Fee Details: my doula fees are contingent on a family's ability to pay. i am open to bartering and trading services. i have additional services that require payment (flexible and negotiable), such as birth tub rental, placental encapsulation, belly casting and henna art. i also provide circumcision counseling and education.
Birth Doula Experience: 3 years and 33 births attended
Currently working towards Doula certification(s)
Specific certifications for the above: Childbirth International (have not decided whether to certify)
Type of Practice: Solo practice
Clients per Month: 1 to 2
Attends hospital births? All Hospitals i'll start working with you as early as you'd like. the more time we have together, the better i know what you envision for your birth. my goal is to help give your family have as close to your planned birth experience as possible. In a hospital setting, this takes more planning and active advocacy during the pre-natal period and during labor. it also requires a high level of commitment to a natural birth. i will do my best to ensure that your birth plan is respected and followed. i'll provide you with the tools and information you need to navigate the medical system. we can create a personalized childbirth preparation plan that suits your idea of labor and delivery. i'll support and accompany you while you labor at home as long as possible. i can also attend OB appointments with you and help prepare you for what you may encounter at these appointments. Attends birth center births? All Birth Centers i'll start working with you as early as you'd like. the more time we have together, the better i know what you envision for your birth. my goal is to help your family achieve as close to your planned birth experience as possible. in a birth center setting, this is easier to attain, but requires commitment and a solid birth plan. we can create a personalized childbirth preparation plan that suits your idea of labor and delivery. i'll support you to labor at home as long as possible, if you wish. i will also attend midwife appointments with you. my birth philosophy is "let it be'. i do this work because i have committed my life to helping mamababy have the births they deserve. i believe that every woman's body is capable and knowledgeable when it comes to pregnancy, labor and birth. it knows what to do if you trust the process and let it unfold naturally. Attends home births? Any Home Birth home births ROCK! i'll help you set up your home to accommodate a home birth, or water birth if desired. i'll work with your midwife to help you have a seamless transition from early labor support to her arrival and care. i'll stay with you after the birth until you're settled into your own bed and return for a home visit a few days later. i am particularly fond of homebirths and feel that your home is the most conducive place to give birth. my birth philosophy is "let it be.' i do this work because i have committed my life to helping mamababy have the births they deserve. i believe that every woman's body is capable and knowledgeable when it comes to pregnancy, labor and birth. babies born in a natural, gentle way are ultimately the start of a gentler, kinder society.
Specialized training or previous experience
Families conceiving with ART and IVF
Postpartum mood disorders
Survivors of childhood sexual abuse
Survivors of Previous Life Trauma
Special Services Offered
Prenatal or postnatal massage
TENS units rental
Birth Pool rental
Acupressure and/or acupuncture in labor
Henna belly designs
Cloth diapering education
Reduced rates for military members/spouses
Reduced rates for women considering adoption
Birth counseling for survivors of childhood sexual abuse
Relevant volunteer or advocacy work
volunteer doula at Sutter Davis Birthing Center (Sep-Dec 2012)
I have also done several pro bono, reduced fee births and placental encapsulating for families facing financial challenges.
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Area of practice: Sacramento, CA Travel range: 20 miles
My experience was amazing, we were a great fit. Teresa was competent and respectful of my birth plan and desires; she was incredibly supportive throughout my entire pregnancy. She was opened minded and shared her wisdom without reproach, ultimately my choices were my choices and she allowed me the freedom to make those decisions and she supported me. She encapsulated my placenta and made a beautiful gift out of it. I got exactly the birth I was hoping for and with her help and encouragement, I worked through the trauma of my previous birth experience. Her information is current and very mother/baby focused. She does not scare easily and is the perfect person to advocate for the mother that wants a less "clinical" birth. I felt very prepared for my VBAC and had all the support I could ever want and knowledge that I had someone in my corner to keep my journey on the path I had envisioned.
= Available. Calendar last updated: Updated 5/24/2014