$600 to $900
$25 to $35
16 years and 154 births attended
12 years and 71 families served
Type of practice: On-call doula service
Clients per month: 1 to 2 births and 1 to 3 postpartum families
Postpartum limits/restrictions: I have recently added a birth pool and an option for me to bring your first meal your first night Home as new parents. For a home birth you tell me which night is best. Pets are more then welcome when I come over, I'll even take care of pets if needed. We just had a canine guest for Christmas, she is now my dog Charlie's "girlfriend". No smoking in the house please.
Attends hospital births? All Hospitals
I am on call from the moment I get the retainer fee, and I'll come to you as soon as you need, no matter if you are confused about what your body is doing, and just need reassurance. I will come no matter the stage of labour, if you feel it is time for me to help. I will work hard to keep you relaxed and confident. If it's a hospital birth, I can help you get settled in the hospital and show you ways to encourage labour there. I will not leave until 2 hours or more after birth. I often travel in the same car as mom and driver, to ensure she is as comfortable as possible, and to let the driver concentrate on driving. I believe in using evidence based information, and I make sure to keep up to date with new research and ideas.The first 48 hours postpartum I offer UNLIMITED parenting and breastfeeding support. This can be just phone calls or visits to help with getting the baby latched and mom comfortable ( I don't know another doula doing this). This ensures that you get consistent advice from one person, not a different idea from every staff or family member that appears. Ensuring that Breastfeeding is off to a good start is essential, and experience has led me to believe it's a role every doula should strive towards. This also allow us to debrief (talk about the parts of the birth that were confusing/blurry and reframe them in as positive way as we can). This is great time for me to do a five minute photo shoot! Some extras: I can provide SOME Montrice services to specially screened birth clients. This is not in doula scope! The Doppler I carry falls into this category. But, NOTHING makes mom feels safer than hearing her little one's heart beating while waiting for the midwife!photography: still and live.Massage and acupressure, Aromatherapy,Lending library, and more...A special home made receiving blanket for each babyOr if a blanket is too boring! I'm a seamstress, I can make something less boring for you!!
Attends birth center births? No Birth Centers
We have none here, but I hope to be able to practice in one one day.
Attends home births? Any Home Birth
My home birth services are more comprehensive, because there is more to do! I can provide a family meals after delivery, or leave some frozen meals for the first few days. I will also spend more time immediately after the birth, ensuring that Breastfeeding is off to a good start, and to allow you to debrief (talk about the parts of the birth that were confusing and reframe them in as positive way as we can), and to clean up and make sure parents have everything they need before leaving. I will also come back with in 24 hrs, to check in and do anymore cleaning up that still needs to be done, like laundry and dishes, and can run errands. I can help out with dogs and kids too. The first 48 hrs the support is unlimited. So if you need me back a couple of hours after I leave, I'll come right back! Some extras: photography: still and live.Massage and acupressure, Aromatherapy,Lending library,A special home made receiving blanket for each babyI can provide SOME Montrice services to specially screened birth clients. This is not in doula scope! The Doppler I carry falls into this category. But, NOTHING makes mom feels safer then hearing her little one's heart beating while waiting for the midwife!
I think of my role, not as a coach, but as a guide, gently and kindly helping you find your way through an often confusing, sometimes scary, but unbelievably fulfilling Journey. I am now one of the longest practicing doulas on Vancouver Island, and as such, you can depend on my many years of experience to help your have the best birth experience possible. I trained and was certified by DONA as a Doula, then as a Breastfeeding expert, and finally as a childbirth educator. I work with women in any place in their life. All parents deserve to have the birth experience that they desire and work so hard for. First timers, the "Grand MuItiparous" on her 5th, there is so very much a Doula can do to enhance and protect the moment. In the other parts of my practice I specialize in moms with mood difficulties, and all special needs moms, in teen moms and moms in high risk situations, including but not limited to: addiction to drugs and/or alcohol, abusive relationships, and cognitive issues: low IQ, FAS, FAA, and physical disabilities that make childbirth difficult. I often work with single mothers (I was one too), and women who have had difficulty conceiving. I am knowledgeable in fertility treatments and how they impact mom and the course of pregnancy and labour, delivery, and postpartum. I have extensive experience with pre and postpartum mood disorders. I can't wait to hear from you! Talk to me about my fee sliding scale, and my pro bono spots.
