A sibling support doula is present during labor and birth and can offer complete emotional support for your older child(ren). I am available to care for older brothers and sisters while their family is busy having a baby.
Whether planning for a home or hospital birth, and for children to be present or not, it’s imperative that someone be solely responsible for the older siblings. I come to your house to watch your child(ren) where it’s most comfortable, or can accompany the family to the birth location, ready to whisk away any little ones who find they are not completely on board with all of the exciting activity of labor and delivery. I am also an experienced birth doula and provides a calm and confident presence for all.
I will be on call for you 24/7 in your due date range (from 38-42 weeks). When you are in labor, the doula can come to your home or meet you at the hospital to offer emotional support for your older child. The doula can answer questions as they come up, provide distractions when your child(ren) needs to take a break, and offer immediate sibling integration support once baby is born.
When You Are In Labor
Please call when you think you are in labor, even if you do not need support at that time. Together, you and I will decide if I should come then or wait for further change. In the event of a long, early labor or an induction, I will check in periodically and come when you are ready. I require one hour to get to you from the time you ask me to come.
Except for extraordinary circumstances, I will remain with you throughout your labor and birth. If I am with you for more than 24 hours, I reserve the right to call in my backup doula to allow me a break to rest.
During labor, I will care for your child(ren) and offer support while understanding the imminent change to occur for the family as a whole. I will be glad to perform tasks of your preference with your child(ren) while maintaining a stable, reassuring presence while you labor.
As a sibling doula, I do not:
- Perform clinical tasks.
- Make decisions for you.
- Speak to hospital or birth center staff on your behalf.
- Discipline your child(ren) with any type of negative reinforcement, correction or punishment. We only employ positive methods such as redirection, communication, and goal setting and complimenting for completion of tasks.
- Transport children in our personal vehicles.
Failure to Provide Services
-If I am unable to attend your birth due to illness or because I am with another laboring family, I will arrange for a back-up doula to support you, and services will be paid in full.
-If I am unable to attend your birth due to my error and am unable to provide a back-up doula, all fees will be refunded in full. If it is due to circumstances beyond anyone’s control (catastrophic events, severe weather, etc.) there will be no charge for my services beyond the retainer fee, which covers the cost of prenatal visits and on-call availability.
-If it is due to your failure to call me when you are in labor, services will be paid in full.
-If my failure to attend your birth is due to a rapid labor (baby is born less than one hour after you call me and ask me to come), I will provide an additional 3 hours of postpartum support at no cost once you are home. This can include assistance with feeding, laundry, cleaning, baby care, etc. My full fee applies.
For the services described here, to be paid as follows:
$200 as a deposit upon hire.
Balance of $500 due by 38 weeks, less any discount.
Fee assistance and payment plans are available.