- Prenatal visits are a time to meet, get to know you better, and discuss preferences for birth and the postpartum period, and provide education on a multitude of topics like birth plans, comfort measures, preparing for postpartum, breastfeeding, and when to call your doula… just to name a few.
- Unlimited phone calls and texts, including Face time/video chat.
- Do you want to hear your baby's heartbeat? I'll bring my pregnancy heartbeat doppler.
Evidence based information
Resources to essential resources.
- Belly Casting- Out of pocket expense that insurance does not cover.
- Continuous support during labor/birth
- Assisting with positions and techniques, such as breathing, relaxation, movement, and positioning for comfort and labor effectiveness
- Helping the partner understand what’s going on during labor
- Helping the birthing person to feel cared for (reassurance, encouragement, and praise)
- Help create a calm environment, like dimming lights, using flameless candles, music, and aromatherapy.
Postpartum Support~3 one hour visits covered by insurance
(Day and Overnight- Out of pocket hourly expense)
During the fourth trimester (postpartum period), you are bonding with your new baby, and recovering from childbirth. Throughout this time your body is healing – you need to be nourished, cared for, and be given the time to rest and repair - without the worry of anything else. And a doula supports the partner as well! Partners have just as many questions, and want to know they are doing the right thing. Doulas educate and reassure both parents, and help them navigate the new world of parenthood, ease burdens, and make the experience more enjoyable for the whole family.
Areas of service during the postpartum period:
- Evidence based education
- Debrief birth story
- Emotional support
- Healing recommendations
- Overnight support while mom sleeps (take notes during the night describing baby’s activity such as waking/feeding times, amount the baby eats, record baby's output, and document if the baby settled well or not).
- Support during the day so mom can nap
- Light housework
- Light meals
- Newborn care/laundry/bottles (before leaving in the morning, I make sure that bottles and pump parts are washed and that the nursery is restocked with diapers and wipes. I can make formula ahead for the coming day).
- Postpartum recovery promoting self-care
- Belly binding- Out of pocket expense that insurance does not cover.
Add on Services (Out of pocket expense)
At Home Deep Cleaning Service
As you prepare to head to the hospital for birth, I will come to your home to deeply clean and organize you and your baby's space. Your arrival home from the hospital will be calming so you can focus all your time and energy on your new tiny addition.
Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault
Health, well-being concerns, and survival needs may be intensified if pregnant women are also dealing with past or current domestic violence, abuse and related trauma. I have experience helping expectant woman be an agent in her own birth through education, empowerment and thoughtful planning. I listen and validate the laboring woman’s concerns and needs, assist the expectant woman in preparing and discussing her trauma-related needs with her medical team to develop a plan, if requested.
Most importantly, I help the laboring woman become centered within her body and listen to her baby. Having access to trauma-informed care is key in supporting survivors of sexual and domestic violence through a healthy, positive, pregnancy and childbirth.
Pregnancy and Infant Loss
I support families who are experiencing the loss of their baby, whether that loss is through miscarriage, stillbirth, or a diagnosis that means the baby will not live long after being delivered.
I became a bereavement doula because I experienced a loss and didn’t have the support. I wanted to help other women and provide nonjudgmental support and unbiased guidance. I realized through my own experience that there is a disturbing lack of resources and support for women and families facing loss.
Adoptive families do a lot of work to prepare to bring a baby into their lives. There are home studies, training videos, and seemingly endless amounts of paperwork. This can make the reality of bringing a baby home seem like a distant dream. It can be helpful to have the loving care of a doula to help you adjust to parenthood.
ASL-American Sign Language
Communication during labor is so important. Labor can be difficult, and even more so when communication challenges are present. Imagine a woman with hearing loss who does not have an interpreter at her birth. As a result, women lack resources during and after her birth regarding birth, labor, breastfeeding, infant care, or postpartum depression.
Learning ASL allowed me to positively support a deaf woman’s journey through birth, with the ability to communicate directly between us. My role and intention is not to be an interpreter for one’s birth, but an additional pair of eyes and ears and a direct support to my client. And while there’s a lack of interpreters, not all interpreters can understand and speak the language of birth, as their job is to interpret. So having a Doula who knows and understands the language of birth, and has a knowledge of Deaf Culture and the ASL language can be a great asset to the birthing woman.
- Teen Pregnancy
- Single Parent
- LGBTQ Community
- Termination-providing judgement free informational, physical, mental, and emotional support
- Childbirth Education
- Sexual/Reproductive Health Education
- Breastfeeding/Lactation Education
- Self Pay-Please call for pricing
- NJ Family Care/Medicaid