Birth Doula &
Newborn Care Specialist
What is a Doula?
As a birth doula, I accompany women in labor to help ensure a safe and satisfying birth experience. I can provide reassurance and perspective to you and your partner, make suggestions for labor progress, and help with relaxation, soothing touch, positioning and other techniques for comfort. As your doula, I am working for you, not your caregiver or hospital.
Before labor: I will meet with you and your partner at least once before labor to become acquainted, to explore and discuss your priorities and any fears or concerns, to define your birth plan and to plan how we might best work together. I also want to know your own best ways of copy with pain and fatigue and how you and your partner foresee working together.
We certainly remain in touch by telephone and/or email.
When you are in labor: Call me when you think you are in labor. I can answer questions and make suggestions over the phone. We will decide if I should come right then or wait for further change. I will meet you at your home, the hospital or the birthing center and will remain with you throughout labor and birth.
After birth: I usually remain with you for one or two hours after birth, until you are comfortable and your family is ready for quiet time together.
I am available to answer questions about the birth or your baby and would like to get together with you within a few weeks to see how you and your baby are doing.
What Doulas do NOT do?
As a doula, I do not:
1. Perform clinical tasks, such as blood pressure, fetal heart checks, vaginal exams, and others. I am there to provide only physical comfort and emotional support.
2. 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.
3. 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 the clinical staff.
What Can a NCS Do?
Newborn Care Specialists often work at the home during the day or night shift. We take care of the baby while the parents sleep and assist with feedings. If the baby is breastfed, we will bring the baby to the mother for feeding then get the baby back to the appropriate routine.
As a NCS I have a variety of skills and experience with caring for newborns and expertise in not just newborn care, but parent education and support. Some of my duties are:
-Assist and educate
-Breastfeeding and bottle-feeding support
-Play time support
-Routines and schedule
What is a NCS?
Newborn Care Specialist is an individual trained and skilled in Newborn Care. The main role of a Newborn Care Specialist is to provide assistance and education to the parents after they bring the baby(eis) home from the hospital. NCS's are also known as overnight doulas or Baby Nurses (NCS's don't have a medical degree, therefore can't be called a nurse).
Birth Doula Support
-One prenatal visit (2 - 3 hours)
Getting to know one another, creating a birth plan, aligning on birth goals, hand on birth prep, creating a tool kit for labor (affirmations, positions, and physical touch)
-Continuous support upon labor and delivery
I will join you whenever and however labor begins, support you through welcoming your baby, and provide 2-3 hours of post-delivery support. Includes help with first breastfeeding and support through your golden hour.
-One in-home postpartum visit (2-3 hours)
We will discuss our journey together and make space for the emotional, physical, and spiritual journey that is birth. I can answer questions about the birthing person’s recovery, new born care, safe sleep, and more.
Unlimited phone, email, and text support upon contract and back up support from additional on-call Doula