What does a Doula do?

"She handled details during my delivery that made it much easier for my partner to focus on being there for me"

 

​"...all that I could remember and focus on was her soothing voice telling me I was doing great and to keep going. She was literally like an angel."

A doula is a non-clinical emotional and physical comfort support person, trained in birth. As a birth doula, my job is to empower you with the information you need to make your own decisions about your birth plan, remain with you throughout labour to provide emotional and physical comfort, demonstrate and assist with breastfeeding, and focus on your unique needs and desires. My goal is to ensure you feel supported for the type of birth you want.

Doulas attend all types of birth- hospital, home, vaginal, cesarean, VBAC, you name it. It isn't about us, it's about you, and your needs.

During labour, I am there to coach you and your partner with breathing techniques, relaxation, massage, movement and position options, and almost any way needed to get you as comfortable as possible and help your baby down smoothly. I am there to assist, mediate, support, and CELEBRATE you and your baby!

As someone who's pregnant, or their partner, you’re probably excited and want to make the most of this birth experience. You’ll likely find yourself wondering things like “what’s normal? What are my options? What can I do?” For some, the idea of planning for a birth and managing the event can be daunting, but it doesn't have to be. A doula is there throughout your pregnancy to inform you of your many options, know what's normal, and help you and your birth team navigate your birth experience with a calm confidence.

I don't replace your partner, I don't speak for you, and I don't make decisions for you. Instead, I support and work with your partner to help them support you, I help you find your voice, and I make sure you have the info you need to make your own decisions as you feel comfortable.

You have more power than you realise, and my job is to help you harness that.

Packages & Fees

Basic Care

$900

• FREE consultation visit

• 2 prenatal visits

• Email, phone, and text support throughout pregnancy

• Breastfeeding demonstration and support

• On-call 24/7 from 38 weeks gestation (2 weeks before your estimated due date) until your baby is born

• Continual support throughout labour and birth

• Up to 3 hours immediately postpartum to assist with bonding and breastfeeding

• 1 postpartum visit (breastfeeding support, light housekeeping, infant care, laundry, meal prep, general help)

• FREE access to my lending library of birth books

• FREE rental of Elle TENS® (Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation) machine during labour

• 10% off La Bassine Birth Pool rental

Extra Care

$1200

• FREE consultation visit

• 3 prenatal visits

• Email, phone, and text support throughout pregnancy

• Breastfeeding demonstration and support

• On-call 24/7 from 38 weeks gestation (2 weeks before your estimated due date) until your baby is born

• Continual support throughout labour and birth

• Up to 3 hours immediately postpartum to assist with bonding and breastfeeding

• 3 postpartum visits (breastfeeding support, light housekeeping, infant care, laundry, meal prep, general help)

• FREE access to my lending library of birth books

• FREE rental of Elle TENS® (Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation) machine during labour

• 10% off La Bassine Birth Pool rental

Notes about my services

* There is no hourly rate or limit for your labour, I charge a flat rate fee; whether you labour for 4 hours or 40 hours, I will be there to provide you continuous support without the worry of additional payment required.

* For special circumstances, payment plans and personalized packages can be discussed.

* I recognize that birth is birth; I offer full support for planned or emergency caesareans. Personalized plans with additional postpartum care can be discussed to help you get extra support where you need.

“If a doula were a drug, it would be unethical not to use it.”

–Dr. John H. Kennell

© 2018 Angie Marchinkow

Photography by Nick Clements.

Logo designs by Stefania Valoroso.

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