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Hi, I’m Rebecca, and I’m a birth doula.

The word doula comes from the greek word meaning “to serve”, or “woman’s servant”, and doulas were originally also midwifes.  Today, the word doula is used to describe women who provide support for a mother and her family during pregnancy, labour, and birth (in addition to a midwife or OB). As a doula it is my responsibility to help each individual mother I support in the unique and specific way that she needs, which means I dedicate much time to getting to know each person’s individual birth wish, expected coping techniques, and likes and dislikes.

My services include:

  • – a  free consultation
  • – 2, 3, or 4 prenatal visits,
  • – attending the birth (I am on-call 24/7 beginning 2 weeks before expected due-date, I will come whenever needed, and stay for 2-5 hours after the birth)
  • – 2, 3, or 4 post natal visits
  • access to a small collection of books about pregnancy, birth, and parenting
  • unlimited phone and email support

During the prenatal visits some areas of discussion we may focus on are:

  • mapping out mother’s birth wish (hospital or home, amount of intervention, other people there, coping techniques)
  • discussing and practicing various coping techniques including positions, massage, water, heat/cool packs, breathing techniques, tools (exercise ball, tub, etcetera)
  • information about what to expect during labour and what your choices are
  • information about forms of induction and pain relief if you deliver in a hospital, including the benefits and risks associated with each
  • practice relaxation techniques
  • some basics of prenatal yoga, prenatal massage and prenatal nutrition
  • emotional and spiritual healing that may rise to the surface during pregnancy and birth
  • providing resources and information about anything else you would like

During the labour and birth, I will be doing whatever mother needs me to be doing, which might include

  • help you to recognize the signs that labour is coming
  • providing physical support through massage, pressure points, applying hot or cold compresses etc.
  • helping with coping techniques such as moving into different positions, and reminding of breathing techniques
  • assisting with practical tasks like preparing or bringing food and drinks and making phone calls
  • providing support for mother’s partner, baby’s father, or anyone else attending the birth

During the postnatal visits some areas of discussion are:

  • mother’s care after birth
  • baby’s care, including massage, yoga, and support with feeding (whether breastfeeding, formula, or both)
  • help with practical tasks, including but not limited to meal preparation, light housework, caring for baby

For a very limited time my services are available at half price while I compete my the doula certification process through HALO.

Pricing varies on number of prenatal and postnatal visits required. Sliding scale rates are available to make doula care accessible to all mothers. Please contact me if you have any questions or would like to schedule a free consultation.

226 780 0406

imagineonelovecare@gmail.com

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