I am proud to work with Jenn Reddy and Margaret Kirschner to help families welcome their babies by providing physical and emotional support during labor and in the immediate postpartum period. With an overall 45 years of experience in the field, we are the most experienced birth workers in the Asheville area! We work together to provide comprehensive services--education, prenatal yoga, birth and postpartum doula support, and placenta encapsulation. You can choose doula services only or build your own package of services.
Prenatal Meetings: In order for us to develop a relationship with you, you will have at least one prenatal meeting with the birth doulas after your initial interview. That gives you the chance to talk about your preferences, learn about options, and to learn about our services in depth.
Phone and Email Support: Once you become a client, you will have complete phone and email support if any questions pop up or you just want to check in. There is always something changing in pregnancy and it is nice to have your experienced doulas to talk to.
24-hour on-call status: Beginning two weeks before your due date, your birth doulas will be ready at any hour--day or night--to assist you when labor begins. They will labor with you at home and then help you transition to the hospital.
Continuous Labor Support: Once in labor your doula will be by your side the entire time. You may need tasks taken care of (moving your car at the hospital, for ex.) and rather than having your partner leave, your doula can take care of those things so your partner can be with you the entire time. A doula does whatever is best for the family--even if it is not at all glamorous! She will massage, coach and keep you grounded when things get intense, and she will always be ready to show your partner a great tip to help the two of you work through the labor experience together. If necessary, she will be able to explain in lay terms what is going on and pros and cons to consider before you make a decision. Your doula never takes the place of your doctor and your doula never recommends a particular medical procedure. Think of her as an information bank!
Postpartum Care: After the birth of your baby your doula will be ready to help make your first time nursing successful, tidy up the room, and take pictures of your new family.
Postpartum Visit: After you have returned home, your doula will visit to check in on the new baby, and talk about your labor experience. Many families love this chance to "put the pieces together" since the time line can sometimes be difficult to remember accurately. In-home breastfeeding visits are always an option.