What is a doula?

A doula is a professional labor support person that helps to educate expecting parents about the psychology and physiology of birth, comfort measures, their rights, newborn care and more. A doula will join you at your home, the hospital, or birthing center to help you and your partner through the process of active labor, delivery and the first hours of postpartum. With gentle massage, position & movement suggestions, advocacy and a calm presence, doulas can reduce your chance of having a c-section by 30% or more. Regardless of your birth plans or outcome, your doula will be by your side.  

Unlike labor and delivery nurses, your doula works for you, not the hospital. This means that your doula will be able to give you unbiased information about your choices around intervention, including induction, medications and surgery. 

You will get to know your doula throughout your pregnancy to form a meaningful relationship and trust. Many doulas are now offering visits via Zoom, or in home visits, depending on your comfort levels and preferences for safety during the pandemic. 
 
After your baby is born your doula will help you learn how to care for your new baby, assist with feeding, pumping, light cleaning and meal preparation, or simply care for your baby while you take some time to care for yourself. Being a new parent can be a wonderful, however stressful time. Having some help with the adjustment can make a world of difference. 

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Stacy applying acupressure for client's
comfort during a contraction.

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Photo credit: Ernesto Romo

Stacy helping with first feeding just
minutes after delivery.

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Clients learning counter pressure in a
prenatal visit. 

Why hire me as your doula?

I have been passionate about helping others have a positive birth experience since I became a mother in 2009. I had the privilege of delivering both of my children in the comfort of my home with the support of amazing doulas (I've learned from the best!) and midwives.  I incorporate my knowledge of anatomy, physiology and psychology to help my clients have empowered birth experiences. I have years of experience in teaching prenatal yoga, childbirth education, Spinning Babies techniques, and hypnosis for birth. My doula services come with a 9 Month Membership to Yoga Mama Online ( on-demand prenatal and postnatal yoga classes), 4 Hypno-birth sessions, assistance with writing a birth plan, on call labor and birth support and a postpartum visit 2-3 days after birth plus a postpartum planning guide to help you be as prepared for the arrival of your baby as possible.  I only attend 1-2 births per month so I can be fully committed to each client and I always have a back-up doula on call, just in case. Please contact me via email with your location and due date to see if I am available to be your doula. 

My birth doula fee is $1200. Payment plans are available and price is negotiable for those in need. I look forward to serving you and your family. Additional postpartum doula services are available at $45 per hour and include feeding support, family education about baby care, yoga and breathing techniques to support healing in the postpartum period and more. 
 
info@yogamamaonline.com