Birth & Sibling Doula Services
A family’s birth experience sets the tone for the early parenting.
Congratulations on your upcoming birth! I support families birthing at University of Michigan Von Voigtlander Women’s Hospital and St. Joseph Mercy Hospital Ann Arbor, and home births in the Ann Arbor area.
I offer birth doula and sibling doula services only in conjunction with postpartum doula services. Birth is a very, very important day in your life, and yet it is just the start of parenting. I find that the continuity of care and ongoing support really helps parents off to the best start, even if they have family and friends available to help as well.
If you are looking for continuity of care, and someone who will be with you every step of the way from pregnancy until you and your family are settled with the new baby, then let’s talk about what you need and how I can help!
What Does A Birth Doula Do?
Help You And Your Team Have A Positive Birth Experience
Birth doulas are becoming increasingly known and sought after. No wonder, since researchers find that birthing with a support person (such as a doula) from outside of the hospital staff and your social network have such significant benefits. Research also shows that even a difficult birth can be remembered as a positive experience if there is enough caring and respect shown to the mother. Of course, the wisest words of all come from those who have been there >>
Fewer cesarean sections
Less use of pain medication
THE PARENT PERSPECTIVE
“The doula was with us all of the time, completely focused on us, while the hospital staff were in and out.”
“She guided me to support my wife when I wasn’t sure what to do.”
“She helped me to find my strength when I lost my confidence.”
“She was there for us when the birth didn’t go how we expected. She helped me to see that I did a good job.”
“We couldn’t have done it without our doula!”
~ Katie Kusner, Ann Arbor
~ Katie C., Ann Arbor
See how postpartum support can ease your transition to life with your new baby or babies. Or, see how it all fits together by viewing my Birth and Postpartum doula packages.
Sibling Doula Services
Set the Stage For Close Sibling Relationships
Not every family has a close friend or family member available on-call to care for older children when new babies arrive. For yourself and your children you need to know that someone will be there to care for them, help them to feel secure and to be able to help them engage with the birth at the level that feels right to them and to you.
Whether you prefer to have your children wait at home or be able to come in and out of the birth setting, my sibling doula services provide loving, fun and thoughtful support to your children at this exciting but unpredictable time. You can focus on the birth and the early postpartum hours with your new baby, knowing that your children’s needs are being met by someone experienced with young children, sibling adjustment and birth.
My Sibling Doula Services include:
Two prenatal visits with your family of up to 2 hours each, for your children to get to know me and become comfortable with me. I will also discuss with you your children’s routines and your priorities and preferences for their care during the birth.
On-call availability 24 hours a day from the 37th week of pregnancy until the birth.
Care for your children from the time you are in active labor (heading to the hospital, or when your midwife arrives, if you are planning a home birth) until a few hours after the birth. If it makes sense for your partner to care for them at some point, I can step in and provide labor support but do not replace a birth doula completely when hired as a sibling doula.
Sibling Doula services are available with my Comprehensive Family Care package, which includes postpartum doula services and more, to help you be as prepared as possible for the transition to life with your new baby.