Childbirth Education  |  DOULA CARE  |  Lactation Support

serving pregnant, birthing & newborn families in Western Massachusetts

attending births in Greenfield, Northampton, Holyoke, Springfield, Pittsfield, Brattleboro and HOME

opensourcebirth@gmail.com | 413.325.6056 | po box 90 ashfield, ma 01330-0090

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birth doula care

Doulas provide: 

  • a hand to hold, words of encouragement and the wisdom of experience

  • a calm, experienced, caring presence

  • a supported birth honoring your family's preferences and needs

Doulas bring expert knowledge of comfort measures like massage and counter pressure, visualization and breathing techniques, position changes and more.

Doulas make it possible for your partner and other loved ones to participate in the birth process with ease and confidence within their comfort zone.

Doulas understand the stages and phases of labor including variations, complications, interventions and procedures. We are aware of hospital culture and policies and improve communication between families and medical providers.

We do not offer opinions or advice, just unbiased information to help you decide what is best for you, your baby and your family.

 

To learn more about how doulas make a difference visit DONA International

One of the most effective tools to improve labor and delivery outcomes is the continuous presence of support personnel, such as a doula.

-ACOG/SMFN joint statement on

safe prevention of the primary cesarean delivery

BIRTH DOULA CARE INCLUDES 

● Two prenatal visits at your home to get to know each other and learn about what is important to you about your birth experience. I invite you to share with me your hopes and concerns about giving birth, your preferences about your care and your baby's care during pregnancy, labor, delivery and the immediate postpartum period and to ask any questions you have about anything at all!

Phone, text and email support for the remainder of your pregnancy and throughout the postpartum year

Resources and referrals: therapists, parenting groups, breastfeeding support, childcare providers, parenting multiples, postpartum emotional health, cloth diapering, baby wearing, pumping, returning to work, safe sleeping practices and more.

On call 24 hours a day starting at week 37 of your pregnancy

CONTINUOUS LABOR SUPPORT = Emotional, physical and informational support at home or the hospital until your baby is born and you and your new family are resting comfortably (typically two to four hours after delivery).

One postpartum visit to your home in the first weeks of your baby's life to talk about the birth and admire your baby.