Region Served: Cortland County, as well as Ithaca and Syracuse Areas.
Type of Doula/Focus of Care: Birth and postpartum doula; also offering holistic support through herbal and nutritional consultation throughout the childbearing years and early childhood.
General Structure of Doula Services: It is important to me to really get to know you before attending your birth, as it is such a personal intimate event. For this reason, I like to have at least 3 prenatal visits to discuss support strategies and approaches that resonate with you as a unique individual. During these visits I will also guide you in the process of developing a birth vision. Additionally, I am always available by phone or messenger for emotional and informational support throughout the pregnancy. I maintain an on-call status for the 4 weeks around your due date. I provide continuous labor support (in the home and/or hospital), birth support, and immediate postpartum care while you get settled with your new baby. Labor and birth support includes guiding optimal positions/movements for each stage or challenge faced in the process, massage techniques, Rebozo comfort support, TENS unit, homemade Laboraide and iced herbal teas upon request to keep you hydrated and nourished throughout. My signature technique is to put great care into creating your ideal ambiance in the birthing space – providing fresh wild flowers, evergreens, fairy lights, candles, aromas, sounds, tastes, textures, etc. Following the birth I provide 3 postpartum home visits; with frequency and duration tailored to your needs. Additional visits available at an hourly rate. During these postpartum visits I can support you in the following ways: processing the birth experience, referrals to community support and trusted specialists, breastfeeding support, evidence based newborn care guidance, running errands, short term newborn care while you attend to self-care needs, and light housework and meal prep.
Additional Projects/Non-Doula Services: I am a homesteader, permaculturist, and wildcraft herbalist by trade. Living this life allows me to be deeply connected to the natural rhythms of nature. I believe birth is just another one of these natural rhythms. I find great joy in sharing the knowledge of wild and free medicine for your family just outside your door. I also have a line of locally sourced wild harvested medicine and body products available to support you and your family throughout the childbearing years.
Why Are You A Doula? I believe in the intuitive and biological wisdom held within each woman to bring forth life. Growing up in a community of women who all had home births it never occurred to me that birth was something to fear. Even with the birth of my own daughter, it was everything that would come after the birth that gave me the most anxiety because my partner and village were lacking. This is why I believe we need to rewrite the conversation around birth in our society; to stop fear-mongering women into handing over their power into the hands of strangers. To start putting that power rightfully back into their hands and to provide the village care they need. I’m not saying pregnancy and birth are meant to be easy, because it’s often not, but the hardships and emotional turmoil surrounding pregnancy and childbirth are the perfect preparations for the journey of parenthood that lies ahead. When given the opportunity to witness yourself overcome one of life’s greatest challenges – childbirth – it allows you to move forward in life with an unimaginable sense of strength. Our modern society is not set up for supporting parenthood, let alone parenting without partnership. Where did the village go? I believe doulas are one of the last remaining links to the village mentality we so desperately need for raising children to be healthy and whole members of a functioning and sustainable society. If our children's introduction to the world is more supported and healing then perhaps our future society will be more supportive and healed.
Training/Certification: Birth Doula trainings with the Sierra Childbirth Institute certifying through DONA International. Participated in the home birth of my own daughter.
Fee Structure: Full Package: $700 (sliding scale and payment plans available for low income families) Breakdown: -Prenatal (3) and Postpartum (3) Visits: $240 ($20/hr for additional visits) -On call time + Labor/Birth/Immediate Postpartum Support: $460