A certified, experienced doula from this list is required for all first time parents, as well as all first time VBAC parents and those having their first birth without an epidural. Sometimes a doula is required if deemed necessary by your midwives.
We at the birth center gain nothing financially from you hiring a doula or taking classes. We have the most experience with the doulas on this list, and we know for a fact the doulas on this list will consistently meet all the expectations listed below. We strive for excellence in our care, and we expect the same from anyone hired by our clients.
Here is what you can expect from a certified, experienced doula:
- You can expect a formally written agreement (contract) with your Doula for services including qualified backup if she is not available.
- Your Doula will be emotionally and physically present with you throughout your birth, initially by phone/text and then in-person at your home prior to leaving for the birth center.
- Your Doula will attend your labor and birth – through labor and birth and for a mutually agreed upon period of time after the birth.
- Your Doula will continue to stay with you through the birth whether a location/plan change is needed or not.
- Your Doula will be willing to be directly in contact with your midwife team after her arrival for labor support at your home.
- Your Doula will offer expertise and suggestions for things like labor positions, comfort measures, staying hydrated and fed, when to leave for the birth center, and physically provide support like counter pressure and hip squeezes as needed/desired.
This is a list of the doulas that are approved to meet your requirement:
- Colleen Newton – Into Loving Arms (also teaches classes) – 719-330-5551
- Sarah Norris – Nurtured in Joy
- Lauren Silk – The Doula Circle (also postpartum doula and classes)
- Amanda Miller (also postpartum doula) – 719-964-2108
- Sesch Wren – Birth & Beginnings (also postpartum doula)
- Madeline Schulle – 719-433-2433 – email@example.com
- Jayme Brewington (also teaches classes) – 719-209-2672
- Crystal Swanson – Active Peace Maternity (also a massage therapist) – firstname.lastname@example.org – 719.203.5793 texts welcome
- Madison Lopez – Blessed Birth (also teaches classes)
- Leah Boains- Hand in Hand
- Tammy Harris – Living Tree Massage Doula
- Kathryn Los
- Jill Wilkey – Doula Baby – 719-209-2672
It is often helpful to have extra help in the postpartum period. Below is a list of postpartum doula services available in our area:
- The Doula Circle Postpartum Services (Recovery Care)
- Amanda Miller Doula Services, Postpartum Services
- Sesch Wren, Birth & Beginnings Doula
In general, you can expect the following services with a postpartum doula:
A postpartum doula provides evidenced-based information on things such as infant feeding, emotional and physical recovery from birth, mother-baby bonding, infant soothing, and basic newborn care. Postpartum care is typically used in the first 1-6 weeks after birth. Services include, but are not limited to:
Infant care and soothing while Mother rests
- Breastfeeding and/or bottle feeding assistance
- Emotional support
- Appropriate referrals and resources
- Sibling care
- Light housework
- Meal prep
- Grocery Pick-up