Birth Doula Support

Your birth experience is one that will stay with you for a lifetime. As a Birth Doula, it is an honour for me to be included at such an important time in your life, and I take this role very seriously. My primary goal is to provide you with information and education to help you decide how you would like your birth to go, and to help you and your support team during labor and birth. An important part of this is to help process the birth in the early postpartum period, as well as early postpartum support.

 

A Birth Doula:

  • Offers education, as well as emotional and physical support
  • Offers continuous support during labor and birth
  • Educates and assists the primary support team
  • Offers early postpartum support and breastfeeding initiation

 

A Birth Doula does not:

  • Speak on behalf of the birthing family
  • Tell the birthing parent what they should or should not do
  • Replace the partner/support people
  • Offer any medical/clinical advice or support

 

Two packages are available for Birth Doula Support:

 

Package One

Perfect if you are expecting your first baby, are having a VBAC, or are expecting Multiples. $1200

 

  • Complimentary consultation (30 min). This will provide you with an opportunity to get to know me, and to ensure that it is a good fit.
  • 3 prenatal visits (2 hours each). During these visits we will cover signs and stages of labor, comfort measures (with practice for you and your support people), relaxation techniques, medical options and interventions, and create a Birth Plan.
  • Support throughout your pregnancy, up to four weeks postpartum via text, phone, and email.
  • Labor and birth support from the onset of active labor, up to 2 hours after the birth.
  • Access to my lending library.
  • On call support 24/7 starting two weeks prior to your expected due date (including a backup doula).
  • Photos of your birth if you wish, (and if time permits).
  • 2 Postpartum visits (2 hours each) to discuss infant feeding, infant care, postpartum adjustment, and community referrals/resources.
  • A Birth Story.

 

Package Two

Perfect for those who I have worked with before, who are experienced parents, and for those who are having a scheduled C- section birth. $1000

 

  • Complimentary consultation (30 min). This will provide you with an opportunity to get to know me, and to ensure that it is a good fit.
  • 2 prenatal visits (2 hours each). During these visits we will cover signs and stages of labor, comfort measures (with practice for you and your support people), relaxation techniques, medical options and interventions, and create a Birth Plan.
  • Support throughout your pregnancy, up to four weeks postpartum via text, phone, and email.
  • Labor and birth support from the onset of active labor, up to 2 hours after the birth.
  • Access to my lending library.
  • On call support 24/7 starting two weeks prior to your expected due date (including a backup doula).
  • Photos of your birth if you wish, (and if time permits).
  • 1 Postpartum visit (2 hours) to discuss infant feeding, infant care, postpartum adjustment, and community referrals/resources.
  • A Birth Story.

 

Payment

  • A non-refundable fee of $300 is to be paid at the time of signing the contract as a retainer fee to secure my services at the time of birth.
  • $500 is to be paid prior to the birth, for services offered during the prenatal period (education, support, and birth preparation). This fee is to be paid at the first prenatal visit, and is non refundable.
  • The remaining amount is to be paid at the first postpartum visit. ($400 for package 1, $200 for package 2)

 

FAQ

I still have questions about what a doula does/doesn't do, how can I get more information?

Please see the following link, What is a Doula?, which offers more information about the role of Birth Doulas. If you still have questions, I am happy to answer these via email or phone.

 

I'd like to meet you before committing to doula support, is there a cost to meet?

It is a great idea to meet potential doulas to see if it is a good fit.  I am happy to have a 30 minute meeting at a coffee shop or other convenient location.

 

I am medically required to have a caesarean section for my birth, should I still get a doula?

Of course!  Many people wonder what the role of a doula would be during a caesarean section.  Your doula will continue to educate and support you in the operating and recovery room, will support your partner by keeping them informed throughout the process (and helping them know how to help you), assist with breastfeeding initiation, and offer continued postpartum support.

 

I have the support of a midwife, should I still get a doula?

Of course! While midwives and doulas typically share the same philosophy regarding education, support, and informed decision making, a midwife offers clinical support, which is out of the doulas scope of practice.  While the midwife is taking care of your medical needs, the doula will continue to offer physical and emotional support to you and your partner. We make a perfect team!

 

I really want a doula, but the cost isn't in my budget at the moment.  Will you offer a reduced fee or payment plan?

DONA International stands strong behind the belief that there should a be a doula for every woman who wants one, and I couldn't agree more! If the cost associated with my support is not within your budget, I am happy to discuss payment plans and options, or referrals to doulas who offer reduced/free services.  Please feel free to send an email or call me to discuss your options.

 

What if the doula is sick/unavailable for my birth?

As birth doula support is very unpredictable, I always arrange for a back up doula, though it isn't typically necessary.  You will have an opportunity to speak with or meet the backup doula during the prenatal period.

 

Contact Trena Gallant

"Trena is a one woman show- seriously. She was my go to person for pregnancy, delivery, breastfeeding and everything in between. I had tremendous anxiety about the delivery and Trena eased every worry I had, as ridiculous and "out there" as some of them were! She is professional but super warm at the same time and made me feel so comfortable. Thanks to her I had a great birthing experience and look forward to having her by our side the next time around." Charlotte, Parent

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