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Private Perinatal Doula Mentoring is the Future of Birth Education

Is doula mentoring or taking a birth class series more beneficial for birth education?  Obtaining information about the birth industry, the physiology of birth, and your options for a happy healthy birth is a well known step during pregnancy.  But, are birth class series a thing of the past?  Lamaze was so popular it is a household name for birth classes and taught in numerous hospitals across the world.  Bradley Method came in strong for empowering families to make choices that supported the birth they want.  Now birth education and doula organizations are around every corner and parents are wondering if they should take a class or hire a doula.  What differences are really being made here when we're seeing decreases in perinatal health, rises in cesareans, and more moms experience breastfeeding and postpartum difficulties despite the increase in big organization one-size-fits all approaches, even to natural childbirth.  I want to present you with the new holistic approach to perinatal care.

Perinatal Doula Mentoring is a one-on-one approach to the modern family.  Researching the plethora of options available to you as an expecting mother, or father, can be overwhelming to say the least.  Fitting in a sit-down class of information being thrown at you after you've worked an 8+ hour day, went to the gym, spent time with your family, and tried to get an hour of down time can be exhausting.  You know there are professionals out there trying to blog all the must-knows, but you just don't have the time or energy to read through every little detail and double check the studies.  You want to make your time count and you want to find the person that specializes in having well-rounded information and resources.  Perinatal Doula Mentoring is right for you, and geared towards millennials, meme-driven social media fans, and your typical modern family.

Perinatal Doula Mentoring is Individualized

Well of course I would love for you to sit through 20+ hours of birth classes and learn everything there is to learn about the basics of birth and all the remedies to labor variations and every single thing the modern birth industry might throw at you.  The truth is, psychology makes your brain lose interest on just about anything pretty quickly.  Your brain gets hyperfocused, though, on a few certain things you're experiencing right now or have been planted in your head in the past.  Perinatal Doula Mentoring means finding answers and support for those very specific questions when you need it.  After a prenatal appointment.  In the evening when a thought comes to you.  Not an hour into a birth series with five (or more) other couples, but whenever you want to ask.  Get your questions answered for your specific birth with #MOVdoula of Esali Birth.

Perinatal Doula Mentoring is Modern

Many birth series don't update their material after their initial "method" is developed.  Moreso, most birth series are focused on a standard set of information over a standard number of days and because most classes are group classes, deviating from the standard is difficult.  Perinatal doula mentoring with Esali Birth allows your one on one time with your doula to maximize on all the questions you have, and still have access to all the perinatal education series stuff in a virtual format available 24/7 so you can research and learn to your hearts content whenever and wherever you want.

Perinatal Doula Mentoring is Full Service

Many birth professionals only focus on one area of the childbearing years.  Antenatal doulas, birth doulas, birth education, postpartum doulas, lactation.  While there is a time for specific focuses, the childbearing years throughout history have been best experienced with the wise people of the culture passing down knowledge from generation to generation.  With Esali Birth perinatal doula mentoring, you're taken care of from questions and emotional care from TTC and pregnancy through labor discomfort and informed decisions as well as the postpartum stages and breastfeeding.  You have someone that you create a relationship with through the childbearing years.

Perinatal Doula Mentoring Creates Happy Healthy Births

Full Service Perinatal Doula Mentoring builds trust.  Trust builds oxytocin.  Oxytocin creates comfortable progressing labor.  Oxytocin balances the risks during labor and postpartum and breastfeeding.  Oxytocin is the key to Happy Healthy Birth.

Perinatal Doula Mentoring Avoids Awkward Conversations with Strangers

Perinatal Doula Mentoring can feel more relaxed as you communicate with one person well versed in the industry that knows the ins and outs of the good bad and in between of the childbearing years through a non-judgemental approach.  While traditional group birth classes create the opportunity for you to meet other families experiencing the same event and you can learn from the questions they have, they're not the right fit for everyone.  Many communities, Mid-Ohio Valley included, have great regular meetups for pregnancy, birth, and breastfeeding making an amazing opportunity to meet other people with questions just like you in the same stage of life (and beyond).

