Advocacy  Support • Education

Doula Services

Service area covers Northwest Ohio and Southeast Michigan within a one-hour radius from Toledo, Ohio.

There are several packages to choose from:

payment plan and sliding fee scale options available)

Option #1 "We barely know each other but I want to support you": $500 to $800

  • If you would like labor support but we have not met prior to your labor or birth 

  • Includes any request for labor & birth support that leads to me being present without having met or having had a full consult.

  • Unlimited text, phone, and email support

 

Option #2 "Full service Prenatal & Birth Doula Support" : $1000 to $1450.00

  • Includes a 30-minute consultation, one prenatal visit, the birth, and one postpartum visit

  • Unlimited text, phone, and email support from the time of hire

  • Shared Doula Partnering -you get TWO Doula support team, one person is always on call for you and can switch out in case of extended time where frame doula support is needed. 

  • Backup Doula service (initiated after 18 hours of labor support or in case of sudden unavailability)

 

 

All established doula clients receive a 25% discount for all other services: Herbal baths, Placenta encapsulationPrenatal or Postpartum massage, Blessingway Ceremony, or Bellycasting.

Shelly's birth doula services also available through Toledo Family Doulas and Ann Arbor Birth & Family Doulas

 

 

People in their childbearing years need a lot of support -whether that comes form family and/or additional people you bring into your circle. It is most helpful if the advice and education you receive is based on evidence-based research and provides information leading you to make the best decisions for you and your baby.

 

Doula's offer non-biased support, knowledge, and resources surrounding Pregnancy and Childbirth. Many doulas such as myself are also well informed about the natural physiological progression of labor, birthing options, interventions, care providers, support groups, natural family living, vaccine options, nutrition, herbs, essential oils, homeopathy, breastfeeding, cloth diapering, babywearing, co-sleeping, etc...

 

 

Details of Birth Doula Services

 

Fees include all predetermined prenatal and postpartum visits, 24-hour on-call availability (beginning at 38 weeks until your birth), continuous support throughout labor and birth. 

     

A nonrefundable deposit (half of the fee) is due at the time of signing a contract agreement; or within two weeks from our initial consultation. *Payment plans are available in $200 increments. The final balance is due two weeks prior to your due date. I accept cash, personal check, credit cards or PayPal* (4% transaction fee will apply for PP) or Venmo.

 

Prenatally 

  • A free consultation/interview to discuss what you are looking for and discuss the services that I can offer you (including Pre-Natal and Postpartum Massage, Belly Casting, ongoing support, information, etc).

  • Pre-Natal meetings will be focused on getting to know you, your desires and needs, birth plan, etc. Meetings generally last one and a half hours.

  • Suggestions to make pregnancy more comfortable.

  • Provide information about Herbs and Aromatherapy, Attachment Parenting, Cloth Diapering, Co-Sleeping, Nutrition, Baby Wearing, etc. that can be helpful for pregnancy, labor and the postpartum period.

  • Referrals to community resources for pregnancy or family issues.

  • Review of your birth plan or help developing one if needed.

  • Email and Phone support for any pregnancy, birth or postpartum questions or concerns.

 

During labor and birth 

  • Support by telephone during the initial labor period.

  • Professional labor support at your home or birthing site.

  • Continual attendance and support during your labor, birth and first hours post-partum.

  • Prepare the birth space to meet your needs (candles, aromatherapy, music, etc.)

  • Provide massage, relaxation techniques, positioning suggestions and other comfort measures or techniques as needed to ease labor discomfort.

  • Observe breathing patterns and offer suggestions if needed.

  • Explain any suggested procedures and their pros and cons.

  • Protect your birth space to create a worry-free environment.

  • Provide support and suggestions for your partner.

  • Help getting started with breastfeeding, if needed.
     

Postpartum 

  • A personal visit, ideally within a week after your birth to answer questions, discuss your birth, and offer postpartum comfort measures.

  • Explanation of newborn characteristics and newborn care.

  • Rest and feeding support, positioning suggestions, problem-solving assistance.

 

What is a doula?

  • Birth education and preparation Birth planning (including creating a written birth plan/birth preferences document)

  • De-briefing previous births

  • Massage and other comfort measures

  • Optimal fetal positioning

  • Suggest positions and changes to help ease pain and facilitate a smoother, more effective labour

  • Provide reassurance and encouragement

  • Talking through emotional blockages which may come up during pregnancy and in labor

  • Keep your ‘environment’ going – aromatherapy, music, candles etc Assisting you with negotiation of your preferences

  • Photography and/or video of the birth itself, as well as those precious first moments as a family

  • So much more! 

Partners and doulas

 

Will a doula replace my partner?

No! Doulas can help by offering your partner suggestions or assistance for you without getting in the way. Many partners are concerned about their role and how they can work together with a doula.

 

Read more about how doulas can work together with partners, as well as benefiting them. 

