YES!!! Most RI and nearby MA hospitals are allowing doulas in to support their clients. They do each have their own protocols in place and we can discuss those based on which hospital you are planning to birth at.
On my end I am doing my best to avoid contracting COVID-19. I am staying home and absolutely avoiding crowds. I am following all state mandated protocols and have decided to home school my children to avoid any extra exposure from them. All prenatal and postpartum visits can be done in person (in a safe manner) or virtually. At births I make sure to wear my mask and keep my hands clean. You have enough to worry about while birthing your baby- I am not looking to add to your stress!
A doula (doo-la) is a woman who helps support a mother before, during and after childbirth. This support is usually in the form of education, emotional support and physical support.
NOT AT ALL!!! The majority of my clients are not super crunchy. Heck- I'M not super crunchy. I honestly believe- not only your birth your choice, but your family your choice. My job is to give you all of your options and educate you on your choices. Whatever decisions you make from there I will fully support.
Every city and town in Rhode Island. I also travel to many cities and towns in nearby Massachusetts. My service radius is approximately 35 miles from Pawtucket, RI or in time about an hour away. Some of those cities and towns are listed below- if you do not see your city or town listed that doesn't mean that you are out of my service area- contact me and we can chat!
Fall River, MA
New Bedford, MA
North Attleboro, MA
Yes, definitely. There are ways to make your labor room more comforting and personable to you while you birth. I can attend assisted home births, hospital births,and births at a birthing center.
I gladly attend births at the following hospitals:
Women & Infants in Providence, RI
Landmark Medical Center in Woonsocket, RI
Newport Hospital in Newport RI
South County Hospital in Wakefield, RI
Kent Hospital in Warwick, RI
South Shore Hospital in South Weymouth, MA
Newton- Wellesley Hospital in Newton,MA
Norwood Hospital in Norwood, MA
Sturdy Memorial Hospital in Attelboro, MA
St. Vincent's Hospital in Worcester, MA
Now, if you are planning at birthing at another hospital or birth center that is not on this list- that may mean they are out of my service area or a hospital I am not comfortable attending births at. We can certainly talk about it!
Absolutely. With preparation and education before hand, through the surgery itself, and at home while you are recovering. Cesareans are not easier and extra support is very important. I even have a labor package just for cesarean births.
No they cannot. They can be a support person (and doulas work wonderfully with support people) but they do not have the knowledge and education to be a doula for you.
Simply put: There are many good and valid reasons your baby wakes up overnight. Parenting at night is tough but I truly believe that once parents learn the biological norms of infant sleep they will see why responding when their infants cry is better for the whole family in the long run.
Oh heck no! You cannot approach infant sleep in a bubble- you have to work and fix the situation holistically or you'll always run into issues. Part of what I do in Infant Sleep consults is look at the whole family dynamic- what is working and what isn't. What you're willing to change and what you're not. How is everyone doing? What are sleep challenges doing to your family? What other issues is a lack of sleep bringing up or bringing into attention? And then we make a plan. We work together to come up with solutions that work for you and your family. So you can all get more sleep!
As a doula I spend a lot of our prenatal time together talking about different things- preparing for labor, comfort measures, birth choices, newborn procedures, postpartum planning, and so on. But we don't have tons of time together before delivery- usually only 2 or 3 hours total. There is no way for me to teach you everything in depth in our prenatal visits. The women who created this Better Baby Class filled in the gaps of what I have time to teach in prenatal visits and all the information I would like you to have- so it only made sense to me to offer this class to my families. It's 4 hours long so we have the time to really dial in and focus on the immediate postpartum period so that once baby is here the whole family can thrive. It is really the perfect addition to all of my birth doula packages!