Perinatal Doula Mentoring is Flexible

Learn about birth and allay your fears on your own schedule with a perinatal doula mentor that is focused on meeting your personal needs.  Day jobs can be long stressful intense hours, shift work means one person isn't available at a regular time every week, and real modern life means a lot of activities on the schedule.  Perinatal Doula Mentoring with Esali Birth is flexible, meeting you when it fits in your schedule even virtually.  Topics can be completely customized to this pregnancy, this moment in time, and the questions you want answered at this stage.  Doula mentoring can happen in the morning, afternoon, evening, weekends, randomly, and spaced out through each trimester.  Mentoring can also happen routinely, even part of the time, and we can start with a set standard and veer off the path any time a thought pops in your head.  This emergent style approach is known to be more thorough and remembered because it follows your lead for the desires you have now, creates a lower stress environment because now the Perinatal Doula Mentor is meeting your needs instead of you trying to cram everything in to meet the needs of a standard birth class.  This is how we reach more families, make bigger impacts, and improve happy healthy birth for more modern parents.

Perinatal Doula Mentoring is #StackYourLife

This flexible, emergent-style, approach can be easily blended in a Walking Birth Class approach.  No more having to sit on the floor labor breathing (but we can do that if you'd like), we can meet at the park or at the mall, over dinner, or while putting together your nursery and postpartum care pack.  We can learn relaxation, positions, and comfort measures anywhere... your own special space or normal daily life, which is more the reality you'll find yourself in during labor anyway.  You don't have to fit this extra activity in,  because perinatal doula mentoring can happen anywhere it is convenient for you during any activity you already need to do.  Then you reduce your schedule, you get your movement in, you get your social time, and you learn about birth options - #stackyourlife.  An Esali Birth Perinatal Doula Mentor can help you finish up your nesting, make dinner for your family, go shopping, walk at the park, stretch and move, take care of your kids, and do all the things you have to do during normal life WHILE answering your questions and providing you with the information you need to make informed decisions for birth.

Perinatal Doula Mentoring is Affordable

With the traditional birth class approach, couples are spending money on a birth class, then they are spending money on a doula, then they are spending money on breastfeeding consultants, then they are spending money and time to get away from other must-do activities.  Having an Esali Birth Perinatal Doula Mentor provides you with birth education, emotional support, labor doula care, postpartum care, breastfeeding guidance and birth counseling all in one package.  You improve your opportunity for a happy healthy birth by creating more trust and a stronger relationship with your birth team, and you can invest in this holistic approach without needing to research and negotiate with multiple different professionals.  Many insurances, even some medicaid, and FSA/HSA and other health spending accounts cover doula care which, with a perinatal mentor, includes birth classes and breastfeeding counseling.

Perinatal Doula Mentoring Improves Birth Team Relationships

When you meet someone that can provide you with all the aspects of perinatal care including TTC counseling, birth classes, researching, emotional support, labor doula care, postpartum care, breastfeeding counseling, and birth counseling, the trust that is created is strong.  You're more likely to reach out to someone that knows your story.  You're more likely to reach out to a perinatal doula mentor that understands multiple aspects of the perinatal stages.  You're more likely to provide details that improve the way the doula can support you through labor and all the childbearing stages.  Trust increases oxytocin.  Oxytocin increases spontaneous labor and labor progression.  Oxytocin balances the risks during labor and postpartum and breastfeeding.  Oxytocin is the key to Happy Healthy Birth.

Perinatal Doula Mentoring is for Dads Too

While many dads are highly involved in the childbearing stages in our modern life, traditional birth classes don't always meet their individual needs.  Many dads are hesitant to open up in a traditional group birth class.  Many dads really need information that caters specifically to their emotional needs during pregnancy, birth, and postpartum.  Perinatal Doula Mentoring guides dads to support mom through these stages with to the point information, but also provides them with guidance on the reality that this can be a difficult experience for dads as well and they can't just be told to be strong and suck it up for mom.  Esali Birth Perinatal Doula Mentoring helps them find resources, supports them through the labor with guidance of support techniques, shows them how to help mom, and teaches them to care for themselves as well and reach out to outside support instead of trying to manage everything.  Dad is often the main one that will be supporting in the postpartum stages, and they are susceptible to depression and PTSD as well.  In addition to this same individualized support for dads, a Perinatal Doula Mentor with Esali Birth provides Man 2 Man classes that are specific for, and only for, dads.  Whether that is one on one with a dad that has been there before, or over a beer at the bar with the guys, a Man 2 Man class gives dads the opportunity to talk about the real questions they want to ask without judgement.

