What is a Doula?

A birth Doula is a trained labor support person who provides emotional and physical support to a laboring woman and her partner. While she is not a medical professional, she can offer a wide range of comfort measures during labor – from massage to aromatherapy to continuous reassurance and coping techniques.
Women supported by a Doula during labor have been shown to have:

  • 50% reduction of cesarean rate
  • 25% shorter labor
  • 60% reduction in epidural requests
  • 30% reduction in analgesia use
  • 40% reduction in forceps delivery

 

 

Doula services include:

  • Complimentary meet-and-greet consultation
  • Pregnancy, labor and postpartum support
  • Two prenatal visits
  • Unlimited support via phone and email from prenatal through postpartum
  • Access to our lending library
  • Individualized referrals to local experts and resources
  • On-call leading up to your birth, two weeks before and two weeks after your estimated due date
  • Continuous labor support for hospital, home and birth center births
  • Immediate postpartum support
  • Support and assistance with breastfeeding/bottle-feeding
  • One postpartum visit

For the package listed above, our birth Doula fee is $500 for Bishop Hospital patients and $650 for Mammoth.

Once we agree to work together, clients send in a Doula agreement (contract) with a retainer of $200. This secures availability, covers all scheduled visits as well as a commitment of being on call, responding to email/phone questions and access to our lending library. The remainder will be made in payments determined by you with complete balance due by 4 weeks postpartum.

Consultation: We offer a free meet and greet every 8 weeks. You are invited to attend this informal tea to ask questions, mix and mingle with other pregnant families and talk with postpartum moms about their experiences with Doulas and the new journey of motherhood.

Prenatal Meetings: During the two prenatal meetings we will cover the details of your pregnancy, your birth plans, and how we can be of support to you (and your partner if you have one) during your labor. We can also discuss any questions you have, talk through possible scenarios and determine which coping methods and techniques may be most effective for you. If you have already given birth previously, we will discuss those experiences and how they relate to your plans for the upcoming birth. These meetings provide the time to get to know one another and prepare for the birth.

Birth: Once your labor begins, we ask that you call your Doula and let them know. Even if you are unsure that you need us at that point, this allows us to chat with you a bit about how you’re doing and make sure that we’re able to come to you as soon as you are ready. We do not have a specific point within labors when we go to a client’s home. It is up to you to determine when you feel our presence would be beneficial. Once you request our presence, we will come to you wherever you are, generally this is at your home, but this could also be at the hospital. We will remain with you until after the birth and make sure you are doing well, everyone’s eaten and settled in. We will then call the next day to check in and make sure things are going well.

Postpartum Meetings: Our birth Doula services include one postpartum meeting. This is two or three days after birth and focuses on adjustment, answering questions, and support with nursing or other newborn care. I will provide resources, suggestions or answer any questions you feel you would like covered at these meeting or via email/phone in-between. If you feel you need additional support in the form of scheduled postpartum sessions, please let us know and we would be happy to discuss additional postpartum visits at a rate of $50/visit.

Vitality Wellness Center
187 May Street
Bishop, CA 93514
760-873-3306
vitalitylife@aol.com
Open Tuesday through Saturday
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(760) 873-3306

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