Anchorage Doula Services, Childbirth classes, PLacenta Care
Caring for new families from pregnancy through postpartum
Birth Doula Support
Birth is one of the most vulnerable and powerful experiences of a woman’s life. I became a doula because I know how important it is to feel safe, supported, and comfortable when bringing your baby into the world. I also believe in the magic and miracle of birth, and attending one is always an incredible honor- one that I take extremely seriously. Birth is unpredictable. I work hard to ready you and your partner for whatever twists and turns there may be, and for you to have the experience that you hope for.
As a Birth Doula I Provide:
During our prenatal visits we will discuss birth options and evidence-based practices. I will also provide you with resources to help you make informed decisions about your birth. I will help you formulate a birth plan that highlights the things that are most important to you. We will discuss prenatal nutrition, the process of labor, comfort measures for labor and birth including positions, massage, and verbal cues you might expect to hear during labor, your postpartum plans, and much more.
I will provide physical support with massage, applying hot or cold compresses and recommending different labor positions throughout the duration of labor. I will be a constant and reassuring presence, and will be by your side from the moment you feel you need me when active labor begins.
I will provide you with emotional support by being a steadfast positive presence during labor. I will offer words of encouragement, reassurance, and affirmation to help you persevere through your labor. Medical providers and nurses may change shifts or come and go, you can count on me to stay for the duration of your labor and for up to three hours after your baby is born.
This is a chance for us to get to know each other and for you to decide if I’m the right doula for you. Ask me questions, learn about my training, experience, and support style, and see if our personalities mesh.
During these visits, we will get to know each other,discuss the childbirth process, develop your birth and pain management plans, discuss and practice positions and comfort measures for labor, and talk about a postpartum support plan.
On Call Availability 24/7
Constant Support throughout the entire laboring process and for up to 3 hours after birth. My focus is meeting your needs during labor. I will help your partner with relaxation and pain coping techniques, run interference with visitors, fill everyone’s basic needs (food, drinks, bathroom breaks, etc), help you acquire additional information about interventions if they become necessary, and generally just make sure your labor and birth go as smoothly as possible. If you don’t have a partner or your partner is not going to be involved with the birth, you can expect that I will give you all the one-on-one support you need. My support is continuous and limitless, I will never charge more based on the length of your labor.
Partner supported birth is important to me.
My role is never to take over for your partner, but rather to enhance their ability to care for you. My goal is to relieve the pressure and stress of support from the partner and enable them to do what they do best, and what they are truly needed for in labor— to love the laboring Mama through it.
It is my pleasure and honor to care for and support your parenting journey with wholehearted doula services, childbirth education, and placenta care.
All inclusive support packages for pregnancy and labor services begin at $950. Please contact me for more information and to discuss your individual needs. Flexible payment plans available. Services are often covered by FSA/HSA plans, and some insurance companies. I provide a business receipt for you to submit for reimbursement, and accept cash, check, or credit.
Postpartum Doula Support
I will come along side you, your baby and your family to allow you to take care of yourself, adjust to life with a newborn and enjoy the precious early weeks of your baby’s life. Postpartum doula services help to ease your transition to life with a new baby.
As a Postpartum Doula, I provide:
Knowledge of newborns.
Supporting your confidence in caring for your baby and understanding their development in the early months of life. Help with practical care; bathing, nail clipping, babywearing, swaddling, etc.
Infant feeding knowledge and support.
Help troubleshooting any breastfeeding issues including latch, positioning, and supply; support with locating helpful resources and referrals to area professionals, as needed.
Care for your newborn while you take care of yourself.
You can enjoy a shower, take a nap or do anything else that will rejuvenate you while knowing your baby is safe.
Light housekeeping: laundry, dishes, sweeping, vacuuming, dusting, pet care, putting clean sheets on your bed, etc. Running errands: grocery shopping, dog walking, taking older children to school, etc
Meal Preparation: Advanced preparation of meals, baked goods, or freezer meals. I love to bake, make some mean tacos and an amazing Zuppa Toscana. I have experience with vegetarian and gluten free cooking, and am happy to work with any allergies or preferences.
For hourly postpartum or antepartum services outlined above, my fee is $35/hr (additional charge for overnight services and travel will apply.)
Weekly Classes, Monthly Workshops, Private Consultation
Group childbirth classes
Classes designed to fit your life and your budget! These classes are open to all, no matter where you plan to give birth.
- Start any time, and go in any order.
- Interactive, Engaging, Fun!
- Evenings and Weekends
We cover the process of birth and preparing for labor, comfort measures and positioning, breathing techniques and partner support, and postpartum care for mom, baby, and the family.
