Doula Services

Birth Esteem provides unconditional non-judgmental birth and postnatal doula support for families emotionally, physically and educationally with all of our hearts. As your doula, we are there however is needed to care for and protect the memory of your experience. Our goal is be there for you so that you can find your way.

– 1-2 prenatal visits, continuous support at your birth and 1 postnatal visit
– unlimited telephone, text, and/or email availability from the time of hiring
– assist with developing birth plan
– on-call 24 hours per day, 7 days per week from your 37th week of pregnancy until the birth of your baby
– continuous presence during your labor and birth
– labor and birth position suggestions
– comfort measures including soothing touch
– nurturing and protecting the memory of the birth experience
– work with the partner to participate at their comfortable level
– photograph birth as able and desired by client
– breastfeeding support: counseling/latch and positioning help
– processing the birth experience
– resources & referrals

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– 1 prenatal in home meetings
– individualized postpartum plan
– unlimited telephone, text, and/or email availability from the time of hiring
– unconditional non-judgmental emotional and physical support as well as companionship for family
– breastfeeding support: counseling/latch and positioning help
– care during recovery from birth and pregnancy
– processing the birth experience
– evidence-based information and education on infant cues, feeding, sleep, soothing, and development as well as coping skills for new parents
– babywearing assistance
– sibling support
– care for baby when parents want to shower, nap, or spend some special time with older child(ren)
– light household tidying/meal preparation/errands/organization of home and nursery
– resources & referrals

Postnatal Doula Service is provided in an initial minimum increment of 20 hours. Additional hours can be purchased per hour. A shift is a minimum of 4 hours. For additional package options with focus on breastfeeding/lactation support, see Breastfeeding Support.

Sample Topics include but are not limited to:
The Birth Story. Start to process your experience • Lactation / Breastfeeding / Feeding • . Newborn Care  • Infant States, Cues and Cries • Soothing, Settling & Centering • Sleep • Bath & Baby Massage  • Bonding, Attachment and Babywearing • Nutrition • Parenting Topics • Family Adjustments and Coping Skills & Techniques • Beginner Tummy Time (why and how to progress as your baby develops) • Household Organization: Who’s doing what? • Developmental Movement and Baby Yoga • What makes you you? Self-Care

I work in partnership with Audrey Jessup, please contact me to find out more about us and the services we offer.