Lactation

guided support

My lactation support includes education, hands on care, and baby weight checks. Breastfeeding protects babies, early breast milk is liquid gold – Known as liquid gold, colostrum (coh-LOSS-trum) is the thick yellow first breast milk that you make during pregnancy and just after birth. This milk is very rich in nutrients and antibodies to protect your baby. Although your baby only gets a small amount of colostrum at each feeding, it matches the amount his or her tiny stomach can hold. Your breast milk changes as your baby grows Colostrum changes into what is called mature milk. By the fifth day after birth, this mature breast milk has just the right amount of fat, sugar, water, and protein to help your baby continue to grow. It is a thinner type of milk than colostrum, but it provides all of the nutrients and antibodies your baby needs. Breast milk is easier to digest – For most babies especially premature babies — breast milk is easier to digest than formula.Breast milk fights disease – The cells, hormones, and antibodies in breast milk protect babies from illness. This protection is unique; formula cannot match the chemical makeup of human breast milk. Mothers benefit from breastfeeding. Life can be easier when you breastfeed. Breastfeeding may take a little more effort than formula feeding at first. But it can make life easier once you and your baby settle into a good routine. You do not have to buy, measure, and mix formula. And there are no bottles to warm in the middle of the night! You can satisfy your baby’s hunger right away when breastfeeding. Breastfeeding can save money – Formula and feeding supplies can cost well over $1,500 each year, depending on how much your baby eats. Breastfed babies are also sick less often, which can lower health care costs. Breastfeeding can feel great – Physical contact is important to newborns. It can help them feel more secure, warm, and comforted. Mothers can benefit from this closeness, as well. Breastfeeding requires a mother to take some quiet relaxed time to bond. The skin-to-skin contact can boost the mother’s oxytocin (OKS-ee-TOH-suhn) levels. Oxytocin is a hormone that helps milk flow and can calm the mother. Breastfeeding can be good for the mother’s health, too. Breastfeeding is linked to a lower risk of these health problems in women: Type 2 diabetes, Breast cancer, Ovarian cancer, and Postpartum depression. Establishing your breastfeeding relationship can sometimes be a challenge, I'm here to guide your family to a healthy start, all the way to the end. I have the Medela Lactina breast pump for rent as well to help with milk production and comfort.

Lactation counseling fee: $120.00 first visit, $80.00 for follow-up

Lactation Educational class fee: $60.00 for "Introduction Into Breastfeeding". Private home class $100.00 

Medela Lactina hospital grade pump rental fee: Pump rental 1 month $60.00, Pump kit for rental $50.00 1x

Birth

Short, Long, False, or Fast

Doula is a Greek word for “woman’s servant.” A birth doula is a supportive companion professionally trained to provide physical and emotional support during labor and birth. My doula package comes with 3 pre-natal visits that help us get to know eachother, build support & trust. Then I go on call for your family day or night.  This is for questions, emotional support, and labor for your family. After your beautiful birth we have 4 postpartum visits to help continue to establich attachement, bonding with family, and the breastfeeding relationship. Knowing you are off to a healthy start with a good foundation of parenting is so precious to me.

According to Cochrane Review published in 2012 by Hodnett and colleagues, when continuous labor support is provided  by a doula, women experience a:

  • 31% decrease in the use of Pitocin
  • 28% decrease in the risk of C-section
  • 12% increase in the likelihood of a spontaneous vaginal delivery
  • 9% decrease in the use of pain medications for pain relief
  • 14% decrease in the risk of her newborn being admitted to a special care nursery
  • 34% decrease in the risk of being dissatisfied with the birth experience

"Childbirth is an experience in a woman's life that holds the power to transform her~forever~Passing through these powerful gates in ~her own way~Remembering all the generations of women who walk with her...She is never alone     ~Suzanne Arms

Doula Package: 3 pre-natal visits, birth, 4 post-partum visits $1500 for 1 baby, $1700 for twins. I offer a 10% discount for military & returning clients!

*Payment Plans & Sliding Scale offered

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Antepartum

During Pregnancy

 Many women today are facing high-risk pregnancies. They are labeled high-risk for complications in pregnancy such as placenta previa, gestational diabetes, premature rupture of membranes, preterm labor,  pregnancy -induced hypertension, and multiple gestations. The antepartum doula is a woman fully trained to assist women and their families facing high-risk pregnancies, providing informational, physical, practical and emotional support. The Antepartum Doula can provide information and resources, such as web-site, support groups, books, and magazines. Physical Support: Teaching high-risk mothers and those on bedrest the art of relaxation can help them tremendously. Step by step these mothers learn techniques such as visual imagery, guided meditation, progressive relaxation and others. This will aid them in their ability to calm their minds as well as their bodies. Massage, aromatherapy, music therapy and distraction are beneficial also. Practical Support: Sibling care, errand running, light house-keeping, and basic meal preparation are just a few tasks that can be families can be assisted with. When a mother is placed on bedrest, the Antepartum Doula is a great tool to help her create a command center where she’ll be resting. This support can be provided in the hospital setting or in the home. Emotional Support: Helping the mother come to terms with the issues she is facing. Whether it’s encouragement to learn how to eat differently for diabetes or helping to ease her into the transition of being on bedrest. This helps her to focus on her task at hand of creating a healthy baby. One-on-one support at this time can be crucial because this will have an effect on how she views the entire pregnancy and the birth. Encouragement for the mother is a very important issue. 

Fee for Antepartum care: $25.00 hr *Sliding scale offered


services

Services

Doula Care in the SF Bay Area & Napa

Twice the Love

Postpartum

caring for your family

In some ancient cultures such as South America, China, India, Thailand, and Arabia, it is a time-honored tradition for new mothers to spend the first 40 days after childbirth in seclusion or confinement. This practice helps the mother get the rest she needs so that she feels energized when it is time to resume normal activityThese cultures also believe the newborn is tender and needs to be protected. Family and friends step forward to relieve the new mother of household chores such as cooking, cleaning, shopping, and sibling care so that she has time to care for her little one. My postpartum care models these beautiful cultures where new mothers & newborns are honored and given special attention. The postpartum doula is trained in postpartum adjustment, newborn characteristics, care, feeding, development, and the promotion of parent-infant bonding. I have experience in supporting families through their postpartum period.  Coming into the home during the fourth trimester following birth, my role is to provide education, nonjudgmental support, and companionship, and to assist with newborn care and family adjustment. I also help with  meal preparation, errands, grocery shopping, baby laundry, sibling care and light household tasks. I can spend time with the baby, allowing parents to cuddle and have quality time with older children, in addition to creating a nurturing, restful atmosphere in which parents may eat, shower and take a nap. The Postpartum Doula offers evidence-based information on infant feeding, emotional and physical recovery from childbirth, infant soothing and coping skills for new parents. I can also make appropriate referrals when necessary. My love of my job is to help each family create a foundation of success for the first year. My specialty is twins and pre-mature infants for postpartum care. Though each circumstance is unique, I have a devotion to helping parents heal & grow into their role of parenting.

“Meet your baby’s needs swiftly, consistently, and gently. They won’t remember what you did or didn’t do at this stage. But they will always carry with them how it made them feel." L. R. Knost

Postpartum fee: $25.00 hr Singleton, $35.00 hr Twins, $50.00 hr Night care *Sliding scale offered