Sacred Portal Doula Care
We all enter this world through mother. She is the portal and childbirth is the sacred passage and experience; a dance between mother and baby. It is baby's first experience of life outside of mother. It is a paramount human experience that allows us to harvest much love, strength, trust and more. My doula training was completed through the Simkin Center at Seattle Midwifery School as well as Dancing For Birth(TM) and other pleasurable birth trainings along with my first child's birth (at age 40) and the many families I've had the honor to support. I believe birth is primal and intuitive - the original shaman's journey where a woman claims her powers and bestows blessings to her child and family. I encourage movement and sacred imagery to keep mom connected to her whole self as birth is all encompassing. Labor is not a cerebral process and movement and imagery speak to the entire being quickly without having to "think". Most women will feel safest and birth best in an environment that feels intimate regardless of where she chooses to birth. She should feel private, safe and unobserved. Every labor/birth is unique and it is my pleasure to be alongside you so you can let go and labor in a state of love and trust to welcome your child. I also provide support for conscious birthing of the placenta including optimal cord care such as delayed clamping to non-severance for Lotus birth and it's various options (Lotus birth is when the baby and placenta are born without clamping the cord first, it can be clamped and severed/burned afterward or placenta can be treated with salt and herbs until it all naturally releases in a few days.) Please inquire if Lotus birth is new to you and you have questions. Gentle cord detaching such as sterile cord burning ceremonies, placenta prints, dream catchers and planting ceremonies are also an option. I do not do placenta encapsulation, but can give referrals and help manage its handling. I provide these services for home births, birthing centers and hospitals. I also provide guidance based on my research and trainings with eating a nutrient dense diet, eating cultured pro-biotic foods for a healthy microbiome (that you will seed your baby with) and are vital to a healthy pregnancy and labor, using herbs and essential oils for a healthy pregnancy, birth and baby. I provide maternity massage from preconception to postpartum and specialty spa services 'Mother Love Boon' (prenatal) and 'Welcome Home; A Mother Warming' (postnatal) which can include postpartum abdominal binding. More about those services here massage & bodywork page. I lead Dancing For Birth classes including a body-based labor preparation class for couples - no dance experience needed! Read more here.
Exceptional wellness care through this period of life is essential! An ounce of prevention and preparation is most worth a pound of cure during this formative and transformative time.
Maternity massage & doula support have been shown to:
- ease pregnancy/motherhood strains/stresses, increasing health and happiness
- decrease mood disorders
- deepen connection within for trust within the labor process
- shorten labor & shift perception from scared to sacred!
- decrease likelihood of medical interventions and Cesarean births and promote gentle Cesarean birth should the absolute need arise - it is still vital to have doula support for Cesarean birth through to postpartum recovery
- increase VBAC success!
- increase satisfaction with birth experience and parenting
- increase confidence in parenting and "mother's intuition"
- higher breastfeeding rates
- fewer infant illnesses and more...
Being pregnant and giving birth are times in a woman's life she will always remember. This is also baby's first experience of life on the outside ~ baptism into our world. How we enter this world matters! Reducing stress through pregnancy, protecting the birthing process and atmosphere (no matter what the birthing circumstances are) has a positive effect on baby's developing nervous system. Having a constant knowledgeable companion present throughout pregnancy and birth who is outside of your main medical care provider and your immediate friends and family circle is a blessing and a boon. It is wise to have support and outlets for stress such as:
- Toning, strengthening & meditative routines like Dancing For Birth(TM) and Yoga
- Regular massage and doula support for the childbearing year
Sacred Portal Doula Services $2000 (payment plans and/or sliding scale available if this fee is out of reach for you)
Lotus birth care kits (for extended Lotus Birth) / placenta art prints / cord art; dream catchers have additional fees - please inquire.
- Initial meet & greet
- 1 Dancing For Birth(TM) class
- 2 prenatal appointments (2/3 hrs. ea) naming your birth principles/priorities and making our plans to welcome your baby. Practicing labor positions and breathing techniques so you feel aware, skilled and ready. Processing fears moving from scared to sacred! General natural birthing support.
- Available for questions/emotional support by phone and e.mail from the beginning of our contract and on-call 24 hours a day 2 weeks prior to the Estimated Due Date & 2 weeks after.
- Presence for entirety of labor (as early as we determine you need) with comfort measures such as body wisdom, movement and dance, labor massage, acupressure, reflexology, aromatherapy, imagery, music all helping you to soften and open to the process finding your strength and comforts. I support and hold space for you as a neutral loving witness to your birth process and child's entrance. Birth is primal and powerful and will take all of your focus. I've got your back and make sure your needs and desires are met, respected and adhered to so you can labor in love and trust. I keep sacred space for the 'golden hour' after birth and support your needs as you adjust to your new state during initial postpartum transitioning and breastfeeding until you are settled. If you are doing any level of Lotus birth or placenta prints, I will stay a bit longer after birth to assist with the process. If your birth plan changes, I can help you understand your options so you are sure you're making informed decisions and assure that your needs and desires continue to be adhered to.
- 1 or 2 home visits after birth (2-3 hrs) in the week or two following delivery to reconnect about the event and share our perspectives. Mom gets a belly warming abdominal massage and/or reflexology treatment. I also provide support for breastfeeding and other newborn care needs. Includes mother warming homemade rice or quinoa pudding! Postpartum massages and abdominal binding services available.
- DVD lending library available for 2 week check-out: Orgasmic Birth; the best-kept secret, Undisturbed Birth; the science and wisdom of natures hormonal blueprint for labor and birth, Happy Healthy Child documentary
- 1 private class: infant massage or natural infant hygiene
- Back up doula in case of illness or injury on my part
A retainer of $1000 secures my time around your EDD and opens our line of informational and emotional support. The remainder can be paid in full or at your convenience, but should be paid in-full 2 weeks prior to EDD. Additional services such as massage* and Dancing for Birth(TM) classes are paid separately. *doula clients receive $25 off individual massage services within our on-call contract period through to 3 months postpartum. Massage travel fees apply.
Sacred Portal Doula Services $2500 (Payment plans and/or sliding scale available if this fee is out of reach for you)
includes: everything above plus 6 hours of massage services (2 hrs. of massage plus Mother Love Boon prenatal service and Welcome Home Mother Warming postpartum service)
I look forward to keeping birth loving, positive and sacred for you and yours. Thank you.
Massage & doula services can be paid for with HSA, FSA & HRA accounts and/or can sometimes be reimbursed through your insurance provider.
Please contact me with inquiries/questions of how I can serve you throughout this marvelous and awesome life event.