What are my birth options during covid-19?
I know you've been imagining the birth of your dreams. You were so excited when you got pregnant and have been meticulously planning for exactly how you wanted things to go. And now everything feels so uncertain.
I understand and I'm here to make things as close to ideal as we can get during this time.
Doulas all over the Bay Area are working on how to best support our clients with the changes in hospital policies and shelter-in-place orders. I'd love to talk more with you about what that looks like! I have altered my offerings and pricing during this time, so please check below for a look at how I can support you.
Feel Heard. Feel Supported. Birth with purpose.
Having a doula is a lot like having a trail guide or a navigator. I help you stay on the trail you've chosen, letting you know the risks and advantages of any detours you might choose to make, I'll encourage you to rest or help you push through the tough parts. But in the end, I'll make sure you've got everything you need to get to the top where the view is spectacular!
If you're the adventurous type already, you're probably really excited to take this journey, even if right now you feel a little under-prepared. Not to worry! You already have everything you need to succeed in having the birth you want. No really! Having birth support in the form of a doula is a sign that you value your experience and want your birth to change you, to expand you, and you recognize it's potential to do all that and more.
While I believe doula support should be available to everyone that desires it, I also believe every birthing person wants something different from that relationship. There is really a doula for EVERYONE, but I'm here for YOU! The person who wants a guide and a guardian that will allow them to fully embrace the personal evolution available through birth without judgement or hang ups. The person who surrounds themselves with loving relationships, colorful kick-ass affirmations and deep soul food that nourishes your sacredness and your flow. You want a birth space as magical and tuned in as you are. I'd be deeply honored to embark on that journey with someone like you!
What Can You Expect Working With Me?
You can expect to spend good quality time during your pregnancy getting to know each other: we'll chat about your birth preferences, your dream birth, questions and concerns from you and partner. We'll address your fears, your past experiences and anything else that might hinder your most open and enthusiastic birth experience. There will be lots of helpful info about what to expect, education about your body, your baby and the role of hormones in birth. We will also have a ton of fun helping you get in touch with your instinctual side, so you'll be familiar with her when your birthing day arrives. Breathing exercises, raw artistic expression (no experience needed) and maybe even some primal noises to shed your inhibitions and get you laughing!
Your birth experience might look different from what you imagined. I am still here for you.
So let's get real, things are changing by the moment. Hospital policies are constantly shifting, who is allowed with you is changing and we don't know how long this will all last. With all that uncertainty, it is important to establish a lifeline of support even if it's virtual.
Here's where things stand at the present time in Sonoma County:
(As of 3/26/2020) Please call and check with the hospital as these policies are changing constantly
Kaiser Santa Rosa (1 person only) (The same “birth partner” who attended the birth is allowed to leave premises to eat etc. and come back to birthing/postpartum person. BUT you can’t switch who your one person is)
Sutter Santa Rosa (1 person only) (The same “birth partner” who attended the birth is allowed to leave premises to eat etc. and come back to birthing/postpartum person. BUT you can’t switch who your one person is)
Memorial Santa Rosa (1 person only) (The same “birth partner” who attended the birth is allowed to leave premises to eat etc. and come back to birthing/postpartum person. BUT you can’t switch who your one person is)
Petaluma Valley Hospital (The same “birth partner” who attended the birth is allowed to leave premises to eat etc. and come back to birthing/postpartum person. BUT you can’t switch who your one person is)
Marin General (The same “birth partner” who attended the birth is allowed to leave premises to eat etc. and come back to birthing/postpartum person. BUT you can’t switch who your one person is)
Basically, this means you would have to choose between having your partner with you or having your doula with you. It's a choice you shouldn't be having to make. I am now providing virtual support via Zoom (Video Chat), Facetime, phone calls, texts and more.
Distance Support Package - Reduced to $850 ($1100 value)
DUE DATES THROUGH JUNE 2020
*2-3 Virtual Prenatal Support Sessions via ZOOM Video Chat:
-Discuss current options and Develop a birth plan
-Birth Education: Stages of Labor, Hormones, Breathing,
Comfort Measures, Position Changes
-What to Pack, What to Expect at the hospital
-Newborn Care, Postpartum Care, Basic Breastfeeding
*Birth Plan Development to take to hospital with you
*Video Resources for learning comfort measures, position changes and more!
*Audio resources for guided meditations, body calming, and anxiety reduction.
*On-Call at 38 weeks for early labor support via phone and in-person (if you wish)
*In-person support in your home for early/first stage of labor.
(with mask, gloves and hand-washing protocols)
*Virtual Support throughout your hospital birth via Laptop, iPad, Phone and video chat software. (Spotty WiFi in some hospitals may require we communicate by phone)
*Virtual Postpartum Meeting once home from the hospital.
*Supply run/drop-off sanitized supplies of anything you may need.
Payment Plans are available and can be suited to your needs.
What does this really look like?
When Doulas Must Provide Support at a Distance
In a virtual platform, almost everything a doula offers can still be provided:
helping to find a comfortable position
providing reminders about rest and hydration
providing guidance, relaxation and coping skills
helping to answer questions
helping to formulate questions for care providers
guiding your partner through hands-on body work that cannot be provided by me
While I may not be able to follow you to the hospital, you will have my full attention throughout your birth. You can reach me anytime and if desired, I will literally be on your laptop screen encouraging and guiding you until you meet your baby. I can guide your partner in techniques to support you physically. I can speak to you "face-to face" and use my intuition to help suggest position changes and how to change up the space to create a feeling of safety. I'd love to answer any questions you may have. Let's set up a phone call or video call to discuss your birth!