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 and easier.  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 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 with as little discomfort as possible.  I help you sort through your options - pharmaceutical and natural - to labor safely and well.  

Although I've never needed to call on her, I always arrange for a back-up doula, in case something unexpected comes up and I'm unable to attend the birth.

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 a day or two after you get home 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 12 years now, and sometimes labors have been just 3 or 4 hours;  sometimes much longer.  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!  

I know many techniques and positions for changing a baby's position, increasing the momentum of labor, OR slowing it down.....also many relaxation techniques and types of massages. Doulas can tactfully advocate for you, as a bridge between you and the medical staff, but we can't fight your battles FOR you.  Not only could that result in a doula getting kicked out of the birth (I've never heard of it happening in RI, but it has in some other places), a doula speaking for you might overstate or under-report what you as a mom feel or want.  Only the mom knows exactly how she's feeling.  I do as much as I possibly can to support both the laboring mom and the supporters she has with her.  (Usually that's 1 person, the father, but sometimes there are more people the mom wants there.  That's should be her choice!) 

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..