I offer birth doula services to families in Guelph, ON and surrounding areas.
As "The Pelvic Floor Doula" I take it one step further. I help moms optimize their bodies for birth and postpartum (hello less tearing and a faster recovery!), while still providing that amazing doula support we all need and deserve. I want you to feel empowered and informed every step of the way!
There is A LOT of information out there: one google article says do this, but your friend who has kids tells you to do the exact opposite thing. What gives? We are all so different, and that is why it's so important to work with someone who knows your individual needs and circumstances. Birth is a transformative experience, let me be your tour guide! Keep reading for more benefits of doula care and how it works.
Birth Doula Services
Why hire a birth doula?
39% decrease in the risk of having a c-section
15% increase in the likelihood of a spontaneous vaginal birth
10% decrease in the use of medications for pain relief
34% decrease in the risk of feeling dissatisfied with the birth experience
38% decrease in baby’s risk of a low Apgar score
A shorter labour by 41 minutes (average)
So, what do birth doulas actually do?
We are NOT health care providers, so you won’t see us taking your blood pressure or doing cervical checks. You can find us providing support in other ways.
Position ideas for comfort and labour progression, counter pressure for low back or hip pain, reassuring touch, breathing techniques and that special “doula magic” that can’t be described
Doulas listen and help the family feel supported. We offer non-judgemental support. Epidural, c-section, natural, home birth, what matters to us is what matters to you. Your birth wishes become our own. We are there with you in every contraction, helping you feel a little less alone.
Doulas provide evidence-based research on all kinds of topics, to help you make the best decision for YOU. We offer the pros and cons and allow you to arrive at your own decision, and support you in that decision. No question is silly, we have seen and heard a lot.
The partner’s birth experience also matters. This could be the baby’s father, a family friend, or your mom. Your partner knows you; we know birth. We support the partner as they take whatever role they feel comfortable with. Some are very hands on, some not as much. A doula helps the partner to conserve their energy, allows them to take breaks, and understand what’s going on during labour and delivery.
What does this mean for you and your birth?
Having a baby is a transformative experience for you and your whole family. Doulas help you navigate all the twists and turns of pregnancy, labour and delivery. We know your birth wishes, we know what past experiences you've had, we know what you're hoping for and what you're hoping to avoid. This isn't 'just another person in the room,' this person is chosen by YOU. We're there for the 'hey, is this normal?' questions, the 3 am phone call when your water breaks, and we come ASAP to support you when baby decides to make their entrance.
Optimize your body for birth and postpartum.
Your body was meant to birth your baby! However, this doesn't mean that going medication free during labour is right for everyone. Do you know what does work for most people? Learning how to use movement, gravity, and breath to make your labour and delivery as efficient as possible; what happens during birth has an impact on postpartum recovery! Everyone deserves to feel safe and supported, everyone deserves to know ALL of their options in any given circumstance.
Birth Doula Services (add HST, all prices in CAD)
$1,200 for in-person (home births), $900 for online.
- Complimentary meet and greet
- Unlimited phone and text support throughout your pregnancy. No question is too weird, and there is never a bad time!
- 2 prenatal sessions (1 hour each) focused on what YOU want to learn (birth wishes, practical comfort measures, what to expect, how your partner can support you, early postpartum, breastfeeding) I will also provide you with unbiased, evidence based information, community resources, plus tips on how to communicate with your provider.
- I'm on call from 37 weeks until your baby is born
- Continuous support through labour and delivery, and up to 2 hours after baby is born. Bring on the hip squeezes, position changes, reassurances, bad jokes, and reminders that you are a bad-ass! I will help you set up for a home birth, make your hospital room feel homey, and make sure things are back in place before I leave.
- 2 postpartum sessions in the 4 weeks following delivery (1 hour each) to assist with questions, feeding, newborn care and comfort, etc. I'll even bring you a hot coffee and hold the baby while you drink it.
- Community referrals: it really does take a village.
- Nutrition, exercise, core/pelvic floor guidance
Postpartum Doula Services: please note that this service is reserved for my birth doula clients!
What do postpartum doulas actually do?
We provide support in a variety of ways! Not all-knowing like your mom might be, not just a nanny for your other kids.
The transition from no baby to a little human depending on you 24-7 can be tough. Doulas are great at validating your instincts while parenting the parents and really hearing what you have to say. Sometimes all you need is some reassurance and a hug. Worried about postpartum mood disorders? Your doula can support you and offer some referrals, if needed.
Postpartum doulas can make the days and nights with a new baby run a little more smoothly. This looks a little different for every family; some like help with meal prep, light housecleaning or laundry, others like the chance to grab a nap/shower/hot meal while the doula takes care of the baby.
A new baby is a huge transition for everyone. This includes partners, siblings, and anyone else living in the house. Part of a postpartum doula’s job is to help the entire household adjust and settle into life with baby.
Doulas know what new moms and babies need. They are trained in breastfeeding 101, and are often the sleep fairies that new parents crave! “Is this normal???” is a very common question. We can help to reassure you, or send you to one of the professionals in the area from our extensive networking list.
Postpartum Doula Services (add HST, all prices in CAD)
All packages include a complimentary meet and greet, unlimited phone and text support, core and pelvic floor assessment and questionnaire, as well as community resources.
- 20 hours of postpartum support
- 40 hours of postpartum support
- 60 hours of postpartum support
- 8 hours of sweet, sweet sleep
Ready to find out more?
Book a FREE Discovery Call with Steph today!