The word 'doula' — pronounced 'doo-la' — is a Greek word meaning 'woman servant or caregiver'. More recently, it refers to someone who offers emotional and physical support to a woman and her partner before, during and after childbirth. A doula (also known as a birth attendant) believes in 'mothering the mother'.
Sisters, Julia and Kaati work in tandem offering nurturing balance and support for expecting parents and changing families. Doula s
Pregnancy, Labor & Birth, Postpartum, Breastfeeding and Parenting.
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Because there is a range of services we offer, there is also a range of pricing. Basic labor and birth support doula is $1,000. For long labors (more than 24 hours), additional fees may apply.
Keep in mind when you are shopping for your Doula, that you get two of us!
Breastfeeding support, provided by Julia, is billed in three-hour increments at $25 per hour.
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We provide support for pregnant women and their non-pregnant partner through pregnancy, labor, birth, and breastfeeding. We recognize birth as a sacred right-of-passage and can help preserve your birth story.
Studies have shown that when doulas attend birth, labors are shorter with fewer medical interventions, setting women and their babies up for a better start to bonding and their breastfeeding relationship.
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July 20, 2016 · Hiring the doula sisters, Kaati & Julia, was absolutely one of the best decisions I made during my pregnancy. These two experienced, beautiful, wise and resourceful women helped me so much in navigating the incredible journey of giving birth. The support that they provided me with before, during and after labor was absolutely priceless. I had an incredibly long & arduous labor (5 days) and these women were there as much as I wanted them to be. They lovingly coached me through contractions, made me healthy snacks, massaged my feet and found me a home visiting acupuncturist when things were not progressing as hoped. They advocated for me in the hospital, took photos, preserved my birth story on paper, kept in touch with my family who was out of the country at that time, and kept the positive vibe up when I had moments of feeling that I couldn't go on. Even after the birth of my daughter, Julia has continued to provide us with incredible breastfeeding knowledge & support. These ladies are truly a gift to the world. Baby Alia and I thank you from the bottom of our hearts!
September 8, 2015 · My husband and I weren't sure if we wanted to go with a doula for our first child but, we are so glad we did and so much more happy that we found Julia and Kaati! These two are truly amazing women and gave us so much support and love. We are so honored and grateful to have these lovely ladies by our side.
Antoinette Carl reviewed Doula Sisters — 5 star July 28, 2015 · Kaati and Julia made the rather short process of birthing lil Frankie even easier. It was wonderful to have these two women's support and encouragement throughout the pregnancy - two weeks over no less! - and into the first few weeks of his new life. I'll never forget Kaati telling me, "Imagine a mandala opening ..." and I swear that visual helped take me to 10cm faster than anything. Thanks, Ladies! Much love and Aloha
2015: Maddy & Adrien, McKinleyville
The Doula Sisters were an incredible support system for my family and me. As first-time parents we found that having such kind, nurturing and knowledgeable women helping guide us was just what we needed. Kaati and Julia were able to connect emotionally with my boyfriend and me with our individual needs and help us address any fears we had. So grateful to have had these women guide us through preparation for the arrival of our baby, labor, after care, nursing questions or just calling us to say hi and say we were on their minds. A truly wonderful experience :)
1. There are different types of doulas. (birth, antepartum, postpartum, bereavement doulas)
2. You can hire a doula at any time, although most clients book very early in their pregnancies to assure availability.
3. Birth doulas assist in a wide variety of birth situations: women who want no or little intervention during labor, women who want epidurals or other pain medications, women delivering via VBAC, women having scheduled cesarean sections.
4. Certified doulas have to recertify every 3 years and have to receive continuing education hours.
5. Birth doulas use many different ways to help a woman in labor (breathing techniques, relaxation techniques, massage, and laboring positions).
6. They have seen it ALL before. Un-waxed body parts and unfinished toe nails do NOT offend them.
7. A birth doula acts as an advocate for the mother, encouraging and helping her obtain specific goals she might have for her birth.
8. They speak “mother in law” and can get messages across rather effectively.
9. A birth doula wants to create a safe and positive environment for the laboring women.
10. Poop during labor does not faze them.
11. A birth doula values a positive relationship with the laboring woman, her spouse/partner, her family and the medical/care providers she has at her birth.
12. Doulas are NOT medical professionals.
13. They can massage shoulders without pinching, unlike what husbands do.
14. Women who received continuous support by a birth doula were found to have shorter labors by about 40 minutes and their babies were less likely to have low Apgar scores at birth.
15. 31% decrease in the use of Pitocin with a birth doula.
16. 28% decrease in the risk of C-section with a birth doula.
17. 12% increase in the likelihood of a spontaneous vaginal birth with a birth doula.
18. 9% decrease in the use of any medications for pain relief with a birth doula.
19. 14% decrease in the risk of newborns being admitted to a special care nursery with a birth doula.
20. 34% decrease in the risk of being dissatisfied with the birth experience with a birth doula.
21. Birth doulas DO NOT replace the spouse/partner at a birth. Doulas are there to support not only the laboring woman but also the other people chosen to be there.
22. Doulas will help you labor even if it is in the middle of a good football game.
23. Many healthcare professionals will refer you to a birth doula they prefer to work with – so please ask for referrals.
24. According to The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) and the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine (SMFM) published data indicates that one of the most effective tools to improve labor and delivery outcomes is the continuous presence of support personnel, such as a doula.
25. Doulas already know to wash their hands before touching the baby.
26. A postpartum doula provides extra physical and emotional support for a new family.
27. Doulas are professional baby swaddlers.
28. A postpartum doula offers breastfeeding support and education. Research shows greater success with breastfeeding with a postpartum doula present.
29. A postpartum doula helps with newborn care instruction.
30. A decreased likelihood of Postpartum Mood Disorders with the help from a postpartum doula.
31. A postpartum doula will help you navigate a smooth transition into parenthood.
32. A postpartum doula allows more time for mother to rest and heal.
33. Research shows that a mother feels more secure and cared for when having a postpartum doula present.
34. A postpartum doula will offer services such as light housekeeping and meal preparation.
35. A postpartum doula will help a family with access to needed resources in community and evidence based knowledge for decision making regarding the baby.
36. Many insurance companies are now covering birth and postpartum doula expenses.
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