The Bradley Method of Natural Childbirth

The Bradley Method of Natural Childbirth

For The Best Birth Possible!

Besides being a Bradley Teacher, I am also a certified Labor Doula.

A doula is a experienced, trained labor support person who can make your birth experience better, safer, and even shorter.  Doulas are, of course, a tremendous help to laboring mothers, but are also a huge help to partners!  Partners who aren't sure what to do to help their wives can rely on me to guide them to help her - right now, exactly the way she wants.  Partners can also rely on me, as their doula, to support THEM in this amazing process, too!

The research is abundant that having a doula decreases the risk of having a C-section (by 50%) and increases mother's and partner's satisfaction with their baby's birth.

As a doula, I meet with you (and your partner, if available) once for an interview, and once as a consult to go over what you want in labor.  Then we keep in touch as you get closer to your baby's birth, and you contact me as labor is beginning.  As soon as you want me to join you at the hospital (or at home if you're having a home birth), I come to help you labor more effectively and with as little discomfort as possible.  I help you sort through your options - pharmaceutical and natural - to labor safely and well.  

I'm there for you and your partner throughout the labor and birth, and stay for a couple of hours afterward to help you get breastfeeding off to a good start.  I am a CLC (Certified Lactation Counselor) and a La Leche League Leader, so I'm very good at this.

I visit again in a day or two to help with nursing and so you can ask questions about your labor and birth.  This helps you both make sense of it all, and clarifies and explains some of the birth details.(I take notes during the labor and after the birth.)

I continue to be available for help by phone or e-mail, because I want things to go so well for you!

If you need or want more home visits, there may be a charge.

I've been a doula for 11 years now, and sometimes labors have been just 3 or 4 hours;  sometimes 30.  However long it is, that's how long you have me.  For more information, contact me!

My Bradley students get a $100 discount if they decide to hire me as their doula, but I never push my students - or anyone - to have me doula.  You should interview a few doulas and choose carefully.  It's not like hiring an electrician -- this is very personal!  So you should choose someone that you're completely comfortable with... someone who can do just what you need (which usually changes as the labor progresses), whether that's keeping a quiet bubble of a space,  jollying you along, lovingly reassuring you, or even nagging a bit!  

There are many excellent doulas in the state, and I'm glad to recommend my colleagues to you;  getting to know you in class helps me suggest someone whose style suits you..