A doula provides continuous non-clinical support to
a woman and her partner during pregnancy, birth, and
the early weeks of parenting. As your doula I will
help you prepare for your birth and learn about your
birth preferences, whether your goal is to have a
natural intervention free birth in a home or
hospital setting, a medicated birth, or a planned
cesarean birth that is family centered. A doula at
your side during labor is focused solely on you and
your partner to provide emotional support, practical
assistance, and a calm, objective presence. During
labor I will suggest comfort measures such as
position changes, perform light touch, and assist
with guided visualizations and breathing. I can make
suggestions to help your partner best support you,
while allowing them to fully experience the birth as
a loving participant. Throughout your pregnancy,
birth, and postpartum period I can help you
understand basic terminology, procedures and medical
practices to further your efforts to make informed
decisions. As your doula I am part of a whole team
where each member has a special role to play in
supporting you for your birth.
Me: Call 319 430 6736 or
Standard Birth Doula Package, $700
Bamboo Birth Families,$600 or previous
Student Families, $600
Prenatal support and 2 meetings
Birth Movement Ebook and lesson
Attend labor and birth
Postpartum support: phone check in while at
the hospital and house visit 2-6 weeks after
Cesarean Birth Doula Package, $500
Postpartum Doula Package, $200
Story: From a Doulas Perspective,$75
Certified Doula services are covered by flex spending
Frequently Asked Questions
interview before you commit. A free consultation allows
for the opportunity to assess a good match, review your
needs, and my services.
No pressure to
decide on the spot. I strongly encourage
you to contact other Iowa City Doulas, contact my
references and discuss doula support with your care
No service =
no payment. I do not submit your second payment until
after your birth. If I or my back up doula are unable to
attend your birth due to an unforeseen event, such as a
natural disaster or extremely fast birth, the second
fee be adjusted accordingly.
I will not
accept you as a client if I feel that we are an ill
fitting match or if there are circumstances that will
hinder me from providing my services to the best of my
ability. I will, in such a case refer you to a doula who
can better serve your needs.
qualities that Bamboo Birth families have valued:
want to work with a recognized expert and professional
as evidenced by my publishing, speaking engagements, and
professionally executed service
seek experience, certification, and birth expertise
respect my leadership role and cooperative approach
within both the birth and natural parenting communities
appreciate my efficiency, organization, honesty,
flexibility, and straightforward approach
seek a calm, compassionate, unbiased presence
clients and the UIHC hospital staff appreciate a doula
who will complement the birth team by being diplomatic,
cooperative, and non-judgmental in the birthing space.
What are the benefits of
using a Doula?
Studies have shown
the following benefits of having a Birth
Doula present at birth:
50% reduction in c-section rates
25% shorter labour
60% reduction in epidural requests
40% reduction in Oxytocin use
30% reduction in analgesia use
40% reduction in forceps or vacuum deliveries
Women who have used a Doula
are more satisfied with their birth experience, feel more
confident in their ability to mother, bond faster with their
newborn, are less likely to have Postpartum Depression, and
are more likely to breastfeed. ~ Klaus, Kennel, and Klaus
am planning an Epidural for my Birth. Do I need a Doula?
the decision is made to have an epidural I will be able to
help expedite the process as well as support you until the
pain medication takes effect. It is my philosophy to provide
continuous support with or without an epidural. With an
epidural it is important to continue with position changes
while resting. I will make sure that you and your partner
are comfortable. Once the pushing stage begins you may need
help supporting your legs and also changing positions as
needed. With the proper support we can help you to hands and
knees, side lying, even a squat. You do not have to be flat
on your back.
I am having a
planned cesarean birth. Do I need a Doula? Yes. Once the
decision is made to have a planned cesarean birth I will be
able to support you for a family-friendly birth. We will
review your birth options and the hospital protocol. I will join
you at an agreed upon time during your hospital intake. With the permission of
the surgical and anesthesia team I will be at your side
during the birth and stay at your side when your birth
partner follows your baby to the nursery or NICU. I will
stay with you until you are resting comfortably, and have
held your baby or visited your baby at the NICU, depending
on the type of care that your baby will receive after birth.
What training have you had?
I am trained and
certified as a labor doula through Childbirth
International. The certification involved a six week hands
on childbirth class; a curriculum focus on communication
skills, physiology, and birth doula skills; birth
evaluations; readings; and an essay. I continue to enhance
my training with workshops and Continuous Education Units
beyond my certification. In addition to my certification I
am informed by a strong background in mind and body training
with a Bachelor’s degree in Physical Education (University
of Puget Sound, Tacoma, WA), a Master’s in Health, Leisure
and Sport Studies and Ph.D. coursework in Sport Studies at
the University of Iowa.
Is doula care
covered by my flex spending account or my health insurance?
Yes and maybe.
Yes, flex spending is covered for certified doulas. I will
compile an invoice that you can submit through your flex
spending under the category “childbirth education and
services.” Insurance providers have recently allocated a
code for certified doula services. Please contact your
should I contact you?
I have had potential clients call before they were pregnant,
the day they found out they were pregnant, all the way
through to a week prior to their due date. The benefit of
hiring me earlier is having access to my service and
resources and also guaranteeing your spot. I am very
flexible. Please contact me to find out availability and a
What happens if
I go into labor prior to 38 weeks, when you go on call?
Call me and I will be there.
I have attended births as early as 33 weeks. When I am on
call I do not eat garlic, leave the city, and generally
limit my activities to be able to join you within an hour.
So no 3 hour hikes or camping trips.
Do you have a backup doula for times when you are not
available? Yes, a backup will be available if I am
unavailable due to an emergency, illness or if I am at
another birth. I will discuss with you which member of the
Iowa City Doulas cooperative you would like as your backup.
Can you provide references?
Yes, I have a list of references who have agreed to speak
with prospective clients. Please ask them what they did and
did not like about working with me. I encourage you to talk
to your care provider as well. Please visit the Testimonials
and Doulas and Partners pages.
A large percentage of my clients come through referrals from
people like you. If
you would like to refer someone to me for doula services,
please send them to this website and pass on my phone number
(319-430-6736) or my email email@example.com so that
they can contact me.
ARTICLES of INTEREST:
you know the benefits of doula support? Doulas and Bradley
I am there to support your
wishes and to facilitate your journey to parenthood in an environment of
security and confidence
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