Nurturing Hands Birth Doula
and Massage Therapy Services
A birth doula may not be the right fit for everyone, and it's important to ensure that the personalities of the birthing person, their partner, and the doula are in sync. This is a pressure free meeting to see if my services are right for you. This meeting can take place any time during your pregnancy.
Three In-Home Visits
The first visit is to go over in detail your wishes, thoughts, fears, and expectations. We will prepare your birth preferences together, as it can be overwhelming. During this visit we will cover all the "logistics" of your birth, what you are and are not comfortable happening, we will discuss informed consent, and go over all the "what if's" of labor. This visit is not designed to create a PLAN for your birth because birth can not be planned. This visit is designed to open the door for information to be shared regarding all the things that can or will happen throughout your birth so that you are fully informed when the time comes.
During the second visit we will discuss the role of hormones in birth and how they affect your perception of pain and what you can expect during your labor and birth. I strongly believe that your mindset going into your birth plays a huge role in how your birth goes. We'll go over ways to mentally prepare for birth, discuss any fears you are both feeling and create a birthing space you can utilize in early labor ... or throughout your labor if you choose to birth at home!
The third visit will be a hands-on preparation of your labor and birth. We will go over positions for labouring and pain management options, breathing techniques, relaxation techniques, and visualization techniques. We will also discuss ways to encourage baby into an ideal position for delivery. Birth partners are asked to be involved in this visit as I will show them how they can support you. This visit occurs roughly 3-4 weeks prior to your guess date. All visits are held in the comfort of your own home. Or if Covid restrictions dictate; via zoom.
Prenatal Massage Therapy/Craniosacral Therapy
During these massages we will focus on relaxation as well as relieving any aches and pains you are experiencing. We will work on balancing your body to encourage baby into an ideal position, making birth much easier. I incorporate Craniosacral Therapy into the massage sessions to maximize the treatment. You also have the option of including Reiki work into your treatments.
Post-Natal Massage Therapy/Craniosacral Therapy
Labor is physically hard, women often come away feeling achy and sore. During these massage treatments we focus on relieving those aches and pains. We also focus on relaxing your body and rejuvenating you, giving you a little "me" time from the demands of caring for your new born baby! I incorporate Craniosacral Therapy into the massage sessions to maximize the treatment. You also have the option of including Reiki work into your treatments.
Infant Massage Instruction
I will come to your home to show you how to give your little one a very beneficial infant massage. The benefits of infant massage are vast and I would be happy to chat with you about them!
24 Hour On Call Support
As your Birth Doula I will make myself available for any questions or concerns you may have before, during and immediately after your birth via text, e-mail, and phone calls. This is one of the most wonderful advantages to having a doula.
Continuous Hands on Support During Labor and Delivery with Breastfeeding Support
As your Birth Doula my job is to help you cope with the fears and anxieties you may be feeling. I can help you remain calm, relaxed and comfortable throughout your labor. I will be a quiet, calm, reassuring presence, stepping in and guiding your partner in helping you, taking over for him/her when they need a break, and taking a step back when you are coping well together on your own. You will find that your birth partner will be more involved and present due to the pressure of the unknown being removed by the Doula. I will ensure that you are fully informed of any interventions necessary and your birth preferences are followed as closely as medically possible. After the birth of your child if you choose to breastfeed I will be available to assist in proper positioning, ensure baby is latching properly and you are comfortable in your new role. I will stay for up to 2 hours after your birth.
Although I will make every effort possible to be at your birth, there are unforeseeable circumstances that may arise. In this situation a wonderful certified back up doula will take my place during your birth. This doula will be hand-picked by me to be the best match for you. Please keep in mind this is a rare situation but a safety measure I have in place just in case.
Photos and a Birth Story
I will take photos of your labor and delivery and capture those first few moments with your little one. These are moment's you can never recreate. I will then print off the photos and create a beautiful scrapbook with a printed version of your birth story. Please note, I am not a professional photographer, I am a hobby photographer which is reflected in my price.
I will come to your home once you're settled to go over your birth, your thoughts and feelings as to how things went. At this time we will also review how things have been going and I will assist further with any minor breastfeeding issues that have come up.
Newborn Care Class
Often times new parents feel ill-prepared to bring their newborn home. This in home instructional class is designed to help you feel confident in caring for your new baby! We will cover all the basics from handling baby, bathing, feeding, dressing, sleeping, and everything in between!
In Person Support - $1000