EAST BAY DOULA 

Birth Doula, Postpartum Doula, Childbirth Education, and Sleep Training serving San Francisco and the East Bay

WHAT IS A DOULA?

 
 
 

A doula is there to help support you through pregnancy, birth, and postpartum to serve as your advocate and as an emotional support person. I can help you answer questions without rushing through an appointment or having you fit any standard of protocol, giving you customized individual care at any stage in the childbearing year. 


As a birth doula of nearly a decade of practice and a student midwife who has studied with experienced midwives from all over the world, I bring a patient, empathetic, open, and multifaceted approach to my client appointments. I truly believe that no birth is exactly like another and that by helping parents tap into their intuition and understanding of their bodies while linking it to global evidence-based research and traditional birth support, families can make the best possible decisions for themselves, no matter how "natural" or medical they may be. The goal is physiologically appropriate birth that leaves you feeling empowered by the experience. 


Birth and early parenting are intense, exciting, trying, strange, wonderful, terrifying, beautiful, impactful times in anyone's life. I love being able to help support and guide new families through these milestones. All of this is why for births I have three prenatal appointments and two postpartum appointments in addition the the initial interview, to ensure that there is a foundation of understanding and trust amongst us as well as care that is the most personalized and not set to some rigid guide that I can give in a short period of time. 


There is no time that is too soon or two late to hire a doula and I never reduced services if I work on a sliding scale. Each client gets the same level of care, regardless of birth plan, place of delivery, or fee. 


I love my work and hope my passion for supporting families in the childbearing year shows! Please call or email to set up an initial client interview. 

Birth Doula

Services include: 

  • One cost-free, no obligation initial interview
  • Three prenatal visits lasting approximately 3 hours 
  • Customized nutrition and birth plans
  • 24/7 On call for one month. Phone and email support
  • Joining you at home before transfer (if intended place of birth is outside of the home)
  • Full labor support
  • Two 1-hour postpartum visits within the first two weeks of baby’s arrival 

Fee: $2200
Returning Client Fee: $1600
Out of Hospital Fee: $1400
Alta Bates Midwifery Clients: $1600
Consultation Clients: $1200

Sliding scale is always an option. 
No one should be without a doula because of cost. About 30% of my practice is done on a sliding scale. I can provide you with a self-reporting income form to help you with working with me on a budget and payment plan, just ask!

In deference to the high cost of out of hospital birth care, payment plans and reduced fees and matched discounts are available for parents receiving care from homebirth and case load midwives and through birth centers, including the San Francisco Birth Center, Bay Area Midwifery, and Pacifica Birth Center. 

Postpartum Doula

Minimum package: 

  • Includes breastfeeding support, light housekeeping, running errands, helping with any older siblings and/or pets, new mama care, infant care, meal preparation, and sleep schedule support.
  • Minimum eight 4-hour home visits a week for up to twelve weeks for daytime care 
  • Minimum eight 8-hour home visits overnight for up to ten weeks. 


Fee: $45 for daytime $50 for overnight 

5% discount for Birth Doula clients continuing care. 
5% discount for Consultation clients continuing care. 

Absolutely fabulous postpartum doula! My family and I were very grateful for Em's help for the first two months after my baby's arrival. Em is terrific and I would recommend her very highly.

--Sonia, first time mom

Postpartum Preparation Consultations

Being a first-time parent is tough stuff. There is so much information out there and it's hard to figure out who to trust, what style of parenting might fit your needs, and there's such a culture of anxiety and fear surrounding this process. It doesn't have to be that way!


I've been working with new families in some capacity for almost 15 years. In that time, I've learned a lot about how arbitrary the shifts in trends and gadgets have become and how much more fearful and expensive parenting has become. I came into this work hoping to help build confident, independent, strong parents of healthy and loving children. This starts at the process of conception, through pregnancy, and is deeply manifested in the first 12 weeks of your child's life. It's never too early to start thinking about how you can bring this new life into your family with ease and love while maintaining the core values of your life up to this point. 


With this in mind, I'm excited to introduce Postpartum Preparation Consultations into my list of services. These meetings will cover things like :



  • Gadgets and Gizmos ...who needs them? Answer : No one. You need a basket and probably some dark leafy greens (that one was a freebie).
  • What the first 12 weeks really look like for most families.
  • Community resources in pregnancy and beyond to help you stay sane, healthy, and happy in this journey. 
  • What does postpartum support look like and how to find it.
  • How to navigate the literature and online resources available. 
  • How your care providers in pregnancy and birth can shape your postpartum experience and how to advocate for better options. 


This service will be tacked on to any postpartum contract or can be a separate consultation for anyone not hiring me for other services. There are two great options for support --


Preparation in Pregnancy :

Ideally, we'd meet sometime in your second trimester, again in the early third trimester, and again once baby has arrived. This service can be offered at any point in your pregnancy, though. Each visit will be two hours and will come with an in-depth resource packet. You will also have email access to me at anytime from our first visit through the first 12 weeks postpartum for additional questions, concerns, and resources. Additional visits can be added at the hourly rate of a returning client as listed above. 

Fee: $350


Consultations in the Fourth Trimester :

Baby is here! And now...you're lost/overwhelmed/oh crap! You're maybe not sure if you need or want more long term support and let's face it, help is expensive. This is where I can come in. This package will include two 2-hour visits within two weeks and can be started at any point within the first four months of your baby's life. You'll get the same resource packet and will have email access to me for the two weeks of our contract coverage. Additional visits can be tacked on at the hourly rate of a returning client as listed above. 

Fee: $280

Have a new parenting group and want to bring me in as a speaker to bond and save some bucks? Let's do it! I can meet with your group for up to 2 hours for a flat fee of $200. The group will get a PDF version of the resource packet that they can share within their group. 
 

Interested to know more about why doulas cost what they do? 

Check out this article I wrote on the "true" costs of a doula.