Perinatal Doula Mentoring is More than Education

Moms need more than just information on the birth industry and knowledge of how to make informed decisions.  Perinatal Doula Mentoring can support you with the information you've been given at prenatal appointments, and through symptoms you may be experiencing.  An Esali Birth Perinatal Doula Mentor can help you with stretching, movements, and active techniques that prevent labor discomfort as well as remedy these individual circumstances.  More than a basic prenatal yoga class or a standard set of exercises, perinatal doula mentoring can help baby get into a good position through abdominal massage, belly mapping, Spinning Babies techniques, and knowledge gained through experience of many mothers that have come before you.

#MOVdoula Perinatal Doula Mentoring

While group birth classes in a traditional, yet more comprehensive than other birth classes, will always be an option, Perinatal Doula Mentoring is the way most birth education is happening now with Esali Birth.  (Although, this same exact approach can be used with group classes, too, especially when it is a group of people that already know each other and want to receive care together for even just a few sessions).  Moms don't have time, and are often overwhelmed, with mom group variety answers, their friends' and family's advice, and all the blog posts and books thrown at them every time they have a twinge or fear.  Let's move past all the overwhelm and meet you where you are now with all the information and resources when they are needed.  With 10 years of experience, let me answer your questions without telling you to do more work than you already are.  You know you need to research, that's why you're asking the questions.  With the knowledge of traditional birth classes vs. the real support I can provide through Perinatal Doula Mentoring, let me give you all the same information on a schedule and in a location that caters to you.  Think of it as pampering, or just a super educated best friend.  Let #MOVdoula do the work so you can just breathe and just enjoy your Happy Healthy Birth.

At Esali Birth, we go far beyond "what to expect" in birth.  While "birth class" is often what people call it - that's simply because it is a term that has been around for so long.  Additionally, people think of the word "doula" as someone that only supports moms during labor - and that is not completely accurate, either.  Ideally, your care provider is the one that not only educates you and supports you and provides breastfeeding guideance, but reality these days doesn't really offer the opportunity for providers to have the time to do so.  This is where a birth educator comes in and then often a separate doula after that and then a separate lactation counselor after that.  However, reducing the amount of people not only in the birth itself, but overall during the perinatal journey has many values.  No matter what you want to call it - someone that provides a continuum of education and support from pregnancy through labor and into postpartum not only has the value of trust, but the value of knowing your personal journey.  Even more than a standard series, I LOVE focusing on individualized education - because just like your care provider for birth, the information you receive prenatally is specific to your needs.  Working with couples in private mentoring sessions allows me to focus on not only your questions, but techniques that are specific to your pregnancy, birth, and postpartum.

What might a prenatal mentoring session look like?  That really depends on your goals, and where you are in your childbearing journey.  We may:

  • Talk about birth history and the birth industry and how that will influence your health and happiness - do you know how the business of birth changes your options and safety?  We'll talk about the safety of birth in the US, too.
  • Process a previous birth (or even a birth story you've heard) to reduce fear and move on to enjoying your perinatal experience - Do you know how this can affect the comfort and health of your birth?  We'll talk about that, too.
  • Work on body techniques to eliminate pregnancy discomfort and help position baby for the best birth possible - Do you know techniques you can do at home to reduce these discomforts and why misalignment changes even things like vaginal birth and VBAC?  We'll talk about that, too.
  • Discover nutrition that will increase your health, your baby's health, and reduce chances of things like rupture of the membranes before labor due to nutrition - Do you know about whole foods and herbal therapies?  We'll talk about that, too.
  • Find a birth team to best support your needs - Do you know what is available to you from home to hospital?  We'll explore your options.
  • Develop a relationship that carries into trust in birth so I am not only your "labor doula" - but a connected part of your team that knows more about your history, who you are, and what you desire - Do you know what a doula can do for you AND Dad?  Let's discuss that, too.
  • Build confidence in you AND dad so you can work together through the perinatal stages and become empowered parents - because confidence is key and I want you to walk away from a mentoring session with a smile and an energy excited for birth.

