Congratulations on your pregnancy! This is such an exciting time for you and your partner and I am so excited you’re seeking doula care. My website is filled with information you’ll find useful about the benefits of hiring a doula and the services that I offer. My average client is booking my services around 6-8 weeks gestation and many people are reaching out to me well after I’m booked, so please don’t wait until your second or third trimester to contact me for a consultation.
Are we a good fit for each other? This consultation is free of charge and there is no obligation to use Reno Tahoe Birth Services.It is very important to feel comfortable with your doula, and meeting face-to-face helps both of us decide if we will be the best match to go on this beautiful journey together. We’ll discuss how the pregnancy has been thus far, and I’ll find out what your needs are and what I can specifically do for you. I am happy to answer questions, should you have any after our initial consultation.
This is the time when the team is being built. I look forward to getting to know you and your birth values. It is my goal to help you gain the knowledge and confidence you will need to empower yourself as you prepare for the life changing experiences of childbirth and parenting. As a member of your birth team it is my job to help you discover your wishes for labor and help you determine my role as your doula and what type of support you need. I will provide you and your partner with emotional, physical, and informational support throughout your journey to help you achieve the birth you want. During these visits we will discuss expectations. What type of setting do you imagine? Do you like to be touched? What tenses up when you are stressed or in pain?
1. Discuss the different stages of labor.
2. Practice abdominal breathing, relaxation techniques, and visualizations.
3. Go over and practice numerous birthing positions.
4. Discuss variations and unexpected situations in labor, and how to effectively communicate with your birth team.
5. Development of your birth plan.
It should be noted if you take my classes I have found one prenatal meeting at 36 weeks gestation to be sufficient.
I am available to you via phone and email, from the day we begin working together until your delivery.
I am on call 24 hours/7 days a week for your birth two weeks before and two weeks after your estimated due date.
I offer support from the moment you feel you need me. I can come to your home and help with labor there, or meet you at the hospital. During this time, I will encourage relaxation, position changes, pain management techniques and comfort measures to aid in easing labor. My goal is to offer the care and support you need in order to achieve the birth you desire.
Breastfeeding support is also provided during immediate postpartum and during subsequent postpartum visits.
After your delivery, I will be available to help establish breastfeeding and bonding, infant care, and new family care. I can help with proper latch techniques and other breastfeeding basics. Your comfort and your new family’s comfort become my main priority. I know that this time is very special as you meet your new, beautiful baby, and I am sensitive to your wishes to bond as a family.
About one-two weeks after you give birth, I will come to your home for a postpartum visit. It is important that we discuss your birth, your thoughts–both highs and lows–about your journey. In this postpartum visit, we’ll also discuss your postpartum mood, breastfeeding, infant care, and I will find out if there is anything else you need.