Doula Services

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

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Fully vaccinated and boosted for Covid (Moderna)

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. If you are single or want a doula as your solo support, send me an email and I can send you a list of doulas who serve solo birthers.
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. See service area.
5. You do not use plug in artificial air fresheners. 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.

Birth Doula Services

Booked completely through November 2022.

Basic Birth Doula Package

One free one hour interview via Zoom.

Pregnancy Support

  • First prenatal is shortly upon hire, one hour via Zoom. Second prenatal is around 36 weeks of pregnancy and is around 4 hours long in your home. Additional virtual prenatals can be added anytime for no additional cost.
  • Invited to join monthly hour long group Zoom meetings.
  • Enrollment in an online self paced Childbirth Preparation Class, Baby Care Class, Breastfeeding & More Class. See classes for full description of topics covered.
  • In your home and hands on Comfort Measures Class at the second prenatal.
  • At second prenatal drop off a doula bag for you to borrow, which includes a TENs machine. What is a TENs machine? What is in the doula bag?
  • A printed workbook that includes preparing for birth, keeping track of classes, birth plan template, planning for postpartum, check off lists and timeline for getting things done before baby arrives.
  • Two books for you to borrow.
  • The above includes guidance on preparing a birth plan. Skills for communication with care team. Tips for preparing for your birth space- home, birthing center or hospital. Tips for preparing for the postpartum period.  Tips for baby care supplies and if desired tips for room set up. Sibling preparation tips if applicable.
  • Access to extensive resource list.
  • Available to answer questions via email and text/ if urgent via phone call.

Labor, Birth and an Hour Immediate Postpartum. 

  • On call 24/7 from 37 weeks until baby is born and up to 42 weeks.
  • Text and phone call support for early labor.
  • Arrive to your home within an hour of you asking me to come.
  • Physical, emotional and informational support throughout your birthing time. This may include massage, counter pressure techniques; suggestions for positions, movements, breathing, and comfort techniques; easing concerns; helping you create and maintain a peaceful relaxing birthing space; offering reassurance and encouragement; answering questions; giving guidance for communication and advocacy with care team; offering partner guidance and suggestions to support you directly; giving partner self care reminders and breaks and more.
  • Work as a team with your partner and any other support people you desire.  Partner can be involved to the level of their own comfort.
  • I can provide suggestions for holistic solutions to common hospital interventions in non-emergency situations.
  • If desired I will take photos of your labor, birth and immediate postpartum using your own camera or phone.
  • In the first hour after birth, if desired, I can help you latch your baby onto the breast.

Postpartum Support

  • Postpartum visit (up to two hours long) takes place in your home.
  • I provide you a copy of your birth notes.
  • We review your birthing experience.
  • I provide you information and assistance for emotional support, physical recovery, nutrition, and sleep.
  • I offer breastfeeding assistance, pumping tips, and bottle feeding tips.
  • I can teach you baby care skills- swaddling, diapering, burping, calming baby, using baby carriers, gentle sleep training, etc.
  • If your needs fall outside my scope of practice, I can provide you with the best providers in the South Bay Area.
  • Answer questions via email, text and phone calls.

COVID19- I am fully vaccinated + boostered for Covid19.

Compare what is included in my three different birth doula services on one chart- Doula Services Comparison Chart

Investment- $2900 1st baby or VBAC/ $2700 2nd+ baby.  Accepted payments- cash, check and Zelle. (PayPal and Venmo are too expensive!) Discounts might be available for in need BIPOC/LGBTQ+ or for cash payments. Want to understand the pricing? Please read The Economics of a Doula

100% Virtual Doula Services

100% Virtual Doula Servies

One free one hour interview via Zoom.

Pregnancy Support

  • First prenatal is shortly upon hire, one hour via Zoom. Second prenatal is around 36 weeks of pregnancy and is around 2-3 hours long via Zoom.
  • Invited to join monthly hour long group Zoom meetings.
  • Enrollment in an online self paced Childbirth Preparation Class, Baby Care Class, Breastfeeding & More Class. See classes for full description of topics covered.
  • A PDF workbook that includes preparing for birth, keeping track of classes, birth plan template, planning for postpartum, check off lists and timeline for getting things done before baby arrives.
  • The above includes guidance on preparing a birth plan. Skills for communication with care team. Tips for preparing for your birth space- home, birthing center or hospital. Tips for preparing for the postpartum period.  Tips for baby care supplies and if desired tips for room set up. Sibling preparation tips if applicable.
  • Access to extensive resource list.
  • Available to answer questions via email and text/ if urgent via phone call.

Labor, Birth and an Hour Immediate Postpartum. 

  • Virtually on call 24/7 from 37 weeks until baby is born and up to 42 weeks via text, call, FaceTime and/or Zoom.
  • A PDF partners cheat sheet for birthing time.
  • Virtual physical, emotional and informational support throughout your birthing time. This may include suggestions for massage, counter pressure techniques; suggestions for positions, movements, breathing, and comfort techniques; easing concerns; helping you create and maintain a peaceful relaxing birthing space; offering reassurance and encouragement; answering questions; giving guidance for communication and advocacy with care team; and offering partner guidance and suggestions to support you.
  • I can provide suggestions for holistic solutions to common hospital interventions in non-emergency situations.