Wow, and that's just the tip of the iceberg!  Overall, we're not only working towards your goals in birth - but in creating the happiest birth possible because a happy birth is a healthy birth.  One on one sessions - virtually or locally - help you have that special time to focus on you and a guide along the way to provide you with information and resources that support you holistically without having to spend hours and hours in parenting groups and blogs trying to filter through the information.

Interested in a session or series?  Get in touch!

A lot of parents looking for childbirth education perinatal education and support are focused on “how to birth.”  They’re looking for a childbirth “method.”  They think they need to learning techniques for working with their body in order to have a natural or safe birth.  Esali birth thinks much more about the education surrounding the birth time.  We provide perinatal education because it provides topics ranging from pregnancy through birth, breastfeeding, postpartum and beyond.  These are some of the many reasons I’ve discussed with parents as to why a series like Esali Birth is so important.  It isn’t about how to birth – it’s about why it matters and how you’re influencing it with every choice you make (or don’t).  In no particular order and certainly not the only reasons here are 101 reasons to take a childbirth education class... a good childbirth education class… one like Esali Birth that doesn’t promote a specific method (except #theoxytocinmethod) or provide a combative viewpoint for fighting in labor but instead learning your options and making decisions based on your birth philosophy:

  1. Being in a group of people experiencing similar things.
  2. Finding a go-to for resources.
  3. Regular focus on the health of you and your baby.
  4. Nutritional guidance.
  5. Discovering a realistic approach to birth safety.
  6. Learning options in birth from unassisted to full medical.
  7. Learning your rights to informed consent [and refusal] – informed decisions – even if you’re bullied during birth.
  8. Discovering your responsibility in birth choices – even if you’re bullied during birth.
  9. Discovering just why the birth location affects so much about your health and happiness in birth.
  10. Discovering how your care provider influences your health and happiness in birth.
  11. Learning to navigate the birth industry.
  12. Learning the emotional connection to starting labor and progressing through labor.
  13. Learning how modern “evidence based” practice is both rarely utilized in the hospital and also misunderstood with most parents.
  14. Finding your inner strength to learn about your instincts.
  15. Finding your inner strength to trust your instincts – both to ask for help and for knowing how to birth.
  16. Learning techniques to work with discomfort in pregnancy.
  17. Learning techniques to work with discomfort in labor.
  18. Learning techniques to work with discomfort postpartum.
  19. Learning techniques to ease breastfeeding and make it natural, normal, and anticipated.
  20. Learning techniques to care for your baby.
  21. Learning how our hormones help us through labor.
  22. Learning how Dad’s hormones are influenced.
  23. Learning how dads are told to hold more responsibility in many birth methods than their emotional psyche was designed, and instead empowers them to support mom with their natural instincts.
  24. Providing dads with the knowledge, point blank, to support mom and how it can be beneficial to hire a doula.
  25. Learning about doula support.
  26. Learning about your family’s influence on the health and happiness of the birth.
  27. Providing knowledge of biological birth, the way your body works when unassisted, and how your choices influence your birth and change that path.
  28. Supporting and respecting you as an emotional being no matter what birth you choose or need.
  29. Understanding the incredible cultural influences our society has on birth choices and your perspective of safety.
  30. Learning the alternatives to routine prenatal care.
  31. Learning why your emotional health in pregnancy affects your birth and postpartum.
  32. Learning why some moms get 2 hours of prenatal care with time to feel completely comfortable with their provider, and others receive only 15 minutes.
  33. Learning how scare tactics are used in pregnancy, birth, postpartum, and pediatric care.
  34. Learning why no choice will guarantee safety.
  35. Learning why birth can be orgasmic – and how to influence that.
  36. Learning why birth can be painful – and how to reduce that.
  37. Learning why birth can be empowering – and how to create that.
  38. Learning why birth can be normal, no big deal with little emotional connection – and how that’s OK.
  39. Learning why induction messes with the pain scale and birth stories of so many in Western cultures.
  40. Learning why 42+ weeks can be normal, and emotionally connected, in birth.
  41. Learning why you may be passionate about your birth choices while other mothers aren’t.
  42. Learning why other countries let premature babies breastfeed and go home with their parents much sooner than America.
  43. Learning why hospitals in other countries put parents in the center of care – especially within the NICU – encourage skin to skin and co-sleeping, for the health and safety of the newborn.
  44. Learning how much fear surrounds birth choices and how to reduce that.
  45. Learning why “midwife” isn’t a guarantee of an “evidence-based” birth.’
  46. Learning why “OB” isn’t a guarantee of safety.
  47. Learning why “hospital” or “interventions available” doesn’t mean safety.
