Services

Free Consultation 

It's important that we trust each other and feel a connection so that we can achieve a supportive environment during your pregnancy and birth process.  I will meet with potential clients to answer questions, discuss options, and get to know one another before you commit to my doula services. 

Phone & Email Support 

During your pregnancy you are provided with unlimited phone and email support.  I will be on-call 24/7 in the two weeks leading up to your due date, anxiously awaiting the call that it's go time! Feel free to reach out to me with questions or to discuss concerns or fears throughout your pregnancy.

2 Prenatal Visits 

At the first prenatal, in person, visit we can work through your birth plan, discuss pain medication preferences, and pain coping techniques. I can provide educational support as well as resources to help you prepare, expel fears, and help navigate some of the unknown.

 

The second prenatal visit can be done in person or by phone/video conference.  During this visit we can review the birth plan, discuss any of the questions or concerns your primary care provider has after reviewing your birth plan and begin to talk about what to expect (signs of labor, emotional, and physical queues.)

Pricing Information 

Doula Services: $650

 

I request that initial retainer fee of $200 is due at the first prenatal visit.  The remaining $450 is due one month prior to your due date. Payment plans accepted.

 

Private Prental Yoga Classes:  $100 for 4 classes, each class 75 min and tailored to your needs.  Each practice will help you connect with your body and create a bond with your baby.  Prenatal yoga is proven to help prepare you for labor, tune into your needs, and reduce stress and anxiety.  Celebrate your strength and honor your body with a mindful practice!

During labor 

When labor begins I can be there with you the entire time.  I will provide emotional support, encouragement, and help you cope with contractions through massage, relaxation, visualization, and positioning techniques.  My goal is to keep the laboring mother calm and confident in her ability.  I also support the labor partner and family, providing breaks and communicating with family. 

Baby’s first feeding Support 

Just after birth I will be there to help you focus on the first feeding, providing insight and educating on technique.

As a Doula, I  Do Not:

Perform any clinical tasks

A doula is a non-medical professional.  Doulas do not replace nurses or other medical staff. Doulas do not perform clinical or medical tasks such as taking blood pressure or temperature, monitoring fetal heart rate, doing vaginal examinations or providing postpartum clinical care. They are there to comfort and support the mother and to enhance communication between the mother and medical professionals.

Make decisions for you 

A doula does not make decisions for clients or intervene in their clinical care. She provides informational and emotional support, while respecting a woman’s decisions.

Speak to the staff on your behalf

Your doula will not speak to medical staff without you present; your doula is there to assist in asking helpful questions.  

Project any of my own beliefs onto your experience

While your doula may have their own philosophies at the end of the day your doula is there to support your beliefs and wishes for birth. It is important that you feel no judgment and in complete control during your process.  A doula is supportive to both the mother and her partner, and plays a crucial role in helping a partner become involved in the birth to the extent he/she feels comfortable.  

Postpartum follow-up visit 

A few weeks after birth I will visit to discuss and talk about your birth story.  If more women share positive and empowering birth stories we can help reduce the fear of birth.

I will also offer emotional support, talk about postpartum depression, newborn care, and provide resources for any particular challenges.

I can work with you on baby wearing and baby soothing techniques as well. 

Community Referrals

Check out these amazing women who support the pregnant community!

Placenta Encapsulation, Pregnancy and Infant Massage, Labor Doula - Lindsay Burgett, LMT

http://prenatalandinfantmassage.com/

 

Prenatal and Postnatal Yoga with Robyn Moore

© 2014 The Mindful Doula Services

Andrea McDermott

Birth Doula

Tel: 937-321-4800

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