intuitive roots
 

My mission is to provide exceptional prenatal, birth, and postpartum support to all birthing individuals and families in Massachusetts & Rhode Island.

 
What is a doula?

a trained professional who provides continuous physical, emotional and informational support to a mother before, during and shortly after childbirth to help her achieve the healthiest, most satisfying experience possible.
— dona.org
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Why hire a doula?

With a doula by your side you will have someone there supporting your needs and provide hands-on emotional, physical, & educational support throughout the entire process of pregnancy, labor and birth, and into the postpartum period.  

As your doula, I am there to help fill in the gaps in the maternal care system.  While your healthcare providers and family  do an excellent job caring for you in their own capacity, I provide continuous unbiased and evidence-based support.  

As your doula I do not replace the role of the care provider or the birth partner, I strive to only enhance the experience!

 

 
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PATIENTS WHO HIRE A DOULA REPORT

•  greater satisfaction with their birth experience

•  lower intervention rates including cesareans

•  increased breast feeding rates

•  decreased postpartum mood disorders


 

What A DOULA DOES

Whether this is your first pregnancy or you've experienced birth before I will provide individualized care pertaining to your personal needs.  I understand every individual and birth is unique therefore the template below is malleable:

PRENATAL VISITS

After the initial consultation, we (you and your birth partner, if applicable) will meet for a minimum of two prenatal visits.  

Visit Two: 36-40 weeks

The purpose of this second appointment is to techniques covered at the initial visit and address any last minute concerns.

Topics that may be covered during this visit:

  • Review or revisions of your birth preferences

  • Natural induction techniques if applicable per healthcare provider

  • Mock-labor session

    • Learn/practice laboring positions

    • Visualizations

    • Massage & acupressure

  • Review hospital bag, babies room, & home safety

  • Meal prep & postpartum prep

  • Postpartum self-care methods

Visit One: 25-30 weeks

The purpose of the first this appointment is to understand your birth philosophy and/or help you connect with one.

Topics that may be covered during this visit:

  • Your birth preferences

  • Comfort measures - for planned unmedicated AND medicated births

  • Breathing techniques and positioning

  • My roles as your doula

    • What you're comfortable with

    • How I work with you: hands-on vs hands-off

    • How I work with your birthing partner, caregivers, etc

  • Prenatal self-care methods

 

A comprehensive list of local resources will also be available to you and your birth partner.  If you plan on having a birth partner, they are required to be present for both prenatal visits.  This is to ensure both you and your birth partner feel prepared, involved, and empowered to have the best birthing experience possible! 

CONTINUOUS SUPPORT

Text/Email/Phone support will be provided throughout pregnancy and into the postpartum period to answer any questions or concerns.  I will be on call 24/7 via phone/text from 36 weeks until 4 weeks after birth.  You can contact me at any point with any pregnancy related questions, resource inquiries, doctor's appointment follow-ups, or even if you just need someone to talk to!  

LABOR & BIRTH SUPPORT

I can join you at your house during early labor or I can meet you at your birthing location - the choice is yours.  My presence will be 100% during labor and delivery as long as that is what you are comfortable with.  

During labor and birth you can expect:

  • Emotional support

  • Empowerment for you and your birth partner to advocate for yourself

    • Ensuring your birth preferences are established and

    • Evidence-based decisions are being made with informed consent

    • Guidance with what questions to ask and when

  • Physical support

    • Massage

    • Acupressure

    • Breath techniques

    • Positioning for comfort and/or achieving optimal position for baby

    • Rebozo support

    • Giving your birth partner a break to eat, rest, etc.

Any techniques reviewed in the prenatal visits, whether you have an un-medicated or medicated birth, will be utilized by both myself and your birth partner as needed/requested.  

POSTPARTUM SUPPORT

I provide immediate postpartum support and will remain with you for 1-2 hours after birth.  

We will meet in your home after 1 to 2 weeks have elapsed in the postpartum period.  

During this visit you can expect:

  • Support acclimating to the transition into parenthood

  • Assistance/troubleshooting breastfeeding or bottle feeding

  • A safe space to express any concerns

  • Resources and suggestions for

    • Recovery

    • Feeding

    • Emotional support

  • Reflection of your birth experience

  • Admiring and ogling over your new baby


I will be there to support any decision you make as you transition into motherhood!  Whether your choices include home birth, hospital birth, birth center, un-medicated, medicated birth, water birth, VBAC, epidural, induction, c-section, breastfeeding, bottle feeding, etc, I will be there to support you!