How I can support you . . . .
I now have a dedicated website to pregnancy and prenatal care. Learn more at my Breathing through Birth site! See you over there!
Doula Care ~ Labor & Delivery Support
+ What is a doula?
The support of a doula before, during, and after birth has been proven to improve birth outcomes and parents' satisfaction with the experience. Whether you plan to give birth at home, in a birth center, or in a hospital, having an experienced doula will help you navigate your journey through labor by meeting with you prenatally to prepare, helping you pace yourself in early labor, joining you well before your medical provider is needed, staying by your side through the whole process, remaining after birth for the immediate recovery and skin to skin time, and following up with you in your home during the postpartum period.
We work together to define your birth plan and to prepare your family and your providers. I support you in all the ways that make sense for your family's needs, whether that is guided breathing and meditation, back massages, remind you of your strength, or holding you while you cry. I provide baby re-positioning movements and tips (training through Spinning Babies), prenatal yoga, bring snacks and water, and help translate what a nurse asks for. I never leave your side. As a doula I help to assure that your birth plan is followed and that you are confident with and CONSENT to any necessary changes. Your body, your choice.
Evidence based research supports a doula's role in labor. In 2017, a Cochrane review showed:
25% decrease in the risk of Cesarean; the largest effect was seen with a doula (39% decrease)*
8% increase in the likelihood of a spontaneous vaginal birth; the largest effect was seen with a doula (15% increase)*
10% decrease in the use of any medications for pain relief
Shorter labors by 41 minutes on average
38% decrease in the baby’s risk of a low five minute Apgar score
31% decrease in the risk of being dissatisfied with the birth experience
Included in the package of Doula Care $950
-continuous support from time of hire to 6 weeks postpartum
-3 prenatal visits in your home to prepare for birth (includes pelvic floor
and core training to strengthen and rehabilitate your muscles)
-round the clock availability from 38 weeks until delivery
-1 postpartum follow up visit in your home
-1 free prenatal Thai Yoga Massage
-10 % discount on prenatal classes and additional DR & Core Consulting sessions
Yoga during pregnancy has bee shown to help strengthen the uterus and pelvic muscles, improve circulation, aid in digestion, exercise the spine and increase overall comfort during your pregnancy. Yoga can also alleviate many of the discomforts of your pregnancy such as nausea, constipation, varicose veins, swelling, back pain and sciatica. By linking yoga postures with the breath we bring awareness to the mind, body and spirit, and also the spirit of your baby!
You are provided a safe space to freely discuss any issues, from discomforts and concerns, to the wonderful new changes your body and baby are experiencing. You will learn deep core breathing practices which will be valuable to you in your pregnancy and through labor and delivery of your sweet babe!
Private sessions $60/hour (sliding scale available).
Diastasis Recti & Core Consulting
As a Diastasis and Core Consultant I work with you to help heal core imbalances and diastasis recti (stomach separation), rebuild and reclaim your core system.
Ideally, abdominal-strengthening exercises should be initiated during pregnancy to promote good posture, strengthen the muscles for labor, and prevent low back pain and Diastasis Recti. However, it is also possible to have DR without a pregnancy as other factors can contribute to DR and it is never to late to have an improvement in functional of your core!
Because Pelvic Floor muscle dysfunction is so highly correlated with DR, proper pelvic floor muscle activation is a part of the preventative and rehabilitative role. Initial 90 minute assessment can focus on a detailed movement assessment or a detailed Pelvic Floor assessment. $90
Historically, expecting mom's are thought to be weak and delicate. You are so much stronger than you think and exercise during pregnancy will make you stronger during labor, experience an easier birth and faster recovery!
A session package consists of eight (8) 60-minute sessions where you will be introduced to the Five Foundations of Pre & Postnatal Health, with an emphasis in these five areas:
Diaphragm as the primary core muscle
Core Breathing Belly Pump™ brand of exercise
Breathing as the foundation of de-stressing and natural childbirth
Learn the benefits that exercise has on baby
Fitness programs to help you throughout your pregnancy
Coping during pregnancy in the world of "information overload"
How to reduce stress during pregnancy
Guided imagery techniques
Get knowledge and support for postpartum depression
Powerful and concise introduction to nutrition
Learn how our prenatal ancestors ate
Learn the most important nutrient for your unborn baby
Household Toxins - How environmental factors affect fertility and prenatal health
Sleep / Circadian rhythms
Learn the importance of creating “the village”
Eight (8) 60 minute sessions = $360 (45$/session). Packages must be paid in advance. Individual sessions $60.
Now you are a mom! You are already Strong as a Mother ~ let's get your body strong, connected and powerful!
Corrective Exercise is a blend of personal fitness training with physical therapy. Corrective Exercise teaches you how to move with the correct muscles, enabling fluid joint movement and the potential avoidance of nearly any joint or muscle pain and as a new mama, you may be experiencing diastasis recti. This abdominal wall separation affects about two-thirds of pregnant women. Careful consideration must be given to training your new core properly and safely and form a solid basis for core awareness as an active new mom. Eight (8) 60 minute sessions = $400 (50$/session). Packages must be paid in advance. Sweet babies welcome to attend with mom. Individual sessions available at $60/session.
Empowering, Supporting, & Educating Expecting Parents
This is your body, your baby, your birth - Your Decision!
I’m here to educate, support, and encourage you and your birth companion so you both feel confident to make your own decisions during your labor, birth, and postpartum. As a HypnoBirthing Certified Educator - I prepare parents for the labor and birth process.
The 5-week HypnoBirthingⓇ course teaches meditation, self-hypnosis, relaxation, and knowledge to prepare parents for a positive birth experience.
Course will consist of 5 x 2.5 hour sessions and may be in the studio or virtual! Classes times and schedule are coordinated with Kimberly and will be once a week for a 5 week period. Once booked, you will be contacted to set up your schedule.
You will receive:
👶The HypnoBirthing® Book by Marie Mongan
👶Rainbow Relaxation MP3/download
🤰Parent handbook with relaxation scripts, birth preferences template and more!
You will learn how to:
💕Give birth with confidence & calm.
💕Be informed on your choices.
💕Feel connected to your partner, your body and your sweet babe.
💕Learn proven techniques to reduce fear and pain in birth.
💕A complete overview and summary of pre-labor, birthing, and bonding.
💕Nutritional recommendations, history of childbirth, the power of your mind and the mind/body connection, optimal positions, acupressure points, Rebozo, what to expect your 4th trimester PLUS MORE!
This is a complete childbirth preparation course to have a fearless and empowering birth!
Private $297 / Semi-private: 2 or more couples $250/couple.