Holistic Body Work, Health Care and Yoga

Doula/Labor Support

Services provided:
* Prenatal visit, helping you to create a vision for your delivery plus a birth plan.
* Phone and email support as needed during pregnancy and immediate postpartum.
* Emotional, physical & spiritual support during labor and birth.
* Patient advocacy during labor and birth
* Providing a bottle of “Gentle Baby” essential oil for delivery
* YoGila’s Yoga Nidra Meditation CD for baby & you * A postpartum visit sometime between two weeks and one month after delivery. Ask any questions you may have regarding the baby, lactation; to review the birth and to give me feedback regarding my role.

I am looking forward to providing you with emotional and physical support, advocating your needs and wants and educating you to aid in your informed decisions about your birth. Some of the things I can provide are massage, music, aromatherapy, acupressure, help with relaxation and visualization, breathing techniques, advice on optimal fetal positioning, suggestions for labor positioning, hot/cold packs, assistance with staying hydrated and nourished, information on herbs and help with backache relief measures.

I am independent and self-employed. As your doula, I am working for you, not your caregiver or hospital.

I am available 24 hours a day 2 weeks before and 2 weeks after your due date. You will be given my home and cellular phone number as well as those of my backup doula. I prefer that you call me even if you only think you are going into labor. I can answer questions and make suggestions over the phone. We will decide then if I should come over right away or wait for further change. I will remain with you throughout active labor and birth. If, due to extraordinary circumstances, I am unable to be with you, my back up doula will come. You will never be left alone.

I do reserve the right to call my back up doula if I become ill, if your labor extends longer than 24 hours, or if we agree that I cannot properly support you. This is in your best interest and protects your birth experience.

I usually remain with you 1-2 hours after the birth, to make sure you are settled and comfortable and your family is ready for some quiet time together. I am available by phone and email to answer any questions you may have and can help you with referrals if I am unable to help. I will contact you after the delivery to schedule the postpartum visit. This visit is to see how you are doing, review the birth, admire your baby, and obtain feedback from you about my role. PLEASE ASK ME ABOUT PLACENTA ENCAPSULATION !!!

View testimonials from my clients here.

View the contract here.

Doula Resources

"guide to childbirth" by ina may
"natural childbirth - the bradley way" by susan mccutcheon-rosegg, erick ingraham & robert a. bradley
"the official lamaze guide" by judith lothian & charlotte devries
"pregnancy, childbirth & the newborn" by penny simkin, janet whalley & ann keppler
"having a baby, naturally" by peggy o'mara
"your best birth" by ricki lake
"the birth book" by william sears & martha sears
"birthing from within" by pam england & rob horowitz

"the business of being born" by ricki lake
"pregnant in america" by steve buonaugurio
"orgasmic birth - the best kept secret" by debra pascali-bonaro