Doula Services

See About Heather for more information about my training and background.

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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 Morgan Hill, Los Gatos, Campbell, Saratoga, Milipitas, San Jose, Sunnyvale, Cupertino, Santa Clara, Mountain View, Los Altos, Palo Alto (and sometimes further with traveling fee). You plan to deliver at the following Bay Area hospitals, birth center or at home- Kaisers (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, St Louise Hospital 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.  Interviews are currently only Zoom or FaceTime.

On Call 24/7 I am on call for you for phone calls, texts and emails upon hire and up to two weeks postpartum. I am on call to attend your birth from 37-42 weeks of pregnancy.

2 Prenatal Visits,  Classes and Monthly Group Zoom Meetings  The first prenatal meeting is typically within two weeks of hire and is 2-3 hours long via Zoom. The second visit is typically between week 34-37 of pregnancy and is 3 hours long in your home. These visits include the following-

  • Healthy Pregnancy Class- Included in your first prenatal visit via Zoom. 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.
  • Group Zoom Meetings– A once a month Zoom meeting with my other clients covering birth, breastfeeding, babycare, postpartum, parenting topics and more.
  • 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, Baby Care Class, Breastfeeding Class- Self paced home study.
  • 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 a Birthing Center or Homebirth.
  • 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.
  • Sibling Preparation- If applicable, I offer you suggestions for preparing your older child(ren) for the new baby.
  • Access to Informational Handouts, Websites and Resources. I have collected and created information over 16 years, so that it is easy for you to find the answers you need.

Labor, Birth and an Hour 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 one hour 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, Doula bag and TENs (What is a TENs?) dropped off at 2nd prenatal, 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- If desired I will take photos of your labor, birth and immediate postpartum using your own camera or phone. 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.

One Postpartum Visit  Your postpartum visit (up to two hours long) takes place in your home or via Zoom and is approximately a week postpartum.  This visit includes 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.
  • Pumping and Bottle Feeding Assistance- If desired I can give you tips on pumping and teach you how to introduce the first bottle to baby.
  • Baby Care Tips- If desired I can teach you baby care skills- swaddling, calming baby, using baby carriers, helping learn a new sleep cycle, etc.
  • 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.

COVID19- For home visits I will wear a N95 mask and thoroughly wash hands when I arrive. I always sterilize my doula bag equipment between each client.

Investment- $2500   Cash, Check & PayPal/Credit via PayPal accepted (PayPal has additional transaction fee).

REPEAT CLIENTS– email/text/call for pricing.

Dad Doula/ Partner Doula- Be Your Own Doula Training

This doula package is for the couple who wants to train to be their own doula with a doula tool bag rental!

Of course I can not teach you all my 15+ years of experience, but I can prepare your partner to be a newbie doula. This is for a partner who is fully committed to be hands on all the way, whether your birth is 4 hours or 3 days! This is for the couple who is willing to be their own advocate and are willing to learn A LOT of information via assigned homework and prenatals. This package requires the both of you to be committed to practicing what you learn to keep it fresh on your mind. What is included-

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.  Interviews are currently only Zoom or FaceTime.

Prenatally

  • Questions answered via- phone calls, texts (between 9am-5pm M-F) and anytime emails upon hire and up to one week postpartum.
  • 2 Prenatal Visit/Classes– The first visit is typically within two weeks of being hired (with contract signed and full payment received) and is 2-3 hours long via Zoom. Workbook and books dropped off or mailed to you beforehand. The second visit is typically between at 36 weeks of pregnancy and is 3-4 hours long in your home.
  • Healthy Pregnancy Class– Included in your first prenatal visit via Zoom. 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.
  • Group Zoom Meetings– A once a month Zoom meeting with my other clients covering birth, breastfeeding, babycare, postpartum, parenting topics and more.
  • 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.
  • Access to self study- Childbirth Preparation Class or Refresher, Baby Care and Breastfeeding Classes
  • 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 a Birthing Center or Homebirth.
  • 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 our 2nd prenatal visit.
  • Sibling Preparation– If applicable, I offer you suggestions for preparing your older child(ren) for the new baby.
  • Access to Informational Handouts, Websites and Resources. I have collected and created information over 16 years, so that it is easy for you to find the answers you need.

Rental of Doula Bag I will drop off a bag with the supplies listed below at our 2nd prenatal and pick up the bag from your home the first week postpartum. What’s in the bag?

  • The Fully Stocked Doula Bag– TENs machine (What is a TENs?), adjustable electric heat pack, portable fan, battery operated candles, massage/counterpressure tool, aromatherapy wipes, affirmation cards, hospital grade vomit bags, chux pads, ear plugs, amniocators (a type of pH stick) to check for broken bag of waters, and energy boosters/nausea reducers.
  • Laminated Cheat Sheet Cards covering breathing techniques, positions for laboring and pushing, what to do if your water breaks, comfort tools and when to use them, acupressure points, epidural tips and positions, rebozo techniques, hydrotherapy, visualizations, mantras, and tips for early through late labor.

One Postpartum Visit  Your postpartum visit (up to two hours long) takes place in your home approximately a week postpartum.  This visit includes the following-

  • 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.
  • Pumping and Bottle Feeding Assistance– If desired I can give you tips on pumping and teach you how to introduce the first bottle to baby.
  • Baby Care Tips- If desired I can teach you baby care skills- swaddling, calming baby, using baby carriers, helping learn a new sleep cycle, etc.
  • 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.

COVID19- For home visits I will wear a N95 mask and thoroughly wash hands when I arrive. I always sterilize my doula bag equipment between each client.

With this package I am not on call for your birth, I will not attend your birth, and I will not be available to answer questions during your birthing time unless it is during business hours (M-F 9am-5pm) or I am physically attending a birth.

Investment- $1200 Cash, Check & Credit Card accepted (Credit Cards have an additional transaction fee). Plus $350 refundable security deposit for doula bag rental.

What is Included in Postpartum Doula Services?

What is included-

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.  Currently providing interviews via Zoom or FaceTime.

One hour prenatal visit in your home– to discuss your projected needs.

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 self study class.
  • 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.
  • Helps with postpartum client recovery- suggestions for comfort, diet, exercise, rest.
  • Prepares healthy meals in your kitchen and cleans up afterwards.
  • 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.

Investment- $65 an hour for non birth doula clients, $55 an hour for clients who are also my birth doula clients. Payment for services due at contract signing for scheduled hours.

Hours- Minimum 3 hours/ Maximum 6 hours per visit. Email me to see current availability around your due date.

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