A Birth Doula is a trained professional that provides continuous physical, emotional and informational support to the mother and her family before, during and after childbirth.
Throughout history, women relied on other women as well as their partners for encouragement and support.
We are not a replacement for your partner, family, or provider, but an addition of skills, training, and experiences that helps build a confident team for birth.
At Orchard Births, we support women in any birth setting of their choice: hospital, birth center, or home. We have experience providing doula services to women seeking medicated and unmedicated births and planned and unplanned cesareans.
Studies confirm that the presence of a doula for labor and delivery resulted in:
50% fewer cesarean deliveries
25% decrease in length of labor
40% reduction in oxytocin (pitocin) use
30% decrease in use of pain medication and forceps
60% decrease in request for epidurals
Increase in confidence of the father
Increased success in breastfeeding
Greater maternal satisfaction*
Excerpted from Mothering the Mother: How a Doula Can Help You Have a Shorter Easier and Healthier Birth, Klaus, Kennell, and Klaus (1993).
Birth Doula Fee: $750
Initial deposit of $375 due when contract is signed. Payment plans available.
It is very important that you and your partner are comfortable with me and with my role in the birth.
2 Prenatal Meetings
This gives us a chance to talk in detail about your preferences regarding your birth including any fears or concerns you may have.
E-mail and Phone availability 24/7 throughout pregnancy
Continuous labor/delivery support
1-2 hours initial postpartum support
Including initial breastfeeding support
2 Postpartum visits
During this time, I can provide breastfeeding support, baby care tips, care for mom, light housekeeping, referrals to community resources, and a chance to discuss the birth experience.