This brief meeting is for you to get to know me and learn if I would be a good fit for your birth. I will go over my services, read over my contract, and you can ask me any questions you have about the support I offer.
Basic Birth Services Package
This package encompasses 2 prenatal appointments for Birth Vision and Hands-On Support, phone & email support, in-person support from onset of active labor until 1-2 hours after delivery, and 1 postnatal appointment.
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Nourishing Birth Services Package
This package encompasses 2 prenatal appointments for Birth Vision and Hands-On Support, phone & email support, in-person support from onset of active labor until 1-2 hours after delivery, and 1 postnatal appointment with additional postpartum support, including a meal prepared by Asha Hernandez Bailey of Cocina Cura, an Ayurvedic Postpartum Caregiver, and a postpartum herbal bath to promote healing as the body knits back together after birth.
Phone & Email Support
Once you've officially decided to hire me and signed a contract, I'm available for texts, calls, and emails to provide reassurance, answer questions, and offer any support you need prior to or immediately following your birth.
What sets Ora Doula Services apart:
I believe getting that face to face time is the best way to build trust, and that trust is essential to feeling at ease during your birth experience. This is why I spend a lot of time with my clients at prenatal appointments. If you see me 3 times before your birth (consultation and 2 appointments) you can expect 5-6 face to face hours with me. In comparison, if you see your provider 12 times during your pregnancy for 15 minutes each time, that's 3 face to face hours. I take this time because I know what a difference it makes to have a doula that you feel knows you and that you trust to hold space for you during your birth.
1st Prenatal Appointment: Birth Vision
In this appointment, we will discuss your priorities and any fears or concerns; present evidence-based information on the risks and benefits of common interventions and procedures used during childbirth; discuss your birth plans; plan how we might best work together; and help you create a plan or “vision” for your birth.
2nd Prenatal Appointment:
In this appointment, we will practice different pain relief techniques to figure out how best to support your body and mind for labor and birth. If you select this appointment independent of the full birth package, it will also include elements of the Birth Vision appointment.
At the Birth
When you go into labor, I ask that you let me know right away, then let me know when you'd like me to join you at your birth location. At the birth, I provide comfort measures, pain relief, emotional support, support for your partner, suggest ways to make the labor productive, and help give you a positive birth experience. I will leave 1-2 hours after the baby is born, or stay longer if necessary.
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In this appointment, we will review your birth, assist with infant feeding if needed, answer any questions you have following your birth, and complete a brief peer mental health check-in.
If you've chosen the Nourishing Birth Package, this appointment will also include a postpartum meal prepared by Cocina Cura, and a postpartum herbal bath.
Pre/Postnatal Mental Health Check-in
Both during pregnancy and after birth, your mental health is a priority. If you are struggling, this is a more in depth mental health check-in. We'll talk about how you're doing mentally and emotionally, discuss tools for coping, and discuss options for receiving additional professional mental health support.
Birth Trauma Processing Appointment
If you experienced trauma during your birth experience, processing that trauma can be an important step in healing. This appointment is a first step in identifying your emotions about your birth and beginning the process of healing.
Fetal Positioning Appointment
If you are concerned about your baby's position in the womb, or your maternal care provider has told you that your baby is not in the ideal position for vaginal birth, I am available to meet with you specifically to help you map your baby's position and to give hands-on guidance for methods to make space with your body to encourage your baby to the ideal position.
As a Doula, I Do Not:
Perform any clinical tasks
I am not a medical provider and do not perform clinical tasks, such as taking blood pressure, fetal heart checks, or vaginal exams. I am there to provide only physical comfort and emotional support and facilitate communication between you, medical staff, and care providers.
Make decisions for you
I can help you get the information you need to make an informed decision, but I will not make decisions for you.
Speak to the staff on your behalf
I will discuss your concerns with you and suggest options, as well as encourage you and your partner to voice your opinions, questions, and concerns to the staff.
Project any of my own beliefs or preferences onto your experience
Your birth is about you, not me. I am there to support you and your vision for your birth. Whatever you choose, I support. I offer support for all varieties of birth - hospital, birth center, and home; unmedicated, epidural, C-section, and everything in between. No matter how you choose to birth, I can offer support.
Any of my independent appointments (pre/postnatal, birth trauma, mental health check-in, etc.) can be done virtually. The full fee for each appointment would apply. I do not attend births virtually, but can be available for text/phone support during a birth on a case-by-case basis, for an agreed upon fee.
Photo Credit: Michelle Glenn Photography
My basic birth package (2 prenatal appointments, phone & email support, in-person labor & birth support, 1 postnatal appointment) is a flat fee of $800. The Nourishing Birth Package is $900. Each of my appointments are also available independent of the full birth package, ranging in price from $50-150. For qualifying clients, I offer payment plans, as well as discounts based on specific circumstances. Don't be shy in asking about discounts!
I come to your home for pre/postnatal appointments because I believe the best environment to get to know each other is where you feel most comfortable. If you live over 30 minutes from my home, there is a distance fee of $50. For over 45 minutes, there is a distance fee of $75. For over 1 hour, there is a distance fee of $100.
If you are unable to afford the traditional cost of doula services, I encourage you to reach out to Journey Birth & Wellness. Residents of Allen County are eligible for a sliding scale, and most clients pay nothing. You may request me as your doula through Journey Birth & Wellness, depending on availability.
Classes and Tools
Looking for a the Birth Trauma Processing Tool, Birth Planning After Birth Trauma Interactive Guide, Postpartum Sexuality Course, or Ouch! Something Hurts Mini Course? Find them here.