Birth Doula Services
When you contact me I will schedule a Meet-n-Greet and if you decide I am the right Doula for you then my services will include the following:
In your appointments we will address:
Issues such as: past pregnancies, updates on appointments with your provider, prenatal testing, your partner's role during birth, your birth choices, birth plan, signs of labor, benefits & risks of medical interventions, we will practice positioning and movement, we will discuss what brings you relief when you are in pain & pick the comfort measures that work for you - such as: massage, tub/shower, birth ball, vocalization, etc.
What I will provide during labor:
I will bring you ice, water, food, hot/cold packs or washcloths, emotional/physical support, massage, encouragement, a calm supportive presence, objectivity, focusing & breathing techniques........& more.
I am able to handle special circumstances:
Doulas are trained in how to handle stalled & arrested labors, techniques to relieve back labor & positioning to assist the baby to descend.
I have experience with assisting moms in ALL birth settings:
Home, Hospital & Birth Center Births. I have a working relationship with local & area hospitals: SGMC, Tift Regional, Archbold, Phoebe Putney & Tallahassee Memorial (for VBAC's). I am familiar or have worked with most of the OB's & Midwives at these establishments. I was also a former Birth AssistantwithSerendipity Midwifery in which we provided home birth services to mothers delivering in the South Georgia region.
Having a Doula on your birth team will help ensure that your birth choices are honored & mom & baby are safe!
Dosta Doula Care
Cost of Services
Birth Doula - $700
Placenta Encapsulation - $150
Capsules & Tinture - $250
Tinture Only - $150
Placenta Art Prints (3prints) - $25
Umbilical Cord Keepsake - $25
Placenta Encapsulation Services
What is the evidence behind consuming your placenta?
There is no evidenced-based research or randomized double-blind studies regarding placenta encapsulation. What we do have is anecdotal evidence from mothers whom have consumed their placentas.
Need more information?
I am trained as a Lamaze Childbirth Educator so I am partial to the Science & Sensibility blog because it is endorsed by Lamaze. Here is their info on placentophagy. They do not recommend it simply because it is NOT an evidenced-based practice but they do give the anecdotal info. Here is that link: Science & Sensibility » Placentophagy: A Pop-Culture Phenomenon or an Evidence Based Practice?
Here are links to some other sites that I recommend:
BellyBelly is out of Australia & has wonderful evidenced based info. Here is a link to their article regarding encapsulation:
List of beneficial components & the healing properties of each:
At the bottom of this one, PlacentaWise has a very comprehensive list of the beneficial hormones, chemicals, iron and proteins that are in the placenta & it states the healing properties of each.
My Encapsulation Process
I prepare all placentas with the Raw Preparation Method. I sanitize my kitchen & equipment before & after every processed placenta. I line my counters, use gloves when handling your placenta, disposable cutting boards & sanitize all my equipment with hospital
grade disinfectant. Your placenta will be prepared, dehydrated, ground into a fine powder & placed into vegetarian capsules. You will be given dosing instructions at the time of delivery.
You have the option of a placenta tincture as well, I can make it, in addition to your capsules. The tincture process: a piece of raw placenta is taken and infused with alcohol for weeks, strained & placed into a dropper bottle. This can be kept for many years & used whenever you are feeling hormonally challenged.
I can make you several placental prints & I can also prepare a special umbilical cord keepsake.
Are you interested in encapsulating your placenta?
Then.....contact me. I will obtain some basic information from you such as: Estimated Due Date, your provider's name, place of birth. I will email you my paperwork & give you pick up instructions. Depending on the time of pick-up, I can usually have your capsules delivered in 2-3 days. If your placenta is frozen, it will take 5-7 days.
Do I get a discount if you are my doula?
* There are some providers that always send the placentas of their moms to pathology, if that is done, I CAN NOT process your placenta! PLEASE discuss this with your provider so they are aware of your plans to keep your placenta after you give birth.