What To Expect

As an experienced Doula having attended over 500 births to date, I offer two Doula Services options to my clients. Additionally, I offer Placenta Encapsulation, Childbirth Education and Hypnotherapy.

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Included in my Private Doula Services package:

  • Initial Consultation at my office located in the Rose Garden
  • 3 prenatal visits
  • Monthly Meet The Backup Event
  • Availability via phone, email, and text throughout your pregnancy and immediate postpartum
  • On-call 24/7 two weeks before and after your due date
  • TENS Unit use included in Doula Services Package
  • Continuous labor support at home and birth location
  • 1 postpartum visit
  • Placenta Encapsulation & Hypnotherapy sessions offered at a discounted fee
  • Fee for Private Doula Services Package $2500

Private Doula Services offers a limited number of families each month/year the opportunity to utilize my experience and hands on knowledge for their ideal birth.  I offer my consultations and two of my three prenatal visits at my office at the South Bay Homebirth Collective in the Rose Garden area of San Jose.  I will most often arrange these meetings on weekends or alternatively some evenings so that families can travel to my office without the stress of traffic.  We will discuss your birth choices and options, what to expect in labor, work on a birth plan, discuss and/or demonstrate comfort measures with both partners.  We will also talk about breastfeeding and what to expect in the postpartum weeks.  My third prenatal will happen at your home around your 38th week of pregnancy.  I will come visit with you in your comfortable home environment, drop off and demonstrate the TENS unit, cover any last minute questions and check in with you on when to call, signs of labor, and what to expect on your baby’s birth day.  I will provide continuous support leading up to and during early labor via text and phone.  We will decide together when to have me join you at home or at the hospital in the case of a rapid labor for a planned hospital birth.  I can help you decided when to leave for the hospital/when to call your midwife.  I will stay with you providing emotional, physical and informational support during active labor, reassuring and normalizing the experience for both partners.  I will stay with you until I am assured that your baby is latching well and then be available for questions in the early postpartum period.  I will schedule a postpartum visit within the first two weeks after your baby’s birth to discuss your birth experience, provide resources and to help you and your partner process the experience.  I am always available to you in the coming months and years.  I love getting family updates as the months and years fly by.

 

Included in my Virtual Doula Services Package:

  • Initial Consultation via phone or skype
  • 1 prenatal visit in person or via skype if parents live outside the Bay Area
  • Availability via phone, email, and text throughout your pregnancy and immediate postpartum
  • On-call 24/7 two weeks before and after your due date
  • TENS Unit use included in Virtual Doula Services Package
  • Continuous labor support via phone and text
  • 1 in person postpartum visit if you are booking Placenta Encapsulation with your Virtual Doula Package
  • alternatively 1 postpartum phone or skype session if booking Virtual Doula Services alone
  • Placenta Encapsulation & Hypnotherapy sessions offered at a discounted fee
  • Fee for Virtual Doula Services Package $700

Virtual Doula Services offers Bay Area Families a unique opportunity to utilize the services of an experienced doula at a low cost to them.  In recent years, Paula and I have noted in our childbirth education classes that the quickly rising cost of living in the Bay Area, coupled with this special time when families have extra expenses, means that less families are utilizing the services of a Doula of any experience level.  In order to create sustainability in this high cost of living area, new Doulas, just out of training with little birth experience are charging $1000-$1500.  Virtual Doula Services is a great solution for the couple that has taken childbirth education classes and feels able to handle the physical support of labor but who would really benefit from the emotional and informational support of a doula.  Consultation for Virtual Doula Services is offered via phone or skype.  One prenatal visit via skype or at my office in San Jose is included.  This meeting will most often be arranged on weekends or alternatively some evenings so that families can easily be available to travel to my office without the stress of traffic.  I completely understand meshing two busy schedules for an appointment in the busy time before baby comes, therefore all of our appointments can be scheduled via skype if preferred.  We will discuss your birth choices, options, what to expect in labor, work on a birth plan, discuss and/or demonstrate comfort measures with both partners.  We will also talk about breastfeeding and what to expect in the postpartum weeks.  I will provide continuous virtual support leading up to and during early labor via text and phone.  My virtual support can help you decide when to leave for the hospital or if having a homebirth when to get in touch with your Midwife.  I will continue to offer phone and text support during active labor providing emotional, informational support, reassuring and normalizing the process for both partners.  In the early days and weeks of the postpartum period, I continue to be available to you and will schedule a postpartum visit either in person or via phone/skype depending on package options, within the first two weeks after your baby’s birth. We will discuss your birth experience, I will provide resources and help you and your partner process the experience.  As time passes and your family grows I will continue to be available to you and am  happy to provide refresher options to my repeat clients.

 

Backup

I am thrilled to work with my backup doula group on the rare occasions that a backup doula is needed.  I have missed 5 births in my almost 9 years of Birth Services so I average about 1 in 100 births to need a backup.  The following amazing doulas are all extremely experienced and every one brings her own set of unique skills to the group and to her doula clients. We do not share on call time or offer shift work at this time.  We each book our own clients and only offer backup services as needed.

My business partner and backup Paula Calhoun of Delivery Doula Services, brings 9 years of birth services and over 500 births.  You can find her doula website at www.deliverydoula.com. Paula is a Birth and Postpartum Doula, a childbirth educator and HypnoBirthing instructor.  Paula is also a belly, and baby photographer. You can visit her gallery at www.picsbypaula.com.

I am also thrilled to work with Lori Ismail of Early Advantage Birth Services. Lori brings over 20 years of Birth Services experience and hundreds of births to our backup group.  She is a Birthing Naturally Instructor (formerly Bradly).  Lori teaches at Harmony Birth and Family, Blossom Birth Services as well as privately to a few lucky couples. You can see her website at www.earlyadvantagebirth.com.

Christine Vermeersch brings 9 years of experience in Birth Services to our group.  She has attended hundreds of births both as a Birth Doula and Student Midwife.  Christine is studying traditional midwifery and homeopathic midwifery concurrently.  She is additionally a Lactation Counsellor and Infant Massage Instructor.  Christine offers Lactation Counseling in home or at the free weekly drop in Lactation Support Group at the South Bay Homebirth Collective.  You can visit her website at www.healinghandsdoula.com.

 

My contracted Doula clients are invited to meet my backups at our monthly Meet The Backup Event on the fourth Saturday of each month.

 

 

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