A labor doula is there to support you and your partner during pregnancy, labor and after. Think of your labor doula as your own personal walking google, there to pull up answers or resources at a moments notice, but instead of searching through all the search results, they are right there, attuned to what your needs are to give you options so you can make the best choice for you and your family. Doulas offer physical and emotional support and comfort for you and your partner during one of the most vulnerable times of your life. Studies have shown that by having a doula, a laboring woman has a decreased use for pain medication, decreased incidence of c-section, shortened length of labor and a decrease in a negative birth experience.
As your Labor Doula, Kim provides 24 hour support via phone, email or text from the moment your contract is signed. Depending on the package, there is at least one prenatal visit to discuss in detail your birth goals and vision and how we can work together to try and achieve them. Once you're in labor, Kim is in constant contact until you decide it's time for her to join you on the labor journey towards meeting your child. She will stay with you during active labor until two hours after the birth. A postpartum visit is included to discuss postpartum care, answer any questions or concerns and make sure your family is supported physically and emotionally.
A postpartum doula provides support during the postpartum period. What does that support look like? It can be right after the baby comes home or months later. It can be during the day or at night, to care for you and your family. This includes and isn't limited to, peer breastfeeding support, sleep support, newborn care, baby wearing, light housekeeping, meal planning and prep, grocery shopping and sibling transitions. It's like having your best friend, mother and grandmother all rolled in to one but with out any family issues that can sometimes accompany it!
District Birth Services offers two types of childbirth education classes, group or individual. Group classes are held at various locations, please see the CLASSES page for more information.
Individual classes are planned according to what you and your families needs are. The topics covered range in labor preparation, comfort measures, stages of labor, postpartum self-care, breastfeeding and newborn care. For more information, contact DBS.
Our Baby Class
OBC teacher-mentors provide classes on a variety of parenting topics ranging from how to take care of yourself and your baby in the first days and weeks after birth; to what “normal” infant sleep looks like; to successfully parenting as a team with your partner; to introducing solid food; to returning to work; and everything in between. OBC teachers offer the most comprehensive Newborn Prep Class on the market, a series of Core Classes for the first few months after birth, as well as individual Specialty Classes. Every class is designed to provide simple, evidence-based, and practical parenting support as well as a safe space to ask questions and share experiences. Please see the CLASSES page for current class scheduled. For more information, contact DBS.