1st Client Meeting–Interview to comfortably
At this meeting, we will essentially interview each other to see if we are a good fit. I prefer to have both mom and her partner at this meeting. I will tell you about my services and answer any questions or concerns you may have. We will check dates. Then, I’ll leave you with 2 copies of the contract (and some other helpful materials) for you to read over and consider. Typically, this will take us about an hour or so.
Next–You Make Hiring Decision
Sign both copies of the contract and send one to me with your deposit so I can hold your date.
- You keep one (pretty one with bees on it)
- Send 2nd copy to me with a check for 1st payment (50%) OR
- Contract may also be scanned/emailed. Payment via Pay Pal (add 3%)
- Next (2nd) payment is due by week 37
You are now a client of Honeybee Doula Services, LLC
As a new client, I will set you up in my system/calendar. This assures you I am close at hand and on call starting 2 weeks before your EDD through to the birth of your baby.
Next, we should schedule our 1st prenatal meeting. When this takes place in your 3rd trimester it is far more meaningful. As deliver draws closer you will find the helps with planning more useful.
But before we meet– I will email you a “Prenatal Interview Form”. It has lots of questions on it, but it will stir your thoughts and open some great conversation about you and your partner’s goals and expectations. Please fill this out as completely as you can, it helps to know how you foresee us working together; how I can best support you. When I better understand how you manage pain, fatigue, where you hold tension; I can more precisely give you the assistance, reassurance or strategy you need, when you need it.
Having open conversations during our prenatal visits about expectations, goals, and even fears—well before the onset of labor—can go a long way toward building self-confidence and harmony.
1st Prenatal— ~2 hours. We have flexibility so depending upon needs/desires we may review responses on the interview form, discuss stages of labor, what to expect during each stage and corresponding coping and comfort measures. As we discuss expectations we can start to formulate a birth plan. This won’t be a full-blown childbirth class, but more of an overview. I typically teach relaxation and breathing techniques so you can begin practicing right away.
Also, let’s plan to meet in your home where you are comfortable and likely to be during the early part of your labor. It also gives me an opportunity to drive to your house so I am sure to know the route, timing, where to park, what door to go in, etc. before I come when you are in labor.
2nd Prenatal— ~2 hours. We could start with questions generated from our last meeting or discuss you most recent prenatal appointment. But as you continue to prepare for labor, we will need to talk about when to leave for the hospital, common procedures you might encounter there during labor, delivery or used on your newborn.
This is an important time to discuss breast feeding, self-care and your recuperation and of course, coming home with your new baby.
You are welcome to text and email me between times, (call too)—if something comes up or you have specific questions. I always love to hear updates and especially to stay “in the loop” when you have those last “weekly” appointments.
Labor—Call me. Not sure? Call me. Text me too if you want, but definitely, call me.
We will have already discussed this and will have a plan in place; now we enact it.
After Baby Arrives-–When baby is born, I will be with you, encouraging bonding and family intimacy. I can assist with initial breast-feeding efforts if desired and generally hold space around your new family for that golden hour (or two). Typically, I withdraw as I see you are comfortably tucked in and ready for some rest.
Postpartum-–One postpartum visit is included with your birth doula package. Ideally, this would be a few days or a week after your birth. This should be a super easy, no-frills visit of an hour or two. It is a time to check in and see how things are going. I’d love to talk through your birth; to hear your story as seen through your eyes! Sometimes there are even gaps that I could help you fill in as you continue to process all of it.
On the other hand, you may appreciate me just holding the baby while you jump through the shower, or maybe making you a bite to eat.
Want to get started? contact me.
“My husband is so happy we had a doula…Cindy supported him so that he could support me!” —Nary, remembering the birth of Hannah
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