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birth doula services
Women supporting women through this life transforming journey is the timeless way. As I doula I provide gentle support to women and couples in a way that honors their experience and individuality.  I offer doula support for birth center, hospital, or midwife attended home births. 

My role is fluid as each woman or couple and each birth is unique.  During our prenatal visits we explore your expectations, concerns, joys, beliefs, fears etc so I can best support you and your partner during your baby’s birth.

Services

during pregnancy

  • free initial no obligation consultation
  • 2 prenatal home visits during which we  
    • discuss your desires and expectations for the birth
    • practice positions, comfort measures and massage techniques
    • explore visualization and relaxation exercises
    • practice abdominal breathing techniques
    • help you to develop a birth plan
  • you are invited to attend the special classes taught by other birth professionals as part of my childbirth series.  (For current offerings, see Classes)
  • unlimited phone and email support throughout your pregnancy and early postpartum period
  • access to my lending library including many current informative and inspiring DVD's
  • on call availability 24 hours a day from 37 weeks until the birth of your baby
  • back up service available (though I only accept 2-3 clients per month to avoid the likelihood of overlap)

during labor

  • continuous support to you and your partner throughout your labor, birth and the early postpartum period 
  • beautiful photographs of your labor, birth and/or those amazing moments just after your baby's birth depending on your preferences

postpartum

  • guidance in establishing initial breastfeeding
  • within the first two weeks (depending on needs) we schedule a time for a postpartum visit. During this visit I can provide breastfeeding support, baby care tips, referrals to community resources, and we have a chance to discuss your birth experience. I bring you your beautiful birth photos and of course I love to see the babies!
  • referrals and resources available as needed during the postpartum period
  • postpartum doula services are also available

Fees:

  • The full fee for the service as described above is $650.
  • If you are also enrolled in my childbirth classes, the fee for doula services is $500.
  • A $325 ($250) retainer fee is due by the first prenatal visit. This may be sent prior to the first prenatal visit to ensure that your space is held.
  • The $325 ($250) balance is due 2 weeks before your due date.

 

laurenamand@cox.net
(401) 480-2460

  "Birth is not only about making babies. Birth is about making mothers ~ strong, competent, capable mothers who trust themselves and know their inner strength."
-Barbara Katz Rothman
 
 

 

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