Birth and Postpartum Doula

 

Nurturing support for one of the biggest moments of your life.

 

You want to navigate your pregnancy, birth, and postpartum time with confidence and joy.

 

Whether you are choosing to give birth in a hospital, birth center, or your home, many families

hope to have a positive, empowered, and informed experience.

 

When your baby arrives, you want that energy to carry over to your postpartum time. You

envision the time after your birth, snuggled up in bed with your sweet baby, nourished and cared for. 

 

And you know the support of a doula is an essential, non-judgmental, and skilled part of your care team.

 

With my support, you will have the tools you need to make informed choices about your care,

as well as feel confident in knowing someone is there just for you and your partner during your journey.

 

I will:

Provide instruction and resources to help your family prepare for this profound experience, body-mind-spirit

Utilize my unique background and continuing education (fetal positioning techniques, female sexual health expertise)

Bring my deep knowledge of the birthing process and the needs of birthing families

Guide you through your postpartum physical and emotional recovery

Offer practical newborn care instruction 

Nourish your family with comforting, healthfully prepared meals 

Support your breastfeeding relationship or offer infant feeding education

Coach you and your partner in navigating your relationship post-baby

Create a multi-dimensional support plan from pregnancy through the first few months postpartum

 

That means:

 

Prenatal Support   

The prenatal process consists of getting to know you, your partner, your birthing preferences, and helping you prepare for birth physically, emotionally, and practically. If am working as your postpartum doula, you can schedule a few prenatal visits for baby planning and setting up your nursery. 

 

Your Birth Day   

When your baby signals their arrival, you will be surrounding by loving, nonjudgmental physical, emotional, and informational support. I am also skilled in the process of informed consent and refusal, and will work to bridge communication with you and your care provider so you can access the information you need to make decisions about your birth process. 

 

Postpartum Care

As your birth doula, I can guide you in initiating the first latch with your newborn, make sure you eat and receive nurturance, and assist in bonding. As your postpartum doula, I will provide in-home day or night time support to help ease you into your role as a parent, make sure you are recovering well from your birth, and assist in a variety of ways to support your household. I can even visit you in-hospital if desired to bring good food, provide a massage, and answer your questions. My approach to the postpartum period is to nourish the postpartum mother/parent, focusing on physical recovery & emotional wellbeing. I take a unique approach to newborn care education: blending evidence based information with evolutionary/biological knowledge about human babies, and help you understand the needs and communication of your newborn. I love to prepare healthy meals for new families as well. I draw from the rich global traditions of postpartum care, preparing vaginal steams, nourishing soups, massage, and more, to help the body recover and soothe the nervous system after birth. Guidance and a listening ear are also so important to new families, and I am happy to sit and talk with new moms and parents about their births, their babies, parenthood, relationships, emotions, and more.

 

My high quality birth doula services include: 

-Breath work

-Fetal positioning exercises

-Fear release work and emotional preparation 

-Partner skill building

-Hands on comfort measures

-Assistance with informed consent/refusal process

-Mindful meditation practices

-Rebozo techniques

-Creating a comforting birth environment

-Connecting couples through the birth process

-Embodied and ecstatic birth coaching 

-Family centered planned cesarean support 

 My high quality postpartum services include:

-Holistic Postpartum Care

             -Vaginal steam baths and herbal baths for mom & babe

         -Healthy snacks, meals, and bone broths

         -Warm oil massage, infant massage

         -Physical recovery support (belly binding, scar work, perineal care)

         -In-home placenta preparation 

-Emotional Support

         -Birth story processing & writing through your experiences

         -Creating rituals or birth reclamation ceremonies 

         -Empathic, informed care for those going through postpartum mood disorders 

-Newborn care instruction (including babywearing)

-New parenting coaching

-Breastfeeding/feeding support and education

-Practical household assistance

 

 

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Doula Services~Poetry~Photography~Writing~Design~Founder of MAMA CIRCLE

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Serving Memphis, TN, as well as clients world wide via Skype and Facetime. 

(901) 336.4168 or zoe.etkin@gmail.com