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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 $750

-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
-free massage with LMT experienced in pregnancy & postpartum care
-10 % discount on our prenatal classes and additional DR & Core Consulting sessions

Prenatal Yoga

Whether you come to the studio and join other strong mama's or schedule personal sessions, Yoga will 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 $45/hour (sliding scale available).  Studio Classes ~ check our schedule!

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, addominal-strengthening exercises should be initiated during pregnancy to promote good posture, strengthen the muscles for labor, and prevent low back pain and Diasatas 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.  $70

Prenatal Fitness

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:

 

Core Breathing

  • Diaphragm as the primary core muscle

  • Core Breathing Belly Pump™ brand of exercise

  • Breathing as the foundation of de-stressing and natural childbirth

Exercise

  • Learn the benefits that exercise has on baby

  • Fitness programs to help you throughout your pregnancy

Thoughts

  • 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

Nutrition

  • Powerful and concise introduction to nutrition

  • Learn how our prenatal ancestors ate

  • Learn the most important nutrient for your unborn baby

Lifestyle

  • 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 = $240 (30$/session).  Packages must be paid in advance.

Postnatal Fitness

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 = $240 (30$/session).  Packages must be paid in advance. Sweet babies welcome to attend with mom.  

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