Labor and Delivery
Once you invite me to serve as your Labor Doula, I will meet with you for one pre-natal visit (or two) where we can either develop a birth plan (aka birth preferences), schedule a prenatal massage, or we can discuss your hopes, thoughts and fears about the birth process and answer any questions that I am qualified to. As your Labor Doula, I am available to you by phone, text and email (24x7).
As your Labor Doula I will:
- Provide you with emotional, physical and informational support
- Be continuously present throughout active labor and birth
- Help you get all the information that you need in order to make your own informed decisions. Only you and/or your partner can inform the medical staff of your wishes
- Support your choices
- Support you in early postpartum, i.e., assisting with the initiation of breastfeeding, make sure you're hydrated and fed!
During labor, I will:
- Assist in movements and positions that facilitate comfort and labor progression
- Work to integrate your partner as an active participant
- Bring compassion and understanding
Techniques I will use:
- Multiple positioning
- Birth ball
- Hot/cold compresses
- Aromatherapy (diffuser, essential oils)
- Guided imagery and visualization
As your Doula I do not:
- Perform medical or clinical tasks (vaginal exams, maternal blood pressure, fetal assessments)
- Speak to your care provider(s) on your behalf
- Make decisions for you
Postpartum Care - Labor Doula
As part of my commitment as your Labor Doula, I will remain with you after the birth to assist with needs as varied as family bonding, breastfeeding initiation, proper maternal nutrition and hydration, and photo takings (your camera, of course!).
I will meet with your family for one postpartum visit (1-2 hours), usually in the week following the birth, during which we might reconstruct your birth experience, and answer any questions.
At this visit, I like to offer to do a small "project" for you. Some suggestions:
- Cook your family a meal
- Catch up on your laundry
- Clean a room
- Care for your baby so you can do something else (take a walk, grab a bite to eat, take a bath, take a nap)
Some creative ideas some clients have enjoyed:
- Organized a closet (I love organizing!)
- Organized the baby's drawers
- Helped with thank you notes
Every one of my clients have enjoyed their project time very much! And, they have created a project that resonates with them and their families! Let me love on you as your Mama Baer!
Labor Doula Package (includes postpartum project) - $1,000
Postpartum / Newborn Care - Postpartum Doula
This Postpartum Doula will love on your family in the capacity that you need. Whether you need newborn care, cleaning, cooking ... or maybe another project altogether - like organizing a closet or space in your home. Let Mama Baer love on your family. Every family has a need that can be fulfilled... Name it, I've probably done it!
Choose the Payment Plan that works best for your family:
Hourly rates (minimum 3-hr time blocks-Dutchess County) - $35 hourly
Hourly rates (minimum 4-hr time blocks-other areas) - $35 hourly
10-hour block of time (two 5-hr time blocks) - $320 - $32 hourly
500-hour block of time (minimum 5-hr time blocks) - $12,500 - $25 hourly
Five-day live-in - $1,800 (120 hours) - $15 hourly
As your Postpartum Placenta Specialist (PPS), I follow the Gold Standard for in-home encapsulation service.
You will be given the instructions to transport your placenta from the hospital to your home. Once your placenta is in your home, we will schedule a two-day process which takes approximately 2+ hours each day. Often family members (curious on-lookers!) watch in amazement as the placenta is prepared in your sanitized kitchen. You can also add a placenta salve and/or tincture with your capsules.
Anecdotal evidence shows the benefits of placenta encapsulation to include:
- Decrease in baby blues and postpartum depression
- Increase and enrich breast milk
- Increase in energy
- Decrease in lochia, postpartum bleeding
- Decrease iron deficiency
Some more information to share:
Placentophagy is the practice of ingesting the placenta. It is practiced by 99% of mammals, and has been a part of Asian medicine for hundreds of years. The placenta is the only organ that belongs to two people at the same time. It contains half the mother’s blood and half the baby’s blood, and is unique to every mother and baby. The placenta acts as a barrier between the two separate bodies, transferring oxygen and nutrients from the mother’s blood to the baby. It has the ability to pick and choose what it takes from the mother based on the baby’s needs at that moment. While western medical science continues to study the benefits of placentophagy, mothers across Europe, the United States and Canada have embraced this practice as part of their post-birth planning for more than a decade. Placenta Encapsulation allows the mother all the benefits of the hormones and nutrients that nourished her baby during pregnancy. Each woman's body and birth experience is unique, and placenta encapsulation may benefit you and your individual experience in a variety of ways.
For many women, with the loss of the placenta there is a delay before the body resumes its own naturally-balanced production of hormones and nutrients. Placenta encapsulation offers a bridge during this period to help maintain the body's equilibrium and provide a positive experience for the mother and child.