Heather Ward BD, PD, CCE, CLEHeather@BirthLore.com
We might be a good match if…
1. You want a highly experienced doula that can help guide you and your partner to an empowering birthing experience.
2. You are looking for guidance on how to take charge of your own birthing experience by learning your options, asking questions and taking actions to have a healthy and empowering birth.
3. You like to use holistic solutions first and western medicine when it is an evidence based solution.
4. You live in and plan to deliver in the South Bay. I will travel throughout the South Bay- You live in Los Gatos, Campbell, Saratoga, San Jose, Sunnyvale, Cupertino, Santa Clara, Mountain View, Los Altos, Palo Alto, (and sometimes Milipitas, Redwood City, Menlo Park, and San Carlos). You plan to deliver at the following Bay Area hospitals, birth center or at home- Kaiser (Santa Theresa/San Jose, Santa Clara, Redwood City), Good Samaritan, Valley Medical, O’Connor, El Camino Los Gatos, El Camino Mountain View, Stanford/LPCH, Sequioa and Casa Natal Birth Center.
5. You do not use artificial air fresheners- ex. plug ins, sprays, heavily scented laundry detergent, etc. Due to an allergy to artificial fragrances, I can not work in a home that uses them. I am fine with pure essential oils and pets.
What is Included in Birth Doula Services?
One Free Interview During this free one hour interview we get to know each other. I will cover what my services include, ask questions, and answer questions. My usual meeting spots with a lot of seating are at a Cupertino Whole Foods/Starbucks in Downtown Sunnyvale.
On Call 24/7 I am on call for you for phone calls, texts and emails upon hire and up to three weeks postpartum. I am on call to attend your birth from 37-42 weeks of pregnancy.
2 Prenatal Visits In Your Home. The first visit is typically between weeks 12-33 of pregnancy and is 2-3 hours long. The second visit is typically between week 34-37 of pregnancy and is 3-4 hours long in your home. These visits include the following-
- Healthy Pregnancy Class- Included in your first prenatal visit in your home. This class will cover how to have a happy healthy pregnancy, how to reduce your chances of common pregnancy/laboring issues, increase your odds of a faster less painful birth, and a quicker postpartum recovery. This class was created with experts in nutrition, prenatal exercise, and therapists.
- Holistic Solutions to Pregnancy Discomforts or Challenges- Common issues I have helped with in the past include- heart burn, insomnia, leg cramps, high blood pressure, swelling, and anxiety.
- Childbirth Preparation Class or Refresher- The first portion of this class will be through streaming videos in your home, handouts and activities. The second portion will happen with your second prenatal in your home, and I will teach you and your partner hands on coping techniques for labor and do a mock labor session. A full description of what is covered can be found here.
- Preparing a Birth Preference List & Communication with Hospital Staff– You will get to know your options for your hospital birth and how to word your birth preference list to be the most effective. I will also provide you with possible questions to ask at your wellness checks, hospital tour and when interventions are being offered.
- Preparing for Postpartum Recovery- I will cover the top steps you can do to have a speedy healthy recovery.
- Baby Supplies & Room Set Up- I will provide you with a list of basic baby care supplies and if you wish I can advise on baby room set up and safety at a prenatal visit.
- Breastfeeding Education- The first portion of this class will be through videos in your home and handouts. The second portion will happen with your second prenatal in your home when we will practice breastfeeding positions with a doll.
- Baby Care Education- Through self study with videos and handouts at home you learn about basic baby care, common characteristics of newborns appearance and behavior, common hospital newborn procedures and medications. If you would like to add on a hands on portion to learn in your home diapering, clothing, bathing, etc- just let me know.
- Sibling Preparation- If applicable, I offer you suggestions for preparing your older child(ren) for the new baby.
- Access to Hundreds of Informational Handouts, Websites and Resources. I have collected and created information over 15 years, so that it is easy for you to find the answers you need.
- Access to Videos and Lending Library of books, CD’s and DVD’s. Lending Library.
Labor, Birth and up to Two Hours Immediate Postpartum. I ask my clients to call me as soon as labor begins. I will answer questions and remind you of the tips we covered in our prenatal visits. We will keep in touch throughout your early labor. When you feel you could use my help, give me a call and the odds are I will be with you at your home within an hour. At some point we will decide to head to the hospital (or call the midwife for a homebirth), I will follow you in my own car. I will stay 1-2 hours after birth.
- I remain with you throughout your labor; Supporting you Physically, Emotionally and with Information/Resources that are needed. I work as a team with your partner, we determine exactly what that means to you during prenatal visits.
- Laboring Tools such as massage/ acupressure, birth ball, positioning, breathing, relaxation techniques, aromatherapy, heat therapy, focal points, hydrotherapy, rebozo, visualization/meditation, TENs (I leave you with one at our last visit), CUB seat (can be used for various positions including as a birthing stool) and whatever we discussed will work best for you in our prenatal visits.
- Holistic Solutions- I can provide advice and suggestions for holistic solutions to common hospital interventions in non-emergency situations. For example- Natural methods for pain relief, induction, augmentation and turning a posterior baby.
- Photos with Nikon- If desired I will take photos of your labor, birth and immediate postpartum using a Nikon camera. I will leave you with the SD (memory card) before I leave the hospital. If you would like filming, please provide a device. My first priority is supporting you while in labor, so the amount of photos varies.
