Birth Doula Services

Free Initial Consultation 

Our first meeting will be either by phone or in person to decide if we are a good fit. 

Phone & Email Support 

I provide support via email, text, and phone, addressing any concerns you may have about your pregnancy and upcoming birth. 

2 Prenatal Visits (or more)

We will have two prenatal visits (one visit may include meeting a back-up doula as well) in which we will go over your needs, concerns, and plan for your birth. We may have more than one visit depending on the package you choose.

During Labor 

When labor begins, I prefer that you call me when you think you are in labor, even if you do not yet need me. This gives me time to clear my calendar. I can answer questions and make suggestions over the phone. We will decide if I should come right then or wait for further change. I typically need approximately 1 hour to get to you from the time you ask me to come depending on how far apart we are. We will also decide where to meet—at your home, or the hospital, or birthing center.

Breastfeeding Support 

If you choose to breastfeed your baby, I am here to help. We will work together to help your baby latch to your breast and find creative ways to breastfeed whenever and wherever possible. 

Postpartum follow-up visit (or more)

Within two weeks of giving birth, I will visit you and your partner at home to ensure you are adjusting well to being new parents. I am there to reflect on the birth experience, to discuss any concerns that arose during labor, and to provide support in any way I can. Depending on what you need, I can offer anywhere from 2 hours of postpartum support up to 6 weeks. 

As a Birth Doula, I  Do Not:

Perform any clinical tasks

·As a doula, I do not perform clinical tasks, such as measuring blood pressure, fetal heart checks, vaginal exams, etc. I am there solely to provide education, physical comfort, and emotional support.

Make decisions for you or Speak to staff on your behalf

I am not trained in any medical specialty as a healthcare professional and do not perform medical assessments or medical procedures. I will discuss your concerns with you and suggest options, however you or your partner will speak directly to the clinical staff and make your own decisions. 

Project any of my own beliefs onto your experience

I do not judge or impose my own beliefs about birth on your labor experience. This is your time to connect with your partner and your baby. I am there to answer questions and provide space by bringing you two closer in this experience. 

Community Referrals

As your doula, I provide referrals to other professionals in the Bay Area who may help you with any additional services you may need including lactation support, prenatal yoga classes, massage therapists, physical therapists, childbirth education classes, etc.

Birth Doula Package Fee - $1400 (East Bay), $1800 (SF/South Bay)

Postpartum Doula Services

Free Initial Consultation 

Our first meeting will be either by phone or in person to decide if we are a good fit. 

Emotional and Physical Recovery Post Birth

As your doula, I will assist you in processing your birth mentally and physically. I provide a nurturing space for you to discuss whatever is on your mind and to make you feel comfortable with healing touch. 

As a Postpartum Doula, I  Do Not:

Perform any clinical tasks

·As a doula, I do not perform clinical tasks, such as measuring blood pressure, fetal heart checks, vaginal exams, etc. I am there solely to provide education, physical comfort, and emotional support.

Breastfeeding Support

If you choose to breastfeed your baby, I am here to help show you the best ways to calm your baby, to help him/her latch on properly, and to provide referrals to lactation consultants if the need presents itself. We will work together to help your baby feel comfortable at your breast and find creative ways to breastfeed whenever and wherever possible. 

Cook multiple meals and do all house cleaning

I cook a meal for your family depending on what you need that day, however I do not cook and prepare meals for the whole week. I do light housekeeping such as laundry, dishes, and wiping down surfaces, although I do not do any deep cleaning. 

Newborn Care, Sleep Consulting, and Baby Soothing Techniques

Newborn babies are wonderful, and can be challenging to take care of at first. I help parents adjust to life with their new family member by assisting with diapering, bathing, feeding, and comforting the baby before sleeping. Most babies sleep much better when surrounded by some of the soothing sensations they enjoyed in the womb. This includes swaddling, side/stomach positioning, creating a sound rich environment, swinging your baby, and letting them suck on their fingers. I will guide you in learning to work with your baby to help them adjust to life in this big new world. 

Light Meal Preparation and Light Housekeeping

Coming home from the hospital is tough for some parents to think about. What will they do? How will they eat? So many questions come to parents minds once baby is at home and mom is recovering. I help out by cooking for new parents and working with you to find out what you like, what food restrictions your family has, and providing healthy nutritious options for the whole family. I also help out around the house if anything needs to be folded, or washed. 

Running Errands

Juggling all the tasks of new parenthood can be difficult to say the least. As your doula, I help make your life easier by helping out with grocery shopping, picking up dry cleaning, and doing a variety of errands for you and your family. 

Postpartum Doula Fee - $30/hr

Drive clients in my own personal vehicle

I do not drive clients or their children in my own car. I prefer not to drive clients in their car as well. I drive my own car to pick up groceries, and to run any errands necessary. 

A La Carte Services

Birth Plan Consultation - $150

If you are interested in creating a birth plan that reflects your wants and needs, I am available! I help you and your partner discuss all options for having your ideal birth. We go over stages of labor, interventions, your birth environment, and how to advocate for yourself in the labor room.  

Childbirth Education Class - $200

If you and your partner would like a private childbirth education class, I offer one on one sessions with parents. As a Lamaze trained childbirth educator, I teach new parents the process of labor, relaxation techniques to use for pain management, partner support, and life in the first 6 weeks. We will meet once for a 3 hour session. 

© 2017 by Talia Schiff, MPH.

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