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Whole-Family Care for the Childbearing Year
Serving Central & West-Central Minnesota

BirthFree! Childbirth Education

Birth Free! is a 12 week childbirth education series created by Jennifer Davis (please see her website at www.laborforlove.com. She has the series on DVDs as well!).

In this class, you will get a comprehensive look at all your childbirth options and discover just how beautifully your baby and body work together throughout your childbearing year. You and your partner will discover your strength and go forward to birth your baby with confidence.  Classes include pregnancy and postpartum education, with one dedicated to breastfeeding and infant care.

Here is the 12 week outline:


Introduction to Birth Today

Nutrition for Pregnancy and Nursing

Gestation/ Pre & Perinatal Psychology

First Stage and Transition of Labor

Second and Third Stage of Labor

Dad and Doula's Role in Labor

Interventions Part1

Interventions Part 2

Postpartum for Mom and Dad

Postpartum for Baby

Creating a Workable Birth Plan

Nursing Your Baby     

Classes start in January. Please contact me for more information!


Cost: $325 and that includes all materials and handouts, a meal for the 2nd class, and postpartum meal brought to your home. Limited space per session. 

Click here to sign up.

Placenta Encapsulation

The placenta is an amazing organ! It grows along with your baby, taking over important hormone functions in the mother's body and nourishes your baby while in utero. After birth, the hormone functions of the mother's body take some time to kick back in. That's where placentophagy (consuming the placenta) comes in! The placenta is perfectly nourishing to the postpartum mother's body, not only supplying it with the exact hormones she needs, but also things like iron, B-6, protein, and Corticotropin-Releasing Hormone. (Read more here) Some benefits include preventing postpartum depression, helping milk supply, reducing insomnia, and a faster postpartum recovery.

Service includes traditional Chinese medicine method of preparing your placenta and encapsulating it, done over two visits. 

Cost: $150

Click here to buy Placenta Encapsulation service.

Birth Doula

The Interview:

First we will meet for an initial interview and consultation.  There is no charge for an interview; it is an opportunity for us to get acquainted, for you to find out what I have to offer, to express your expectations, and let me address your questions.

 

Services:

After you have decided my services are right for you I will provide comprehensive services including the following:

  • Unlimited assistance by telephone, text message, or email
  • Two third trimester visits to:

 

               - Go over wants, needs, expectations.

               - Educate on stages of labor/ emotional signposts

               - Help form birth plan

               - Discuss how members of the birth team will work together

               - Practice positions and comfort techniques

               - Educate on exercises and relaxation

               - Educate on normal newborn behavior and care

               - Educate on the importance of the first hour

               - Educate on how to breastfeed successfully

               - Prepare families for the experience of postpartum

               - Prepare a postpartum plan

  • Access to lending library (books, magazines, movies)
  • A personal folder with information, articles, etc, tailored to you
  • Continual support during labor/birth
  • One to two hours of assistance immediately after birth
  • Assistance establishing breastfeeding
  • Postpartum visit and favorite meal 2-5 days after birth
  • Basic infant massage education
  • Birth story and records from birth
  • 24 hour on-call two weeks after birth for phone assistance
  • Optional visits ($25/ hour each visit)

Fees:

 My fee is $ 600 and includes everything listed above. Half ($300) is due when you hire me, and half 3 weeks before your due date. If you are hiring me after 37 weeks, we will discuss alternative payment arrangements. There is no charge for the initial interview.

I accept paypal, cash, personal checks, and will consider bartering. 

We can also arrange a monthly payment plan or pay-per-visit. 

Postpartum Doula

The interview:

First we will meet for an initial interview and consultation.  There is no charge for an interview; it is an opportunity for us to get acquainted, for you to find out what I have to offer, to express your expectations, and let me address your questions. We will also go through some screening questions and scheduling if you decide to hire me.

The Schedule:

My schedule is based on your needs. Some families will want 40 hours of care per week for the first few weeks, slowly weaning off from there through week 12. Some family's will feel like they need me a lot at the beginning, but are comfortable as a family by week 3 and no longer need my services. We schedule the first weeks according to what you anticipate your needs as being. At the end of the week, we will review and schedule the next week.  Again, my services are flexible and I will be "all yours" for the first 12 weeks postpartum.

Families welcoming multiples may want around-the-clock care for the first few weeks or so. In this case I work with 2 or 3 other doulas in the area to be with you for 24/7 care. My services will extend beyond 12 weeks for these families if needed. Please contact me for more information!

Rate: $25/hour 

The services:

After the baby has arrived, services include:

  • Meeting you at the place of birth within 24-48 hours to help with breastfeeding, errands, etc...
  • Helping to transition the family to life with a baby
  • Caring for the mother, giving her time to recuperate and relax
  • Educating both parents about normal newborn behavior
  • Infant care education
  • Assisting with basic breastfeeding and pumping concerns, such as comfortable positioning and discussing best practices for a successful nursing relationship
  • Instructing about bottle-feeding safely and with respect
  • Entertaining and educating older children
  • Addressing birth announcements
  • Running errands, grocery shopping, school transportation
  • Preparing meals
  • Tidying the house
  • Washing baby laundry and diapers 
  • Providing contact information for qualified professionals in a variety of service areas
  • Overnight and/or travel care is also offered

Prenatal support

While preparing for baby, services include (but are not limited to):

  • Educating about normal newborn behavior and care
  • Educating about breastfeeding
  • Preparing families for the experience of birth
  • Preparing families for the experience of postpartum
  • Assisting with the baby registry
  • Setting up the nursery and equipment

 

Click here to buy Postpartum Doula services.

Antepartum Doula

Moms on bed-rest or who are dealing with a high-risk pregnancy benefit greatly from these services. Not only do I help with the practical, such as light-housework and cooking, running errands, and transporting you to appointments, but I also offer emotional and educational support. Having a high-risk pregnancy is oftentimes unexpected and scary. Having someone to talk to who is nonjudgmental and knowledgeable can be a huge relief. 

I can also accompany you in the hospital if you need to be admitted. Having someone to talk to, get information from, and just hang out with you can help you stay positive in a very scary situation. I can also take care of your "To do" list... running errands and taking care of whatever needs to be done at your home. 

This article talks specifically about the benefits of an antepartum doula for the mom on bed-rest

I also offer an in-home baby care class for moms on bed-rest.  

 

Many women these days lead busy lives... continuing to work up until birth, taking care of older children, birthing classes, running kids to school, soccer, swimming lessons, and many other things sometimes leave little time for preparing for a baby! An antepartum doula can do the preparing and planning for/with you.

This service is also a wonderful gift for first-time parents. There are so many options and so much STUFF a baby can bring with him/her! Having someone help keep things organized can be very helpful.

Here is another great article on what an antepartum doula does

       "Antepartum doulas aren’t just for women on bed rest, however. Teenage mother’s may want an antepartum doula to help support them through the difficult emotional challenges. Women who have many children and need extra support may hire an antepartum doula, as may a mother who experiences severe morning sickness."-- Doula.com

Rate: $25/hour

Services include but are not limited to:

  • Baby registry assistance
  • Baby equipment assistance/ shopping
  • Baby furniture assistance/ shopping
  • Nursery room set-up/ shopping
  • Running errands
  • Grocery shopping
  • Light housekeeping
  • Light meal prep
  • School trasportation
  • Transportation for mom to doctor/midwife appointments
  • Accompaniment to doctor/midwife appointments
  • Accompany you in the hospital if needed
  • Take care of your "To Do" list in the case of the unexpected

 Click here to buy Antepartum Doula Services.