Doula Services

Doula Services

Joyful Start services Philadelphia and its Pennsylvania suburbsI am proud to support all types of birth for all types of families. Everyone deserves understanding, committed support.

Packages are available to meet a variety of needs.

Birth Doula (Labor Doula)

Continuous labor support, whether you plan for unmedicated birth, epidural or other medical pain management, cesarean birth, VBAC, hospital birth, birth center, or home birth. I will support you and your partner or support person through:

  • Two prenatal consultations
  • Helping you create your birth plan
  • On-call for continuous physical, emotional, and informational labor support
  • Postpartum care, generally 1-2 hours, supporting everyone as you get settled, initiating breastfeeding if applicable, and supporting your bonding time
  • Back-up doula for emergency coverage
  • In-home postpartum follow-up

Postpartum Doula

  • Supportive, non-judgmental postpartum doula support
  • Breastfeeding and bottle-feeding support
  • Babywearing
  • Support for families with twins and multiples
  • Establishing routines
  • Sibling adjustment
  • Processing the birth experience
  • Supporting the mother resting and healing
  • Emotional support
  • Meal and snack preparation
  • Baby basics, soothing techniques, and coping skills
  • Baby laundry and light household support
  • Cloth diaper education
  • Nursery/layette set-up
  • Connect you with community resources to support you on your parenting journey

Private, in-home classes: newborn and breastfeeding basics

Get off to a joyful start with personal classes to meet your needs. I will come to your home to work with you and your partner on newborn care skills from breastfeeding and/or bottle feeding to newborn sleep, bathing, soothing techniques, and more. These courses are available in packages with postpartum doula service or a la carte.

Non-clinical support for pregnant mothers on bed rest or with restricted activity

Just when you want to set up that nursery, stock the freezer with meals for when baby comes, and wash all those sweet new baby clothes, you find yourself suddenly on bed rest or your doctor has limited your activity level. You may feel nervous about keeping the baby healthy, anxious about all there is to do, unable to keep up with your other little ones, and need someone who can step in to help. I can help get your household running smoothly again, get everything ready for baby, and let you get the support and rest you need.