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A doula is an important support mechanism for a woman during labor & birth. A doula will be there early on during labor if the laboring woman requests her to be. A doula can provide support while a woman labors at home before deciding to go to the hospital or birth center as well. A doula will be able to tell you if this is “real labor” or not and make suggestions as when to transition to the place of birth. As labor progresses she will provide comfort techniques such as massage, aromatherapy and a comforting/reassuring voice. The doula will aid in the involvement of the father as well. She will also stay for a few hours after birth to assist in the baby’s first latch and make sure mom and baby are well adjusted before she leaves. Our doulas provide women with 1 prenatal visits and 1 postpartum visit, in addition to your labor support.
11-50 births Junior Doula $1000
51+ births Senior Doula $1500
* We also provide an on-call doula for $500 for those who decide they’d like a doula last minute. The 1 prenatal visit and 1 postpartum visit is not included.
A postpartum doula is hired to assist the family with the arrival of their new baby. The doula will ensure that mom is eating and drinking plenty and will assist is diaper changes & baths for baby as well. A postpartum doula can be requested during the day or night hours.
The role of a postpartum doula is to help a woman through her postpartum period and to nurture the family. Unlike a baby nurse, a doula’s focus is not solely on the baby, but on fostering independence for the entire family. The doula is there for the father, older children and always the mother and baby, treating the family as a unit that is connected and always changing.
The goal of a doula is to nurture the parents into their new roles. As they experience success and their knowledge and self-confidence grow, their needs for professional support should diminish.
Postpartum Doula: $35 per hour
Effects on Birth Outcomes with a doula in attendance:
Labors are 25% shorter.¹
There are fewer complications.
Cesarean rates are reduced by 50%.¹
There is 40% less need for oxytocin to speed up labor.¹
Need for forceps is reduced by 40%.¹
Women request 30% less pain medication and 60% fewer epidurals.¹
Effects on the Mother with a doula in attendance:
Greater satisfaction with their birth experience.
More positive assessments of their babies.
Less postpartum depression.
Effects on the Baby with a doula in attendance:
Babies have shorter hospital stays with fewer admissions to special care nurseries.
Babies breastfeed more easily.
Mothers are more affectionate to their babies postpartum.
Effects doulas have on the Health Care System:
The cost of obstetrical care is dramatically reduced.
Women are pleased with the personalized care doulas offer.
The Benefit of continuous support in labor is recognized by:
The World Health Organization
The Medical Leadership Council (an organization of over 1200 U.S. hospitals)
The Society of Obstetricians and Gynecologists of Canada
Find a great article on doulas below.
Full Placenta Encapsulation
This service includes a prenatal phone consult, picking up your placenta, encapsulation, informational packet, and delivery of placenta capsules. You can expect to receive between 60-150 capsules from your placenta. Learn more about the benefits of placenta encapsulation.
Pricing – $250
Why should I take my Placenta?
May deter the onset of postpartum depression
Can contribute to an increase of mothers blood levels of a hormone known as CRH, a known stress reducer
May help to recover more quickly from birth
Can also bring the body back into balance
May shorten postpartum bleeding
Assist the uterus to return to size
Often known as “happy pills”
May be helpful during menopause
Perfectly made for you!
What if I have a C-section? Can I still save my placenta?
Absolutely, Just let the birth team know that your choosing to keep your placenta for encapsulation
What should I tell my doctor/midwife to do with my placenta after birth?
Have your provider keep the placenta on ice in your room. We do not want it to go to pathology and get any chemicals on it. If they require it to go to pathology ask for them to remove a small piece of the placenta for the exam. The rest we can keep to encapsulate.
How do I know I am getting my Placenta?
Your request to keep the placenta in your room ensures it's your placenta.
Is my Placenta mixed with others during the process?
We encapsulate one placenta at a time so we never have the chance of mixing up placentas, they are then labeled and placed in their bag for delivery.
In office Lactation Consultation:
-No time limit for a consult
-Includes a complete maternal & infant health history
-Physical assessment of the mother’s breast and the infant’s mouth
-Weight check for the infant if needed, that would include pre-and post-feeding weight
-Hands-on or off guidance & support throughout feedings during the consult
-Breast pumps & pumping if going back to work
-Breastfeeding plan designed based upon the consult
-Follow up call at 24 hours and 3 days following our consult
-Follow up visit (only if needed for weight or supply issues) no extra charge.
-In-Home Lactation Consultation: $175 (Miramar & as far North as Coral Springs)
Virtual Lactation Consultation:
-Here is what you need:
-Skype installed on your computer
-call to schedule a minimum of 24 hours before
-fill out the client information form sent to you when you schedule an appt and email back before the consult -Include your Skype name in the confirmation email so I can call you at our scheduled consult time -Please position your webcam so that I can watch you and your baby nurse
Not familiar with Skype? It is a free service that allows you to make video calls. It’s free to download. Here is the link, if you need to download it: Skype.
Breastfeeding 101 & Baby Care
A class designed to help you prepare for breastfeeding
-What are the advantages of breastfeeding
-How to prepare for breastfeeding
-Getting started the right way
-Positions and correct latch
-When to call a Lactation Consultant
-The first 6 weeks
A class for woman going back to work and need help preparing breast milk.
-How to choose the right pump for you,
-what to know before you purchase,
-when to start pumping to go back to work,
-how to pump, how to store milk, how to prepare, and thaw out breast milk
-how to figure out a schedule right for you
An International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) is a health care professional who specializes in the clinical management of breastfeeding. An IBCLC is certified by the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners®, Inc.