I will meet you in your home or favorite local coffee shop; wherever is the most convenient and comfortable location for you. During this time we will get to know each other and see if I am a good match for you as your doula. Feel free to also ask any questions you have about doulas and what I can/will do specifically for you. We can discuss your birth plan, and fears or concerns, I will support, and brainstorm with you, and I will provide you with the most up to date knowledge that I can.
As your Doula, I will:
Doula Package $1450.00:
I support women and their families in the choices they make, while providing informational support, and working to maintain the sanctity of the birth space as originally intended. As your Doula, I am working for you, not your caregiver or hospital. I am independent and self-employed. I do not have a preconceived idea of how I think your birth should be - my role is to support you in achieving the birth experience YOU desire.
The Benefits of Having a Doula
Women everywhere are turning to Doulas to aide them in preparing for the birth of their baby, assist them during labor and delivery and also help them during the postpartum period. Here is why this trend is growing...
50% reduction in cesarean rate
25% shorter labor
60% reduction in epidural requests
40% reduction in artificial oxytocin use
30% reduction in analgesia use
40% reduction in forceps delivery
What is a Doula?
DOULA (dōō'lə) n. A doula also known as a birth companion is an experienced, non-medical assistant who provides physical, emotional and informed choice support in prenatal care, during childbirth and during the postpartum period.
Is a doula the same thing as a midwife or a nurse?
No – A doula provides no medical or nursing care. A doulas role is to provide complete and total attention to being by a woman’s side for the entire length of her labor providing continuous emotional and physical support.
A doula can be a helpful part of your birthing team. According to the American Pregnancy Association, many mothers reported the need for less medical intervention when using a doula. However, it’s important to note that a doula is not a substitute for a doctor or midwife since they do not have the same in-depth medical training.
What kind of training does a doula have?
Most doulas must go through a certification process, which includes didactic training and assisting during live births. Their certification requirements vary by state.
Does a doula replace the partner in the labor and delivery?
A doula does not replace anyone. She is another member of the birth team, and supports everyone in their own role. A doula’s presence helps partners participate at their own comfort level, showing them how and when to use various comfort techniques, providing information, and in some cases, looking after them as well. Partners are often grateful to be able to share responsibility with someone more experienced, and can therefore enjoy the birth experience more themselves.
Will my doula support me in my home?
Yes – As your doula, my support begins when you call me. I will come to your house and help you labor at home or birth center, or meet you at the hospital.
Will my doula support me if I need medical intervention?
Yes – I will of course work towards your preferred goal but if unforeseen events should occur, I will support you through your entire birth experience. I will continue to care for you, offering emotional and informational support as well as physical support as needed. When it’s time for you to birth your baby, my assistance as your doula can be invaluable for the birth as well as your postpartum care no matter what the circumstances are at that time.
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"Katrina is an absolute blessing!!! I met her through her prenatal yoga classes and quickly knew I needed to hire her as our doula. We hired her during the beginning of my second trimester. She helped my husband and I put together the perfect birth plan for us. Katrina checked in with me often and offered excellent advice. While I was in labor Katrina worked seamlessly with my husband to help me through my contractions. She made sure the nurses and doctor respected my unmedicated birth plan. Since the birth of my daughter she has continued to check in and provide postpartum support. I can not recommend Katrina enough!!!" ~ Sarah S. March 2018
"Katrina is amazing! I wish I would of used her for all 3 of my children's births. She is so caring, knowledgeable, and truly supports you. She always makes you feel so comfortable and you never feel pressured by her in anyway. My husband felt so much more comfortable knowing we had her available. She is your best advocate!!!!! I love her back pack of tools, her personal library she loans, and all her little tricks up her sleeve she truly is the best!!!!!" ~ Chandra C.S. March 2018
"Katrina is one of the most kind hearted and genuine people I've ever met. When my husband and I first met with Katrina she listened to all my wishes and was encouraging and supportive. We hired her pretty early in my pregnancy but she always stayed in contact with me and was always there to answer any question or concerns I had. The day of my labor was a day of unexpected ups and down a lot of the things I wanted from my labor didn't unfortunately go as planned but Katrina was there to help me through as well as my husband. She was always supportive of what I wanted and never judge mental. Having her there was pure joy for my family and I and I felt like I had true friend there helping me through. If your pregnant I would not just consider Katrina as your doula but make it a necessity you won't regret it." ~ Stephanie H. October 2017
"Katrina was a huge blessing to our family! As a new mom, I had no idea what I was doing. I was referred to Katrina by another Doula, we met for coffee and I instantly knew she was the perfect fit for my family. To be honest, my husband initially did not understand a Doula's role but I explained how important it was to me and so he went along with it. After the birth of my son, Im pretty sure my husband could have kissed her! He couldn't believe how awesome it was to have Katrina and did not fully understand her role until she endured 24 + hours of HARD labor with us. He is still bragging to our friends about her. Katrina spent time with our family before, during and after my son was born. I am currently two weeks PP and she continues to check in on us. Katrina shared with us an unmeasurable amount of information, was more than patient with me during labor, and more than anything was caring, compassionate and overall kind and loving. I felt completely comfortable throughout the entire experience and would highly recommend her expertise to the ones I love. Katrina is an awesome person and an even more awesome Doula. We love you! Love, the Toste family July 2017"
"I can't say enough words about how amazing it was to have Katrina at the birth of my little angel. From our first meeting with her we knew she knew her stuff, was straightforward and honest, and going to do everything in her power to support us. The confidence she gave my partner to help me with my labor was completely worth having her there. She was great at answering any questions or concerns we had, awesome on Labor day, and stayed as long as we needed her. Highly highly recommend her to any one considering getting a doula." ~ Jess G. June 2017