Congratulations! At Desert Birth & Wellness we have experienced and professionally trained doulas. We strive to assist you in obtaining the birth YOU desire. Unlike the hospital medical staff, we're by your side as much as you want throughout your birth. It's like having your very own childbirth educator in your birthing space. Most first time parents are shocked to learn their provider is only in the hospital delivery room to "catch" the baby. Often OB's aren't called in the room until baby is crowning. We have the pleasure of working with the fantastic L&D nurses at our surrounding hospitals but they also have other patients to tend to while your in labor. If you're planning having your baby with a midwife at home or at a birth center your doula is still busy keeping you calm and comfortable while your provider focuses on the medical side. We're not there to take the partners place. Our "client" isn't only the birthing mother but the partner too. We get mom's partner involved as much as they desire, offering suggestions along the way if needed.
Educational Prenatal Appointments
With our standard and deluxe packages, you will have 2-3 prenatal appointments where we not only get to know each other better but we answer any of your childbirth questions you may have. We also assist with your "birth wish list", also known as a birth plan. Feel free to borrow a book or two from our lending library and enjoy our educational videos sent straight to your inbox.
About that birth plan...
Like most things in life birth doesn't always go as planned. Your doula stays by your side and supports your birth choices. It's often a misconception that doulas advocate for their clients. WRONG!! We're confident our clients can advocate for themselves. Your doula is there for emotional, physical and educational support leaving you empowered to make your own decisions.
And then came baby!
Your doula will stay with you about an hour or two after birth. When we see that everyone is settled, we see our way out... After capturing a few family photos. As doulas we can't guarantee pictures from every birth, you would have to hire a professional birth photographer for that. No worries, we happen to know a few! More times than not we are able to capture some incredible shots if you do want photos of your birth. We remain available by phone or text for any immediate postpartum questions. For cesarean births we remain in the hospital until you are comfortable in your postpartum room.
Let's not forget statistics!
What Are The Benefits Of Having A Doula?
ACOG thinks we're pretty cool too! "The recommendations also suggest that women benefit from continuous emotional support and the use of non-pharmacologic methods to manage pain. Support offered by trained labor coaches such as doulas has been associated with improved birth outcomes, including shortened labor and fewer operative deliveries"
Numerous clinical studies have shown the use of a doula during labor and delivery can have the following beneficial effects:
50% reduction in the cesarean rate
25% shorter labor
60% reduction in epidural requests
40% reduction in synthetic oxytocin use
30% reduction in analgesia use
40% reduction in forceps & vacuum delivery
Long term benefits:
* Improved breastfeeding
* Increased time spent with baby
* Increased maternal satisfaction with birth experience
* Decreased postpartum depression
Can I afford a doula?
ABSOLUTELY!!!! Our birth doula packages range from $600 - $1,500
$300 Scholarships are available for military single income families that are E3 and below or any family enrolled in 2 or more TANF (Transitional Assistance for Needy Families) programs.
After the initial $200 ($50 for Scholarship recipients) retainer is received we can work with any budget offering a payment plan that fits every family. Do you have a Flexible Spending Account? They will cover doula expenses.
Bereavement Birth Services
"You may have heard the words 'I'm sorry, but we cannot find the heartbeat.' You may be experiencing the impending birth of your beloved baby not alive. You might have been told that your precious one has a fatal diagnosis. Whatever is happening right now, whatever you have been told about your baby, your situation, or the medical recommendations given, right now, may you take a pause. Get into some comfortable clothing. Pour yourself a cool glass of water. Take some slow, dip, relaxing breaths. Right now, you are still pregnant. And no matter what the next moments, days or weeks may bring, you are still a mother. And you always will be." -StillBirthday.com
Our trained bereavement birth doulas are available at no cost for families. We provide support at the following hospitals at this time: Hi-Desert Medical Center, Desert Regional Medical Center, Robert E Bush Naval Hospital, JFK Memorial Hospital