Birth 101. This class covers the anatomy and physiology of the birth process, the stages of labor, labor progress and activities, fear and safety, cascade of interventions, physical and emotional changes and much more.
Comfort Measures for Childbirth. This class is interactive and informative! We’ll discuss and practice Positioning, Breathing, Massage, Acupressure, Using the Birth Ball and Peanut Ball, Rebozo, Partner Support, and more. Bring a pillow, your partner, and be ready to enjoy a relaxing and fun evening.
Postpartum prep. This class gives an overview of after birth care for mom, feeding your new baby, the emotional changes in the early postpartum days, baby blues, hormones, newborn care, babywearing, sleep and your new baby, etc.
Pregnancy and Postpartum Meetups. Gather for a relaxing time to visit and connect with other new and expecting parents. Snacks are provided, and these warm and wonderful evenings are a great chance to chat about successes and challenges, meet with old friends and make new ones. The whole family is invited!
Private Birth Prep Sessions
Private Birth and baby Prep Sessions:
- Scheduled at your convenience
- In your home or my home office
- 3 hour visit to discuss all things pregnancy, labor, birth, postpartum and baby care.
- Customized and individualized to your specific questions and concerns!
- $125 in my Eagle River home office, $150 in your Anchorage area home.
Too busy for traditional childbirth classes? This is a great option for busy schedules, slope and shift workers, and anyone who would prefer a more intimate, one-on-one experience. Get all of your questions answered and prepare for YOUR best birth!
GentleBirth Weekend Workshops
As the only certified GentleBirth Instructor in Alaska, and one of the first in the United States, I am thrilled to bring this fantastic workshop to Anchorage!
By trusting your instincts, preparing well, and finding answers to the questions that are important to you, you can take ownership of your birthing experience and embrace your birth feeling “calm, confident and in control.”
This one of a kind curriculum provides expectant mothers and their partners with education and training in:
- The Physiology of Childbirth
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
- Sports Psychology
- Medical Hypnosis
- Comfort Measures for Labor
- Tools, Information and Techniques to prepare for your most positive birth
I also host free GentleBirth Meetups. These monthly gatherings are an informal opportunity to meet for a coffee, snacks, and chat about positive birth in general and find community with other expecting families.
My next GentleBirth weekend workshop is April 29 & 30!
The Placenta is amazing. This incredible organ is the lifeline between you and your baby, supplying oxygen-rich blood, nutrients and hormones during pregnancy. The placenta is produced by the mother’s body for this very specific purpose, and then expelled when its purpose is fulfilled after the baby or babies are born.
You may find it difficult to find hard evidence regarding the benefits of placentophagia (the process of consuming the placenta postpartum). The majority of theevidence we have comes from the women who have tried it.
- Faster healing with increased release of the hormone oxytocin, which helps the uterus return to normal size and encourages bonding with the infant.
- Pain relief. Research has shown that ingesting the placenta increases the effect of opioids. (This benefit may be especially helpful for mother’s who have had a cesarean section, episiotomy or severe tears, or prolapse of the uterus or cervix.)
- Decrease in post-partum depression levels and assistance with hormonal stabilization. Improvement in symptoms of the “baby blues”.
- Restoration of iron levels in the blood.
- Increase in milk production.
Placenta Encapsulation preserves the benefits of your placenta, all in a convenient capsule.
Hormones known to be in the placenta:
- Oxytocin – The feel good or love hormone. Creates feelings of bonding, pain relief, happiness and elation
- Cortisone – This hormone unlocks energy stored in the body and combats stress (cortisol)
- Interferon – This hormone stimulates the immune system to fight off infections while the mother is healing from the birth
- Prostaglandins – Act as an anti-inflammatory
- Hemoglobin – Replenishes iron, stimulates iron production in the blood
- Urokinase inhibiting factor and factor XIII – Lessens bleeding and promotes faster healing
- Prolactin/HPL – Stimulates healthy mammary function and milk production
Basic Heated Method
The traditional heated process involves steaming, dehydrating, and grinding the placenta into fine powder, then filling your choice of vegetarian or gelatin capsules.
Placenta Salve:Add your placenta powder to an organic, nourishing body balm with myriad uses for healing and protecting your skin. This salve base is made of organic coconut and sweet almond oils, herbs, and beeswax. Placenta has often been used in for its healing and restorative properties. Placenta Salve has many uses, including applying to c-section scarring once the wound has closed, perineal tearing, hemorrhoids, diaper rash, eczema, sunburn and skin irritations.