the doula role is attempting to bring back the power of kindness in a capitalist society that focuses primarily on mass production, deliverables, and bottom lines. doulas help guide pregnant people through their births or abortions by offering physical, emotional, informational, and spiritual support.
— mary mahoney, LCSW and lauren mitchell, M.S.

no matter the outcome, pregnancy & birth are transformational / difficult / magical / spiritual times.  in many ways, birth has been co-opted by a capitalist system, and pregnant people who choose to carry to term have been sneakily denied the right to give birth in a way that honors the experience.  they are often denied the right to give birth to their self as a new person & parent.

it's important to note that pregnant people have many different needs. some people may choose to use medications or other technologies to achieve the birth they want.  some people may choose a physiologic birth with no intervention. it's important to be fully educated about all of these options and to make decisions based on empowerment & knowledge, not fear.

the roll of the birth companion (doula) is to be a witness to the whole experience, no matter the decisions & needs of the pregnant person, and to hold space for whatever happens.  a birth companion can help prepare the pregnant person with education & answering questions.  during labor, the birth companion may be able to provide some basic comfort measures, or help create a container in which the pregnant person is able to tap into their own strength, go through the experience in their own way & in their own time, ask for what is needed, & control the space.

pregnancy & birth services include:

  • emotional, educational, physical, & spiritual support during all the phases of your pregnancy and all possible outcomes

  • three meetings during pregnancy (1.5 hours each) to get to know each other, learn about what you may or may not want during your labor & birth, create a birth plan / hopes / vision, talk about what happens during birth, etc. (more meetings can be scheduled if desired!)

  • weekly text check-in to chat about where you’re at emotionally / mentally / physically

  • 24/7 on-call +/- 2 weeks from your estimated due date

  • in-person support from active labor through 1-2 hours postpartum

  • one postpartum visit (1-2 hours) to process the birth, write the birth story, etc.

cost: $650

contact for 2019 availability or to set up a free consult!