Labor Doula Services
Free Initial Consultation: Your doula will meet in person to talk about your wishes for your birth, the scope of her services, and to get to know one another. Once you have hired her, she will be available with unlimited telephone, text, and/or email support. There will also be an in-person visit in the comfort of your home, to discuss labor, birth, expectations, address concerns and to assist you with preparing your birth plan.
Please see below for current support options relating to SARS-CoV-2/COVID-19 concerns and safety.
24-hour on-call availability for labor support. In the weeks surrounding your due date (two weeks prior and two weeks after), Your doula will arrange her schedule so she is rested, near, and ready whenever you are! Continuous informational, emotional, and physical support from the time your active labor begins until your baby is born.
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You may have access to our lending library. We can also provide you with referrals to other services you are interested in (postpartum doulas, chiropractors, massage therapists, etc).
Ongoing support in the first 2–4 hours after your baby is born to assist with the initial transition and breastfeeding. A postpartum visit in your home to talk about your birth experience and answer questions about newborn basics.
Contact Fox Valley Doulas to schedule your consultation today! We would love to speak with you about your pregnancy and birth plans to see what support your doula can offer you and your partner during this life-changing time.
What is a labor doula?
A doula is a trained and experienced labor companion who provides continuous physical, emotional, and informational support to the mother before, during and just after childbirth. Additionally, a doula supports a woman’s partner and family so that they in turn know how to best support her during labor. "A successful doula is comfortable with giving of herself and is not afraid to love. She can enter another’s space and be highly responsive and aware of the mother’s needs, moods, changes, and unspoken feelings. At the same time, she is able to be flexible in this process, adapting herself to each mother’s need and has no need to control or smother." - 'Mothering the Mother' by Klaus et al
A labor support doula:
~ Recognizes birth as a key life experience that the mother will remember all her life.
~ Understands the physiology of birth and the emotional needs of a woman in labor.
~ Assists the woman and her partner in preparing for and carrying out their plans for the birth.
~ Stays by the side of the laboring woman throughout her entire labor.
~ Provides emotional support, physical comfort, and an objective viewpoint.
~ Provides assistance to the woman in getting the information she needs to make informed decisions.
~ Facilitates communication between the laboring woman, her partner, and her health care provider(s).
~ Perceives her role as one who nurtures and protects the woman’s memory of her birth experience.
~ Practices confidentiality.
Why hire a doula?
It is now widely recognized that having a labor support doula assisting the birthing woman or couple can decrease the length of labor, decrease the severity of perceived pain, decrease the need for anesthesia or analgesia, and can help prevent cesarean section. A good birth experience will enhance the postpartum period by speeding recovery, easing breastfeeding, and securing the satisfaction of the mother and father with each other and themselves.
Women who are continuously supported by a birth doula throughout their labor are:
~ 26% less likely to give birth by cesarean section
~ 41% less likely to give birth with vacuum extraction or forceps
~ 28% less likely to use analgesia or anesthesia (because perceived pain is not as severe)
In addition, long term benefits of labor support include:
~ Improved breastfeeding
~ Decreased postpartum depression
~ Greater maternal satisfaction
~ Better mother-infant attachment
Fox Valley Doulas' Essential Labor Doula Package (In-person support): $1,000 ($300 deposit is required to secure Fox Valley Doula services at the time of contract signing. The $700 remainder will be due two - four weeks prior to your estimated due date. Payments may be an option, if needed.)
Currently, due to the risks involved with SARS-CoV-2 (& the disease it causes, COVID-19)... we are recommending Virtual support whenever possible for our clients, including: the Initial interview, Prenatal & Postnatal appointments. However, we are also allowing an option to receive In-Person support during the actual time of labor & immediate postpartum period. Our doulas have N95 Respirator type masks to wear both for the clients' protection, as well as their own during any In-person meeting/support. Safety is our utmost priority. Please let us know if you have any other questions/concerns regarding safety protocols.
Fox Valley Doulas' Essential Labor Doula Package (Virtual support): $800 ($200 deposit is required to secure Fox Valley Doula services at the time of contract signing. The $600 remainder will be due two - four weeks prior to your estimated due date. Payments may be an option, if needed.) With hospital and provider protocols changing based on the current risk level posed by SARS-CoV-2, sometimes in-person support is not an option. In those circumstances, we are happy to offer a few new options with exclusive virtual support for all services: Initial interview, Prenatal appointment, Labor support, and Postnatal visit.
Please let us know if you would like additional information on either of these options! We are also happy to customize a plan for any level of client need...
Feeling like In-person support is out of your comfort zone, but dealing with tech during labor isn't really your jam either? Let us know and we'll be happy to discuss some other options with you!
Maybe you're just interested in virtual support before labor to help you get prepared?
Or perhaps you're looking for someone to be in your corner once baby is in your arms. Someone to encourage you, and to bounce questions off of about newborn care, breastfeeding, etc...
Fox Valley Doulas are here for you!