I will meet with you for a free one hour consultation to determine if we are a match, and learn how I can best serve you and your growing family.
Phone & Email Support
Once you hire me, I am available for unlimited phone and email support. I will provide information, support, and resources within 24 hours of receiving your inquiries. When you reach 37 weeks gestation, I am ON CALL for you, 24/7.
2 Prenatal Visits & a Postpartum Follow Up Visit
In our first prenatal visit, we will discuss your plans/wishes for your birth. This is a great way to get to know one another, as well as a time for me to assess which resource referrals you might be interested in. Our second prenatal visit is generally when I will provide a list of local resources if I have not already done so via email. This is also when we will work together to finalize your birth plan and talk about comfort measures that you can try out or practice at home. Our Postpartum Follow Up visit will usually take place about a week after you give birth. At this appointment, I again assess any need for referrals for services for you or baby, and I provide breastfeeding support if desired.
Once your labor begins, I am available to come and labor with you at home for as long as you choose, and I will accompany you to your hospital or birth center to provide continuous physical and emotional support throughout your labor. I offer comfort measures such as massage, rebozo techniques, directed breathing/meditation, etc and can suggest position changes that may help keep your labor progressing as well as relieve some of your pain/discomfort.
I offer placenta encapsulation services using both TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) method and RAW method. This allows you the benefits of placentophagy without any of the 'ick factor'. Your placenta is transformed safely into simple capsules that you can take twice daily to help balance your hormones after giving birth, as well as replace valuable nutrients lost in the birth process.
Professional photos of this special LIFE CHANGING event are a keepsake to be treasured. Photos can be as graphic or as 'clean' as you like. Birth Photography package includes minimum 25 edited images on a disk with a copyright release form granting you permission to order prints from your favorite lab. If you are booking this service 'a la carte' without labor support services, it includes at least one hour of shooting time. I ask my local photog-only mamas to contact me when you go into labor, and then alert me immediately when you have dilated to 8cm so that I may join you for the final part of your labor and birth. If you are a Birth Doula client and you book photography as an add-on, I will bring my equipment with my doula bag when you go into labor, and will periodically photograph important moments in your labor, and I make sure to have my camera within reach to capture the most important moments as they occur.
As a Doula, I Do Not:
I do not perform any clinical tasks
Your Care Provider (Midwife, OB/GYN, etc) can perform any clinical or medical tasks needed during your pregnancy and birth. I do not do vaginal exams, blood pressure readings, fetal monitoring, etc.
I do not make decisions for you
I am an excellent source of information to assist you in your decision-making process, but ultimately YOU are the only one who can decide which procedures, interventions, tests, etc you would like to have done by your CP or the staff at your birthing location.
I do not speak to the staff on your behalf
You are your most effective advocate, and in a clinical setting you are the ONLY person who can discuss your care or make specific requests. I am happy to help you open such conversations, as we will discuss in your prenatal visits.
I do not project my own beliefs onto your experience
Every birth is different, just as every mother is different. While I may personally have set beliefs about birth in general, or about my OWN births, I have no agenda or belief system that I can rightfully apply to anyone's birth - not even YOURS! If you are my CLIENT, I will always give you whatever advice you seek, within the framework of YOUR beliefs and feelings, not my own.
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Delicious lactation cookies made with Oats, Brewer's Yeast, and Flax Seed can give your milk supply a temporary boost! $20 for three dozen cookies, and FREE local delivery is included (anywhere in the greater Temecula Valley area). Jars of this cookie mix are also available, just $15 for the quart jar, which makes 4 dozen cookies, or $10 for the pint jar, which makes 2 dozen. Jars are available or pickup in French Valley, Temecula, and Murrieta.