The word doula is a Greek word meaning women’s servant. Women have been serving others in childbirth for many centuries and have proven that support from another woman has a positive impact on the labor process.
A doula is a trained non-medical companion who supports another individual through a significant health-related experience such as childbirth, miscarriage, induced abortion or stillbirth, or non-reproductive experiences such as dying.
A doula may also provide support to the partner, family, and friends.
The doula is a professional trained in childbirth who provides emotional, physical, and educational support to a mother who is expecting, is experiencing labor, or has recently given birth. Their purpose is to help women have a safe, memorable, and empowering birthing experience.
A doula acts as an advocate for the mother, encouraging and helping her fulfill specific desires she might have for her birth. The goal of a doula is to help the mother experience a positive and safe birth, whether an unmedicated birth or a cesarean.
One prenatal visit between 36-38 weeks to discuss birth plan. (60 min appointment) On call 24/7 from 38 weeks gestation to birth.
We want to stay in touch during your journey.
Pre-Planning meetings (1-2 depends on how far along you are in your pregnancy)
We want nothing but the best for mom & baby. We respect how you want to deliver your baby and we respect all religious traditions and lifestyle choices.
Numerous studies have documented the benefits of having a doula present during labor. A recent Cochrane Review, Continuous Support for Women During Childbirth, showed a very high number of positive birth outcomes when a doula was present.
With their support, women were less likely to have pain-relief medications administered and less likely to have a cesarean birth. Women also reported having a more positive childbirth experience.
We want to make sure that mom is supported. We will do 3 visits after birth to make sure mom is resting and feeling well. During this time mom can sleep, drink tea or whatever she likes. We will be there to pick up the load of new baby and maybe even eat some cake with mom.
I am dual certified and a labour and postpartum doula. I am equipped to provide SMC Full Circle Doula care to women, families and others.
My services include:
Comfort measures during pregnancy
Support during birth
Birth vision and birth plan
Resources and referrals
Bonding and family integration
Culturally competent doula care
(Left)Shafia Monroe, President of Shafia Monroe Consulting (SMC) and creator of SMC Full Circle Doula Birth Companion Training. (Right) Kratina Champaigne on day four of my training when I received my Provisional Certificate
Shafia Monroe is a renowned midwife, a doula trainer, motivational speaker and a cultural competency trainer, the creator of the SMC Full Circle Doula Birth Companion Training. Her work is significant to improving the infant and maternal mortality crisis because she incorporates African birth traditions and southern outreach traditions, aids families in communicating with their health care providers for quality health care, and lectures on multiple systems to reduce maternal mortality.
The total fee for my services is $997. I do offer a sliding scale, going low as $250. I leave it to the client's discretion to determine what they can afford within this range. As a trained professional, I do ask for fair recompense for my services. However, I also truly value the positive benefits of doula care, and do not want financial need to make those services inaccessible to mothers who desire them. My sliding scale is an honor system, I do not ask to verify your income or such thing, I simply ask you to be fair in determining what you can truly afford to pay for my time and services.
I ask for a non-refundable retainer fee of $125.00, which is paid during or after the prenatal meeting which is applied to the fee. I will not consider myself obligated to the birth, or "on call" until the this is paid. The remainder is due 3 weeks before your EDD.
If you fail to call me to attend your labor, there will not be any refunds nor any further charges.
Mother Shower ($180)- This is a creative alternative to a traditional baby shower. Mother Shower is based on ancient Navjo ceremonies that celebrate a woman's transition to motherhood. Invite women to share their wisdom, pledge their support and pamper the mother to be and themselves. Oils, flowers, beads and some decorations will be provided. Food and venue is not included.