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Birth and Labour Support

Birth and Labour Support2019-01-09T19:50:58+00:00

Project Description

Free Consultation

Our support starts with a free 45-minute consultation. We take the time to learn more about you and about your wishes for labour and childbirth. We review the support services that Melissa provides as a birth doula and answer any questions you may have about the process.​

Prenatal Visits

If you have chosen to work with Padma Yogi as your birth doula, we will meet two times before your estimated due date. During these visits, we will discuss how your pregnancy has been and review your preferences for labour and delivery.

We will take time to practice comfort measure techniques including massage, birth ball, peanut ball, tens machine, rebozo, temperature, deep breathing, visualization and positioning.

Email & Phone Support

Melissa is available via email, text and phone support to answer any questions you may have. She will be on-call 24/7 starting two weeks prior to your expected due date until your baby arrives.

Labour Support

Melissa will be with you and your birth team during your labour and delivery as a constant support system, whether you are delivering at the hospital, birth centre or at home. She will support you physically, emotionally and mentally and will provide you with the tools and information needed for you to make the best informed decisions for you.

Once your baby is born, she will stay up to two hours postpartum. Melissa is also happy to help assist with breastfeeding, take photos and gather your items together.

Postpartum Visit

After your baby is born, Melissa will visit you at your house a days after delivery to see how you and your new baby are doing. We will discuss the labour and delivery and how you are feeling about your experience. We will also review any concerns you have with your newborn, including feedings.

doula support
Melissa with baby
Birth Doula Services
    $1,100
 icon-home  2 prenatal visits
 icon-heart  1 postpartum visit
 icon-pencil-square-o  Assistance with creating birth preferences document
  icon-clock-o  On-call 2 weeks prior to your due date until you deliver
 icon-phone  Unlimited email, phone and text support
 icon-calendar  Attendance at your birth & if appropriate at home in early labour
 icon-plus  Use of tens machine during labour
     4 prenatal yoga classes (value of $80)
Contact us to book a free in person consultation.
Please contact us for additional packages.
 
greater satisfaction with birth experience
continuous support
increased confidence
better outcomes for baby
greater success with feeding
emotional support
improved family bonding
improved postpartum mental health

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

A doula is a professional birth-coach who provides continuous labour support, both physical and emotional. Doulas stay with you before, during and after delivery, offering informational support at any stage of the birthing process. A postpartum doula provides support after the baby is born and this can include newborn care, care for the birth person, feeding support and light household work.

A doula is not a medical professional and doulas do not give medical advice, perform medical procedures and does not make any medical decisions on your behalf. Doulas have a lot of experience with birth and will help you understand your options, help you ask the right questions and will help you communicate them.

Midwives are health-care professionals who provide expert primary care to pregnant people and their newborns. A doula provides continuous care and does not leave your side during the labour or childbirth. Midwives have many responsibilities including performing medical procedures, charting and monitoring you and the baby—they cannot always be by your side coaching you through each contraction. Doulas remain by your side and provide continuous support.

No, not at all. Doulas do not replace your birth partner. We work as a team together and support both of you. During your labour the doula may give the partner a break, reassure the partner and provide support to them too.

That’s great. Doulas provide unbiased, evidence-based support. Doulas help empower you in your choices. Modern epidurals are gradual, and the medication can be controlled. Doulas will still provide physical support for comfort and positioning and continue to provide emotional support to you and your birth partner.

Selecting a doula is a very personal choice. Melissa is a professionally trained doula who are ready to provide support to you. Most doulas will offer a free meet and greet to see if you’re the right fit. You may want to interview 2-3 doulas to find one that is right for you.

“I wanted to send a note to say thank you so much for all your yoga guidance during my pregnancy. I very much enjoyed the class each week and believe it helped me relax and prepare for labour and delivery. Our little girl was born on her due date. Happy, healthy and adorable.”

“Thanks for everything Melissa, you helped get my body and mind ready for this! I was very calm and breathing and visualization really helped.”

“My weekly prenatal yoga classes with Melissa helped me so much to relax and to get my body prepared for the big day. During labour my daughter came into distress at some point. I was able to relax my mind and body with techniques that Melissa taught me – and it worked! I delivered the most beautiful girl calmly and it was the most amazing experience. I’d recommend prenatal yoga to all women.”

“Melissa was extremely helping in my emotional, physical and overall well-being. She was there from the beginning to the end providing any support we needed. We are so thankful for her!”

“Melissa is amazing! The class is challenging and very inclusive.”

“Melissa is an amazing instructor. I feel confidant and safe in her classes so I can let go and focus on my practice.”

“Beautiful and clean studio, friendly service and relaxing atmosphere makes Padma yoga a great place to practice. Convenient location with free parking at the back.”

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