  48. Learning how the nurses – who often have less experience of normal birth than a midwife and much less knowledge of medicated birth than the surgeon OBs – are actually providing the care during labor and noticing complications for the majority of births… because even though you hire an OB, they’re likely only going to be there to catch the baby.
  49. Learning why many hospital midwives still only arrive to catch the baby and not attend the labor.
  50. Learning why an experienced provider attending the labor helps prevent complications and increases safety in birth.
  51. Learning why “home birth” isn’t a guarantee of non-medical or influenced birth.
  52. Learning why women are birthing unassisted.
  53. Learning how medications can reach your baby
  54. Learning how oxygen for resuscitation can be harmful.
  55. Learning why you need to focus on your relationship during (or before) pregnancy.
  56. Focusing on your relationship during pregnancy.
  57. Couple bonding and counseling.
  58. Man-2-Man style prep for dads – point blank guidance and encouragement for pregnancy, birth, and breastfeed support.
  59. Focusing on knowing your birth partner’s approach to your needs and making birth choices that support his ability and desire to be what you want and need in birth.
  60. Learning how the first hours after birth influence the health of the mom and baby.
  61. Learning how the first hours after birth affect the stress hormones of the mom and baby.
  62. Learning how dads are emotionally connected to the birth.
  63. Learning how siblings are emotionally connected to the birth.
  64. Learning why lovey dovey birth is a reflection of the couple’s relationship and not a birth method.
  65. Learning how to choose a doula.
  66. Learning how to choose a birth location.
  67. Learning how to choose a care provider.
  68. Learning how to make an effective birth plan guide.
  69. Learning how to be realistic about your birth choices.
  70. Learning how you can be a modern person in an emotionally connected experience.
  71. Learning how your health influences breastfeeding.
  72. Learning the Impact of Birthing Practices on Breastfeeding.
  73. Learning the influence of the birth team on breastfeeding.
  74. Learning the basics of breastfeeding and support in the process.
  75. Learning how pacifiers influence breastfeeding.
  76. Learning how to be a working – and attached – parent.
  77. Learning how to carry or wrap your baby.
  78. Learning about not-your-momma’s cloth diapers.
  79. Taking a birth series that encourages early learning and offers pre-conception classes as well as accepts non-pregnant moms and couples so you can have time to digest the information and possible make a comfortable decision change.
  80. Empowering you to make changes when your birth desires aren’t compatible with your current situation.
  81. Empowering you to VBAC.
  82. Providing knowledge of breech vaginal birth.
  83. Learning techniques for Optimal Fetal Positioning – but not freaking out about it.
  84. Learning techniques for flipping a breech – like being patient and many more.
  85. Learning the importance of spontaneous birth.
  86. Learning how studies support cesarean birth before long exhaustive or pitocin-augmented labors.
  87. Connecting with someone early in pregnancy to be comfortable with them at your birth or asking questions any time.
  88. Seeing siblings in a birth class because sitters aren’t always easy (or needed) because kids need to be integrated into our life without us feeling guilty for it, even though it may not be able to pay attention to all the words.  Trust me, if you’re here you’ve already begun your research and are ready to soak up the information.  You have a goal in mind.  Our human brains don’t allow us to fully digest all the information packed into a 2-3 hour class or a 10+ week series.  It is a starting point and resource place.
  89. Having access to a complete online birth course available 24/7 until you birth your baby so you can review or read what you’ve missed as much as you need to (not just a “work book”).  The reality that you might need to pee when I’m talking about delayed cord clamping is foreseeable.  You may need to miss a week.  You may not be interested in the information at that time and later something might click.  You may have been distracted by the sunlight out the window.  Reality happens…  You should have access to the information for further research when it isn’t crammed into 10 weeks of study.
  90. Having the ability to go off track to answer your specific questions and concerns, even if all the topics aren’t covered.  Your emotions are mostly what influence you right now – and we want those calm and trusting.
  91. Working on being calm and trusting of your body, your baby, and your birth space.
  92. Learning why birth matters for the baby, mom, and society.
  93. Learning why breastfeeding matters for the baby, mom, and society.
  94. Learning why a culture that spends more on health care than the rest of the world can have such ridiculous mortality and morbidity rates.
  95. Learning how a hospital course sets you up for “What to expect in the hospital” vs. “Here are your options.
  96. Learning how birth photos and videos can encourage you to be excited for birth.
  97. Learning how birth photos and videos may give you an unrealistic expectation for your specific birth and how learning about what is beyond those beautiful photos and the choices that couple made really completed their birth story.
  98. Learning how your brain rewrites your birth story based on the words you say when you recall it.
  99. Receiving post-birth counseling.
  100. Learning to know your options, choose the best you can, and be at peace with YOUR birth.
  101. Learning why I could fill a book of reasons for you to take a childbirth class perinatal series.

