Your Idaho Birth Doula
So what does a doula...do?
Establishing a bond with you (and your partner) is important to me.
I am available 24/7 via phone and text.
I offer 2 prenatal meetings in your home.
I am committed to your health and comfort throughout your entire journey to becoming parents, and that starts in pregnancy. Pregnancy brings so many new changes to your body, your routine, and your sense of self. As your birth doula, I am also your pregnancy guide: readily available to help you navigate the unexpected.
From the moment we sign our contract, I become available to you. Whether you need evidence-based information on managing discomfort or just want to celebrate an exciting milestone with someone who "gets it": I am just a phone call (or text) away.
By hiring a doula you are taking control of your birth experience.
During labor, I will help you advocate for your wishes, promote bonding between you and your partner, and help you have a shorter and easier labor through positioning, comfort measures, and breathing techniques.
You will not only have an advocate for your birth choices, you will have a guide to help you keep labor progressing without unwanted intervention. Evidence shows that women who used a doula during birth were:
*less likely to need medical interventions like Pitocin during labor
*less likely to use pain medications (if they did not desire to use them)
*less likely to have a Cesarean section
I am a "pro" at labor. Position changes, comfort techniques (massage or guided mediation), words of encouragement or "tough love" when needed, tricks to help baby rotate and descend: I've got them all! Having a doula in the room (or available virtually), takes the guesswork out of labor for you and your partner. Let me guide your partner on what to do next, set up your birth space to be cozy and relaxing, and coach you on the "right" way for you to breathe through those contractions. I want you to be present and enjoy your labor!
I do not replace your partner, I help them shine! We are a team.
During labor I will encourage bonding between you and your partner, whispering suggestions on how they can comfort and encourage you.
When they need a break (and sooner or later, they will), I will be there to take over.
Partners, I am here for you too! During pregnancy, I am available to offer suggestions on how you can support your pregnant partner. But you need a doula too, and I will provide emotional validation, recommendations for pregnancy, labor and parenting education and referrals for additional support for you as well.
In labor, we become a team, and I will help you shine. Whether I am suggesting the perfect comfort measures; reminding you to hydrate, eat, and rest; taking pictures if you'd like them; or reminding the doctor that you'd like to announce baby's gender, cut the cord, or catch your baby, I will ensure that your experience is a positive one.
And setting you up for success postpartum.
I will provide breastfeeding guidance: ensuring baby latches before I leave and that you feel comfortable and confident as you begin your nursing journey.
I offer one postpartum follow up visit in your home...
and continued postpartum phone and text support for one year.
After you give birth, I will stay with you until you are comfortable in your recovery setting. In these moments I am ready to facilitate communication to your family, take pictures of you and your new baby, grab snacks or water, and offer breastfeeding guidance. My focus stays on you and your comfort. Should your newborn need additional neonatal care, I will remain with you to offer emotional support and facilitate communication between you and your baby's care team. I will not leave until you are tucked in with your new baby and ready to snuggle and rest.
And because birth is just the beginning of your journey into parenthood, I will be there for you as you transition. During your first year after birth, I will remain available for you. Assisting in your emotional and physical recovery from birth, supplying local area resources for continued care, and providing insight on basic infant care, breastfeeding, and pumping routines and rituals are all ways I can support your postpartum journey.
I love talking to families and hearing their stories! Reach out today to set up a complimentary birth doula consultation and we can discuss whether I am the right fit for your birth team!
"Danielle was my lifeline leading up to and during the birth. I don't know what I would have done without her."
Heather, who gave birth at St. Luke's Hospital in Nampa
"Danielle was my anchor through it all and kept me where I needed to be."
Laura, who gave birth at St. Luke's Hospital in Boise
"Danielle has been my pillar of patience, tenacity and power. I am forever grateful to tears."
Kayla, who gave birth at the Treasure Valley Midwives Birth Center in Boise