.
I will offer emotional and physical support to you and your partner during your labor whether you labor at home or in a hospital. Sometimes in early labor that means checking in on you virtually and once labor become active, I will be physically there for you when you request my presence. I will consistently stay with you during the birth of your baby and for two hours after the birth to offer additional support, and assistance if needed with breastfeeding.
We will schedule this appointment for when it is convenient and most beneficial for you after the birth. Sometimes this means a week after birth and sometimes it several weeks after birth, depending how you and your baby are adapting to your new roles. During this visit we will discuss your baby's birth, and how breastfeeding is going. This is also a chance to talk about any questions or issues you might have. I am happy to provide additional resources if you would like them as well..
Sometimes expecting parents are not able to hire a doula for a variety of reasons, but would like support during their pregnancy and during the postpartum time. If that is your unique situation, I am happy to offer support at that level as well.
*Once you hire me as your doula, I will ask you to sign a contract and give me a deposit. At this time I will no longer take any clients with due dates near yours.