A lot of prospective students ask me what the better option is as far as Esali Birth courses – online or local (and don’t forget webinar). There are also misconceptions about online courses in that they’re not complete. Well, it really depends on your personal situation and what you’re looking for out of the class, and EB online classes are almost identical to our local course – specifically to allow our students the ability to choose and fit a quality course within their modern lifestyle.

Birth Mentor as a Pregnancy Resource

Birth Classes for #ALLtheBirths

Not your typical What to Expect class - I don't teach you how to be a good patient.  I don't just cover unmedicated vaginal birth or just medical birth.  My passion is preparing you and your support system for biological birth, which includes everything from unassisted birth at home to fully medicated and emergency unexpected experiences.  I nurture you into a confident consumer excited for pregnancy, birth, breastfeeding and parenting - no matter where you choose to birth or where your birth journey takes you.  Take back your birth, improve your health, and get ready to take the first step into an empowered parenting experience.

Perinatal mentoring provides a mother and her support team with educational and counseling support during pregnancy and prior to conception.  It is never too early (or late) to start birth classes, join a birth series, or schedule a chat and counseling session.  The sooner you start learning about the birth industry and birth physiology, the more time you have to make changes if desired to wellness, care provider and birth location.  The more time you have to learn about the normalcy of birth, the more confident you will feel as you reach the end of your pregnancy.

Perinatal mentoring is available locally in and around the Mid-Ohio Valley as well as through scheduled online classes with me in any time zone compatible to EST, as well as through self-paced online birth classes anywhere in the world.  I have locations I can hold classes or we can meet in your home.  We can set time aside for a long walk while we chat or even while helping you with nesting and designing your nursery.  If you just wish you had someone to do walk this journey with you that also has extensive resources, knowledge and total understanding that this is an amazing, sometimes overwhelming, time of your life - let's connect!  I'd love to help you alleviate your fears and work towards your happy healthy birth.

Standard 10-Session Series

Providing antenatal doula support in the form of information and mentor sharing to reduce birth fear, increase body mobility, and provide choice options is a significant focus of my services.  This doula service provides 20 hours of support online and/or at a location of your choice (within 30 minutes of my home) or at one of my standard class locations.  This is a complete 10-session Esali Birth series with everything from healthy pregnancy and tests to labor, birth, breastfeeding and postpartum covering everything from completely unmedicated and unassisted birth (by choice or unplanned) to changes, birth guides, medical and emergency birth.  The self-paced Esali Birth Online Class is included with this option making review easy, or sharing with a birth team member overseas or a conflicting work schedule.  This also provides us with the opportunity to use in-person time for answering any questions that come up and not worrying about missing any important details.  Mid-Ohio Valley local clients receive access to my lending resource library.  See below for outline or contact for a private custom series.

