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Lexington, Richmond, Stanford, and London.

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There’s an expression in birth work ‘Rest & Be Thankful’. It refers to the point in a labor, just after transition and before pushing, when sometimes contractions will pause for an extended period of time so the mother can take a breather before delivering her baby.

This was not my original plan for 2018, but it has worked out that 2018 is my ‘Rest & Be Thankful’ year.

My husband and I were happy (and surprised!) to learn we’re expecting Baby #3 this May. This news, coupled with other personal and family needs, made it very clear to me that 2018 is not the time to push it…yet. 😉

I’m being transparent with you because this business is near and dear to my heart. I am so honored to have served families over the past two years. In my personal and professional life, I want to model that which I advocate. I tell new moms over and over again to keep their expectations low and forgiveness high. I encourage them to set and protect boundaries. I tell them that they ARE doing important work when they rest on the couch with their pregnant belly propped up, or sit in a chair for hours on end nursing a newborn. And if I don’t practice those truths in my own life, how can I expect anyone else to?

I’m going to be a birth worker for a long time. That means I pause now and again when my family needs me. And even though it does make me a bit teary to do so, I know it is best for the long haul.

In 2018 I’m going to be fully embracing being pregnant (again!) I’ll be prepping my kids, my home, and my work for maternity leave. I’ll be a midwife patient and doula client. I’ll be attending my local LLL for mom-to-mom breastfeeding support. I’ll be continuing to learn and geek out over birth as much as ever.

I’ll be saying No to what isn’t immediately necessary and Yes to what is. (Maybe this announcement gives you a prompting to do the same.)

During my year off I want to highly recommend the following doulas for all your labor-supporting, back-rubbing needs. These ladies are my backups, my confidants, and my doula sisters. You’ll be in good hands with:

About Birth, LLC
Beloved Birth Doula Services
Commonwealth Doula Services
Joyful Birth

Love,

Victoria

Mama/Papa Birth Skillshop $75

I almost wanted to tagline this workshop, “You put a baby in her, now help her get it out!”

But seriously. I understand.

As fabulous as doulas are, every family won’t choose to hire one. Even so, every mom needs a supportive birth team. Mother Well’s Mama/Papa Birth Skills Workshop is just the ticket.

In this 90 min crash-course style workshop, we will cover:

  • The basic physical processes of labor and birth
  • The Fear – Tension – Pain Cycle and how it can make delivery unnecessarily hard
  • Expert-approved ways to make mom (and dad!) more comfortable in labor
  • How to talk with your provider to get the best care possible
  • And how you can be truly present on this life-changing day

Decrease your fear and increase confidence and comfort!

Newborn Care Class $75

One of the most exhilarating – and downright terrifying! – feelings in life is walking out the hospital with a brand new baby in tow.  What happens next?

In this 2-hour class, we will cover basics such as:

  • Common Newborn Hospital Procedures
  • Sleeping Expectations
  • How to Calm your Newborn
  • Infant Feeding Basics 
  • How To Get Breastfeeding Off To A Good Start
  • Postpartum Recovery and Realities
  • Resources to Help you Transition to life as a Parent

Community Childbirth Education

This upbeat, interactive, and informative class can be taught in a private or group setting. Fear increases our tension and anxiety over any event in life – especially childbirth. By learning a bit about the basics of labor and birth, you’ll have less fear, more confidence (and joy!) as you welcome your baby to the world. In this class, we’ll cover:

  • The basic physical processes of labor and birth
  • The Fear – Tension – Pain Cycle and how it can make delivery unnecessarily hard
  • Ways to make labor more comfortable (and even enjoyable!)
  • The benefits and risks of labor interventions
  • How to handle a long or difficult labor
  • How to communicate effectively with your care providers
  • and much more.

Private Session: $150
Group Session: $40 / couple (Minimum of 2 couples. Inquire for details.)

Birth Doula Services $750

An increasing number of mothers choose to include doulas as part of their birthing team. It’s a smart move! Evidence says women who use doula support are “more likely to have spontaneous vaginal births and less likely to have any pain medication, epidurals, negative feelings about childbirth, vacuum or forceps-assisted births, and C-sections.” (To get more facts about doula care, visit EvidenceBasedBirth.com.)

Think of a doula as someone who is equal parts wedding planner, personal trainer, and soul sister for your birth.

Hiring me as your birth doula means you’ll get:

  • 2 prenatal visits with you and your partner
  • Assistance with writing your birth plan
  • Access to an extensive local and online resource list
  • Continuous phone/email support from date of hire through birth and two weeks postpartum
  • Continuous support throughout your labor, through 1-2 hours postpartum
  • Immediate postpartum care and assistance breastfeeding, if desired
  • 1 postpartum visit with you, your partner, and new baby (!)
  • Assurance knowing you and your growing family are in caring, knowledgeable hands

It is my belief that every woman who wants a doula should have one. I am happy to discuss payment plans upon demonstrated need, subject to discretion. 

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