birth doula support services.

Because no two people are the same, neither is my approach to each birth the same.

Please note: I work primarily in a doula partnership, Root & Spark. On a case-by-case basis, I will take on a client as a solo birth doula.

 Babymoon in Bermuda, September 2018.

Babymoon in Bermuda, September 2018.

Whatever direction you are interested in taking, I am fully capable of supporting the outcome or decision you make. Whether it is at home, a birth center, a hospital birth, or an induction, spontaneous, high-risk or (un)planned cesarean, my goal is to ensure that you feel safe, in power and informed. I am happy to walk you through non-medical forms of coping (natural) during labor such as breathing, active relaxation techniques, movement/yoga, massage, visualization, counterpressure or any other technique you are curious about. I am also happy to support you in exploring and using medication for pain relief should you decide that is right for you as well as provide additional information on how to best utilize and maximize what is available to you in a hospital setting. 

For my Basic Birth Doula support services, I offer one complimentary in person interview where we get to see if we are a good fit. Once hired, I'd love to meet you for the prenatal meeting in your home where we learn about each other, talk about your current (and/or past) experiences being pregnant, what your interests and needs are as well as practice some of the techniques mentioned above. During this meeting, we will also discuss any concerns, think and plan for your postpartum period and recovery. After these two visits, I am on call from your 37th week of pregnancy. I then await your call letting me know you are in labor and I join you where you are birthing your baby and stay until they make their grand arrival. I'll be there to support you in initiating breastfeeding for the first time should that be part of your plan. The last visit happens a few days, maybe even one week after you give birth, giving you time to settle in. We will process the birth and discuss any referrals should they be needed. From the moment we decide to work together, I am available for phone calls and email support.

Should you decide you are interested in working with me after you are home with the baby, I am able to offer the following:

"Stay With Me" package includes two prenatal visits, birth services, and phone and email support offered with an additional two 3-hour postnatal doula support sessions to be used within the first two weeks of giving birth.

Please email me to inquire about rates + packages.

To learn more about my postnatal services, click here.

 

Kind Words from previous clients...

I would recommend Elizabeth as a doula to anyone who is pregnant. During my pregnancy, she was highly attentive, regularly checking in with me and offering loving suggestions for self care when I had questions or concerns. During my labor, she was all in- helping my husband support me in more effective ways and making me feel so much more comfortable in the hospital when not everyone is kind or generous. She brings her positive energy and realness throughout the journey and I was happy to have her by my side.
— Mae, second-time mom
Speaking from the partner/dad perspective - Elizabeth was a fantastic birthing coach for us. She was just the right mix of granola, hard talk and sense of humor. Elizabeth used yoga, real conversation about upcoming birthing scenarios all with engaged attitude. Best of all, my lady immediately felt womanly kinship comfort and trust. Essential when it’s GO time. When contractions came she joined us at the hospital and was right there with us during the “surges”. It’s a ride with one pilot and two copilots, let me tell you. Literally. Partner gets one leg, doula gets the other. Elizabeth is the best. Enjoy the ride!
— Eran, first-time dad
I feel so lucky that Elizabeth was a part of my pregnancy and birth. We met her at a doula meet and greet and instantly felt comfortable around her. She has a calm energy and really listened to our wishes and worries. We felt confident in our birth plan after meeting with Elizabeth prior to birth. We appreciated how present she was, but also that she wasn’t pushy. She supported our birth and respected our views. She helped me to advocate for what I wanted during labor. We will forever be thankful for the calmness she brought to the labor and delivery room.
— Lynda, first-time mom

Quick View of the Basic Birth Doula package:

  • 1-2 prenatal meeting in your home where we discuss your vision for the birth, discuss signs as well as the stages of labor, explore comfort measures and techniques, address any concerns, and lastly, plan for the "4th trimester," the postpartum period.

  • While in labor, I will meet you where you are, be it home, hospital or birth center and stay until baby is born. I remain there to ensure you are doing well and that breastfeeding is initiated.

  • 1 postnatal visit in your home to check in and process birth, breastfeeding and how you and baby are doing overall.

  • On call from 37th wk of pregnancy until you give birth.

  • Phone and email support available the moment I am hired.