I provide non judgmental support to all family types, in any trimester, with any outcome. I am trained in high risk and special diagnosis pregnancies.
I believe that birth is a powerful experience for everyone involved, and I love to be a part of it. To read client testimonials, please click HERE.
Step one is choosing the right care providers and place of birth. Know your rights, know the evidence based information, and make an INFORMED CHOICE! Whether you are using the Hypnobabies program or not, THIS PAGE has a wealth of information to help you make decisions when it comes to the health and care of you and your baby.
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Many people ask about the breakdown of professional labor support fees. I offer this information so that you'll have a better idea of what your money is paying for.
While some births can be short, some can last much longer! The average time I spend with a woman for her birth is about 12 hours. I spend at least another 6 hours in prenatal and post partum meetings. Phone calls, individual
research and responding to e-mails often adds another two- three hours per client.
When I make a commitment to be available to attend you during birth, I limit the number of clients I put on my calendar to avoid conflicts and to ensure that I am reasonably rested when you need me. I try to schedule only two to four clients per month. When I put your due date on my calendar, I commit to being available two weeks beforehand and two to three weeks after that date. This means that when I schedule a week-long vacation, I have to add four weeks during which I cannot accept clients.
The rule of thumb is that a self-employed professional's income is only half of what they earn, after deductions for vacation and sick time, selfemployment taxes, health insurance, and business expenses. Communication expenses are high for a doula, cell phone, a web site, and a computer with a high-speed Internet connection are necessary. I also have routine professional and office expenses and unusual transportation and supplies expenses. In addition, there are supplies I bring with me to your birth and make available at appointments and interviews.
TRAINING AND EXPERIENCE
It’s important to me to keep up with all of the most current information. In order to attend conferences and training opportunities, I often have to limit the number of clients I can accept around the time I will be unavailable, thereby reducing the number of clients I can work with each year. In addition, these trainings cost money. Some are quite expensive, but I see them at necessary to maintain good professional standing.
Being on-call requires a very high level of personal sacrifice, including a willingness to be awakened after half an hour of sleep to go attend a labor for the next 40 hours. Personal family events are frequently
missed or interrupted for births. I am constantly aware that I might need my family to rearrange their plans and miss their own activities if I go to a birth. Trips away from home have to be planned carefully, and even local appointments have to be planned around traffic conditions so that I’m never too far away when a client calls in labor.