  • $300 Private Sessions
  • Sliding Scale for Group Sessions depending on group amount

6 Session Series

This option is the same as a standard 10-session series with a few topics removed and a few combined.  The self-paced complete Esali Birth Online Class is included with this option which makes the few topics that are removed easily filled-in with self-paced web learning.  Mid-Ohio Valley clients receive access to my lending resource library.  See below for outline, or contact for a private custom series.

  • $200 Private Sessions
  • Sliding Scale for Group Sessions depending on group amount

3 Session Series

This option is great as a refresher birth class or if time is limited.  The Esali Birth Online Labor and Birth Overview course is included with this option as a great self-paced birth refresher course thoroughly covering the end of pregnancy, labor, birth, birth partner tips, and postpartum. Mid-Ohio Valley clients receive access to my lending resource library.  See below for outline, or contact for a private custom series.

  • $100 Private Sessions
  • Sliding Scale for Group Sessions depending on group amount

Mentoring & Single Sessions

1-hour single session mentoring allows you to custom cater classes to your personal needs in multiple sessions or just one session.  Mentoring sessions are great for pre-conception, prenatal, herbal counseling, and postpartum mentoring and are catered to you specifically to answer all your questions, alleviate your concerns, and offer educational guidance for options available.  This option also allows you to pick and choose topics to cover for a custom pre-conception or birth series.

  • $30 Private Session

All classes focus on Health AND Happiness and are catered to both Mom AND her birth partner/team.  It is ALL about navigating the birth industry, reducing fear, gaining knowledge, creating health and wellness, and doula 101 - a completely holistic and wholesome format.

Mentoring provides complete perinatal (pregnancy, childbirth, and postpartum) education, giving parents the information and resources to obtain the birth they choose with knowledge of how to positively achieve a beautiful and powerful birth experience and includes:

  • Perinatal/Childbirth Physical, Nutritional, & Emotional Health
  • Natural Labor & Birth Techniques including various methods of Relaxation
  • Labor & Childbirth Stages, Signposts, Positive Positions, & Labor Practice
  • Perinatal Routine Interventions & Alternative Education
  • Birth Preparation (Guide/Plan/Wishes) & Support (Doulas & Birth Team)
  • Breastfeeding & Newborn Care
  • Medical Benefits, Risks, & Alternatives for Perinatal Choices
  • Priorities & Realistic Expectations for the Perinatal Period
  • Emergency Childbirth & Assisted Deliveries
  • Variations of Normal Birth
  • Postpartum & Newborn Care
  • Positive Birth Stories & Childbirth Videos
  • 10-Week, 3-Day, & Pay-Per-Class Education Options
  • Payment Plans & Scholarships
  • Online/Virtual Perinatal Seminars & Courses
  • Community Involvement, Support, & Educational Workshops
  • Lending Library, Handouts, Positive Videos, & Much More!

Insurance Reimbursement

My doula services, including antenatal doula mentoring, labor doula, and postpartum doula care may be reimbursable by your insurance company.  Fees are required to be paid in full and you must submit your own claims; however, I will provide my NPI number and supporting information to help you with your claim submission.  In many cases, a well-written letter explaining how you believe doula support reduced costs for your birth, as well as persistence, will provide you with a reimbursement.  Please contact for any questions.

Birth Class Topics

Standard 10-Session Birth Series

(Topics with an *asterisk are included in a 6-session series)

Introduction

  • Esali Birth Overview
  • Creating a Relationship
  • History of Birth

*Choices

  • Care Providers
  • Birth Locations
  • Health & Wellness

Pregnancy

  • Conception
  • Gestation
  • Prenatal Routines

*Comfort

  • Hormonal Patters in Labor
  • Spontaneous Labor & Birth
  • Relaxation, Low/No-Pain Labor, Doula Support

*Labor

  • Labor Signs
  • Birth Team & Birth Environment Influence on Labor
  • Transformation of Labor (Physical & Emotional experiences in labor)

*Birth & The First Hours

  • Moments of Birth
  • Placenta Birth
  • Quiet, Calm, Dark & The Safety & Health of the Newborn's First Hours

Techniques

  • "Doula 101" & The Labor Bag
  • Relaxation Techniques
  • "Spinning Babies"

*Variations

  • Changes to Biological Labor & Birth
  • Planned & Unplanned Unassisted Birth
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