far too often, we’ve been told that our bodies are dangerous, that we need an authority figure to lead the way, and that we don’t know what we need. we learn to not trust our instincts and our bodies, and become constrained by the stories we hear from our families, our culture, and sometimes even parts of our selves.
pregnant people already have the strength & wisdom to know what they need and how to meet those needs.
as a full spectrum doula, my job is to support people during pregnancy, labor, birth, miscarriage, and abortion, not because i have the answers they need but because sometimes people need to be witnessed, or heard, or seen in order to tap into their own strength & wisdom.
working with a full spectrum doula means
a collaborative relationship of care
acceptance & validation regardless if you continue or end your pregnancy (or keep this one & end the next one, or keep the next one & end this one, etc.)
conversation & someone to listen to your thoughts, needs, feelings
education around labor, birth, miscarriage, abortion
basic hands-on comfort measures
a continuous presence
support at home or in clinics & hospitals
gender inclusive language
pregnancy & birth services
emotional, educational, physical, & spiritual support during all the phases of your pregnancy and all possible outcomes
3 or 4 meetings during pregnancy to get to know each other, learn about your hopes & vision for your labor & birth, create a birth plan, talk about what happens during labor & birth, practice meditations or other relaxation techniques, etc. your partner is welcome to attend these as well (and 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
continuous, in-person support from active labor (or whenever you need me!) through 1-2 hours postpartum (regardless if your labor is 4 hours or 44 hours!)
one postpartum visit (1-2 hours) to process the birth, write the birth story, etc.
sliding scales & payment plans are available—just ask!