Sound Birth Doula Services
Pamela and Jody share clients and on-call time. Our first meeting is a free consultation with one or both of us present. It does not obligate you to use our 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 us as your doulas, we will provide you with a phone number used only for clients. You may contact us 24/7 during an emergency or urgent situation, or 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.
If you do select us to be your doulas, we will have 1-2 more visits before your due date depending on which package you select. We will want to become familiar with your birth preferences including pain management options and the use of medication. We also want to know your own ways of coping with pain and fatigue and how you and your partner (if applicable) foresee working together.
Doulas are trained to help families connect with evidence-based resources so they can ask great questions and make informed decisions about their births. We 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.
Baby’s first feeding Support
Using our extensive training and experience on breast/chest feeding, our roles as your doulas in early feeding support can also help you reach your goals of a satisfying and successful transition to parenthood. We 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
We 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 in all doula packages. Unlimited Phone support is available during office hours of 9AM - 5PM, Monday to Friday.
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. We are honoured to be approved doulas 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.
Depending on who is on-call at the time, one of us can answer questions and make suggestions over the phone. We will come to you when you feel the need of our help. If you are planning a hospital birth, we will come with you. Except for extraordinary circumstances, we will remain with you for your entire labour and birth, as well as 1-2 hours after the birth of your baby. We will have many comfort tools with us, including a TENS machine.
Shared On-Call Schedule & Back-Up Doulas
Jody and Pamela share clients and on-call time. You will be given a phone number that is used only for clients and will be informed of when we may be unavailable for labour support due to illness or other emergencies. To cover those times, we will arrange one or more experienced back-up doulas.
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Please note that, at this time, we only have availability for March & Sept. 2022
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The Comox Valley is rich in baby, parenting and family support and resources. Please see the community resource page or contact us if you are in search of a particular service.
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.
There are 3 package options to choose from including add-ons, depending on your needs. Your payment covers everything mentioned above: 1-2 prenatal visits that are 1-2 hours in length where we 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; on-call time (starting immediately when you engage us as your doulas); 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 select the Full Services Package, and unlimited phone & email support. Please book a free consultation to find out more!
As Doulas, We Do Not:
Perform any clinical tasks
We do not perform clinical tasks such as blood pressure, fetal heart rate or vaginal exams. We don't prescribe or administer medications. We are there to provide only evidence-based information, physical support, emotional comfort and advocacy.
Make decisions for you
We will help you get the information necessary to make an informed decision. We 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
We 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 our own beliefs onto your experience
Your birth desires are important to us and our role as your doulas are to support you in a way that doesn't include our own beliefs or opinions. Our guidance in your pregnancy, labour and birth are free of judgement with only a positive birth experience for you in mind.
Sound Postpartum Doula Services
As more and more people learn about the valuable role of a Birth Doula, the services of a Postpartum Doula are less commonly known. Jody is 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, Jody works 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. Jody offers her services to families during the period of newborn until one year of age.
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 Jody cares 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. Jody 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.
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
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!