 

The following is a letter from a Dad I have worked with:

February 11, 2013

 

"As a first-time father and someone who was, at best, only mildly familiar with the birthing process I very quickly became overwhelmed by all the information being thrust in my direction.  There were books, magazine articles, movies, TV shows, pamphlets and of course the internet.  On top of the vast media sources available, every parent and some non-parents for that matter, whom I came into contact with had their own little tidbit of advice for me.

 

After a few months of sorting through an endless amount of information, learning new terminology and becoming more confused than I have ever been my wife mentions that she would like to have a doula for the birth.  Naturally, I had never heard of a doula before.  My wife explained to me what a doula can provide, such as; emotional support, pain coping assistance, information about medical procedures and act as a liaison between the medical staff and the mother.  At first, I was reluctant to agree to this for a few reasons.  First, I have always been a relatively private person, so to invite a stranger into the room during the birth of my child would be very difficult for me especially when we had decided that we didn’t even want our own family in the room during the delivery.  Second, up to that point, I felt that we had always done things as a team and if we were to bring in a doula I felt as though this may somehow disrupt the bond between my wife and me.  Thirdly, to have a doula meant that the birthing classes we had attended, books we had read and research we had done was all for nothing.  If the doula was going to be there to tell us what to expect and what to do next, what was the point of all the preparation?  With these doubts in my head, I half-heartedly agreed to meet with the doula.

My first impression of the doula was definitely a positive one.  Instead of having to travel to an unfamiliar office that can often times be uninviting too, the doula provided us with an in-home consultation.  She began by telling us about herself and her experience with childbirth.  She asked us several questions about birthing in general and then inquired as to what our expectations were for the birth as well as for her and her services.  She offered a lot of information that we may not otherwise get from a doctor or midwife if we didn’t know to ask.  By the end of the meeting I was convinced that it would be beneficial to have her experience and knowledge of childbirth in the room during the birth of our child.

 

The day of the birth finally arrived.  Much to my surprise it didn’t even remotely resemble the chaotic portrayals of births you see on television.  In fact, after listening to other couples’ stories of their birth experiences I would have to say that ours went relatively smooth.  Of course, my wife may have a different recollection of the event.  Looking back I could say that having a doula contributed greatly to my enjoyment of the birth experience.  My inhibitions about having another body in the room during the birth was put to rest quickly when I realized that the doula’s presence was not intrusive at all as opposed to the stress that in-laws and grandparents to-be  would most definitely create.  As for the connection between my wife and I, the doula was not a factor in the least.  I was still able to be a part of the birth and with the doula keeping a watchful eye over the medical staff I was able to focus on my wife.  I felt comforted knowing that the doula was familiar with the whole birthing process and that if we needed it she would be able to explain things to us in a manner that was easy to understand.  I know now that regardless of the amount of research we did I would have never been completely prepared for the birth experience, so, my “all for nothing” attitude about the preparation was just plain ignorant.

Most importantly, I am thankful that we decided to have a doula at the birth because the level of comfort she brought my wife I don’t think I would have ever been able to provide.  Her experience and understanding of the birth process helped my wife to relax and work through the pain of a natural child birth.  I believe that the doula helped to guide my wife to her inner strength and harness its power in order to have a drug free birth.  I will never know the experience of child birth the way my wife does now but I admire the strength and determination she had to possess to have a natural birth and for this she is a truly amazing person."

Where can I have my baby?

 

Great Question. You have options. 

Not sure where to have your baby? Hospital, home, or birth center? In a bed, in water or under your favorite backyard tree (yep, it's been done). Again, the great thing is that you have options. There are pros and cons to each based on your experiences and preferences. Message me if you want to talk about it or check out the pdf I have loaded. 

Testimonials

Anonymous - Ohhh Shelly!! I always think of you so fondly...especially around my son's birthday every year and also whenever I think or talk about that day. You empowered me to do the vbac I wanted (that was definitely one of THE most empowering things I have ever done!). You told me I could do it and you believed in me. You were with me the entire way ( pre-labor and labor) Looking back, I am always amazed at how you intuitively knew what I needed at different stages of my labor. And you spoke for me when at times I couldn't or didn't know how to.
 

Some things that stick out from that day:

  • You were hungry, but you wouldn't eat cause I wasn't eating! ( You only ate once I told u that I had no desire to eat and that I was throwing it up anyways)

  • I was too hot in the water bath, but couldn't voice my concerns in the moment. You spoke up for me.

  • You made a hammock for my belly to give me sweet relief

  • After the birth, I was on the bed all sprawled out, naked, exhausted and a hot mess. You looked at me lovingly and told me I looked so beautiful. I still cry when I think of that moment.

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#1. 5166 Monroe St #302, Toledo, OH 43623
#2. Old West End - Home Office for Established Clients

(419) 699-2279
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