Birth Doula Support for Baltimore/Washington Area Families

Do you wish you had someone who could guide you in what questions to be asking in those brief meetings with your providers? Someone who is also there to get to know you and your birth team on a deep and meaningful level before the birth of your baby, someone who has learned about you and your preferences and wishes? Someone who is there by your side to advocate for your wishes and to ensure your preferences are heard? What if that someone happened to be a great mix of funny and serious, calm and assuring, and pretty smart and connected to area resources that can serve you best? That might be me... As my college's tagline said: "we aren't for everyone, but maybe you're not everyone!"


What is a birth doula, exactly?

A birth doula is like an incredibly knowledgeable and connected best friend who helps you prepare for the birth of your baby by exploring your options, preferences, and desires. A birth doula supports you emotionally, physically, and with evidence-based information throughout your pregnancy, labor, and early postpartum periods. They act as a sounding board for your anxieties and concerns and help you get the answers from your providers that you need to make informed choices about your care. A birth doula there for you from the moment you decide to work together to help you have the most informed and joyous experience possible.

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During pregnancy:

I’ll meet with you (and partner, if applicable) at your home. We’ll discuss how you are feeling physically and emotionally, how your pregnancy is going, and discuss the options you will have in labor and the early postpartum period, and what your preferences are around those options. We’ll talk through any questions, concerns, or fears you might have. If you plan to make a “birth plan,” we can work through the things you may want on there. We will also devise a postpartum plan and talk about what to expect in the days/weeks postpartum. By the time of your labor, your support team should feel like a seamless support network of people.

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On your birth day:

Occasionally, everything goes exactly according to plan; however, frequently, hiccups and challenges pop up along the way. If you are planning to give birth at a birth center or hospital, your nurses, midwives, and/or OBs will work in shifts. I, on the other hand, would be there continuously, drawing on my knowledge and experience to help you have the most joyful and informed childbirth experience possible. When you feel the time is right, I will meet you and your partner at either your home or the hospital/birth center.

After your baby is born I will help with skin-to-skin and breastfeeding/chestfeeding, if you are planning to do so. If desired, I will also step back and take the first photos of your new family so your partner can enjoy the first moments and not feel pressured into taking pictures.


After your birth:

In the days following your birth, I will be readily available to answer questions, give recommendations on area resources, and to support you in any way that I can. Sometime, typically between 1-3 weeks following your birth, I’ll visit you at your home to see how you are doing and how you are all adjusting to life with your little one. We can rehash your birth, if you like, and I can support you directly or provide area resources for support to help make your transition into a new or larger family as smooth and joyous as it can be.

MOST POPULAR! This comprehensive package is ideal for first-time parents so you can have the best possible transition as a new family.

  • ✓ One 3+ hour prenatal home visit or 2 x 1.5 hr visits
  • ✓ Unlimited email, text, and phone support
  • ✓ 24/7 on-call availability from 38 weeks**
  • ✓ Continuous support during labor and birth**
  • ✓ One postpartum home visit
  • ✓ Back-up doula

Designed for parents having another baby, this package offers more streamlined support for families who are already experienced in birth and baby care.

  • ✓ One, brief (~1.5hr) prenatal visit
  • ✓ Unlimited email, text, and phone support
  • ✓ 24/7 on-call availability from 38 weeks**
  • ✓ Continuous support during labor and birth**
  • ✓ Virtual postpartum support
  • ✓ Back-up doula

** When I schedule a client, I block off their estimated due date plus and minus two weeks. This doesn’t mean that I would not be at your birth if you went into labor outside of those times. I schedule it this way so that if I were to plan to be out of town for any reason, I wouldn’t do so when I had a client that was within 2 weeks of their estimated due date.