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Winnipeg Birth Doula Services

 

Pregnancy and birth have enough confusion surrounding them. Choosing who will support you at your birth shouldn't add to it.

 

As your Winnipeg doula and birth photographer, I'm here to help you create amazing memories surrounding your birthing days-- whatever those look like to you. Embrace Birth Services follows you throughout the entirety of your pregnancy, labor and birth experience, and postpartum period, digging deep to get to know you and how to best support the birth that you desire and anticipate. 

 

That looks different for everyone, and those differences are a beautiful thing.

 

What is a Winnipeg Birth Doula?

 

Dictionary definition is that a doula is a trained and experienced labor companion. She follows you throughout your pregnancy in order to help you prepare for the labor and birth that YOU want. Continuous support during labor has even been associated with improved birth outcomes and experiences! Your Winnipeg birth doula will meet you during active labor and provide encouragement and assistance during your birth- kind of like a mini cheerleader and tour guide all wrapped together- one who knows all the secret tricks and tips to make your experience a positive one.

More Questions? Head on over to the FAQ Page. 

 

Doulas only take homebirths though, right?

 

Ok, but... I'm pretty sure I want an epidural. I'm excited for that hospital room. I love my OB. I've got a great partner and they can give a killer backrub. So, a doula isn't really meant for me, right?

 

So not true! A doula is there for you no matter what your ideal birth looks like.

 

From planned epidurals or cesarean births in the hospital to homebirth parties or hypnobirthing at the Birth Centre, I'm there to support the birth you want. And if you're not really sure yet, that's ok too! We'll talk during your pregnancy and I'm there to answer any questions you may have. Gone are the days when doulas only supported unmedicated homebirths. These days we know the difference a doula can make to all types of birth, and I'm happy to support each one.

 

Bottom line-- Doulas support all birthers in all types of births. You tell me your hopes and I'm there to encourage, empower and support you.

 

 

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"But.... what do you really do?"

The wonderful thing is that this is flexible and tailored to each birthing family. For some families, the desire is extra information during pregnancy and someone to answer questions during labour. Someone else may desire a calm presence who can offer massage or counterpressure for 8 hours straight. You may want some assistance setting up and filling a birth pool, making sure the music is on and the lights low, and someone is groaning along with you when you're feeling tapped out in hour six. It could mean fetching cool cloths and filling up water. A doula can remind you to eat and drink to keep your energy up, to remember to use the bathroom. I can suggest different positions or relaxation and pain relief techniques, all the while whispering in your ear that you are a rockstar, and I believe in you.

 

Partners often love doulas because they can act as a guide in an otherwise intimidating new experience. There's nothing I love more than watching a partner step in and start to emulate things I have been saying and doing at a birth, seeing that they are finding their confidence and feeling guided and supported themselves. Having a doula also gives your partner a chance to grab coffee (or send me on a run!), get a quick bite to eat, or even just a few moments to rest their hands in a difficult back labor. It is usually the birthing partners idea to hire a doula, but the supporting partner that raves the most afterwards!

 

For a further look into what birth doula care may look like for you, check out this recent blog I shared.

 

Your Winnipeg Birth Doula Package Includes

 

A no obligation consultation to meet and get to know one another
Up to two in person prenatal meetings
Unlimited telephone, email and text message support from contract signing
Informational Resources and Handouts throughout pregnancy
24 Hours a day on call support for your labor and birth
A backup doula always available
Attendance at your birth regardless of length
Labor support including massage, counterpressure, position and relaxation tips and more
Postpartum support until 1-2 hours after birth
Help initiating breastfeeding and ongoing breastfeeding support
One postpartum visit to discuss the birth and any questions you have
Assistance with babywearing
Newborn care guidance and reassurance
Optional postpartum doula support add-on
Someone on your side no matter what twists and turns your birth experience may take

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The day you give birth will be one of the most important and memorable days of your life. After having three births myself, I truly believe that the support a birth doula offers is an integral part of a positive birth experience, and one of the most worthwhile investments you can make! I invite you to contact me for more information if you would like to talk about ways to make the Winnipeg doula cost more accessible for your family, including flexible payment plans and gift certificates (Birth Doula services is a great idea for a gift registry!).

 

Investment

Investment for birth doula services for 2019 is $700. A non-refundable deposit of $300 will be required to reserve your date with the remainder of the fee due by 37 weeks. Payment plans or Gift Registries towards your Winnipeg doula cost may be an option, contact me for more details.

 

To ensure my clients receive the best care, Embrace Birth Services accepts a limited amount of clients per month. Contact me today to reserve your date.