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My services

CHILDBIRTH CLASSES

What’s the scope of my childbirth classes?

As a firm believer, advocate and promoter of women’s rights to choose over their lives and bodies, my practice as a Childbirth Educator is based on the freedom of choice based on the knowledge of alternatives.

The purpose of my classes is to provide updated and evidence-based information and practical techniques to allow mothers/couples to:

  • Live their baby’s birth experience in a positive and safe way.

  • Make decisions within available options for their baby’s birth, based on their preferences and in an informed and conscious way.

  • Know and apply techniques that facilitate making of their birth process a positive experience.

 

  • Obtain information and knowledge on the mother’s postpartum care and newborn’s basic care, including the beginning of successful breastfeeding.

What will you learn in these classes?

  • To understand and recognize the physiological process of pregnancy and birth, so that you are capable of understanding and managing normal physical and emotional changes as well as to be able to identify those that are not normal and thus replace fear with security and confidence. This includes physical and emotional changes during pregnancy, labor and birth; signs of concern during pregnancy, how to identify when labor starts, what to do in each case.

  • How to prepare physically and emotionally for birth, taking care both of the mother and the baby’s well being. The best recommendations based on evidence for good nutrition and physical exercises that help the process to happen smoothly will be presented.

  • How and where to obtain real and verified information that allows you to make conscious decisions for the monitoring and care of your pregnancy and birth, more in line with your personal preferences. Subjects to be discussed include conditions that define a pregnancy as high-risk, possible complications during pregnancy, myths and truths about mother/baby’s conditions during pregnancy and birth, possible medical interventions, among others.

  • You will gain basic knowledge on measures and techniques for labor and birth management, in a way that facilitates the process and allows you to live a positive birth experience. Techniques to be presented and practiced include comfort measures and exercises that can be done at home or in the hospital, massages, aromatherapy, music, hydrotherapy, emotional support, in addition to techniques and positions for the pushing phase.

  • To take into consideration different administrative and operative aspects regarding childbirth care in the context  choose, regarding your care provider, place of birth and insurance company, so that you can plan ahead, thus reduce the risks of unexpected events the day of birth and be prepared to handle them appropriately if any arises.

Depending on your specific needs, you may choose any of the following:

– Individual childbirth classes

4 sessions, 2 hours each. On the dates and times the mother/couple chooses.

– Vaginal Birth After C-Section (VBAC)

Intended for mothers/couples who seek education and support to prepare for a vaginal birth after a previous C-Section. Special focus will be put on physical and emotional challenges of labor and birth, the support person’s role, variations in labor, medical options applicable to VBAC, sibling preparation to welcome the new baby.

​1 session, 2 hours. On the dates and times the mother/couple chooses.

– Refresher

Designed for people who have previously taken childbirth classes and wish to get updated information and orientation regarding available options nowadays, refresh their knowledge and practice on comfort measures and techniques for labor and birth management and the establishment of successful breastfeeding.

1 session, 3 hours. On the dates and times the mother/couple chooses.

 
 

PRENATAL SUPPORT

 

 

Within my capacities, as a birth doula, I provide prenatal support to women and families who hire my services. However, in occasions, there are mothers who, for different reasons and circumstances, choose not to have a companion during labor and birth, but wish to count on support during pregnancy, especially when birth day is getting closer or they have special circumstances for which they seek orientation such as correcting the baby’s position if the baby’s transverse or breech, or they need support in managing logistics and administrative aspects of labor and birth.

My services for prenatal support are available in the following modes:

 

One-time session

– 1 in-person meeting to discuss specific matters

 

Prenatal support plan

– 2 in-person meetings

– Continuous support by e-mail, phone or WhatsApp until the day of birth, covering (but not limited to) the following aspects:

  • Concerns about physical and emotional changes during pregnancy and the start of labor

  • How to choose your care provider

  • Insurance and other administrative aspects of pregnancy and birth care

  • Orientation on nutrition and exercises for a healthy pregnancy

  • Orientation to help the baby’s optimal positioning during the third trimester and closing on birth day.

  • Orientation for relieving physical discomfort during pregnancy and labor

  • Online educational material

 

CHILDBIRTH DOULA

 

 

Before you hire my services we will meet in person to conduct an interview in which you can get to know me, ask me any questions you may have and find out if I am the right person to satisfy the expectations you and your family may have about the services I can provide.

If you choose to work with me, I will send you a Commitment Letter, in which administrative aspects are established and our work relationship is formalized. Thereon, we will coordinate the first prenatal appointment and carry on as described below:

First prenatal visit

(within the first week after hiring my services)

  • Family history

  • Your pregnancy history

  • Expectations on birth

  • What kind of support do you wish for/expect from your doula

  • Key topics to discuss with your care provider

  • Administrative subjects to discuss with your care provider, hospital and insurance company

  • General recommendations on nutrition and exercise for a healthy pregnancy

  • Warning signs during pregnancy

 

Second prenatal visit

(between weeks 34nd and 38th)

  • Techniques for labor management

  • Coordinating your birth support team

  • Your Birth Plan

  • Exercise routine according to the specific needs at this moment and to prepare for birth

  • Relaxation positions and techniques for contraction management during the active phase of labor

  • Birthing positions

  • How to handle unexpected events

  • Birth day logistics

  • Doubts/Concerns/Clarifications

 

Prenatal support 24/7

(week 38th until the day of birth)

  • Continuous support and availability 24 hours a day every day, by phone, e-mail or WhatsApp, to address any concerns and provide orientation to the mother/couple while waiting for labor to start.

 

Day of Birth

  • In-person continuous accompaniment and support during labor and birth [1] as soon as the mother requests it until mom and baby are resting in the bedroom.

 

First postnatal visit

(next day after birth, usually at the hospital)

  • Orientation on postpartum care for the mother

  • Orientation on basic newborn care

  • Orientation on breastfeeding

 

Second postnatal visit

(within the first 10 days after birth, at home)

  • Debriefing about the birth experience

  • Follow up on postpartum care for the mother

  • Follow up on basic newborn care

  • Follow up and orientation on breastfeeding

  • Feedback

 

[1] If birth will happen at a healthcare establishment (hospital or clinic) the OB’s authorization is required for the doula to enter the delivery/operating room.