Birth Doula Services

AREAS I SERVE

I am based in Baltimore, Maryland and will work with clients within a 35 mile range. This includes, but is not strictly limited to, Baltimore City, Baltimore County, Anne Arundel County, Howard County, Carroll County, and Harford County.

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WHO I SERVE

I believe that all births are natural births, and I support your decision to have an unmedicated birth, an epidural, an induction or a cesarean. What is important to me is that we feel comfortable with each other and can build a connection. I welcome partners and single parents of all races and ethnicities, of all socio-economic statuses, of all abilities, and of all religious and spiritual affiliations. I welcome people who identify as lesbian, gay, bi, queer, trans, gender nonconforming, gender fluid, gender queer and cis. I work with folks of all ages including teens. I also work with people with a history of trauma. 

BIRTH DOULA SERVICES: WHAT'S INCLUDED

  • Free Consultation: Anyone interested in Chesapeake Birth doula services can schedule a free consultation where we meet to discuss your birth goals and see if we would be a good fit for each other.

  • Prenatal Visits: I offer 3 hours of prenatal visiting time at your home. During this time we will talk about expectations, fears, wishes and anything else that might be coming up for you. We will practice comfort measures and different labor positions.

  • Birth Plan Assistance: Interested in creating a birth plan? I can help with the template, content and final review.

  • Phone & Email Support: Unlimited support available by phone and email from pregnancy through to postpartum.

  • On-call 24/7 starting at 38 weeks: I am available to be by your side within 2 hours starting at 38 weeks in your pregnancy.

  • Continuous Labor Support: Once I arrive at your birthplace, I will be with you throughout the entire labor and delivery. As your support person I will provide physical comfort measures such as massage, hot/cold packs, suggesting position changes and counter pressure to assist with discomfort and pain management. I can also suggest different relaxation and breathing techniques to help with progress labor. I am available as emotional support and will be present with you the entire time. I will provide informational support by explaining medical procedures if needed and helping facilitate any decisions that need to be made. I will remain with you up to 2 hours after delivery.

  • Partner Support: Supporting the support person is very important. If there is a partner or other support person present during labor, I am available to give that person breaks, get them refreshments, provide informational, emotional, and, physical support.

  • First Feeding: I can provide support during baby's first feeding including different positions and tips.

  • Postpartum Visit: Within a week after baby is born, I will visit you in-person to follow up with how everyone is doing, discuss the birth, share memories, receive feedback and talk about any concerns. I can provide referrals and other resources you may desire. 

WHAT I WON'T DO

  • Perform any medical procedures or provide medical advice.

  • Place judgment. This is your birth and I will support you in every aspect.

  • Speak for you or on your behalf. All of the decisions are up to you. I am able to help you communicate with the medical staff and provide information to assist your decision making.

  • Take the place of your other support person(s).

 

FEES FOR SERVICES

The total cost for birth doula services is $900*.

*I understand that doula services are generally paid out of pocket and are usually not provided by hospitals or covered by insurance. I believe that every birthing person deserves a doula if they want one. I am open to working with your budget to find a price that meets both our needs. Payment plans available. I am also open to trading doula services for other services such as home repair work, IT support, and natural healing services.

Contact me at carling@chesapeakebirth.com to inquire about birth doula services.