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.