As a Doula: I accompany women in labor to help ensure a safe and satisfying birth experience. I draw on my knowledge and experience as a birth doula and mother to provide emotional support, physical comfort and, as needed, communication with other caregivers to make sure that you have the information you need to make informed decisions as they arise in labor. I can provide reassurance and perspective to you and your partner (if present), make suggestions for labor progress, help with relaxation, massage, positioning and other techniques for comfort. I am independent and self-employed. As your doula, I am working for you, not your caregiver or hospital.
Meeting with me: I prefer to meet with you (and your partner or other support person, if applicable) at least once before labor to become acquainted, to explore and discuss your priorities and any fears or concerns, and to plan how we might best work together. The first meeting does not obligate you to use my doula services and we can discuss my fees at that time. Prior to the birth I would like to become familiar with your Birth Plan, including your preferences regarding labor management options and the use of pain medications. I also want to learn about your own best ways of coping with pain and fatigue and how you and your partner foresee working together. I will also inform you of times when I am not available for labor support. To cover those times, I will arrange one (or more) back-up labor support doulas that you may speak with or also meet. Of course, you have as much choice over your back-up doula as your primary doula. We will also decide on other meeting times and will certainly want to remain in touch by telephone.
My doula services include: A free initial consultation, 1 or 2 prenatal visits, being available by phone or email anytime as well as being on call for you 24/7 beginning at 37 weeks, being with you from the onset of labor until an hour or so after your baby is born and has established a "good latch" (if breastfeeding), and 1 in home postpartum visit.
Doula Service Area's include: Northern California, East Bay and North Bay Areas : Solano County: Benicia, Vallejo, Cordelia, Fairfield, Rio Vista, Vacaville, Suisun, Dixon. Contra Costa County: Antioch, Brentwood, Clayton, Concord, Danville, El Cerrito, Hercules, Lafayette, Martinez, Moraga, Oakley, Orinda, Pinole, Pittsburg, Pleasant Hill, Richmond, San Pablo, San Ramon, Walnut Creek, Alameda County: Alameda, Albany, Berkeley, Emeryville, Oakland, Piedmont, Napa County: American Canyon, Napa, Marin County: San Rafael, Sausalito, Larkspur, Mill Valley, Tiburon, San Anselmo, Corte Madera, Green Brae. Most North Bay and East Bay areas.