Are you feeling anxious and isolated during what should be an exciting time in your life? All the restrictions put in place by hospitals to protect people in this unprecedented time have had the unfortunate effect of causing a lot of stress to pregnant people planning for their births.
Do you need someone to talk with about your pregnancy and birth who can help with your unique situation?
Virtual doula support includes
- Video, phone and text support from your doula throughout your labor and birth to help you and / or your partner to navigate your birth experience. Things you or your partner might talk to your virtual doula about in labor include what to expect next, is this feeling normal, how can I get more comfortable, ways to help labor progress, is it time to go to the hospital yet, how to advocate for your wishes, how your partner can best encourage you at each stage of labor, when is a good time to get pain medication, how to ask questions to get the information you need to make decisions etc.
- Video calls with your doula during the first days and weeks postpartum during which you cna get all your newborn questions answered. Common things we talk about are breastfeeding challenges, how to get more sleep, giving a baby a bath, postpartum healing and postpartum emotions.
Virtual Doula Package - $1200
Available throughout the United States
My Virtual Doula package contains multiple virtual meetings during your pregnancy for birth preparation, comprehensive labor support via phone and Facetime as well as virtual support as you adjust to life with your newborn.
The interview, prenatal sessions and newborn care workshop are all conducted online using Zoom.
- A complementary interview where we can get to know each other and find out if I am the doula you are looking for for your birth.
- Monthly Zoom meetings until 36 weeks where we will discuss any questions or concerns that may have come up for you and plan for your birth. See above for topics we may cover. These sessions are tailored to your unique situation and how best I can support both you and your partner.
- Weekly Zoom meetings from 36 weeks until the birth of your baby.
- For first time parents, a newborn care workshop (around 36 weeks), where we will talk all things baby. We talk about the first few hours and days after your baby is born, standard hospital procedures, early breastfeeding, how to bathe, soothe and change your baby and more. This is your chance to ask any questions you may have about life with newborns.
- Phone and email support throughout your pregnancy and the first six weeks of your baby's life.
- Support in early labor. We speak multiple times in early labor either on the phone or via Facetime or other videochat software. Early labor can be an exciting and confusing time. Being able to speak to your doula can help to keep you calm, to work out what to do that will help you to relax and destress and to determine when it is time to go to the birth center or hospital.
- Support throughout labor both at home and at your birth place via videochat or phone. Every labor is different as are every laboring person's needs. Your doula will be available to you at any time during your labor to discuss comfort measures, what to expect, to suggest position changes or other helpful distractions when you're not sure what to try next, to help you to talk through any decisions you may need to make and to generally give you and your partner whatever support both emotionally and educationally that you may need.
- If you are in the Seattle area, the use of a TENS unit should you wish to utilize one.
- Support via phone or video-chat while in the hospital during the postpartum period.
- Daily postpartum zoom checkins during the first week of your baby's life and weekly checkins for the first month during which I can answer any questions you have about the newborn period, breastfeeding and life with your newborn
Our clients say:
A short perspective from a Dad's point of view: Emma was a phenomenal support to both my wife and I during both pregnancy and delivery. I credit the pre-birth conversations and tutorials for making us both feel more comfortable with what to expect, and how to prepare. And when the big day itself came, Emma was a champion. Emma was calm, collected, thoughtful and supportive throughout the process. She gave me great tips on how I could support my wife, in addition to directly helping with massage and other activities to ease the pains of the labor process. I think the thing that I appreciated most about having Emma there was I was able to discreetly ask questions about what was happening when the birth started to get a little dicey towards the end. Having her there allowed me to decrease my anxiety and get my questions answered without bothering the doctor or distracting my wife. And of course, that is to say nothing of the coaching and support that she gave my wife, which was also invaluable. All in all, we really, really appreciated having Emma's help with the birth of our first child" ~ Jacob