Services

Birth Packages

Dignity Package

  • 3 prenatal visits prior to birth
  • Birth Plan consultation
  • In-person support during your active birth until 1-2 hours after baby's birth
  • 1 postpartum visit after birth
  • 24/7 hour on call birth doula support from 36 weeks until your baby is born
  • Unlimited phone and text support
  • One Free pregnancy/parent book of your choice

     COST: $700

Honor Package

  • 3 prenatal visits prior to birth
  • Birth Plan consultation
  • In-person support during your active birth until 1-2 hours after baby's birth
  • 2 postpartum visits after birth
  • 24/7 hour on call birth doula support from 36 weeks until your baby is born
  • Unlimited phone and text support
  • Birth ball at 36 weeks (sign-out)
  • Two free pregnancy/parent books of your choice
  • One 30-minute Maternity Reiki session

     COST: $800

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Respect Package

  • 3 prenatal visits prior to birth
  • Birth Plan consultation
  • In-person support during your active birth until 1-2 hours after baby's birth
  • 3 postpartum visits after birth
  • 24/7 hour on call birth doula support from 36 weeks until your baby is born
  • Unlimited phone and text support
  • Birth ball at 36 weeks (sign-out)
  • Three Free pregnancy/parent books of your choice
  • One 30-minute Maternity Reiki session

COST: $900

Process and Payment

After the initial interview and contract signing, we will meet for three prenatal birth planning appointments, assistance with your birth plan, labor and delivery support, and one postpartum appointment.  I look forward to joining you on your birth journey!

50% is due when you book to secure your due date. The remaining 50% should be paid by 37 weeks.  Payment plans available.

The DONA philosophy states, “A doula for every woman who wants one."  I believe that a healthy community starts with birth and will therefore provide services at a reduced cost (sliding scale) when possible. To determine where you fall on the scale, please see the "Green Bottle" description of personal finances. (Worts & Cunning Apothecary, The Sliding Scale: A tool for economic justice.)

Postpartum

The support of a postpartum doula can provide support in the delicate time after your baby is born.  I am excited to provide you with postpartum doula support in these important days and weeks following delivery. If it’s not medically related – I’ll do it!

A few things include:

  • Help with the emotional and physical recovery after birth
  • Light housekeeping so that the family does not feel overwhelmed
  • Assistance with newborn care such as diapering, bathing, feeding and comforting
  • Sibling care
  • Meal preperation
  • Providing evidence-based information on all things newborn/postpartum
  • Promoting self-care
  • Referrals to local resources

 

Investment

Unlike the birth doula rates, postpartum service is an hourly fee. The rate is $25.00 per hour. A minimum of four hours is required.

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Placenta Encapsulation

As a doula, I am invested in the needs of the women I serve and place great emphasis on the postpartum recovery and healing period. It is a critical time for support as you reclaim your body during the transition from pregnancy to parenting.

Everything that your baby requires before birth is produced by or travels through your placenta. It is a bountiful reserve of hormones and nutrients that connects you to your child. After the birth of your baby, through placenta encapsulation, you can nourish your own body from the same rich supply.

What is Placenta Encapsulation?

Placenta encapsulation is the process of cooking, drying, and encapsulating the placenta to be taken as a homeopathic by new mothers. Many women experience postpartum depression but are limited in the treatments or medications they can take when nursing. Placenta encapsulation offers a woman the option of using a natural substance created by her own body. Placenta encapsulation works because instead of experiencing the sharp hormonal change, the mother is able to ingest the hormone-rich placenta (namely rich in CRH hormone, which causes baby blues), which counteracts the possibility of depression.

Women have reported having more energy, healing faster, and experiencing an improved state of mind.

Other benefits include:

  • Reduced fatigue
  • Increasing milk production
  • Shortening healing time
  • Preventing postpartum depression
  • Restoring a more balanced function
  • Providing an overall feeling of wellness

Processing Methods

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)

In this method, the placenta is steamed with the world’s highest quality therapeutic-grade doTERRA essential oils using ginger, lemon, frankincense, and myrrh before dehydrating. The purpose is to enhance its warming properties and help your body use the beneficial properties of the placenta in a deeper way. TCM kills  bacteria and reduces the risk of spoilage. However, there is concern about the degradation of the hormones when cooking the placenta.

Raw Dehydrated Method

Raw Dehydrated Method is the most common method of placenta encapsulation.  It involves slicing the placenta while fresh and raw and dehydrating it immediately. Clients who choose this method more consistently report increased energy as the number one benefit. It is widely held that the hormones are more likely to be bioavailable when the placenta is processed raw.

Raw Sliced

You may choose to have part of your placenta’s maternal side sliced for immediate raw consumption. Women who ingest some placenta raw either in tea, tucked in the cheek, or in a smoothie report less postpartum bleeding and a faster milk supply. You may choose to have part of your placenta sliced and set aside for you with either of the above processing methods

Service Agreement

Placenta Encapsulation service includes:

  • Placenta pick up from the hospital or home within 6 hours of baby’s birth
  • Proper storage container of placenta pills
  • Instructions for proper handling and storage of finished placenta pills
  • Instructions for pill consumption and dosage
  • Placenta tincture
  • Placenta print
  • Placenta cord keepsake 

Fees

The service is provided for a fee of $250. A non-refundable deposit of $50 is required at contract signing. The $200 balance must be paid upon delivery of the capsules.  

The highest standards of cleanliness and sanitation is maintained throughout the process to include blood-borne pathogen controls and safe food-handling, OSHA compliant standards. 

Maternity Reiki

The perk at Dignity Doula is you will have access to a Reiki 1 Practitioner! Maternity Naturopathic Reiki is a source of care and love for the birthing person and the growing baby and offers energy healing and relaxation during pregnancy.  Maternity Reiki sessions are available in the comfort of your home for clients and non-clients alike.

What is Reiki

Reiki is a Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation that also promotes healing. It is administered by "laying on hands" and is based on the idea that an unseen "life force energy" flows through us and is what causes us to be alive. If one's "life force energy" is low, then we are more likely to get sick or feel stress, and if it is high, we are more capable of being happy and healthy.

The word Reiki is made of two Japanese words - Rei, which means "God's Wisdom or the Higher Power," and Ki which is "life force energy." So, Reiki is actually a "spiritually guided life force energy."

A treatment feels like a wonderful glowing radiance that flows through and around you. Reiki treats the whole person, including body, emotions, mind, and spirit, creating many beneficial effects that include relaxation and feelings of peace, security, and wellbeing. Many have reported miraculous results.

Scientific Validation

A research study at Hartford Hospital in Hartford, Connecticut, indicates that Reiki improved patient sleep by 86 percent, reduced pain by 78 percent, reduced nausea by 80 percent, and reduced anxiety during pregnancy by 94 percent.

Hartford Hospital, Integrative Medicine, Outcomes, https://hartfordhospital.org/services/integrative-medicine/patient-support/outcomes.

In 2009, The Center for Reiki Research completed the Touchstone Project, which summarized Reiki studies published in peer-reviewed journals. The 25 studies examined were further evaluated to determine the effectiveness of Reiki. The conclusion states: "Overall, based on the summaries of those studies that were rated according to scientific rigor as "Very Good" or "Excellent" by at least one reviewer and were not rated as weak by any reviewer, 83 percent show moderate to strong evidence in support of Reiki as a therapeutic modality."(8)

The Center for Reiki Research, Touchstone Project, Conclusion,
http://www.centerforreikiresearch.org.

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Investment

$40 - 30-minute session

Reiki sessions will not exceed 30 minutes on the birthing person.