Why Have a Doula?

*Mothers have a greater satisfaction with their birth experience

  *Lower rates of postpartum depression

  *Partners tend to be MORE involved

Women tend to have:

       *Shorter labors

        *Fewer complications

        *Less need of interventions

        *Less use of pain medication

The American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology (ACOG) has acknowledged the benefit of continuous support of a doula. Read article here

Since 2002

As a doula, my role is supportive and not medical. I can explain the medical side, but the decision-making is for you and your care provider. My focus is on you and your needs.

I serve pregnant people having:

– medicated births, non-medicated births, cesarean births, and vaginal birth after cesarean

– long labors, short labors and labors in between

I have worked with:

– surrogates and intended parents, pregnant people from teens to 40s, married, not married, with partners and without. First-time parents and parents who are having their second, third, fourth … With many friends and family present or none. 

I have supported clients at:

– Moses Taylor Hospital, Geisinger Wyoming Valley Hospital, Geisinger Danville Hospital, Geisinger Bloomsburg Hospital, Susquehanna Health Hospital, Williamsport Hospital, Lehigh Valley Hazleton Hospital, Wayne Memorial Hospital, Evangelical Hospital and at home with a midwife.

I am happy to support and work with any and all!

I have a good relationship with the doctors, midwives and nurses and am always honored when they refer clients to me.

My job is to help your chosen support person support you at whatever level they are comfortable with, and to provide support to them, too. I make sure you both have what you need so you can labor and birth in whatever way is best for you.

During our visits before your due date, we discuss everything from preparing for labor to comfort measures to siblings to postpartum plans for rest and recovery and everything in between! We take time to get to know each other and make sure that you and your partner have your questions answered.

All clients have access to my extensive library of books and videos. I also loan birthing balls and TENS units for your use at no extra cost.

Once you are in labor, I will join you whenever you wish. I stay with you during labor, birth and several hours after to help you get settled, while still providing you the time and space for you to get to know your baby, and make sure you both have eaten and rested!

Currently due to coronovirus some hospitals in our area will not allow doulas to provide in person support clients once are in the hospital. Geisinger hospitals are now allowing doulas in with clients! If you are at a different hospital am happy to provide in person support while you are laboring at home, then virtual support once you go to hospital. I am encouraging everyone to contact hospitals and request doulas be allowed in. DONA International has composed this letter to share with care providers about the importance of doula support.I am able to attend all home births with midwives. If interested contact me for references.

During the postpartum time I stay in close touch and am available to answer questions and help with breast feeding challenges. I come to your home ( or virtually if you prefer) about a week after your birth to see how you are doing and discuss your baby’s birth. I am always available for questions and support during postpartum and beyond!

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