Birth Fee: $1000
Fee Details: Birth is a transformative and always a unique event. My services are completely individualized depending on the family I'm working with. As a starting point, my services include: At least two in-home prenatal visits, an appointment with your caregiver, phone or email support throughout pregnancy, continuous labor and immediate postpartum support (care for approximately 2 hours after the birth) and 4 hours of care in your home anytime during the first 6 weeks postpartum (usually scheduled as 2 visits of 2 hours each, but I'm totally flexible). I'm quite flexible on most things, actually. I believe it is the caregiver's job to meet the birthing family's needs, and I will do my best to provide that to each family I work with. In the postpartum, I bring supplies to do herbal vaginal steaming, healing bone (or veggie) broth, and years of experience caring for babies and new families.
Birth Doula Experience: 10 years and 120 births attended
Clients per Month: 0 to 2Attends hospital births? All Hospitals
Instructor at Indie Birth Midwifery School. Instructor at Dynamo Doula Program by Angela Gallo. Guest lecturer at Wabash College, UNC-Chapel Hill, Skidmore College. Producer and star of These Are My Hours, a documentary film about birth. Former Instructor at The Matrona Holistic Midwifery Program.
Languages spoken: English
Emily was absolutely incredible! Here are some specifics though. Emily answered every question I had for months no matter how weird it was. Emily was very supportive of my final decision for a repeat cesarean. My water had been broken for 24 hours, and my body was not laboring yet. My last birth had been a successful VBAC, ending with a shoulder dystocia. My midwife and OB were concerned that it could have a stressful ending. My husband was worried sick, and Emily was informative, but also very supportive. I knew that for my family it was the best decision and she supported me completely. After we came home Emily was at my house constantly. My husband had to go right back to work, but Emily was there helping. She helped me with my older 3 kids. She cooked up easy to grab food for me, and she even cleaned my house. She did all of this while she herself was around 8 months pregnant. She was selfless, kind, and incredibly giving. She has helped me tremendously on my own journey to becoming a doula as well. She is my role model, and I hope I can someday be half the doula that she was to me. Emily was the perfect fit for me. She was nurturing, loving, kind, and gracious. Words just cannot express how helpful she truly was. My whole family came to love her and she will be a forever friend.
As a first time mom, I reached out to Emily having no idea what to expect in return. I didn't even know what the term "doula" really meant or looked like in action. Meeting with Emily for the first time, I felt from her a groundedness, a deep maternal wisdom, and an authentic invitation to be myself, and to trust myself throughout this journey. I'm not sure I can accurately express just how incredible and supportive Emily was in all the ways, at all the rights times throughout my pregnancy and delivery. Her presence was always relieving AND empowering - she helped me feel like I could be vulnerable and courageous at the same time. She kept it real - something I am forever grateful for - and shared just enough of her own experiences with me to "normalize" my insanity, without ever making it about her. She was emotionally supportive along every step of the way, coming to our house monthly in the beginning and then nearly every week at the end - checking in and making space for whatever was going on at the time. In the last week of my pregnancy, after days of painful prodromal labor, Emily came to my house - swooping in like a true heroine - and phsyically cared for me in the way only a mother and skilled doula could: bathing me, massaging my feet, lathering me up with shea butter and coconut oil, etc. etc. When active labor finally came, Emily continued to empower me in making decisions that felt authentic to both me and my partner, and when we were good and decided, advocated hard for us in making those things happen. She was an invaulable resource at the hospital (not the original plan) when nurses threatened to take my daughter away mere minutes after her delivery. Further, Emily was present and supportive every step of the way during the difficult postpartum period - tidying, bringing food, continuing to support us both emotionally and phsyically throughout the process. In short, I could not recommend Emily highly enough as a doula and now friend!
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