Birth Doula Support
for seacoast families and beyond
You are unique. Let’s chat and figure out what your best birth looks like.
Birth doula support isn’t one-size-fits-all. You might want prenatal support, a doula present at your birth, and postpartum support. Or you might want comprehensive prenatal support, access to me via text/phone/video during your birth, and postpartum support. Or perhaps you just want a few 1:1 sessions to do some planning and build your confidence. A free consultation can help us figure out how to best support you on your journey.
Looking back, I am surprised that I actually think Taylor was most helpful in the week leading up to my birth. I was almost two weeks overdue and had prodromal labor for four nights before actually going into labor. Taylor was a fantastic calming and grounding presence and sounding board for deciding if I wanted any medical intervention as I approached 42 weeks.
She led our conversations in a way that allowed us as a couple to get to know each other better with regards to the experience that was waiting for us. She became a member of our team. Naturally, we understood which role each of us would take on, and I felt free and entitled to put forward my preferences, my needs, my requests (something that on normal circumstances I generally struggle with). Nothing was judged or twisted nor held as an unbreakable commitment.
Her support and encouragement during the prenatal period was exactly what I needed to relieve my fear and anxiety. By the time my daughter was ready to be born, birth did not seem like such a scary, unknown thing.
Why Hire a Birth Doula?
Pre-Birth Planning to Relieve Stress & Fear
Whether you need help understanding your options, assistance fleshing out your birth vision, a sympathetic ear to listen to your concerns and challenges, or ideas about different labor coping techniques, I will be there. We’ll feel comfortable with each other by the time you give birth and we’ll be a team working towards a common goal.
Relaxation & Focus
I will help you plan and create the intimate environment in which birth can progress best. I use music, lighting, the psychology of alliance (building a strong team with healthcare providers), nourishment, and anything else you hope to add to your birthing space to feel safe and strong. If you’re birthing in a hospital, I have experience taking a sterile hospital room and turning it into a comfortable birthing suite.
A More Comfortable & Easy Birth
My knowledge and years of experience help me see the bigger picture. I can offer ideas for positions and techniques that can allow your labor to progress unhindered. I am an expert in physical and emotional support for laboring people and their partners.
Confidence to be Flexible in the Moment
I often say that birth is a mystery because when allowed to unfold, it will take its own course. This doesn’t mean that you can’t still be in control of the decision-making process. As your doula, I will make sure that you receive as much information as you want in order to make the best choice for you. No matter what happens during your birth, you will have my continuous support.
A Confident & Helpful Partner
In my experience, partners have the amazing ability to perform well under pressure. For many partners, this is the first time being a part of the birthing process and everything is new. Partners I’ve supported are often incredibly relieved that I can provide suggestions and reassurance throughout the labor and delivery. As part of your team, I will support your partner to play whatever role you are both hoping for.
Postpartum Care to Get You Off to the Best Start
Being a new parent is joyful, but it can also be overwhelming. During the postpartum time, I’ll be checking in with you to debrief your birth experience, talk through your changing emotions, offer answers to questions about parenting a newborn and caring for yourself, and share community referrals. I can also help you establish a satisfying feeding relationship with your baby.
Traditional Birth Doula Support
Local & IN-person
By Your Side
What We'll Do
From the time you commit to working with me, you’ll have email/text/phone access to me as needed. I can answer questions as they arise and help you navigate pregnancy and prenatal care. We’ll have 2 in-depth prenatal meetings, each lasting 1.5 hours, around 32-34 weeks and 34-37 weeks. We’ll be in close contact during your final weeks of pregnancy. I’ll be on call to support you during your labor from 38 weeks until you deliver. I can suggest position changes, help you navigate difficult decisions, facilitate conversations with your hospital birth team, give your partner ideas, offer physical comfort, and offer emotional support. And I’ll be cheering you on the whole time! I’ll visit you in your home within the first couple of weeks and you’ll have 6 weeks of email/text/phone access to me as needed postpartum. You’ll have access to my exclusive client portal and receive a copy of my workbook, The Longest Month of Pregnancy: Your 30-Day Survival Guide.
