Birth Doula Support from Mama Nurture Wellness Includes:
Birth Doula Support Prenatally:
“The shamans are forever yacking about their snake-oil ‘miracles.’ I prefer the Real McCoy – a pregnant woman.” ~Robert A. Heinlein
Complimentary first visit to see if I am a good match. Go ahead and schedule or fill out the contact form at the bottom of the page.
- At least 2 prenatal visits, or 1 meeting a month until the birth of your child, which ever equals greater visits.
- This is in addition to our initial meeting, to discuss your desires and needs and prepare you for your birth, labor, and care of your newborn.
- One of our prenatal appointments will include getting your nursery ready, or cooking a meal.
- If you desire and there is availability, during one of our prenatal appointments, I will accompany you to meet with your doctor or midwife.
- Each of our prenatal appointments is at least one hour but can last as long as 3-4 hours.
- Things we will do in our Prenatal appointments:
- Discussion and processing of fears and trepidation about birth and becoming a parent.
- Nutritional advice and strategies.
- Birth plan development.
- Birth rehearsal.
- Communication tools to receive evidence based care.
- If you are a survivor of abuse or trauma, I will help you find a professional that can provide a consultation to examine what aspects of birth may be triggering to you, so, that you can create a plan for navigating this in birth.
- I offer unlimited support via email, telephone, with advice and information for the duration of your pregnancy and into your early postpartum period.
- We will discuss, in depth, how to know when to call me in labor. I hope to be with you before you are stressed our feeling uncertain about anything.
Birth Doula Support During Labor:
“This is how we take the fear out of birth: by honoring and embracing all the many possible variations that birth encompasses. In this way, every birth is a natural birth. Each of us is part of nature, not separate from it, and nature is always stunning in its variety. Your birth, then, is part of the natural world, however it unfolds.” ~ Lauralyn Curtis
- I am on call for you 2 weeks before your due date and 2 weeks after until you give birth.
- Assistance laboring at home as long as possible, with the support of your medical provider.
- Acupressure to help you manage your pain and keep labor going.
- Massage therapy to help you feel as comfortable as possible and keep lots of yummy oxytocin coming!
- Aromatherapy to distract your senses and help you be at ease. You must supply these.
- I provide other non-medical pain relief measures, like positional changes, movement strategies, breathing techniques, changes of environment, and hot/cold therapies.
- Continuous support in labor, delivery, and immediate postpartum period.
- If I am supporting you in a birth center or home birth, I will travel with you and help provide continuity of support regardless of your environment.
- Suggestions for labor and birthing positions, as well as, special movements that encourage labor progress.
- I pay close attention to things that are in your birth plan to help you navigate an empowering birth.
- I help your husband know what to do and when, and also make sure that he is rested and fed. Its not uncommon for exhausted dads to need a nap or take a walk!
- After the birth of your baby, I help you negotiate the first breastfeeding session.
- I stay with you from when you call me in labor to at least two hours after the baby is born and the both of you are healthy and resting.
Birth Doula Support During the Postpartum Time:
“Motherhood changed me because it is so fundamental what you’re doing for another person. And you are able to do it even though it takes a lot.” ~ Meg Ryan
- Transitional support from birthing location to home.
- Support via email, telephone, or text, with advice and information for into your early postpartum period.
- Nursing support in the immediate postpartum period.
- One postpartum meeting in the first week to ease your transition into motherhood, discuss breastfeeding, any other questions or concerns you may have, walk your dog, help make a meal.
- A second postpartum meeting will be
- Invoice for reimbursement through insurance
- Many insurance companies will reimburse for birth doula care though I can make no guarantees.
- Availability by phone, text, or email for calls questions and concerns.
- I have chosen to focus my practice on pregnancy and lactation to allow me to give my clients unwavering support without being distracted by numerous long-term clients. However, I work with numerous highly trained and experienced postpartum doulas in the area and will help you find long-term postpartum support that best fits you and your family.
“We couldn’t have done this ‘our way’ without Megan’s support, advice, or experience. Her passion kept us going and made a natural birth with minimal interventions possible. She’s AMAZING!!” ~Natalie Sudia
“I had an extremely long labor (36 hours) and she was wonderful! She kept my husband resting and calm. If she can do so well for me and my labor, she can help anyone. I don’t know how I would have done it without her.”~Melissa
“Megan Dempsey is amazing. She gave us great support during our pregnancy and made our birth very special. She has a wide knowledge base and is really interested in helping her clients to have the best labor/delivery possible. Having a doula was the best decision we could have made. Prenatal massage was also really helpful and we’ve continued to have support as we breastfeed.” ~Sophie Melich
“A BIG THANK YOU to Megan Dempsey! You made our birth experience so WONDERFUL! Our time at home and at the hospital was so much BETTER with your warm, loving presence!”~Anna Ra
Birth Situations, Techniques, or Environments that I know and love:
“The whole point of woman-centered birth is the knowledge that a woman is the birth power source. She may need, and deserve, help, but in essence, she always had, currently has, and will have the power.” — Heather McCue
- Hospital birth
- Birth center birth
- Home birth
- Water birth
- Vaginal breech birth
- Supported VBACs
- Midwifery Supported
- Abuse and Trauma Survivor Support
- Plus Size Birth
- Meditation for pain relief
- Massage for pain relief
- Aromatherapy for labor
- Acupressure for labor support
- Premature birth
- Using positions to turn malpositioned babies
- Induction for medical reasons
- Family Centered Cesarean (Gentle Cesareans)
- Obstetric managed
- Unmedicated births
- Medicated Births
- Sibling Support
- Pain management and positional assistance for back labor
- Support for birth partner rest
- Vaginal Breech Birth
- Empowered Birth!
These are some articles that I have written on the different kinds of births that I support:
What my Birth Doula support role includes:
- Providing emotional support.
- Hold space for you to follow your instincts.
- Empower you with evidence based information about procedures.
- Using comfort measures:
- Essential oils
- Hot and Cold Therapies
- Giving evidence based information about various birth choices.
- Assistance understanding procedures and options in birth plans.
- Giving evidence based information about nutrition.
- Continuously reassuring and comforting you during labor.
- Advocating for you and helping you facilitate communication with your care provider.
- Looking after your partner, and gives them bathroom breaks, letting them eat when needed, and staying rested.
- However, the primary focus is on caring for you.
What Birth Doula support does not include:
- Taking the place of a birth partner, though I will be your birth partner if you are independent of a partner.
- Pressuring you to make any decision about any interventions, or discussing interventions or medical care with your provider.
- I empower you to make your own decisions about what happens in your birth.
- I empower you to work with your care providers to have what you deem to be your best experience.
- Things only in a medical provider’s scope of practice:
- Vaginal exams
- Fetal heart monitoring
- Taking blood pressures.
- Performing phlebotomy.
- Administering any medications or supplements.
- Give medical advice or diagnose conditions
- Deliver the baby.
- Allow personal values or biases get in the way of caring for you.
- Pressure you to make decisions based on the my preference.
- Survivor Consultation for Birth or Breastfeeding
- I will refer you to other highly trusted professionals to provide this service.
- Attend Unassisted births.
- You must be in the care of one of the following:
- A Licensed Midwife (CPM or CNM).
- An Obstetrition.
- Family Practice Physician
- You must be in the care of one of the following: