Holistic Doula Services
“Birth is not only about making babies. Birth is about making mothers--strong, competent, capable mothers who trust themselves and know their inner strength.”
―Barbara Katz Rothman
Considers all aspects of an individual, including the body, mind, and spirit. A holistic pregnancy and childbirth recognizes the impact of the mind and spirit, as well as the physical body, on the experience of pregnancy and birth. Physical health, values and beliefs, relationships, emotional wellbeing, and spirituality all affect pregnancy and birth. In turn, the experiences of pregnancy and birth influence body, mind, and spirit.
Trusts the natural progression. A holistic approach to pregnancy and childbirth also recognizes that a woman's body is naturally designed to conceive, nourish, and give birth to a baby. It trusts the natural progression of pregnancy and labor.
Starts with least invasive approach but uses the full range of therapies as needed. A holistic approach to childbearing includes both low-intervention approaches and the appropriate use of technology in a thoughtful and well-considered manner. A holistic approach respects the normal processes of pregnancy and birth, but recognizes the need for assistance if appropriate. Each situation is unique, requiring individual choices and care.
Note: a holistic approach is not "natural childbirth," which, as a term has widely different meaning, including a complete avoidance of medication or interventions.
Incorporates integrative therapies. A holistic approach to pregnancy and childbirth includes the use of integrative therapies (also known as alternative or complementary therapies) to prevent or treat common discomforts and complications of pregnancy, in a way that is consistent with the belief system of the birthing woman.
What is a Doula?
A doula is a professional labor assistant who provides physical and emotional support to you and your partner during pregnancy, childbirth and the postpartum period.
Assistance and support in building and advocating for your birth plan
Attention to physical comfort through techniques such as touch and massage and assistance with breathing
Emotional reassurance, comfort and encouragement
Information about what's happening during labor and the postpartum period, including explanations of procedures
Help with facilitating communication between you and the hospital staff
Guidance and support for loved ones
Assistance with breast-feeding
Studies have shown that continuous support from doulas during childbirth might be associated with:
A decreased use of pain relief medication during labor
A decreased incidence of C-sections
A decrease in the length of labor
A decrease in negative childbirth experiences
Offering support and advocacy throughout the prenatal, labor and postpartum durations of your unique journey.
Available virtually and in person, whether it be individual visits to assist with building your birth plan or our complete package which includes two prenatal appointments, labor support and two postnatal visits. (Payment plans available)
Our priority is continuous holistic support throughout your childbirth experience.
Individual visits $165/hour
Complete Package (Includes two prenatal visits, birth plan assistance, labor support and advocacy, two postnatal visits & gift basket. Payment plans available) $1499
CONNECT WITH A GOLDCREST WELLNESS DOULA
Our Doula is certified through New Beginnings. Not only is she trained and certified as a holistic doula, she has over a decade of experience in the medical field and is a mother of six!
Jennifer takes a very holistic approach with our clients, offering prenatal, labor and postnatal support, including breastfeeding and self-care.
"My preferences were always a priority, I was encouraged throughout the entire process."