BIRTHMARKS RENEWED

Services

Screen Shot 2020-02-17 at 7.50.34 PM.png
Prenatal Care

Your prenatal care is super important to bringing that beautiful bundle of joy into the world! I'm here to make sure your prenatal care goes smoothly.

What's included in our Prenatal Care?

  • An initial meeting to get to know one another 

  • (2) prenatal visits to discuss pregnancy needs, labor, birth, and infant newborn care. Any pregnancies deemed high risk will receive (3) prenatal visits.

  • We'll have continuous contact via email or text message and for support for the duration of your pregnancy and postpartum questions. 

  • Feel like we're missing something? Additional services are available upon request for doctor and midwifery appointments.

  • Breastfeeding & Lactation care, support, and preparation. 

  • Birth Plan preparation assistance

BIRTHMARKS RENEWED

woman-giving-birth-to-baby-via-c-section
Labor & Delivery

Advocacy during labor and delivery can't be overlooked! I'm here to make sure that your needs are met, and provide expert support during labor and delivery.

What's included in our labor and delivery care?

  • An initial meeting to get to know one another 

  • Effleurage massage and numerous pain relief positions 

  • Support for you, and immediate birth team

  • Postpartum care 

  • Aromatherapy choices 

  • Go Pro photos available with a package 

  • C-section support as allowed by hospitals 

grayscale-photo-of-person-holding-feet-a
Postpartum Care

 Afraid you'll need more support after baby arrives? Don't fret, I'm here to help you get adjusted to life with a new addition. I'll support you all the way through.

What's included in our Postpartum Care?

  • Latch and support for babies first feeding (in conjunction with hospital lactation nurses)

  • Documentation of our journey together before and after delivery

  • Complimentary embroidered baby blanket colors- pink, white, yellow, purple blue; with name, weight, time and length of baby. 

  • NOW OFFERING Placenta encapsulation. 

Got Questions?

 

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a doula?


A doula is a trained non-medical companion who supports another individual through a significant health-related experience such as childbirth, miscarriage, induced abortion or stillbirth or non-reproductive experiences such as dying. A doula may also provide support to the partner, family and friends.




How can a doula help me?


Numerous studies have documented the benefits of having a doula present during labor. A recent Cochrane Review, Continuous Support for Women During Childbirth, showed a very high number of positive birth outcomes when a doula was present. With their support, women were less likely to have pain-relief medications administered and less likely to have a cesarean birth. Women also reported having a more positive childbirth experience.

Other studies have shown that having a doula as a member of the birth team decreases the overall cesarean rate by 50%, the length of labor by 25%, the use of oxytocin by 40%, and requests for an epidural by 60%.

Doulas often use the power of touch and massage to reduce stress and anxiety during labor. According to physicians Marshal Klaus and John Kennell, massage helps stimulate the production of natural oxytocin. The pituitary gland secretes natural oxytocin to the bloodstream (causing uterine contractions) and to the brain (resulting in feelings of well-being and drowsiness, along with a higher pain threshold).

Historically, it was thought that intravenous oxytocin does not cross from the bloodstream into the brain in substantial amounts and, therefore, does not provide the same psychological benefits as natural oxytocin. However, more recent studies indicate that oxytocin administered nasally and/or intravenously may cross from the bloodstream into the brain. Nonetheless, doulas can help mothers experience the benefits of oxytocin naturally without the use of medication.




Will the doula replace my partner or spouse


The short answer is No. Doulas provide support for both partner and mom to be. Doulas create a relationship with each person mom would want to be involved in her delivery.




If I have cesarean can I still have a doula?


Absolutely! Doulas are emotional supports and health advocates for any and all births. Including birth centers, homebirths etc.




Will a doula help me after baby is home?


A doula will typically check in with you and your family the first week home and two to three weeks thereafter. If you need more support you may inquire about postpartum doula support as well.




How do I choose my doula?


We provide one on one interviews with each client to see if we are the right fit for one another. During this interview you are able to ask all your questions and address your desires for your birth.




What if I have an epidural?


A doula can help you even with an epidural, we often deal with medical intervention and we provide the exact care with slight modifications as we would a natural birth. These answers can be given at the time of interview.




How are doulas trained?


Birth doulas are trained through a certifiable training facility and are required to attend at least 3-5 births before becoming fully certified. Most doulas take additional training throughout their careers to fit their business demographics and needs.




How do I pay?


Please visit our website and fill out a contact form for more information.




Are doulas the same as midwives?


No, doulas are not the same we are non-medically trained professionals that provide support. We offer no medical advice unless trained to do so within our individual scope of practice.