Consider a Doula as part of your support team...
A Doula is a skilled labor assistant that guides the labor process with continuous, compassionate and uninterrupted expert support. Birth is often a journey into the unknown. Every mother must follow her own path and will gain strength from the experience. A knowledgeable, caring guide is a wonderful comfort to both mother and father. Doulas use positioning, massage, emotional support and in-depth knowledge of childbirth to aid the mother and baby in achieving a healthy birth. Doulas provide extra support and direction, allowing the family to focus on each other and have peace of mind during this special time. Birth is a natural, normal rite of passage. Doulas understand the physiology of birth and the emotional needs of a woman in labor and supports her through this transition from womanhood to motherhood.
Christy Jo Hendricks, IBCLC, RLC, Doula
Hiring Chrisy Jo as your birth doula allows you the benefit of having a qualified, experienced doula who is also an IBCLC (International Board-Certified Lactation Consultant) as your support person. She has been assisting moms for over 14 years. She is an active member of DONA, CAPPA and DASC and is certified CAPPA CLE Faculty.
Doula Services & Fees
Does a Doula Make a Difference?
Studies have shown that the use of
a Doula during labor and delivery can have
the following beneficial effects:
50% reduction in the cesarean rate
25% shorter labor
60% reduction in epidural requests
40% reduction in pitocin use
30% reduction in analgesia use
40% reduction in forceps delivery
Satisfaction with birth experience
Decreased postpartum depression
*Adapted from Mothering the Mother--
How a Doula Can Help You Have a Shorter, Easier and Healthier Birth by M.H. Klaus, J.H. Kennell, and P.H. Klaus; Addison-Wesley Publishing Co., New York (1993).
Classes & Lactation Services
Private classes are offered by Lactation Consultants or Clinical Lactation Specialists. Private, in-home lactation consultations are also available. Please e-mail Christy Jo for answers regarding specialized classes or in-home lactation consultations for fees and availability.
Hire a postpartum Doula to help care for Mom and her family as everyone adjusts to the new addition. Postpartum doulas are equipped and prepared to "mother the mother." A postpartum doula allows a new mom to have support nearby while she builds confidence, merges into her role as mother and recovers from birth. Postpartum Doulas can help with meal preparation, light house cleaning, organization and establishing a routine. They are especially helpful for first-time moms who learn best from a kind, caring companion.
Postpartum Doula services are available for hourly or daily rates. Hourly rates are $30, and require a 4 hour minimum, Daily Rates are $160 for 6 hours. Travel fees are incurred from zip code 92220 at .55/mile for the initial visit. Travel fees are waived for additional days of service.
Need the perfect gift? Give the gift of a Doula to an expecting woman in your life. Your daughter, sister, friend or coworker will all benefit from a loving, caregiver at her birth. A trained labor coach and support person eases anxiety and creates the environment for a more satisfying birth experience. Birth is a memorable event that deserves special attention. A birth attendant is trained to offer non-medical comfort measures, support and education during this special time. Doulas offer support and companionship, even for planned C-sections. Contact Birthing, Bonding & Breastfeeding for an initial interview.