Two in-person Prenatal Sessions:
In addition to getting to know you and your partner (should you have one), visits can consist of (but are not limited to) any of the following:
· Creating a birth and/or postpartum plan
· Discussing and working through any fears or anxieties (you or your partner’s)
· Practicing comfort techniques
· Running through the stages and phases of labor
I offer 24/7 informational/emotional support from the time of hire. I’m available via call, text or email to answer questions, address concerns or for encouragement/comfort. I also provide educational materials for Prenatal, Birth Prep, Breast/Chest Feeding, and cheat sheets for your partner (should you have one.) I commit to being on call to attend your birth from 38-42 weeks gestation.
Ways I can support you in labor include but are not limited to:
· Massage/counter pressure
· Relaxation and breathing techniques
· Birthing ball positions
· Suggesting and assisting with position changes
· Creating a calming environment (lights, curtains, aromatherapy, etc)
· Water therapy (bath, shower)
· Hydrating and feeding birther
· Advocacy for your birth preferences
· I can take photos for you throughout if you wish.
I will provide 1-2 hours of immediate postpartum assistance after the birth to make sure you are comfortable, assist with initial breastfeeding and be with you until your family is ready for quiet time together.
Postpartum/Follow-up visit - This visit will be made within 1-3 weeks after the birth. During this visit I can (but am not limited to):
· Help you debrief after the birth
· Discuss questions or concerns
· Check on infant feeding
· Discuss mood and mental health concerns
· Provide you with referrals or resources for any postpartum needs
I work closely with each family to understand their unique needs and preferences, and to help them make informed decisions about their care. I respect their autonomy and choices, and I am there to amplify their wishes in their birth space. During pregnancy, I am available to answer questions, provide resources, and help my clients create a birth plan that aligns with their values and desires. I also offer emotional support, helping my clients process any fears or concerns they may have as they prepare for their baby's arrival. I understand that pregnancy can be a deeply emotional and intense experience, and I am always there to provide a listening ear, a reassuring word, or a shoulder to lean on when my clients need it most. With a deep understanding of the physical and emotional aspects of labor and birth, I am dedicated to helping my clients feel supported and cared for every step of the way. During labor, I use my training and experience to offer a range of comfort measures, including massage, breathing techniques, affirmations, and positioning support. I also believe that laughter is the best medicine, and I'm always happy to crack a joke or offer a lighthearted distraction when needed and appropriate.
I work with my clients to create a postpartum plan to make their transition into parenthood a little easier. This might include things like arranging for help with meals and household chores, finding a support group for new parents, or setting boundaries with visitors in those early weeks.
And of course, I'm always there to offer emotional support and a listening ear as my clients navigate the ups and downs of new parenthood. Whether it's through regular check-ins, referrals to trusted resources, or just a friendly text message, I'm committed to helping my clients feel seen, heard, and supported throughout their postpartum journey.
I believe Birth is an initiation into parenthood. It sets the tone for your recovery, confidence as a parent, and your relationship with your baby. I am honored to be invited to participate in such a momentous time in my clients’ lives. I believe that birth is a celebration of life and I am grateful to be invited to so many Birth “days”.
Myla + Jon Kabat-Zinn