As a Doula, I Do

Free Consultation 

I provide a no obligation free consult with you and your partner for doula services.  This is to ensure we a a good fit, have common goals, and briefly discuss fees and services.  This meeting usually lasts 30-45 minutes.

Phone & Email Support 

I am available during business hours for phone and email support until 38 week and then I am available to doula clients 24/7 and on-call for your birth.

1-2 Prenatal Visits 

Depending on your needs, and where you are in your pregnancy when you sign the contract will determine how many prenatal visits there will be.

 

Professional Information 

I provide Information and resources on labor,childbirth, and breastfeeding. I provide you and your partner physical, emotional, and spiritual support during your active labor and delivery. I will assist you in formulation of a birth plan and/or visual birth plan creation. Assistance/support to your partner throughout labor and delivery. You will have access to my extensive lending library.

During labor 

We will customize your coping techniques prior to the big day.  During labor every woman's needs, likes, and dislikes are different.  I typically have effective relaxing techniques through touch, position, and affirmations.  I have experience with hypnobabies, and hypnobirthing as well.  I typically stay until the family is settled and baby has first latch which ends up being 1-3 hours after birth.

Baby’s first feeding Support 

If you decide that you want to breast feed your baby, I will assist with first latch if needed, and refer you to our local breast feeding support group if needed.

Postpartum follow-up visit 

I typically do 1-2 postpartum follow up vists to ensure you and your baby are bonding well,  and you have all the information and support that you need.

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As a Doula, I  Do Not:

Perform any clinical tasks

I only provide supportive tasks such as emotional, spirtiual, and physical support.  I do not do cervical checks, or anything pertaining to the medical side of labor and birth.

Make decisions for you 

I am hired to help you make educated decisions.  As a new parent, this is your time to get use to making decisions for your baby.  I will be there to encourage, support, and empower you.

Speak to the staff on your behalf

I can not speak to the staff on your behalf.  This is your time to shine, and enforce your wishes.  I will be there to help encourge you because I know how intimidating it can be.  

Project any of my own beliefs onto your experience

This is YOUR birth, not mine. I will support any decision that you make.  This will be your birth story to tell, and I will be there to help you write it.  Your baby, Your body, Your birth.

Community Referrals

I have extensive communtiy connections that I will put you in contact with such as LLL, Baby Wearing, IBCLC, Cloth Diapering, and 4th trimester support groups.

Labor and Birth Doula Services Rate:

$1150.00

$1100.00 for Military, EMS, Fire, Police 

© 2011 by Samantha Mahon serving families in the Hampton Roads area of Virginia

Tel: 843.345.6597

Samantha Mahon

Certified Doula

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