Postpartum Support

  • Virtual postpartum visit up to two hours long.
  • We review your birthing experience.
  • I provide you information and assistance for emotional support, physical recovery, nutrition, and sleep.
  • I offer virtual support for breastfeeding, pumping tips, bottle feeding tips and baby care skills.
  • If your needs fall outside my scope of practice, I can provide you with the best providers in the South Bay Area.
  • Answer questions via email, text and phone calls.

What this package does not include, that is included in full birth doula services-

  • Does not include an in home comfort measures class at 36 weeks of pregnancy. (Can be added for $200.)
  • Does not include borrowing of doula bag which includes a TENs machine, labor wrap, heat pack, battery operated candles and more. What is a TENs machine? What is in the doula bag? (Can be added for $200 with drop off and pick from your home.)
  • Does not include in person support at your home and/or birthing location.
  • Does not include the ability to give your partner breaks.
  • Does not include pictures taken at your birth.
  • Does not include help getting baby latched the first hour after birth.
  • Does not include printed workbook, partners cheat sheet or books to borrow.
  • Does not include an in person postnatal meeting, which means I can not efficiently show you baby care and breastfeeding techniques.

Investment- $1950 Accepted payments- cash, check and Zelle. (PayPal and Venmo are too expensive!)

Compare what is included in my three different birth doula services on one chart- Doula Services Comparison Chart

Train To Be Your Own Doula

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 18 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 one hour interview via Zoom.

Two Prenatal Visits

  • First prenatal is shortly upon hire, one hour via Zoom. Second prenatal is around 36 weeks of pregnancy and around 4 hours long in your home.
  • Enrollment in an online self paced Childbirth Preparation Class, Baby Care Class, Breastfeeding & More Class. See classes for full description of topics covered.
  • In your home hands on Comfort Measures Class at the second prenatal.
  • At second prenatal drop off a doula bag for you to borrow, which includes a TENs machine. What is a TENs machine? What’s in the doula bag?.
  • A PDF workbook that includes preparing for birth, birth plan template, keeping track of classes, planning for postpartum, check off lists and timeline for getting things done before baby arrives.
  • Guidance on preparing a birth plan.
  • Skills for communication with care team and self-advocacy.
  • Tips for preparing for your birth space- home, birthing center or hospital.
  • Tips for preparing for the postpartum period.
  • Tips for baby care supplies and if desired tips for room set up.
  • Sibling preparation tips if applicable.
  • Access to extensive resource list.
  • Available to answer questions via email and text during business hours.

One Postpartum Visit

  • The postpartum visit (up to two hours long) takes place in your home.
  • We review your birthing experience.
  • I provide you information and assistance for emotional support, physical recovery, nutrition, and sleep.
  • I offer breastfeeding assistance, pumping tips, and bottle feeding tips.
  • I can teach you baby care skills- swaddling, burping, diapering, calming baby, using baby carriers, gentle sleep training, etc.
  • If your needs fall outside my scope of practice, I can provide you with the best providers in the South Bay Area.
  • Answer questions via email and text.

COVID19I am fully vaccinated for Covid19.

What this package does not include, that is included in full birth doula services-

  • Does not include virtual or in person support at your home and/or birthing location.
  • Does not include the ability to give your partner breaks.
  • Does not include pictures taken at your birth.
  • Does not include help getting baby latched the first hour after birth.
  • Does not include printed workbook or books to borrow.

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.

Investment $1450 Accepted payments- cash, check and Zelle. (PayPal and Venmo are too expensive!) Plus $300 refundable security deposit for doula bag rental.

Compare what is included in my three different birth doula services on one chart- Doula Services Comparison Chart

Postpartum Doula Services

One free one hour interview via Zoom

One hour prenatal via Zoom to discuss your projected needs.

As your Postpartum Doula I will-

  •  I will respect you, your family, your home and your gentle parenting styles.
  • Enrollment into Breastfeeding & More and Baby Care self paced class. See classes for description.
  • 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.
  • Reflection of your birthing experience.
  • Guidance for baby blues and mild postpartum mood disorders.
  • Email, text and phone support.
  • Provide you with resources outside of my expertise, ex. couple counseling, moderate to severe postpartum mood disorders.

Investment- Accepted payments- cash, check and Zelle. (PayPal and Venmo are too expensive!)
24 hour package- $1800 ($1680 for birth doula clients)

Hours- Minimum 3 hours/ Maximum 6 hours per visit Monday-Friday. Shifts are usually 9am-noon, 1-5pm or 1-7pm Email me to see current availability around your due date.

COVID19Fully vaccinated for Covid19.

Let’s schedule a free one hour interview!

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