I can't thank you enough for your patience and kindness. It really helped to look into your strong and present eyes when I was going through contractions. Your strength was very powerful, useful to me. Thank you! You are a rock.
--Amanda, doula client of Adele and mother of Elle, born 4.10.2014
Birth Doula Services: ask me about my Virtual Support packages in this time of social distancing.
The word doula comes from a Greek work meaning a woman who serves. Labor doulas support women and their partners through the process of childbirth. They provide comfort, education, encouragement, and other non-medical support. Having a knowledgable woman present at your birth can help to normalize the birth experience, dispel fear, and ease communication with medical staff.
I believe that a woman should be the master of her own labor. A good birth experience may or may not be the one that you wrote down in your birth plan. A good birth experience means that your needs and desires are respected, you have effective communication with your care providers at all times, and you feel met by your support team. At the finish line, you come out of it with a healthy baby and body, and an overwhelming sense of accomplishment. You just made a person!
I trained through DONA International with Celeste Rachell to become a labor doula in 2008. I have since worked with women delivering in hospitals, birthing centers, and at home. I have experience with both medicated and unmedicated labors, and I have worked with women who've had normal vaginal deliveries, water births, VBAC deliveries (vaginal birth after cesarean), inductions, and Cesarean births. I have seen hundreds of women through their pregnancies as their yoga teacher. Some of my clients have used either Bradley method or Hypnobirthing techniques through their labors, so I am familiar with these labor management techniques. My knowledge of yoga and Body-Mind Centering® strongly inform my approach to childbirth support.
My services include:
Two pre-natal visits in your home (more or less if we need), during which we will get to know each other, I will ask you quesitons about your pregancy, and I will help you compile a "birth plan" that suits your needs. We will also do a kind of labor rehearsal: we view your home as your labor ground where we can practice positions and breath that will be supportive in your home environment.
I am on call for two weeks before and after your estimated due date.
I stay with you through your labor until after the baby and placenta are born and you settled in to rest, bonding with your new family.
After the birth, if possible, I check in on you in the hospital the next day. We meet for a postpartum visit in your home about a week after the birth.
Unlimited phone and email consultations, if you need advice on anything from prenatal tests to breastfeeding. If I don't directly have the answer to your problem, I will refer you to someone who can help.
If you are interested in practicing prenatal yoga, I offer discounted private lesson rates to my doula clients.
Scope of Practice:
Doulas provide hands-on comfort measures throughout labor, such as massage, position changes, heat or cold therapy and verbal encouragement. Our role is also one of advocate and educator.
As a doula, I do not:
Perform any clinical tasks, such as vaginal exams or checking fetal heart tones.
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 plan.
Speak to the staff on your behalf. I will discuss your concerns with you and suggest options, but you or your partner will speak directly to clinical staff. This is part of the DONA code of conduct, as a way to make sure that the mother is the ultimate decision maker.
The fee for my doula services is $1800. The first half of this fee is due at the time that you hire me. The second half is due at our post-natal visit. Alternative payment plan options and sliding scale rates are available upon request.
I'd love to hear from you if you are considering using me as your doula. Contact