Labor Support Services:
What is a Doula?
Birth Doulas are also known as labor coaches, labor assistants, monitrice, childbirth assistants, or labor companions. 

Doulas are professional, trained individuals (usually women) who are experienced in childbirth.  They provide continuous physical, emotional, and informational support to women before, during, and after childbirth.

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Why Choose a Doula?
For More information on the benefits of having a doula present, or how to become a doula yourself, go to:
Studies have shown that women who choose to have a doula with them for labor support receive the following benefits:

50% reduction in cesarean rates

25% shorter labor

40% reduction in use of oxytocin (pitocin)

60% reduction in epidural requests

40% reduction in forceps delivery

30% reduction in the use of pain medications
(Statistics taken from "Mothering the Mother", by Kennell, Klaus, and Kennell, 1993.)

ALACE
CAPPA
Childbirth.org
DONA International
Jen's Labor Support Package:
Service area covers Spokane County, Coeur d'Alene, and North Idaho.
Labor support service begins with a free consultation in your home to get to know one another and decide if I am the right doula for you.  There's an intimate bond connecting a woman and her doula, and it is important that you choose a doula who makes you feel understood, comfortable, and safe.
This consultation does not obligate you to use my service, I encourage you to interview more than one doula to make sure you have found the best doula to fit your individual needs.  I am happy to provide you with a list of other Spokane and Coeur d'Alene doulas.
If you chose me as your doula, I provide the following services in my Labor Support Package:
1 (sometines 2) prenatal visits.  We use these visits to get to know one another better, to review your birth plan, or help create a plan if you don't have one yet, to practice relaxation techniques, and to review comfort measures for labor.

Unlimited phone access, and e-mail access, to answer any questions you may have, or to provide any information you may need.

On call starting at 38 weeks until your baby is born. 

Phone Support for early labor.  Once labor begins,  I will come to you whenever you need me.  I am available to labor with you at home, or I can meet you at your chosen birth place.

Once I arrive, I will stay with you throughout the entire labor, birth, and early postpartum.  (I usually stay for the first 1-2 hours after the birth.

1 (sometimes 2) postpartum visit to review your birth experience, and to help facilitate breastfeeding and bonding with your baby.

Additional/Optional Services:
Birth ball available for checkout.

Lending library of books, videos, DVD's, relaxation CD's

I offer Belly Casting as a fun way to preserve the beauty of your expanding tummy!

Digital Photographs during labor and birth

Videotaping of birth
To schedule your consultation:
(509)951-3201
birth_naturally@yahoo.com
Fees for Service:

I offer incentive discounts to couples who have completed Bradley Method childbirth classes (with any of the local Bradley teachers), and to couples who have been referred by previous clients.

Basic Labor support package is $300.00
     Photography, additional $25.00
     Videotaping, additional $20.00
     Belly Casting,  $20.00, unfinished

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