Doula Services

Congratulations on the upcoming birth of your new little blessing!

I am so happy you are learning more about how you can benefit from professional labor support as you start on this wonderful journey! Doulas have long been viewed as a supplement to the “natural” birth experience when in reality doulas are a critical member of your birth team no matter how you choose to birth your baby. Here at Expecting a Blessing you receive professional, personalized support and education. My job is to help you feel prepared mentally, physically, and emotionally throughout your entire experience, regardless of your plans for a natural or a medical centered birth.

What to expect from me, while you’re expecting

Birth Planning & Education

Childbirth is an experience. In order for you to have the experience you desire, you need the right tools! Each package I offer includes a Your Birth Experience™ Parent Guide and a private childbirth education workshop. By using this interactive workbook and participating in the prenatal meetings with your doula, you will: Identify your wants and needs, gain a knowledge of the birth process and your birth options, prepare for your birth experience, learn how to effectively communicate your birth preferences to your birth team and more.

Unlimited phone, text, and email support

When you make the decision to hire me you will have unlimited text, phone, and email support as well as access to my resource library. I encourage you to contact me with any questions and updates throughout your prenatal period. When we enter the on-call period I encourage you to check in every few days to let me know how you are doing. If you find that you need additional support or services that I am unable to provide you will have access to my expanding collection of referrals and resource lists.

Prenatal Visits

Consisting of 2 or more meetings where we are given the chance to:
CONNECT and get to know each other better
DISCUSS your hopes, concerns, and expectations regarding your birth
IDENTIFY your unique desires and needs in relation to your birth
EQUIP you with the tools you need to make informed decisions
GUIDE you in assembling a birth preference plan
PRACTICE comfort techniques that can assist you in labor

Labor Support

I encourage each client to keep in close contact with me during the beginning of labor. Once you are ready for me to join you, I will arrive at your desired location. Upon arrival I will provide continuous physical and emotional support through various comfort measures, gentle guidance, encouragement and more for the duration of labor, delivery and through the immediate postpartum period.

Postpartum Support

I typically remain with you 1-3 hours after birth, until you are comfortable and your family is ready for private bonding time with your new little one. During this time I can help you with getting baby skin-to-skin, initial breastfeeding support and taking photos.
7-10 days after the birth I will come to your home for a postpartum visit. During this visit we discuss your birth experience, provide postpartum resources, address any concerns and/or questions and present you with your birth timeline and photos.

Receive more information about my availability and packages.

Offering Labor Doula Services To Expecting Arizona Families In: Mesa, AZ | Gilbert, AZ | Chandler, AZ | Scottsdale, AZ | Surrounding East Valley Area

Arizona Doula Support Packages starting at $425

Are you ready for the support of a labor doula?

What is a Doula?

The word ‘doula’ — pronounced ‘doo-la’ — is a Greek word meaning ‘a women who serves’. More recently, the term refers to someone who is a trained and experienced professional who provides physical, emotional and informational support to the mother and her partner before, during and just after birth.

While doulas have a knowledge and awareness of the birth process and are trained and experienced in childbirth, a doula does not support the mother in a medical role like a midwife or doctor. Instead, a doula meets the woman’s non-medical needs by providing continuous emotional and physical support as well as providing evidence-based information to  assist the woman and her partner in the decision-making process allowing the couple to make informed and educated decisions.

What are the benefits of a Doula?

Studies have shown that when women have the continuous support of a doula their labors are shorter, with fewer complications, their babies are healthier and they breastfeed more easily.

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Decrease in the use of Pitocin

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Decrease in the risk of Cesarean Section

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Decrease in the risk of newborns being admitted to the NICU

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Less likely to rate their childbirth experience negatively

Statistics taken from EvidenceBasedBirth.com