Doula Care


 

Mission

To provide couples with the knowledge and support so that they can have a brilliant, empowering birth experience and become the parents they want to be.

Vision

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For pregnancy, labor, parenthood and a growing family to be a peaceful road.

What is a Doula?

The word “doula” comes from the ancient Greek and is now used to refer to someone experienced in childbirth.

A Birth Doula is someone who provides continuous physical, emotional, and informational support to the mother and her partner before, during and just after childbirth.

As Your Birth Doula, Olympia:

Olympia has been supporting families in pregnancy, birth and postpartum since 2002.

  • Recognizes childbirth as a key life experience that the parents will remember all their lives.
  • Understands the emotional needs of a woman and her partner in labor and the physiology of birth.
  • Assists the birthing mama & her partner in preparing for and carrying out the her plans for the birth.
  • Provides emotional reassurance, perspective and physical support continuously throughout labor.
  • Utilizes comfort measures, position changes and other techniques to assist in labor progression
  • Helps parents make informed decisions.
  • Allows the woman’s partner to participate at a level in which he/she is comfortable.
  • Believes that comfort and reassurance are beneficial regardless of the use of pain medications.
  • Offers Placenta Encapsulation services.

Olympia has supported families birthing in the Bay Area at:

  • Kaiser Hospitals
  • CPMC
  • St. Lukes
  • UCSF
  • Marin General
  • Home births in both San Francisco and Marin
Studies have shown that when doulas attend births, labors are shorter with fewer complications, babies are healthier and they breastfeed more easily.

A Postpartum Doula is someone who provides emotional and practical support during the postpartum period.

As your Postpartum Doula, Olympia:

  • Offers education, quiet nonjudgmental support, and companionship during the postpartum 4th trimester and beyond.
  • Assists with newborn care, family adjustment, meal preparation and light household tidying.
  • Offers evidence-based information on infant-feeding, emotional and physical recovery from childbirth utilizing her training in healing modalities and exercise systems, infant soothing, and coping skills for new parents; and makes appropriate referrals when necessary.

Research evidence shows that the quality services of a postpartum doula can ease the transition that comes with the addition of a baby to the family, improve parental satisfaction, and reduce the risk of mood disorders.

Olympia is certified through Doula Trainings International (DTI).

Schedule and Fees

Please telephone to set up initial meeting:

  • Birth Doula – $1500
    • Placenta Encapsulation (birth clients only) – $250
  • Postpartum Doula Care
    • Basic Day-time Doula Care Package:
      $720 for 16 hours
    • Night referrals available to all clients and will provide back-up support:
      $360 for 8 hours (10pm-6am)