Sound Birth Doula Services with Pamela

Free Consultation 

Our first meeting is a free consultation.  It does not obligate you to use my services.  We will use it to become acquainted, explore your desires for labour and birth, and explore how we might best work together.  At that time, we will discuss fees and possible payment plans. Partners are encouraged to be present.

Phone & Email Support

Once you have engaged me as your doula, I will provide you with my cell number and email address.  You may contact me any time during office hours of 9AM - 5PM Monday to Friday if you have a concern during pregnancy and for six weeks after the birth of your baby. During the on-call period or in an emergency, you can contact me 24/7.

Prenatal Visits

If you do select me to be your doula, we will have 1-2 more visits before your due date depending on which package you select.  I will want to become familiar with your birth preferences including pain management options and the use of medication.  I also want to know your own ways of coping with pain and fatigue and how you and your partner (if applicable) foresee working together.

Baby’s first feeding Support 

Using my extensive training and experience on breast/chest feeding, my role as your doula in early feeding support can also help you reach your goals of a satisfying and successful transition to parenthood. I will help inform and prepare you before your birth, and support you and your baby in your early days of breastfeeding. Extended lactation support can be booked here.

Postpartum follow-up visit

I will make 1-2 postpartum visits in the first 2 weeks of your baby's life. 1 extra visit to address lactation concerns can be arranged and are included all doula packages. Unlimited Email and Phone support are available during office hours of 9AM - 5PM, Monday to Friday.

Professional Information 

Doulas are trained to help families connect with evidence-based resources so they can ask great questions and make informed decisions about their births. I serve as a bridge of communication between you and your provider, lifting you up to help you find your voice and advocate for the very best care.

During labor 

I can answer questions and make suggestions over the phone. I will come to you when you feel the need of my help. If you are planning a hospital birth, I will come with you.  Except for extraordinary circumstances, I will remain with you for your entire labour and birth, as well as 1-2 hours after the birth of your baby. I will have many comfort tools with me, including a TENS machine.

Back-Up Doula

I will inform you if there are times when I am unavailable for labour support due to an illness or emergency.  To cover those times, I will arrange one or more experienced back-up doulas.  Clients have the option of joining our monthly online Meet n' Greet to get acquainted with the doulas and meet other parents.

Fees

There are 3 package options to choose from depending on your needs. Your payment covers everything mentioned above: 1-2 prenatal visits that are 1-2 hours in length where I get to know you and your partner, provide childbirth education as necessary, understand your desires for your birth, and guide you through comfort measure techniques and birthing positions;  up to 5 weeks of on-call time; travel time; support for your entire labour and birth - providing informational, emotional & physical support;  1-2 postpartum visits; lactation support; postpartum services with Jody if you have selected the Full Services Package, and unlimited phone & email support. Please book a free consultation to find out more!

Doulas For Aboriginal Families Grant Program  

The BC Association of Aboriginal Friendship Centres and First Nations Health Authority are proud to jointly offer funding to cover the costs of certified doula services for expecting Aboriginal families. I am honoured to be an approved doula within this program. For more information: click here.

Extended Health Care Benefits

Some extended health benefits providers, like SunLife have coverage for certified doulas.  Please check with your provider.

Community Referrals

The Comox Valley is rich in baby, parenting and family support and resources.  Please see the community resource page or contact me if you are in search of a particular service.

Lending Library

Current clients have the opportunity to borrow from an extensive lending library with many books and videos on fertility, pregnancy, labour, birth, postpartum & sleep, and breastfeeding.

Book your free consultation!

*Currently booking clients with Estimated due dates for March 2021 and beyond (excluding April & July 2021).
As a Doula, I  Do Not:

Perform any clinical tasks

I do not perform clinical tasks such as blood pressure, fetal heart rate or vaginal exams.  I don't prescribe or administer medications.  I am there to provide only evidence-based information, physical support, emotional comfort and advocacy.

Make decisions for you 

I  will help you get the information necessary to make an informed decision. I will also remind you if there is a departure from your birth preferences so you may discuss it with your caregiver.

Speak to the staff on your behalf

I will discuss your concerns with you and make suggestions, but you or your partner will speak on your behalf to the clinical staff.

Project any of my own beliefs onto your experience

Your birth desires are important to me and my role as your doula is to support you in a way that doesn't include my own beliefs or opinions. My guidance in your pregnancy, labour and birth are free of judgement with only a positive birth experience for you in mind. 

Book your free consultation!

*Currently booking clients with expecting in March 2021 and beyond (excluding April, June & July 2021).

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Sound Postpartum Doula Services

with Jody

As more and more people learn about the valuable role of a Birth Doula, the services of a Postpartum  Doula are less commonly known. I am certified as both a Postpartum and Birth doula, the roles of each  are different, but blend well together.  

Postpartum Doula support can be invaluable in helping families adjust to this delicate postpartum period.  Having non-judgmental support in this time, can really help an entire family be at ease with adjusting to  having a new baby in your home.

 

As a Postpartum Doula, I work with your family after the birth of your child and services are generally  carried out through scheduled chunks of time. Just like birth support, postpartum support is very  individual and based on the most important needs of your unique family. I offer my services to families during the period of newborn until one year of age.

Services Include:

  • Postpartum emotional support surrounding becoming a parent, birth outcomes and the nuances  of life at home with a newborn.

  • Sleep support, which can include helping parents get a quality rest while I care for  your baby, or education around infant sleep.

  • Meal preparation, whether it be preparing a meal for that visit, or to be eaten later in the day, or  to be frozen for later. I can also make several meals to be made to store and be eaten later.  Recipes would be chosen by you and I am capable of making most dishes and making any  adjustments to cater to particular food restrictions that may exist.

  • Infant care education.

  • Sibling support.

  • Infant feeding support and education, such as breastfeeding, bottle feeding, burping, pumping breast milk.

  • Light housekeeping duties, such as tidying, washing dishes, sweeping, vacuuming, putting a load  of laundry in, taking out garbage.

  • Self-care support, watching baby while you get a shower or tend to other self-care needs.

* Services are not limited to those listed above

Fees

Postpartum Doula services are billed by the hour.

$30/hour for a minimum of 4 daytime hours. Shifts are scheduled ahead of time and require no more commitment than one shift at a time. Conveniently book your services on-line with just a click of a button!

*Online Bookings for Postpartum Services Coming Soon!

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