"Giving birth is priestess work; it requires a woman to pass through a painful and dangerous initiation in which she journeys to the threshold between worlds and risks her own life to help another soul cross over.”

- Jalaja Bonhein

HOLISTIC DOULA CARE

Serving from Eau Claire, WI to Minneapolis, MN

Including Hudson, Menomonie, Chippewa Falls, Osseo, Stillwater, Woodbury & Saint Paul, MN

With me as your birth doula, you can expect to feel honored, capable and informed.  

I approach birth from a holistic perspective, incorporating mind, body and spirit.  Alongside education, advocacy and strategic labor prep, we also prepare emotionally and spiritually, celebrating pregnancy and birth as a sacred rite of passage.  By centering your instincts and needs, I help you tune out the noise and tune into your body and baby for a powerful, connected birth experience and transition into parenthood.  For parents utilizing hypnosis for birth, I am a Hypnobabies® Hypno-Doula.

Though I doula primarily for families planning VBACs and out-of-hospital births, I am experienced supporting all types of births.

"There is no fear in love. Perfect love casts out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears has not been perfected in love."

- John 4:18

BIRTH DOULA SERVICES:

Depending on the package chosen, we will have one or more prenatal appointments to get to know your priorities, go over positions & comfort measures for natural birth and address any questions or concerns.  You will have the option to add on additional appointments and services if desired.

After week 37 of your pregnancy, I will be on-call for you 24/7.  Once labor is well established I will join you at your place of birth and provide continuous, skilled support through 1-2 hours postpartum.  During your birth, I will incorporate complimentary modalities such as Spinning Babies and other optimal fetal positioning techniques, acupressure, mindfulness and hypnosis as needed to support your comfort and progress in labor.  Following birth, I may return for one or more postpartum visits to see how you are settling in, review the birth experience and assist with breastfeeding.

Ideal for first-time parents needing solid prenatal, birth & postpartum preparation and support.  Components include:

  • 2 prenatal appointments (in person at your home)
  • email/phone/text support between visits
  • 24/7 on-call availability for your birth
  • attendance at your labor and delivery
  • 1-2 hours of assistance post-birth
  • BIRTH PHOTOS! (if desired)
  • 1 postpartum visit in your home

COST:

  • Twin Cities: $1400
  • Western Wisconsin: $1100

This package is available to second-time (or higher) parents who are already comfortable with birth and just looking for labor support.  This more streamlined package includes:

  • one prenatal appointment in your home
  • email/phone/text support between visits
  • 24/7 on-call availability for your birth
  • attendance at your labor and delivery
  • 1-2 hours of assistance post-birth
  • BIRTH PHOTOS! (if desired)
  • *no* postpartum visit -- remote text check-ins & phone calls only.

COST: 

  • Twin Cities: $1100
  • Western Wisconsin: $900

The following additional services are available on an a la carte basis:

  • frozen padsicles delivered after birth ($50)
  • additional prenatal or postpartum visit ($100)
  • 4-hour postpartum day shift ($35/hr or $140)
  • Know Your Rights education ($200)
  • attending a prenatal or postpartum appointment with your provider ($125)

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Why hire a doula? Research on benefits of birth doula care

What is a doula?  A doula is a person trained to provide physical, emotional and informational support to expecting women and families prenatally, during labor and delivery and in the immediate postpartum period.

Research shows that women who have the assistance of a doula during birth have healthier outcomes and report more positive birth experiences than those who do not. In particular, doulas are associated with a 39% reduction in the risk of cesarean section, a lower likelihood of other invasive interventions, shorter labors, less use of pain medication and improved outcomes for the baby. For these reasons, the American Congress of Obstetricians & Gynecologists and the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine have recognized doulas as "one of the most effective tools to improve labor and delivery outcomes." (1) More recently, state Medicaid programs have begun covering doulas in an effort to reduce maternal mortality. The compassionate, individualized care doulas provide their clients thus serves as an important harm reduction tool, despite being non-medical in nature.

(1) "Safe Prevention of the Primary Cesarean Delivery," American Congress of Obstetricians & Gynecologists & Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine Obstetric Care Consensus (2014, reaffirmed 2016), available here.