BIRTH DOULA SERVICES
The Doula Package is a comprehensive service designed to offer expecting parents ongoing support, information, and advocacy throughout pregnancy, labor, birth, and the immediate postpartum.
THE DOULA PACKAGE
Our fee is a sliding scale of $1800-$2100
and repeat clients are offered a discount.
Includes All Of The Following
This is a time for us to meet, discuss our services, explore your reasons for wanting a doula, and determine if we are the right doulas for you and your family.
2 Prenatal Visits
A trusting relationship is the foundation of doula care, so these meetings are focused on getting to know each other, having open discussions, and building our support team. We discuss your concerns and birth preferences, look at evidence based information, create a personalized birth plan (if desired), review labor positions and comfort measures, discuss your previous birth experience (if you’ve had one), and anything else you might want to explore or review.
Unlimited Phone, Email & Text Support
When you reach out, we promptly reply. It’s so simple but so important to know that compassionate and knowledgable doulas are just a phone call away. We can make suggestions and just listen in a way that even the best doctor or midwife simply doesn’t have the time for.
Information Sheets & Resource Lists
We give out plenty of printed and electronic information to help you stay informed and keep you updated on all the great prenatal and postpartum services offered in the Portland area.
Beginning at 37 weeks in your pregnancy, we are officially on-call for you. This means that we don’t leave town, our cell phones are on us at all times, and we answer our phones 24 hours a day. If there is reason to believe that you might go into labor before 37 weeks (e.g., you did with your first pregnancy, you’re having twins, or you’re in a high risk category), we can easily make arrangements for on-call services to begin earlier.
At Home Labor Support
Not everybody needs or wants this service, but for those who want to labor in the comfort of their own home for as long as possible, our presence can be reassuring. We normalize the labor process and help keep things calm so you can feel safe and secure. We also offer tips on labor progression and comfort measures, and help you determine when it’s time to transition to the hospital.
Labor & Birth Support At The Hospital
At the hospital we offer support in a variety of ways including informational support, physical comfort methods, mental and emotional encouragement, labor progression techniques, effective positioning, breaks for your birth partner, and working with your medical team to honor your birth preferences. If your labor is long enough, we shift care from one doula to the next every 8-12 hours, which ensures that you always have a well-rested doula who can bring fresh energy and ideas into the birth room.
Photos Of The Day Your Child Is Born
If desired, and when we’re not needed in other ways, we’re happy to take photos or home videos during labor, birth, and/or just after your baby is born so that you can have visual memories of this incredible moment in your lives.
Immediate Postpartum Support
After your baby is born, we stay with you for 1-2 hours to assist with breastfeeding, encourage family bonding, remind pediatric staff of your newborn decisions, and rejoice in the beauty of your baby.
Postpartum Home Visit
Once you’re home from the hospital or birth center and are nesting in with your baby, one or both of us comes to your house to offer transitional support focused on processing the birth experience, assisting with breastfeeding, answering newborn care questions, discussing your transition into parenthood, or whatever else you’re wanting to check in about.
Every week our doula group offers free Parent Circles for our clients to gather together for additional support and community. This is a chance for you and your partner to meet other new parents experiencing the same joys and challenges, to get support and advice from our postpartum doulas, and to work with the lactation consultant who is present at every gathering.
Postpartum Informational Support
For six weeks after delivery, we are available for informational support by phone, email, or text to help answer questions and provide you with resources as needed.