Doula

Labor supportive services:

BEST Certified Doula LogoI completed DONA International’s Birth Doula training with Rae Davies of The Birth Company in 2019 and the BEST Birth Doula training with Amanda Devereux and Maria Pokluda in 2020. As a Certified Birth Doula, I adhere to the BEST Ethics and Standards of Practice.

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I would love to talk with you about your birth plans and preferences. I offer a free, 30-minute pre-contract interview, and I encourage you to interview me and other doulas to find a good fit! In general, a birth doula contract with me includes two prenatal visits, labor and birth support, and at least one postpartum visit. I am a member of the Memphis Birth Collective, which has a great variety of birth-related professional members who would love to meet you.

Postpartum supportive services:

“Studies have shown that cultures in which women are cared for by others for a defined period of days or weeks and are expected only to nurture themselves and their babies during that time have superior outcomes in postpartum adjustment. We know that women who experience support from their family members, care providers, counselors and peer groups have greater breastfeeding success, greater self-confidence, less postpartum depression and a lower incidence of abuse than those who do not.”

I am a Postpartum Certified Doula PCD(DONA) with DONA International, and I adhere to the DONA Standards of Practice and Code of Conduct. A training at Homegrown Babies in Asheville, NC in 2018 was part of my in-person practice to meet the certification requirements.

I offer a free, 30-minute pre-contract interview. In general, a service contract is arranged before the birth of your baby, and includes at least one prenatal home visit, unlimited text support, and several home visits to be used in your first six weeks postpartum. I’m also happy to do single visits for non-contract moms as long as I have availability. I recommend booking two or three hours for each in-home postpartum care visit.