What is a doula? A birth doula provides emotional, physical, and informational support during pregnancy, labor, and delivery. A doula is a non-clinical role and is not the same as a midwife or nurse. Doulas do not diagnose or treat medical issues.
Instead, I support you and your entire team throughout all types of births or in all birth settings. With over seven years of educating and supporting women and their families during pregnancy and birth, I bring extensive knowledge, experience, and compassion to all births.
If you're curious about birth doula services, let's meet for a cup of tea and a complimentary interview to explore how a doula might benefit you and your labor.
Birth support begins at $550 which includes:
one or two prenatal meetings to become more familiar with one another, explore your birth wishes, and practice comfort techniques together
an on-call period from 38 weeks until you give birth
compassionate practical, emotional, and physical support for you and your birth team throughout labor and birth
complete availability throughout your labor and birth and the first few hours postpartum without restrictions on time together or added costs if you have a long labor
a postpartum visit together to ensure wellness and arrange additional resources as needed
My passion is helping families have empowering, confident birth experiences - let's prepare for yours!
Because I truly believe in the benefit of quality childbirth preparation and support during pregnancy, birth and immediately postpartum, I do not turn away any woman for inability to pay. If you feel that you have a financial hardship and are interested in services, contact me and we can make arrangements based on your situation, including reduced, sliding scale fees, payment plans, the possibility of bartering for services, or referral to another appropriate professional. Although payment is made directly to Wisdom Within, I can provide you with a receipt and information on how to seek reimbursement from your insurance or flexible spending account as applicable. Additional charges may apply for any meetings scheduled outside of Tucson city limits.
This is a private, personalized class completely tailored to your situation. This is a good option if you're planning a non-medicated birth, but your hospital childbirth classes didn't cover this topic in depth - or maybe you just want a little more practice. It is also perfect for women who have given birth before but would like a "refresher course"- including mamas planning a vaginal birth after a cesarean.
This is currently only offered as a private class. We meet at a mutually convenient time for as many sessions as we decide are beneficial based on your needs (typically 1 or 2 meetings for most families). Any support people who will be at your birth are strongly encouraged to attend too!
Traditionally, a doula is a trained lay person who supports women during birth and afterward. I put a twist on that tradition by also offering pregnancy-only doula services. This personalized prenatal support is perfect for people who don't want or need an additional person at their birth but would like some support to help achieve their pregnancy and birth goals.
Do you need help writing your birth or postpartum plan? Are you feeling unsure about your option to schedule an induction or cesarean birth, for example? Let's work together to explore options and figure out what is best for you!
This service includes an in-person meeting and all the phone calls, emails, or texts during your pregnancy, labor, and/or postpartum that you need.
This service is included if you sign up for any other Wisdom Within service. Pricing for these consultations starts at $50 for a 2-hour meeting together and the charge is for in-person meetings only. Any additional communication is included. Contact me to arrange these services.
Being prepared is powerful. Learn what to expect when planning for a first-time cesarean birth (also known as a c-section) due to medical circumstances.
Getting ready beforehand
The sights, sounds, feelings, and happenings of surgery
How to create a more gentle, family-centered cesarean birth, including applicable relaxation techniques for mom
Recovery in the hospital
Postpartum: what to expect and how to prepare
This class consists of one 2-hour meeting and is private and individualized. Pricing begins at $50. This material can also easily be coupled with the Breastfeeding Basics information, which is highly recommended. Please visit VBACfacts.com for further reading.
Included at no additional charge with any service:
By combining doula services and childbirth preparation services, we can arrange a package of services that's perfect for your unique situation. Discounts apply when you combine services. Contact me to find out more.
Everyone can benefit from participating in this comprehensive series, but especially first-time parents or those who have never attended a similar class during previous pregnancies. The goal is for pregnant people to leave this series more informed and more confident in their body and in the birth process. Support people will have a better understanding of how to provide stellar labor, birth, and postpartum support.
Learning about the birth process
Natural comfort and coping measures: the what, the why, and the how
Common medical interventions (including medical pain relief): what are they, what can you expect, and what does evidence say?
Exploring your options and planning for your optimal birth experience
Communication with your healthcare providers and birth support team
Postpartum care for mom and baby
Upcoming Group Sessions
5-week series - Wednesdays, November 14th - December 19th
(skips November 21st for the Thanksgiving holiday)
6:00 - 8:00pm
If you don't see your ideal dates listed, please email me and see what we can work out.
The group series takes place central Tucson. The fee is $90 total per pregnant person; there is no extra charge for support people and support people who will be present at your birth are highly encouraged to attend.
This option is great for people with busy schedules or unique situations. These classes take place in the comfort of your own home with flexible scheduling to be convenient for you, and topics that are tailored to meet your own personal needs. Need just a refresher on birth or comfort measures? See below. Contact me to customize and schedule your own individualized classes. Private sessions begin at $150 total per family (not per session). Additional charges may apply for meetings outside of Tucson city limits.