The most recommended time to hire a Doula is by 20 weeks. I recommend you reach out to a Doula by 20 weeks to begin the hire process in order to get the most out of your Doula when you need her most. That being said, it is never too early or too late to reach out to a Doula for help if you need help at any point in your journey. All the way up to just needing someone at your birth at the last minute! Reach out and if I'm available I'd be more than happy to help!
A Doula is a non-medical birthing companion that is very involved with you in your most Precious Moments. We provide a plethora of support including but not limited to, emotional support, spiritual support, and physical support. We are a source of comfort and confidence as you embark on this journey that can be both new and scary. We help assuage those fears and uplift you and your partner so you are in the best state to birth your baby. We are there to do and be whatever you need us to be and will stick by your side the entire time, until your baby makes its grand arrival.
Short answer, Most definitely! Long answer, you can always attempt to reach out to me at any time unless I specifically tell you I am unavailable (very rare). I may not get right back to you if I am with another client but as your Doula i am available to you 24\7.
I have never met someone who hired a Doula and regretted it. I can't speak on behalf of every person who has given birth, however, I find that the presence of a Doula, someone to priortize your needs and your babys needs, can drastically change the exsperience for the better. If you are looking for a yes or no answer, my anser is YES!
Every hospital and birth center has different policies but now that things are getting a little better, most places are allowing Doulas plus one or two other support people. Some are even allowing 3+ visitors! Ask your provider about the specifics of the COVID policies at your intended birth location.
39% decrease in the risk of cesarean
15% increase in chances of spontaneous vaginal delivery
10% decrease in the use of medications for pain relief
Shorter labors by 41 minutes average
38% decrease in the risk of low 5-minute Apgar scores
31% decrease in the risk of being dissatisfied with the overall birthing experience
So yes....there is evidence!
For out of state clients I will do virtual prenatal visits and then attend the birth in person. Extra charges will apply for my flight but you will not be responsible to cover the entire fee.
Your placenta is an incredible organ that nourished your baby during her time in utero. So instead of wasting those valuable nutrients by throwing the placenta away after your baby is born, does it make more sense to put them back into your body? That’s the thinking behind placenta encapsulation, the trend of turning the placenta into pills and consuming them postpartum.
The placenta is loaded with vitamins and minerals like vitamin B6, vitamin B12 and iron. It’s also rich in reproductive hormones like estrogen and progesterone that drop after you give birth. So theoretically, consuming your placenta would be really good for you. Some benefits of placenta encapsulation may include: a decrease in postpartum mood disorders, increased production of oxytocin, a decrease in stress hormones, restoration of iron levels following bleeding after birth, and increased milk supply
You will notify me when you are giving birth and then again when birth has taken place. Myself or a medical courier will come pick up the placenta from your place of birth.
Processing of your placenta will be done by myself a certified BEST placenta expert in the safest environment with OSHA compliant safety measures.
Return of the processed placenta will be in 2 to 3 days from day of pick up.
A more detailed description of the entire process start to finish will be located in your contract.
Any further questions please contact me.
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