I provide birth services to pregnant people & their families in the Salt Lake City, UT area.
I am always so honored when families hire me to be present and help them at a birth. I know what a special, sacred moment the birth of a child is and I will hold the space and allow you to experience your journey, offering open minded educational, physical and emotional support along the way. I trust birth. I trust that pregnant people can and do make educated and instinctive decisions that are right for them. I believe one of the most important prenatal planning is choosing your support people you invite into your home and into the birth of your child.
My services include birth and postpartum doula services and placenta encapsulation.
Birth Doula Services
These services may include:
- a free 30 minutes consultation. This is the time to get a sense of who I am, and ask me questions you may have regarding my birth philosophies and how I can support your birthing desires. This is when we will decide if we work well together.
- 2 prenatal visits where I follow your lead through prenatal education, creating a birth plan, practical labor positions, and how we intend to spend your labor.
- Use of my extensive lending library, including all the best birth books and DVDs containing many beautiful natural births.
- Continuous labor support, from the time you call me in early active labor until up to two hours postpartum
- Practical breastfeeding help in the early hours and days following your birth.
- 2 postpartum visits, one a week after the birth to discuss your birth and journey into motherhood together and another a month later to check in
- Discounted placental encapsulation
Please inquire regarding services that may not be listed.
I am "on call" within two weeks of your guess date, and once you call to tell me you are in labor, I will be with you throughout labor and delivery and the first two hours postpartum.
During your birthing process, I will provide emotional and physical support, using a variety of comfort techniques from massage, position support and suggestion, tools such as a birth ball to breathing techniques and ways your partner and others who attend your birth can make you comfortable and reduce pain.
The point is, I am there for you and your partner. Fathers/partners often have their own significant fears and anxieties surrounding birth. My calming influence can have as large an effect on your partner as on you. I can help show your partner effective ways to touch and comfort you, which often leads to increased participation on the part of the partner, since they often feel more comfortable following directions on how to help.
A doula is a trained labor assistant who helps pregnant people (and their families) during labor and birth.
After the birth, I will help you learn to breastfeed your new child, and I will write up your birth story. I have a Master of Fine Arts degree in Creative Writing, so you are guaranteed a beautiful keepsake to remember this special time. (It is often hard for parents to remember all the details, so it helps to have an outside perspective!)
I will also meet with you twice during the postpartum period to help in any way I can, go over your birth story and discuss your feelings about the birth and any questions you might have about caring for your newborn.
My specific duties will vary with each client, as each woman is different. Whether you choose a natural birth at home or a hospital birth with an epidural and a cesarean, I am ready, willing and able to help make your experience wonderful!
Postpartum Doula Services
I believe that the work of a doula in supporting a family doesn't end at delivery, which is why I offer what I call "Fourth Trimester Care." So often a doula/client relationship ends once the baby is born, but there is so much to do and so much a body experiences after pregnancy and birth, I believe continuity of care is important, which is why I continue helping my clients during this stage.
In traditional societies, people grow up around birth, breastfeeding, infants and children. After giving birth, parents are surrounded by caring family members who have a great deal of experience and wisdom to offer. This kind of help is rarely available to new parents internationally. The doula’s support is intended to fill the gaps left by our customary postpartum practices, which usually include only medical procedures, occasional checkups and the purchase of baby-related paraphernalia. The doula’s education, quiet support and guidance are a manifestation of the traditional postpartum support that our society is missing.
I am trained in postpartum adjustment, newborn characteristics, care, feeding and development, and the promotion of parent-infant bonding. I am experienced in supporting families through their postpartum experience. Coming into the home during the fourth trimester following birth, my role is to provide education, non-judgmental support and companionship, and to assist with newborn care and family adjustment, meal preparation and light household tasks. Postpartum doulas offer evidence-based information on infant feeding, emotional and physical recovery from birth, infant soothing and coping skills for new parents and can make appropriate referrals when necessary.
Placenta Encapsulation Services
There are many benefits one can get from ingesting the placenta.
- Increase general energy
- Allow a quicker return to health after birth
- Increase production of breast milk
- Decrease likelihood of baby blues and postpartum depression
- Decrease likelihood of iron deficiency
- Decrease likelihood of insomnia or sleep disorders
- Helpful during menopause
For more detailed information on research findings, you can read a number of articles at this great website.
Placenta encapsulation basically involves dehydrating the placenta, grinding it up, and placing it in capsules so they can be taken as needed, like vitamins or supplements. Many clients refer to them as their "happy pills" because of the effects of combating postpartum depression. Postpartum clients will take 1-3 capsules a day until they are gone, or as long as they desire to take them. Many people save some for their menopausal period. I can also make a tincture or essence that will last long after the pills are gone.
Ingesting the placenta is a complimentary therapy, and can and should be used in conjunction with Western Medicine in the case of postpartum depression. Placenta Encapsulation is ideal for warding off depression, but if you find yourself experiencing depression, please also consult your care provider.
My fee for placenta encapsulation is: $200. If you are a doula client, the fee is $150.