- Immediate Breastfeeding Assistance- In the first hour after birth, if desired, I can help you latch your baby onto the breast.
2 Postpartum Check Ins The first postpartum check in (up to two hours) takes place in your home and is approximately a week postpartum. The second postpartum check in is a scheduled phone call approximately three weeks postpartum. These check ins include the following-
- A Copy of Your Birth Notes & Reflection on Your Birthing Experience
- Postpartum Recovery- I provide you information and assistance for emotional support, physical recovery, nutrition, and sleep.
- Breastfeeding Assistance- I offer breastfeeding assistance and troubleshooting in your home during postpartum visits.
- Pumping and Bottle Feeding Assistance- If desired I can show you how to use your pump and teach you how to introduce the first bottle to baby at our last postnatal.
- Baby Care Tips- If desired I can teach you baby care skills at our postpartum visits. Swaddling, calming baby, using baby carriers, helping learn a new sleep cycle are common topics requested.
- The Best Resources for Providers- If your needs fall outside my scope of practice, I can provide you with the best providers in the South Bay Area.
Investment- $2100 Check/PayPal/Credit via PayPal accepted. $100 off for cash payment.
Retainer payment of $500 due at first prenatal. Balance due at 36 weeks/ second prenatal.
REPEAT CLIENTS- email/text/call for pricing.
Postpartum Doula Service Add On
I currently only offer Postpartum Services to my Birth Doula Clients.
Included in these services-
An additional 2 hours onto the first prenatal visit.
Hours of availability for postpartum doula services– Typically have chunks of availability in the mornings and afternoons during the weekdays. Minimum is 2x a week, 3 hours a session; Maximum is 4x a week, 5 hours a session.
As your Postpartum Doula I will-
- I will respect you, your family, your home and your gentle parenting styles.
- Provide access to online Breastfeeding and Baby Care classes via videos and handouts. (Not including hands on portion-can be added on.)
- Assist you with breastfeeding, pumping, alternative feeding methods and bottle feeding. If your needs are outside of my expertise, I can refer you to the best Lactation Consultants in the Bay Area.
- Provide you information for normal newborn behavior, current child development, and provide you guidance on gentle parenting practices.
- Provides guidance and help with newborn tasks such as diapering, bathing, cord care, dressing, feeding, burping, crying, sleeping, swaddling, baby wearing, car seat, home safety, etc.
- Care for baby while you have a nap/rest, take a shower, or do whatever you want.
- Prepares healthy meals in your kitchen and cleans up afterwards. You provide the food and recipes you would like prepared. I have some cookbooks you can flip through.
- Runs light errands- such as nearby grocery shopping, Target, etc. You provide cash or gift card for the shopping, I will assure you get a receipt and your change.
- Performs light housekeeping such as dishes, light kitchen cleaning, laundry, take out the trash/recycling, vacuuming, dusting, picking up after other children. (I do not do bathrooms, scrub floors, window cleaning, pick up pet waste or yard work).
- Care and entertainment of siblings. Tips on sibling preparation and adjustment.
- Helps you process birth experience if needed.
- Guidance for baby blues and mild postpartum mood disorders.
- Anytime email, text and phone support.
- Provide you with resources outside of my expertise, ex. couple counseling, moderate to severe postpartum mood disorders.
12 hours of postpartum services add on- $650
24 hours of postpartum services add on- $1200
36 hours of postpartum services add on- $1750
Payment is due at the 2nd prenatal/36 weeks of pregnancy. Check/PayPal/Credit via PayPal accepted. $50 discount for cash payment.
Sibling Doula Add On
Do you have older children you would like to witness the birth of their brother or sister? Would you like them to have their own support person and entertainment while you are birthing? My daughter, Michelle born in 2003, is Safe Sitter Certified and CPR/FIrst Aide Certified, and experienced baby sitter who has witnessed birth and can be a calm guiding presence for your child(ren).
Her services include- Entertainment/ baby sitting at our second prenatal (4 hours long), being on call 24/7 for your birth, attendance to your birth (for the duration that I attend) entertaining your child(ren) in the waiting room or delivery room of the hospital OR in any room of your home for a homebirth.
Cash payment directly to Michelle- $500 (this cost will not be included in a BirthLore receipt, therefore can not be claimed for FSA or insurance reimbursement).
If you prefer to have a sibling doula that does not attend your birth, but baby sits your elder child(ren) in a different location, I can provide you a list of people who provide these services.
Hands On Baby Care Class Add On
What topics are covered?
This is just the hands on portion of baby care class that can be added onto the self study baby care topics that are already included in Birth Doula Service package.
- Baby carriers- hands on practice with a doll
- Bathing baby- soaps, lotions, equipment/supplies and how to demonstration with a doll.
- Diapering baby- diapering options, wipe options, how to diaper baby, great tips, diaper rash prevention and healing. Practice diapering a doll.
- Dressing baby- clothes tips, getting baby dressed and laundering tips. Practice dressing a doll.
- Holding positions and passing safety. Practice holding and passing a doll.
- Crying- common reasons for crying, techniques for reducing crying, and coping tips. Practice swaddling a doll.
$150 Check/PayPal/Credit via PayPal accepted. $50 off for cash payment.
Let’s schedule a free one hour interview! Please fill out contact form below.
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