Why use a Birth Doula?
Birth is an important day in your life. A Doula helps you labor with less stress, more comfort, and speedier progress.
What is a Birth Doula?
- A doula supports women and their families in achieving the birth that they desire.
- Doulas attend births in hospitals, homes, and birthing centers.
- A doula provides continuous physical comfort, emotional support, and information to women during labor
- A doula does not replace the partner’s role during childbirth; she provides guidance for the partner as needed
- A doula supports the woman’s decisions and does not force her own viewpoint
What is an Epi-Doula?
- Supports women receiving an epidural.
- Assists with position changes in bed so labor progresses normally.
- Assists with pushing (our goal is 30 minutes or less)
- Assists with initial breastfeeding.
- With our assistance, interventions are decreased.
What Benefits Are There to Having a Birth Doula?
Having a Doula at your birth has been proven to make the process easier, safer, less painful and faster!
|Need for Forceps||40% decrease|
|Cesarean Rate||50% decrease|
|Epidural Requests||60% decrease|
|Pain Medication||30% decrease|
|Length of Labor||25% decrease|
How your partner benefits:
Remember, this is a special time for you and your partner. Your partner most likely does not have specialized training in assisting a woman through labor. You need your partner to be there emotionally for you, holding your hand and reassuring you, a doula will help your husband know what to do. Why should your partner be stressed and worried about being able to adequately assist you in labor? Your partner will already be anxious and worried about your safety.If you have a 16, 24, or 36 hour labor, how is your partner going to assist you after birth, and help take care of your new baby when exhausted? You are going to need rest. You will need your partner even more after birth. This alone is a good reason to hire a Doula.
What if I Plan on Having an Epidural?
A doula can still play an important role in the delivery and birth. You will need continuous physical and emotional support until & after you receive the epidural. At times epidurals may only take partially. Once you receive your epidural, the doula helps with in bed positioning to keep the labor progressing. She also assists with relaxation techniques, support for the partner, answers questions, assists with pushing and initial breastfeeding.
How do I get started?
What to Expect:
We will meet and discuss your pregnancy,medical history, and desires for your labor and delivery. We will also go over our package options and discuss which of our services may benefit you and your particular situation. Throughout your pregnancy, your doula will be available to answer questions, assist in preparing your birth plan and support you with massage as needed. In the final weeks of your pregnancy, we will be in regular contact with you and on call around-the-clock until your baby is born.
With decades of experience and education, we are able to offer our suggestions and guidance as you navigate your pregnancy, labor, and delivery. However, please note that Houston Pregnancy Massage & Doula Care does not provide midwifery or medical care, make diagnoses, or recommend specific medical courses of action.
What We Believe
We believe that every woman should have the birth experience she desires. Our mission is to support you throughout your pregnancy and help you have a safe, positive, and empowering birth experience, no matter what your birth plan includes.
What We Do
We are committed to supporting you through every step of your pregnancy, labor and delivery, and postpartum period. Whether you are envisioning a natural birth, one with an epidural, or a caesarean section, we are honored to care for you. Drawing on our extensive experience and education, we provide compassionate, personalized care. We will be your partner through this journey, supporting your choices and helping you achieve a healthy pregnancy and delivery.
Area of Town
We attend births mainly in the Houston Medical Center, we do have doulas that attend births in Sugar Land, Memorial City, Katy, The Woodlands, and Willowbrook areas, just to name a few.
Together, we will prepare for your baby’s birthday by answering your questions, offering childbirth classes, and helping you create your birth plan.
We offer our mothers-to-be pampering experiences that promote healthy pregnancy and delivery, including prenatal massage, facials, labor induction massage, and baby positioning massages.
We will be an integral part of your birth team and by your side. We offer encouragement and support so that you and your partner can focus on the moment.
Postpartum Visits and Massage
In the days following your baby's birth, we will visit you at your home and give you our famous postpartum massage - the massage known around Houston as the trick to getting your pre-baby figure back. We teach you infant massage at this visit as well. Patti offers newborn massage, which can help your baby breastfeed and sleep more easily.
Postpartum Doula Support
Assists with breastfeeding, baby care, personal care, light house cleaning, meal preparation, babysit old children, errands.
A Postpartum Doula can help you get off to a great start as a new family. She in enables you to get the sleep and rest you need to recover properly.
SPECIAL -- Postpartum Doula - $22 per hour day $27 per hour night - (2 week minimum services)
Day 5 hours minimum - Night 10 hours minimum (Open to Special Arrangements)
Must sign for services by 5/30/17
Birth Doula Packages
| Ultra Package $2500
| Premium Package $2100
Standard Package $1650
Labor Support - Only $1400
If Due within two weeks of a major holiday
there is a $300 Holiday Fee on top of
These doulas have excellent training and are certified doulas. Each has attended an intense birth doula internship with Patti and have assisted her hands on at numerous births along with Spinning Babies Training and more.
Doula Clients Needed To Gain Valuable Experience
These birth doulas are certified, have many years of experience, have attended an intense doula internship with Patti. Each has excellent testimonials from clients.