A Labor Doula is the perfect addition to any mama’s birth team and works closely with the entire family. On the most joyous day of every mother’s life, a doula is there to provide physical and emotional support, encouragement, comfort, positivity, respect, breathing techniques, visualization, laboring positions, relaxing massage, and most of all, love.
And the care from a Labor Doula starts long before the birth of a baby. From early pregnancy, Labor Doulas meet with clients to discuss their ideal birth, their values and needs and what they want or don’t want, help them to develop a birth plan, answer any questions or concerns that may arise and offer evidence based information and referrals as needed so that mamas can make informed decisions and be powerful self-advocates, particularly once labor starts.
Another aspect of the doula’s non-clinical scope of practice is to work effectively and communicate respectfully with other members of the birth team such as midwives, doctors, and nurses, to create a positive environment for clients and their families during the labor and birth process.
Labor Doulas also assist during the immediate postpartum period to offer newborn care and breastfeeding technique.
A Postpartum Doula is a valuable person to offer support, information, referrals, care and help mama settle into a new routine at home once she has given birth. Postpartum Doulas focus on mama’s physical and emotional recovery, newborn care and breastfeeding issues, assist with household organization, run errands, meal planning and preparation, care for older siblings while mama and baby bond, and ensure mama is getting the rest and self-care she needs in order to heal.
As skilled support persons, offering resources and referrals is a very important aspect of a Postpartum Doula, particularly when mamas may be suffering with Postpartum Depression or Anxiety. It’s so crucial for mamas to get the support and encouragement they need to work through PPD and to know that they are not alone in their struggles.
Placental encapsulation is the practice of ingesting the placenta after it has been steamed or prepared from raw, dehydrated, ground, and placed into capsules. Traditionally, this is taken by the mother and is believed to impart numerous health benefits. Research studies indicate that due to the placenta containing 17 hormones and 14 trace minerals and elements, new mothers ingesting their placentas following birth and for up to 6 weeks postpartum have been able to reduce or stop postpartum bleeding, speed up recovery and assist uterus in shrinking back to its normal size, balance hormones, boost energy, enhance milk supply, and relieve postpartum blues by nourishing the blood and fluids, endocrine glands and organs. Encapsulating the placenta is an amazing way to benefit from the same organ that nourished and sustained baby's life while in the womb!
Mamas can expect to receive anywhere from 80-150 capsules, depending on the size of the placenta.
Capsules can be stored for up to one year at room temperature and used as needed. Great for those days when mamas need an added boost of energy!
There is nothing more special than capturing the amazing moments of giving birth! The empowering face of a mama pushing, the tears of joy from both parents seconds after they see their baby for the first time, a baby’s first cry and skin-to-skin cuddling are all breathtaking instances that only happen once and having a photo to look back on with fond memories of that special and intimate day is a priceless treasure to behold.
While helping mamas construct their birth plan is included with all birth packages, this service is also available for mamas who maybe aren't able to hire a doula or are purchasing placenta encapsulation services only. Having a birth plan is extremely important and putting it down on paper is crucial in ensuring that everyone involved on the day of your labor and baby's birth is well aware of your wishes. A prenatal appointment is scheduled to go over many different aspects of labor and birth and rough and final copy of your birth plan will be constructed and emailed to you shortly afterwards.