As your doula, I will be available to you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for support and ready at a moment’s notice when your “birth” day arrives. You can contact me as often as you like to answer your questions. Prior to the birth, I will come to your home for your prenatal visits. At the first visit, we discuss in detail your birth wishes and answer any questions. At the second visit, we review comfort measures and go over “birth” day activities. Additionally, I will provide you education and relaxation techniques to help prepare you for your birth.
When that day comes, I will meet you at your home and labor with you until it’s the right time to go to your birth location like the hospital or birth center. I am there to provide educational, emotional and physical support. I will also help in providing pertinent information that will allow you to make informed decisions so you can best advocate for yourself and your baby. I will stay with you continuously throughout your birth experience. After your baby arrives, I will stay until breastfeeding is established and you and your baby are settled.
Currently, I am building my portfolio of beautiful birth and newborn photography. As an added bonus, I am including pictures from your labor, birth and first hours after birth snuggling with your baby. This is an intimate and precious moment that I will memorialize for you as a gift. I will give you all the photos electronically and edit a handful for your photo memories.
I also provide at least two postpartum visits. The first visit is within the first week of your delivery. Its purpose is to provide you an opportunity to process your birth experience.
Birth can be a very surreal process and you will likely have questions that need to be answered after your birth. I will answer those questions as well as any you may have in regard to newborn care or breastfeeding. This visit lasts at least one hour and is done in the comfort of your home.
The 2nd visit is scheduled within four weeks of your delivery and is approximately 2 hour postpartum follow up visit. Many new moms struggle secretly with postpartum related issues involving breastfeeding, lack of sleep and emotions. Your doula is trained to recognize the signs and symptoms associated with “normal” postpartum recovery and will help you to navigate this new experience and the emotions associated with it. During this session it is also likely that your baby will come to the breast at least once and I will be there to assist you in either confirming that things are going smoothly or to troubleshoot any issues that may have been revealed.
(sibling discounts given)
(clients receive discount)
First Light Doula Services carries LIABILITY INSURANCE. This time in your life has tremendous value and I take that very seriously. Take comfort in that we are credible, professional, and prepared for every circumstance.
From a few clients ......
"Gina is a gift sent from God . As I had to reach out to other doulas I got a message from Gina and she said all the right words to heal my previous birthing experience and I haven't even heard her voice yet. Our first meeting was over the phone and we had an hour long talk and I knew I needed her. She taught me so much up to my labor and gave me the perfect birthing experience. She never left my side once and encouraged me with her empowering words through every single contraction and made my labor process so peaceful. I am truly healed and feel like a powerful woman because of Gina and I can not thank her enough for being by my side. I could never of accomplished the greatest moment of my life without her! Forever thank you! XOXOXO" - Brittney
" As I approach my son's 3rd birthday I reflect back to the moment I realized I was pregnant with him and how you were there from the very beginning. I knew from the start I wanted a natural birth and I knew once we spoke you were going to get me there. You were very calming person in a time of chaos and uncertainty.
You were with us the entire time and helped me with feeling confident to change my doctors when I wasn't happy or feeling like they didn't have my best interest at heart. Helping me with knowing what was practice labor and what was the real thing. You were always there to answer my calls and help me through this process.
But when the big moment came you were my everything, you knew what to do to comfort me and let me be me. The pictures you took were amazing and my fondness memories came from those photos and are some of my proudest moments captured thanks to you! You will always be in my heart and part of my family. " - Cynthia
"I absolutely recommend Gina to anyone thats looking for a doula. In my 6 hours of labor she was my anesthesia. She kept me comfortable and encouraged me at my weakest moment. She was gentle and kept a peaceful environment for me to relax in. My husband was also glad to have all the pressure taken off of him and was able to enjoy the experience with me stress free. - Miriam