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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 >>

THE RESEARCH

Shorter labor
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!”

pinkacornYour calm, soothing and gentle presence during my labor and delivery was exactly what I was hoping for and needed! I really appreciate how much you believed in me and what my body is capable of, and your unwavering support of our choices. You helped me feel safe, strong and as comfortable as possible.
~ Katie Kusner, Ann Arbor
pinkacornWe really appreciated how well you listened to our worries about pregnancy and the upcoming labor. We had TONS of questions. You never made us feel like we had a dumb question. You validated our feelings and emphasized the individual strengths of me and my husband. This really helped us come together as a team later on at the birth.
~ Katie C., Ann Arbor
Check Out My Basic Birth and Postpartum Doula Package:
Available with any postpartum package, my Basic Birth Doula Package includes:

  • Pregnancy and birth kit: Your own set of must-have items for pregnancy, birth and postpartum.
  • Email and phone support throughout your pregnancy.
  • Two Prenatal Meetings at my meeting room (or at your home for an additional fee.)
  • Help to create a birth plan that reflects what is important to you.
  • Exploring the emotions you feel as you anticipate the birth, and work through any negative emotions for the most positive outcome.
  • Discussion of any other questions or concerns.
  • Practice with comfort measures, relaxation techniques, positions for labor.
  • Understanding the standard protocols at your hospital, and questions to cover with your care provider.
  • Guidance and support for your partner to play the role he or she wants to play at the birth.
  • Considering informed consent and making decisions regarding suggestions from your care providers.
  • Preparing older children for the arrival of their sibling.
  • Connecting with other parents and community resources.
  • My on call availability from 37 Weeks until your birth.
  • Phone support during early labor.
  • Continuous emotional support and comfort measures during active labor and up to two hours following your birth.
  • Postpartum doula hours according to the package you select.
Want more? Comprehensive Birth and Postpartum Package:
I also offer a more comprehensive birth and postpartum package which includes everything in the basic package, along with:

  • In-depth Postpartum Needs Assessment resulting in a written plan with strategies and resources tailored to your family’s priorities and needs.
  • In-person Parent Support Check-in in the month following conclusion of postpartum doula services.
We could be a great fit for birth services if:
  • It’s important to you to work with just one doula, prenatally and at your birth.
  • You want to have time to build a relationship with your doula before the birth.
  • You want your doula to continue to support your family after the baby is born.
  • You want to trust your instincts and also to know the best evidence when you make decisions about birth and parenting.
  • You are a planner who really likes to think through details ahead of time.
  • You have a partner or other labor support person who wants to be involved but could use some help knowing what to do.
  • You have had a difficult birth, previously, and want emotional support to prepare for this birth and the challenges of the postpartum period.

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.

CONTACT CATHERINE

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.

Do we need Sibling Doula Care?
We could be a great fit for my Sibling Doula services if:

  • You are planning to have a postpartum doula.
  • You live far from friends and family.
  • You want more than a babysitter for your birth–you want someone who can bring knowledge and experience to your team.

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.

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Further Reading

10 Steps For Writing A Meaningful Birth Plan That Doctors Will Actually Have Time to Read

For the major life event of childbirth, filling out a pre-made form as a plan may not be enough for you. It’s your body, your mind and your birth. Every woman approaches childbirth in her own way. If you are a “planner,” then filling out a pre-made birth plan form may not feel like enough… Read More

Do You Have The Balls For Childbirth?

Birth balls are a great tool for your pregnancy, labor and even for newborn care. Just another name for the exercise ball you may already have at your house, the big round birth balls are good to sit on, lean on and bounce on and can be used to facilitate labor progress. Here are a… Read More

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