From common tests done during pregnancy to decisions in the delivery room, your doula can provide you with unbiased, evidence-based information to help you make the best decision for you and your baby.
Pregnancy and birth can bring about a range of emotions. Your doulas are there to listen to you with an open mind and give you encouragement at every step. They are also a touchstone for your partner as you navigate labor and birth together.
Your doula has a goal to make you as comfortable as possible during labor. Labor of Love is a trained professional LLC who utilize a wide range of comfort measures. We work with your partner to integrate him or her into being an active member of your support team and to also help provide these comfort measures. We are experienced in providing comfort measures for all types of labors: unmedicated labors, labors with epidurals in place, labors that are induced, and labors where other medications may be used.
We have extensive experience with breastfeeding, bottle-feeding, and formula feeding. We will support you with whatever choice is right for your family.
New families need sleep and we are here to facilitate that by encouraging healthy, developmentally appropriate sleep habits for your baby. We also want parents to get more sleep and are available for overnight care or daytime baby care so you can nap.
Physical & Emotional Support
We are newborn care experts and can help you with day-to-day questions that arise with new babies. We are also here to help with your postpartum recovery - physical and emotional - so you can get the rest and support you need.
For second and third time parents, worrying about how your "first baby" will react to the new baby is completely normal. A postpartum doula can ease the transition by making sure that siblings get plenty of love and attention.
Meal Prep & Planning
Staying nourished is key to a healthy postpartum recovery. We are happy to fix snacks, put dinner in the crockpot, run to the grocery store, or even help with more extensive meal planning.
You've got big things to take care of; let us worry about the little things. Postpartum doulas help with laundry, dishes, and basic tidying so you can enjoy more baby snuggles.
Advanced breastfeeding education
Help knowing what is normal or when you need specialized care
Help with comfortable positions for mom and baby
Establishing helpful routines
Establishing a good latch
Establishing a good milk supply
Learning to use your pump
Proper milk storage
When it comes to finding the right childbirth education class, how do you know which one is right for you? At Labor of Love, our How, When, & Why Childbirth Education is designed to fit every birthing parent. That's because our curriculum is not designed around any particular method or style of childbirth. Instead, it is meant to provide expecting parents with the knowledge they need to feel prepared and confident when the big day comes, regardless of how they choose to birth.
Our one day, three hour How, When, & Why Childbirth Curriculum will leave you and your birth partner confident about the stages of birth, how to communicate your needs, and will provide you and your partner with the tools to help you stay as comfortable as possible throughout the entire labor and birth process. This class will cover:
Anatomy of the Gestating Person and How It All Works Together During Labor and Birth
The Labor Process and Stages of Labor
Pain Relief Options (Both Medicated and Non-Medicated)
- Positions for Labor and Birth
What to Expect During the First Hour After Birth
All topics will be covered via discussion, visuals, auditory aids, and hands-on practice to meet the needs of all adult learners. If you or your partner have special learning needs, our childbirth ed team will be happy to accommodate you.
This is a group class format.
Perinatal Nutrition Educator
How you feed your baby is one of the most important decisions you will make as a new parent. We want you to feel informed, educated, and confident about that decision. This is why Doulas of Labor of Love offers an Infant Feeding 101 class. We recognize that what works for one family, may not work for another. Or sometimes what you planned is not what ultimately happens. For these reasons, our class covers all feeding methods.
Our one day, 2.5 hour Infant Feeding Class will provide you with all the information you need to get feeding started off right. I will also prepare you for any feeding challenges that might arise in the first year. This class will cover:
Multiple Feeding Methods - Breast, Bottle, and Formula
- Initiating Breastfeeding
Troubleshooting Common Feeding Problems
All topics will be covered via discussion, visuals, auditory aids, and hands-on practice to meet the needs of all adult learners. If you or your partner have special learning needs, our education team will be happy to accommodate you.
This is a group class format.
Three virtual prenatal appointments to discuss concerns, fears, birth plan, and provide education on multiple topics.
Unlimited phone, email, and text support through pregnancy
A session completely devoted to discussing exactly what you want your birth to be like and writing your plan
On call 24/7 from 37 weeks until birth
Video chat or phone call as often as needed during labor and delivery in order to make sure you are getting correct information, to help you make decisions, and to comfort you as much as possible
Two virtual postpartum appointments to check in on how you are feeling, lactation, and to reassure you. Usually scheduled within the first couple of days after birth and then a couple of weeks after birth. Scheduled at your convenience