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.

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. During these prenatal sessions 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. I will provide you with information about the stages of labor, the birthing process, and education on breastfeeding. For our last meeting together, I’ll join you at one of your prenatal appointments so that I can meet your practioner.

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Services

Doula Support
3-4 prenatal visits including a midwife/doctor visit
Birth Support
Postpartum Visit

Photography
Birth and Immediate Postpartum Photography
Postpartum Photography at home within the first 3 months

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

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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

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. I am happy to suggest wonderful postpartum Doulas should you be interested.

Photography

I offer birth photography and postpartum photography as part of my services as a Doula. If that is something you are interested in, we can discuss what that will look like and what your needs are.

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Packages

Package 1

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

Package 2

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

Package 3

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

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