I believe that birth is a rite of passage and however you choose to birth should be honored. For a woman the transition into motherhood is an opportunity to let go, listen, and receive. As a Doula, my intention is to inform and empower a woman to trust her inner knowing and support her through the transition from pregnancy to motherhood.

What is a Birth Doula?

The role of the Doula is to provide continuous physical and emotional support through pregnancy, childbirth, and the postpartum period. During labor, the Doula’s job is to focus solely on the needs of a mother and partner, guiding the laboring woman through the use of breath, gentle massage, and mediation.
However you choose to give birth, unmedicated, medicated, or surgically, the support of a Doula is incredibly beneficial in lowering stress and reducing the odds of unnecessary interventions.

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Preparing for Birth

As we work together leading up to your birth, it is my intention to help you find clarity, ease, and hopefully a sense of excitement about the incredible experience that is unfolding before you. We will meet at least 3 times before your birth. These prenatal sessions are an opportunity to get to know each other. We will explore anything that is coming up for you emotionally surrounding your birth, such as fears and expectations that may be present. We’ll discuss comfort measures and relaxation techniques that you may be interested in using during labor. If you plan to have a partner or birth team present, we will meet together to come up with a plan on how we can best support you. I provide you with information about the stages of labor, the birthing process, education on breast + bottle feeding, and what you may need to feel prepared for your postpartum period. For our last meeting together, I’ll join you at one of your prenatal appointments so that I can meet your practitioner.

Labor and Delivery Birth Support

In the two weeks leading up to your due date, I will be on call and ready to meet you when labor begins. Once I join you, I’ll remain by your side throughout the entirety of your birth. We will focus on the relaxation, breathing, and comfort measures we discussed in our prenatal meetings. I will be there to help you ask the right questions in order for you make informed decisions as they arise and I will do everything I can to make this the birth experience you envisioned.

Postpartum Visit

Once you have settled into a routine, we will plan a final postpartum visit. This is an opportunity to talk and connect about your birth experience and anything that may have come up during your birth that needs healing. I’m available to counsel any breastfeeding issues should they arise and point you in the right direction for continued support. Birth is only the beginning of this journey and I can’t stress enough the importance of finding the right support for yourself and your partner after the birth of your child.

Birth Photography

Having been a photographer long before I became a Doula, it is a joy for me to include birth photography in my list of services. I am often asked how I am able to support a birthing woman while also documenting the experience, but all I can say is that it just works! If you are interested in birth photography, we can discuss what that will look like and how we can tailor it to your needs.

Newborn + Family Photography

I love nothing more than being able to capture authentic moments between parents and children and the newness that follows the birth of a child. I shoot with all natural light and my sessions last no more than 2/2.5 hours so as not to exhaust everyone involved.

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Please email me at kate@katedanson.com for pricing and more information.

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The Specifics

Doula Support
1 initial meeting in person to connect
3-4 prenatal visits including a doctor/midwife visit
Childbirth + Lactation Education | Specifics on Postpartum + Home Prep
Referrals + Reading List
Phone and email support during pregnancy and postpartum period
On-call in the weeks surrounding your estimated due date
Continuous physical and emotional support through the entirety of your birth
Placenta encapsulation referral
1 Postpartum Visit

Birth Photography
1 initial meeting in person to connect and discuss your needs and how I can best support you
On-call in the weeks surrounding your estimated due date
Photographic documentation of your labor, birth, and the moments after when you have your baby in your arms
Photos will be ready for you as digital files 4-6 weeks postpartum

Newborn and Family Photography
2hr Session | at-home or on location documentary portraits of your new baby and family
Photos will be ready as digital files within 2 weeks of our session

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Birth + Photography Packages

Package 1 – Doula

1 initial meeting in person to connect
3-4 Prenatal Visits – 1 of which is accompanying you to you doctor or midwife
Labor and Delivery Birth Support
1 Postpartum Visit

Package 2 – Doula + Birth Photography

1 initial meeting in person to connect
3-4 Prenatal Visits – 1 of which is accompanying you to you doctor or midwife
Labor and Delivery Birth Support
1 Postpartum Visit
Birth Photography

Package 3 – Birth Photography Only

1 initial meeting in person to connect and discuss your vision for the birth photography
Birth Photography

Package 4 – Newborn + Family Photography

1 initial phone/email conversation to discuss your vision and the location of the photo shoot
2hr photo session

Please email me at kate@katedanson.com for pricing and more information.