Because it's about more than one day
Birth doula services don't just cover the hours you are in labor. It is so much more than that. Hiring Embrace Birth Services as your personal doula ensures that you are followed throughout the entirety of your pregnancy, labor and birth experience, and postpartum period.
Have a question? Feeling unsure? Need to share a milestone or photo? Embrace Birth Services is here for that.
What is a Birth Doula?
If you're pregnant, a birth doula is your new best friend. 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 been associated with improved birth outcomes and experiences, so good thing your doula is on call for you any time, day or night! Your 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 iwrapped together- one who knows all the secret tricks and tips to make your experience a positive one.
"But.... what do you really do?"
One of the most common questions regarding a birth doula is what do you *actually* do? The wonderful thing is that this is flexible and tailored to each birthing family. On paper this means Embrace offers physical, informational and emotional support during labor and birth to families in the Winnipeg area.
In practice, this means that I take my cues from you, and I meet you where you are. For some families, the desire is extra information and support for their homebirth. 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 ongoing massage, fetching cool cloths and filling up water at your hospital birth. 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 we 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. Having a doula means that you can get photos with all members of your birthing family present- no one hiding behind the camera. 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 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
Holistic support during labor including massage, counterpressure, position and relaxation tips and other physical support
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 or issues you may be having
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
Postpartum Doula Services
Different from a postpartum visit from your Birth Doula, a postpartum doula provides judgment free assistance with newborn feeding and care in the early weeks postpartum. These visits aim to empower you, while also providing a soft space to land in these difficult days when you just need a break. Your doula will address the practical and emotional sides of integrating a new baby into your household, providing assistance as you need it most.
With busier and busier lives each year, many families no longer have a close relative or friend that is able to offer support in the early weeks. A postpartum doula bridges that gap and can be a valuable source of information, resources and practical help. A typical visit may include guidance and troubleshooting with feeding or babywearing, snack and meal prepping, baby holding while the parents grab a bit to eat, shower or run errands and always comes with built in company and conversation - sometimes the most needed items for a new parent!
Postpartum doula services may be booked in 4-8 hour blocks.