Our first meeting is a free consultation. It does not obligate you to use my services. We will use it to become acquainted, explore your desires for labour and birth, and explore how we might best work together. At that time, we will discuss fees and possible payment plans.
Phone & Email Support
Once you have engaged me as your doula, I will provide you with my home number, my cell number and email address. You may contact me any time you have a concern during pregnancy, once labour has started, and for six weeks after the birth of your baby.
2 Prenatal Visits
If you do select me to be your doula, we will have 2 more visits before your due date. I will want to become familiar with your birth preferences including pain management options and the use of medication. I also want to know your own ways of coping with pain and fatigue and how you and your partner (if applicable) foresee working together.
Doulas are trained to help families connect with evidence-based resources so they can ask great questions and make informed decisions about their births. I serve as a bridge of communication between you and your provider, lifting you up to help you find your voice and advocate for the very best care.
I can answer questions and make suggestions over the phone. I will come to you when you feel the need of my help. If you are planning a hospital birth, I will come with you. Except for extraordinary circumstances, I will remain with you for your entire labour and birth, as well as 1-2 hours after the birth of your baby.
Baby’s first feeding Support
Using my extensive training and experience on breastfeeding, my role as your doula in early breastfeeding support can also help you reach your goals of a satisfying and successful transition to motherhood. I will help inform and prepare you before your birth, and support you and your baby in your early days of breastfeeding.
As a Doula, I Do Not:
Perform any clinical tasks
I do not perform clinical tasks such as blood pressure, fetal heart rate or vaginal exams. I don't prescribe or administer medications. I am there to provide only evidence-based information, physical support, emotional comfort and advocacy.
Make decisions for you
I will help you get the information necessary to make an informed decision. I will also remind you if there is a departure from your birth preferences so you may discuss it with your caregiver.
Speak to the staff on your behalf
I will discuss your concerns with you and make suggestions, but you or your partner will speak on your behalf to the clinical staff.
Project any of my own beliefs onto your experience
Your birth desires are important to me and my role as your doula is to support you in a way that doesn't include my own beliefs or opinions. My guidance in your pregnancy, labour and birth are free of judgement with only a positive birth experience for you in mind.
Postpartum follow-up visit
I will make 2 postpartum visits in the first 2 weeks of your baby's life. 2 or 3 weeks after your birth, I will make one more visit to deliver your birth story and say goodbye.
Doulas For Aboriginal Families Grant Program
The BC Association of Aboriginal Friendship Centres and First Nations Health Authority are proud to jointly offer funding to cover the costs of certified doula services for pregnant Aboriginal mothers and families. For more information: click HERE
Extended Health Care Benefits
Some extended health benefits providers, like SunLife have coverage for certified doulas. Please check with your provider.
The Comox Valley is rich in baby, parenting and family support and resources. Please see the community resource page or contact me if you are in search of a particular service.