Colorado Springs Birth Doula
"Although birth is only one day in the life of a woman, it has an imprint on her for the rest of her life" -Justine Caines
How much support does a woman need during a birth? The answer... infinite amounts.
I am here to provide unbiased informational, physical, and emotional support throughout your pregnancy, labor, birth, and postpartum period. My job is not to push the partner away, but to work with them to make your birth experience the best it can be. I love it when partners are very involved! I will do my best to teach them all I know about birth while learning about how to support you that way we can both support you in the best ways we know how.
The day a woman gives birth will stick with her for the rest of her life. It will define her. As a doula, my goal is to make sure the family is fully comfortable, educated and supported during the most vulnerable and impactful time of their life. I want to make sure that even if things don't go exactly to plan, you still feel empowered by the end of the experience.
I spend many hours before a birth making sure I know the best ways to support mom and the rest of the birth team.On top of all the hours I spend with mom while she is pregnant, I will spend countless hours at her birth. There is no telling how long a birth will go. I have spent anywhere from a few hours at a birth to a few days depending on a family’s needs.
I don't care what kind of birth you want to have, I care that you know your options and you feel supported every step of the way. I care that you feel like the total bad-ass that you are after giving birth. Birth is hard no matter what route you choose to go; no matter what, you are going to need support.
What You Will Get With Your Investment
1 initial consultation
2 Prenatal Visits
1 childbirth preparation class
Unlimited phone/email support
On-call 24/7 starting at 36 weeks gestation
Continuous labor support
Some photographs of labor and birth
Support for 1-3 Hours after the birth
1 postpartum visit
Phone/email support for 4 weeks postpartum
Extensive resource list upon request
I would be honored to be part of your birth team. Doula support is such an important service that too many women go without. My doula services start at $750 and there are multiple different options for payment. I never want price to be a reason someone has to go without professional doula support. After all, everyone deserves a doula.
Doula Services FAQ
What is a birth doula?
Doula is a Greek word literally meaning "woman servant." As your doula, I will be there to physically and emotionally support you, encourage you, and advocate for you throughout your pregnancy, labor, birth and postpartum period. Each client wants something different for their birth, so you define my role as your doula.
What's the difference between a doula and midwife?
A midwife comes to your birth as a medical professional. They are trained to support, but their main job is to monitor mom and baby during labor, catch the baby during birth, and provide immediate postpartum care. A doula is not trained to do any clinical tasks such as monitor heart-rate, blood pressure, cervical checks, or catch the baby. A doula is there solely to provide a high level of support for mom and her birth partner.
Well can't my partner/mom/friend do all that?
Your partner knows you, and I know birth. A doula is trained to help laboring mothers and their partners. Partners need support as well. If the partner needs to leave the room to go to the bathroom, or make a call, a doula will ensure the mom is not left alone.
So how will a doula help my partner?
If your partner has to leave the room for whatever reason, they don't have to worry that you are alone ever. Not everything is left for the partner to take care of either. If you want to hold someone's hand and get a massage, there will be two support persons to make that possible for you. If you want your partner by your side the whole time, I can get you water or ice chips or tend to other tasks while they stay with you.
I want a doula for my birth, but my husband isn't on board yet.
This is actually really common. Many partners feel more comfortable after a meet and greet where they can get all of their questions and concerns addressed. Free, no-obligation consultations are offered for this reason. It is also very important for you and your partner to feel 100% comfortable with the doula you are hiring, so I suggest having consultations with multiple doulas before deciding.
I want a medicated birth. Can I still benefit from a doula?
Yes!!! A doula supports all different birth experiences. I can help with different positioning to help baby descend quicker, I can grab water for you, take pictures, and still be a big emotional and informational support for you. Your need for support does not diminish just because you have a medicated birth!
What if I end up with a cesarean section?
If I am allowed to go back to the OR with you, I will, but usually only one partner is allowed. I will explain the process to you before going back when you get out I will be there to support you in any way I can.
How does a doula help postpartum?
After baby is born, I will assist you in breastfeeding and make sure your breastfeeding relationship is off to a good start. About two weeks after your birth, I will check in on you and make sure you are doing well in your transition and answer any questions you may have.
I want a doula, but I'm not sure I can afford one.
I offer flexible payment plans to everyone. It is a large investment, but it is also an important one. I don't want price to be the main reason why you can't hire a doula!