Birth Services

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//What is a Birth Doula// 
A doula is a trained and experienced professional who provides continuous practical, physical, emotional and informational support to the mother and her partner during labor, birth and the initial postpartum period. Studies have shown that when doulas attend birth, labors are shorter with fewer complications and babies are healthier and breastfeed more easily. A doula's role is not designed to take the place of the husband/partner, but to enhance is and enable him to fully enjoy and participate in the process.

//Birth Doula Services//
-2 prenatal visits (not including our initial consult) that take place in the comfort of your home and will include: 

    -Discussing the role you desire the doula to have during your labor and birth
      -A general overview of the birth process, both on the physical and mental/emotional level (this does not replace a childbirth education class)
      -Discussing your wishes for labor & birth and help in developing your birth preferences
      -Guided labor rehearsal: practicing relaxation/comfort measures and positions for labor & birth
-An extensive and customized client packet, including local pregnancy & postpartum resources
-Unlimited access to my large lending library of books and DVDs
-24/7 email and phone support throughout pregnancy
-Continuous over-the-phone support throughout early labor
-Continuous in-person support throughout active labor/birth, including position suggestions, help with physical comfort measures and coping techniques, and the use of herbal remedies and essential oils, if desired
-Non-professional keepsake birth photography, if desired
-1-2 hours postpartum care at your place of birth, including initial breastfeeding support
-2 follow-up phone calls: occurring at 24 & 72 hour postpartum
-1 postpartum visit: occurring within 2 weeks postpartum 
-Birth notes, typed by me and emailed to you within 2 weeks postpartum


*PLEASE NOTE*
As your doula, I will not perform any clinical tasks such as: vaginal exams, monitoring fetal heart tones, palpating fetal position, etc. I will not prescribe/diagnose/treat any medical problems or interpret any diagnostic tests. I will not make decisions for you or contradict medical advice from your care provider.  I can help you gather information that will aid you in making an informed decision. I can gently remind you if something that occurs during your birth is a deviation from your initial birth preferences. You, the client, are fully responsible for making all decisions regarding your care and communicating those decisions clearly with your care provider.    

 


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//What is a Monitrice//
A monitrice is a trained birth attendant that possesses clinical skills, allowing her to keep a watchful eye on the physical well-being of the mother/baby dyad during labor. This is a valuable service to healthy/low-risk mothers wishing to do most of their laboring at home before birthing in a hospital setting. The monitrice's skills include: doula skills, observation/interpretation of maternal vital signs, observation/interpretation of fetal heart tones, palpation of fetal position, and vaginal exams. These skills are utilized while at home, the monitrice does not perform clinical tasks at the hospital, but continues support as a doula.


//Monitrice Services//
-3 prenatal visits (not including our initial consult) that will take place in the comfort of your own home and/or during clinic hours with your midwife and will include: 
     -Discussing the role you desire the monitrice to have during your labor and birth
      -A general overview of the birth process, both on the physical and mental/emotional level (this DOES NOT replace a childbirth education class) 
      -Learning how to make informed decisions
      -Discussing your wishes for labor & birth and help in developing your birth preferences
      -Guided labor rehearsal: practicing relaxation/comfort measures and positions for labor & birth
      -Regular observation of maternal vitals, fetal heart tones, and fetal position
      -Cervical checks upon your request, at-term and only if indicated
-An extensive and customized client packet, including local pregnancy & postpartum resources
-Unlimited access to my large lending library of books and DVDs
-24/7 email and phone support throughout pregnancy
-Continuous over-the-phone support throughout early labor  
-Continuous in-person support throughout active labor/birth, including position suggestions, help with physical comfort measures and coping techniques, and the use of herbal remedies and essential oils, if desired
-Vigilant use of the monitrice skills, as outlined in the paragraph above 
-Non-professional keepsake birth photography, if desired
-2-3 hours postpartum care at your place of birth, including initial breastfeeding support
-2 follow-up phone calls/texts: occurring at 24 & 72 hour postpartum
-2 postpartum visits: occurring at 4-7 & 10-14 days postpartum 
-Personalized breastfeeding support during the first 3 months postpartum 


*PLEASE NOTE*
As your monitrice, I am not your primary care provider. I will not prescribe/diagnose/treat any medical problems or interpret any diagnostic tests. I will not make decisions for your or contradict medical advice from your medical provider.I can help you gather information that will aid you in making an informed decision. I can gently remind you if something that occurs during your birth is a deviation from your initial birth preferences. You, the client, are fully responsible for making all decisions regarding your care and communicating those decisions clearly with your care provider.




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//What is a Midwife's Assistant//
A midwife's assistant provides practical, hands-on help to families that choose out-of-hospital birth. The midwife's assistant is trained in birth support and clinical skills that allow her to competently assist the midwife is providing physical, emotional and informational support to families during pregnancy, labor/birth and the postpartum period. Her assistance to the midwife requires her to: set up/prepare the birth space, monitor maternal vital signs, monitor fetal heart tones, palpate fetal position, assist with charting, assist with medicinal/emergency management (if required), provide immediate postpartum care of the mother and newborn, help with post-birth clean-up and assist with both initial and postpartum newborn assessment.



//Midwife's Assistant Services//
-Presence at a minimum of 5 of your prenatal clinic visits and your home/birth center visit at 36 weeks 

-Unlimited access to my ever-growing "lending library" of books and DVDs
-24/7 email and phone support throughout pregnancy
-Continuous over-the-phone support throughout early labor, if needed
-Continuous in-person support throughout active labor/birth, including position suggestions, help with physical comfort measures and coping techniques, and the use of herbal remedies and essential oils, if desired 
-Vigilant use of assistant skills as outlined in the paragraph above
-Non-professional keepsake birth photography, if desired
-3-5 hours of immediate postpartum care, including initial breastfeeding support
-2 follow-up phone calls/texts: occurring at 24 & 72 hour postpartum
-2-3 postpartum visits: occurring at 3-5 days (in home), 2 weeks & 6 weeks postpartum (in clinic) 
-Personalized breastfeeding support during the first 3 months postpartum 





//Your Investment//

  • Birth Doula Services- $1,500.00
A $450.00 non-refundable retainer is required at contract signing. The balance is due on or before 35 weeks. 

  • Monitrice Services- $1,650.00  
A $550.00 non-refundable retainer is required at contract signing. The balance is due on or before 35 weeks. 

  • Midwife's Assistant Services- $1,000.00
A $350.00 non-refundable retainer is required at contract signing. The balance is due on or before 35 weeks.


My fees take into consideration the average amount of time and energy that I give to each family during pregnancy, labor/birth and the postpartum period. It also compensates me for providing 24/7, on-call support to my clients as well as the value of my professional experience and continuing education.   

There will be an $100 extended travel fee for families 
that live 60+ miles from my home in Edmond, OK 
and a $150 extended travel fee for families that live 120+ miles from me.

  **I believe that every woman deserves birth support, if she so desires, and arrangements 
(such as bartering and payment plans) can be made on a case-by-case basis.**