Services

Dad bonding

“Childbirth is an experience in a woman’s life that holds the power to transform her forever.  Passing through these powerful gates – in her own way – remembering all the generations of women who walk with her… She is never alone.” – Suzanne Arms

  • One complimentary consultation to get to know each other, discuss how doula services can benefit you and determine if we would be a good fit together.

  • Two prenatal appointments. During these appointments we’ll go over what to expect during labor and delivery, coping techniques, any questions, concerns and preferences you may have and create a birth plan. If I am booked after the 36th week, at least one prenatal appointment will be arranged.
  • Unlimited support via phone, email and text messages.

  • On call starting two weeks before your estimated due date until birth.

  • Continuous support during labor and birth, beginning when you contact me in labor through one to two hours after birth.

  • Photos to document your labor/birth experience, if requested.

  • Initial breastfeeding support immediately following the birth, if desired.

  • One postpartum visit in your home within the first two weeks after birth, ideally scheduled in the first week. During this visit we can discuss your birth experience, any concerns and your transition into parenting.

  • Written account of birth story, if desired.

I offer a sliding scale of $800-950 for the birth doula package. Half is due at the first prenatal visit and the remainder is due by 38 weeks when I go on call. Payment plans are available by request. I serve the Chicagoland area, specifically a 30 mile radius of 60491.

 

Postpartum doula services
(offered only to birth doula clients at this time) include:

  • Additional visits tailored to your needs to help with breastfeeding, bonding, babywearing, and answer questions about normal newborn behavior.

  • Discussion of birth experience and options for physical and emotional healing.

  • Referrals for further specialized care (IBCLCs for breastfeeding, therapists, pediatricians, etc.)

  • Belly binding (optional, more information below)

Postpartum visits are $25/hour.

Belly binding © Angie Helwich

Belly binding visit:

This method of belly binding is cost effective and more reusable than the expensive store bought binders that are hot, bulky and don’t fit well. Visit includes discussion of your needs and instructions how to use the binder. The binder is yours to keep. The belly binding visit is usually scheduled within the first 2 weeks after birth for vaginal births, up to 6 weeks for a cesarean. To learn more about belly binding, read here.

Cost: $75, visit is up to 2 hours in length and includes a fabric binder.

Birth celebration © Angie Helwich

Have a birth celebration:

Ideally scheduled during the third trimester, a birth celebration is a gathering of female loved ones and friends in the location of your choosing to celebrate the upcoming arrival of your baby and entrance into motherhood. If this your first pregnancy, a birth celebration can be a lovely complement to a more traditional baby shower. For subsequent pregnancies, these celebrations can be a nice way for mamas to discuss fears and hopes for their births as they navigate the transition of expanding their family.

  • Let me help coordinate invitations and activities as we honor and celebrate your upcoming arrival.

  • Celebration can be modified to your tastes, but generally includes sharing positive intentions for the birth, including stories, affirmations, creating banners to display in the room, releasing fears, creating a keepsake bracelet for the mama to wear in labor, or other personal touches important to each individual family.

 Birth celebrations are $100 ($75 for birth doula clients)