Is this Right for You?
If you want to rest assured that a professional will show up at your birth with knowledge, experience, and toolbox of techniques, this is right for you.
If your partner is especially nervous about the birth process and/or anticipates feeling uncertain during birth, this is right for you.
If you have strong preferences about your birth experience and want help advocating for them, this is right for you.
If you’re giving birth after a traumatic previous birth experience or after previous sexual trauma, this is right for you.
If you don’t have a partner or any other birth support, this is right for you.
If you want to be sure that you’ve done absolutely everything you can to have a supported, informed, and empowered birth experience, this is right for you.
Virtual Birth Doula Support
Doula Support for Modern Times
What We'll Do
From the time you commit to working with me, you’ll have email/text/phone access to me as needed. I can answer questions as they arise and help you navigate pregnancy and prenatal care. We’ll have 2 in-depth prenatal meetings, each lasting 1.5 hours, around 32-34 weeks and 34-37 weeks. We’ll be in close contact during your final weeks of pregnancy. I’ll be on call to virtually support you during your labor from 38 weeks until you deliver. This can be texting, calling, and video chat as needed or continuous video support throughout your birth and your first couple of hours postpartum. I can suggest position changes, help you navigate difficult decisions, facilitate conversations with your hospital birth team, give your partner ideas, and offer emotional support. And I’ll be cheering you on the whole time! We’ll plan for all scenarios, and you decide what works best for you! We’ll have another postpartum meeting within your first week or two home and you’ll have 6 weeks of email/text/phone access to me as needed postpartum. You’ll have access to my exclusive client portal and receive a copy of my workbook, The Longest Month of Pregnancy: Your 30-Day Survival Guide.
Is this Right for You?
If you really want to work with me, but don’t live near me, this is right for you.
If you are birthing during the time of COVID and aren’t sure if doulas will be allowed at your place of birth, this is right for you. You need support now, more than ever.
If you want professional and knowledgeable support as you navigate pregnancy, birth, and postpartum, but don’t necessarily want or need a doula in your physical birthing space, this is right for you.
An investment of $700. If you decide to work with me during COVID and hospitals are allowing doula support by the time your due date nears, you’ll have the option of adding in-person birth support by paying the remainder of my traditional birth doula fee (as long as I can commit to being physically available to you at that time – we’ll get clear on that before committing to working together).
1:1 Birth and Postpartum Prep Sessions
Customizable Education and Support
60 minutes 1:1 session via video to discuss your most pressing needs. This can include birth planning, comfort measures, partner support, postpartum planning, VBAC preparation, gentle cesarean preparation, or anything else that you need.
4 60-minutes 1:1 sessions via video to discuss your most pressing needs. This can include birth planning, comfort measures, partner support, postpartum planning, VBAC preparation, gentle cesarean preparation, or anything else that you need.
An individual session is an investment of $97.
A 4-session package is an investment of $349.
"We interviewed a number of doulas before meeting Taylor and none were the right fit for us for a number of reasons. Within the first moments of meeting Taylor over video chat we knew that we wanted her at our birth. She exuded warmth and it was clear she was confident and knowledgeable about all things birth."
Ally, mama to Finley
"Every little bump in the road, she was always there to scoop me back up and let me know that this was my birth and I was in control. She gave me self esteem when I didn’t have any and caring advice when I wasn’t sure about any part of the pregnancy."
Amanda, mama to Ella
"I wanted to be confident and present to my wife. Since your wife wants you with her non-stop, you really do need a doula to bring things and facilitate transitions in positions. Taylor was actively engaged all night for the birth. She helped my wife directly, and she helped me so I could help my wife. Taylor was attentive and gentle, proactively engaged but never imposing with her presence. Any married man knows that his good advice only goes so far. Taylor was able to communicate with my wife in ways I couldn’t, including things I wanted to say."
Mike, father to Sophia
I’m honored that you’re considering having me on your team. I cannot wait to meet you.