Providing support and compassionate care to women in childbirth
In ancient cultures, a woman gave birth surrounded by other women. There is a movement in North America of women serving women in childbirth, according to the traditions of ancient civilizations whose women knew the skills needed to assist women in childbirth with the empathy that a woman can give to another woman. This is the work of a doula, a labor coach. More and more women in North America are finding the longed-for benefits of having a labor coach assist them in the hard work of labor and finding that their partners also find great benefit, comfort, and peace in the presence of a doula. The gift of compassion and tangible support that a doula can give is one of the motivating factors behind the work that I do as a doula.
I am a Christian and so the opportunity to serve other women in their most vulnerable moments, and to be the hands and feet of Jesus to them is a great joy that I experience at every birth. I long for my clients to feel supported, loved, and cared for at the deepest level as they give birth to life.
What is a doula? A doula is…
a trained professional who provides continuous physical, emotional and informational support to a mother before, during and shortly after childbirth to help her achieve the healthiest, most satisfying experience possible.
I am currently serving women in childbirth in the St Louis, Missouri area. For more information on the benefits of hiring a doula, please visit DONA International.
Basic Package: My rate includes one or two prenatal visits, providing support before, during and after labor and delivery, 24/7 availability by phone/text/email to ask questions, provide resources, and connect the birth mom to classes and other resources that will assist her in preparing for the beautiful work of childbirth, being “on call” two weeks prior and two weeks after the estimated guess/due date, immediate postpartum care up to 2 hours after birth (sometimes longer depending on the circumstances), assistance in breastfeeding in the immediate postpartum period, one postpartum visit to see how mom and baby are doing, review the birth experience, discuss newborn care, feeding, diapering, sleeping, baby wearing.
For more information, please contact me by filling out this form.