Fees are on a sliding scale for those who don't have the ability or it would cause undo hardship to pay the full amount. The services never change.
Victoria, BC Service range 28 miles No ferries
Emerald was very helpful and reassuring during my birthing experience. She helped me make decisions that I had not prepared myself for and is very knowledgeable. She is very kind and comforting to have around and was very helpful to get to needed appointments. She came to my multiple appointments in my 3rd trimester and helped explain procedures or answer questions that I had or worried about
Emerald was an invaluable addition to my birth team. As a first time mom wanting a home birth, Emerald helped me and my partner feel more confident with our decision while also being very clear regarding the logistics and supplies necessary.
Her added value is that she is willing to meet with you multiple times in person so that when the big day comes you feel like you are truly surrounded by familiar, supportive faces.
She was excellent at guiding me through helpful cues and images during labour, communicating with my partner, and assisting the midwife when she needed it. After the birth, Emerald helped me get comfortable with breastfeeding and came by to check up on us whenever we needed support.
Overall I had a very positive experience and would highly recommend Emerald's doula services to others.
We were so extremely lucky to have Emerald step in to be our doula on short notice last year. Our original doula ended up having a scheduling conflict, and referred us to several others who had volunteered to replace her. We jumped at the chance to have Emerald. She was just the best; attended appointments with us, was available to me through all my distress, then helping us through the long and protracted birth process. And when I was rushed into an emergency C-section and my partner was too emotionally distraught to go in with me, it was Emerald who went in with me. During one of the scariest times of my life, she was my lifeline to keeping my anxiety and panic attacks at bay. She even took the best pictures of my son being born. Any family would be lucky to have her, she is seriously knowledgable, empathetic, and professional while remaining compassionate and helpful.
A very knowledgeable doula with a lot of experience! Confident and helpful.
The birth of my son was a beautiful event in me and my husband's life and having Emerald as our doula gave me the confidence, knowledge and support we needed to fully embrace the experience.
She listened to my concerns, confusions , questions and helped me in keeping me calm and informed. My Son was born two weeks overdue. We were very anxious and stressed out but she kept us calm, to take important decisions and most importantly to stay positive. She was at my side the whole time of my labour which was approx. 20 hours helping me with the relaxation , breathing techniques, masaging me. Because of she being there, kept the panicky mode off my huband. She actively involved my husband so that he does not feel secluded and feels an active part of this very important journey of our life. After the birth she was there for me in my postpartrum time.. She wrote a beautiful birth story and presented it to me on our last visit which truly is a keepsake.
We were really blessed to have her as our birthing doula. She is AWESOME and we highly recommend her.
Thanks so much Emerald!!
Emerald was great. She met with me before my due date several times so we could get to know each other and feel comfortable together. She was there with me the whole 24 hours of my labour and was calm and caring and confident. She slept in the chair beside me when I needed to sleep, she talked to the medical staff to keep informed of my progress and their plan, and she kept my friends informed. After my delivery she was wonderful too. She visited me at the hospital every day and she came to my house many, many times to provide post natal doula services and help with nursing coaching, etc.
Hi hightly recommend Emerald as a doula. She was a rock for me and I appreciated her so much.
Emerald was our post-partum doula when our first daughter was born back in 2009. We became good friends, which is not hard with Emerald, because she's open minded, fun, very knowledgeable, and my daughter loves her. I'm very proud to have her on my birthing team for our second daughter next January.
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