I am passionate about supporting others along their birthing journeys, as well as to greater self-care and well-being through the early postpartum period and beyond. I offer a grounding, non-judgmental, birth-positive presence to help my clients feel safe, respected, informed, and empowered. I believe and trust in the birthing process and my clients’ intuition and discernment about what is right for them.
I also love offering knowledge and practices to those who are seeking to bring more balance to body, mind, and/or spirit, especially:
“If a Doula were a drug, it would be unethical NOT to use it.”
BIRTH DOULA PACKAGE $1,600*
My Birth Doula package includes:
Please schedule a free Meet & Greet to explore how well your needs and my offerings align, as well as how great a fit we are energetically.
*Please see here for more fee details (service area, deposit deadline, etc.)
“Asking your husband [wife, etc.] to be your sole guide through labor is like asking him to lead the way on a climb of Mt. Everest. He may be smart and trustworthy, you may love him, but in the Himalayas you’d both be a lot better off with a Sherpa!” ~Pam England, CNM
BIRTH + POSTPARTUM DOULA PACKAGE
Birth Doula Package + 20 extra Postpartum Doula Hours $2,400*
Note: The fee for this package reflects a 20% discount off of my regular hourly Postpartum Doula rate.)
Recovery from birth and adjusting to the responsibilities of a newborn's needs can often be incredibly demanding, challenging, and overwhelming -- especially when one's community of friends and family are unable to provide the kind and/or amount of care needed. Many people benefit greatly from hiring postpartum doulas to support them while navigating this transition. For those who would like to secure some extra Doula support for their Fourth Trimester (first 3 months after the birth) while booking my Birth Doula services, I offer a discounted Birth + Postpartum Doula combo package. Postpartum services are provided during the daytime** in five 4-hour visits (totaling 20 hours), and may include:
Additional Postpartum Doula hours may be booked separately from my Birth Doula package as follows:
*Please see here for more details (service area, deposit deadline, etc.)
**Day vs. Night Postpartum Doula Support
I offer daytime Postpartum Doula support. If you are looking for a Postpartum Doula to be with you throughout the night to maximize your nighttime sleep, I can refer you to Night Postpartum Doulas ("NPpD"). NPpDs typically:
Discounts for my Birth Clients on my Other Services
Additional support is available at a discounted rate to my Birth Doula clients who are seeking to benefit from my other services during their birthing journey. These services are not in the role of "Doula," but are adjunct services using my other skills and training, which I offer to my Doula clients at a discounted rate to provide further support. Please also note the following:
-->Where: These visits take place at the clients' home (unless otherwise mutually agreed).
-->When: Generally, these offers are available sometime between booking my Birth Doula services and the end of the first year postpartum. See each offer for the respective availability period.
~ Soizig's Other Services ~
These hourly services can be provided on their own and/or in combination with the Doula services, described above.
~ AUDIO DISCOUNT ~
Save 20% off of Rachel Yellin's "Pregnancy, Birth & Beyond" Audio Relaxation Program using code "delighted" at check-out.
~ CHILDBIRTH DISCOUNT ~
Save $25 off of Rachel Yellin's Childbirth classes using code "25BUCKSOFF" at check-out.
~ BENEFITS of a DOULA ~
“Continuous support from an experienced labor companion can be extremely beneficial... In studies of over 16,000 women comparing outcomes with & without such support, we have seen a major reduction in the length of labor, a greater than 50 percent drop in cesarean sections, a remarkable drop in the mothers' need for pain medication, & several other important & measurable benefits."
~Marshall H. Klaus, MD, John H. Kennell, MD, & Phyllis H Klaus, MFT, LMSW, The Doula Book
“Women who received continuous labour support were more likely to give birth 'spontaneously’, i.e. give birth with neither caesarean nor vacuum nor forceps. In addition, women were less likely to use pain medications, were more likely to be satisfied, and had slightly shorter labours. Their babies were less likely to have low five-minute Apgar scores. No adverse effects were identified. We conclude that all women should have continuous support during labour. Continuous support from a person who is present solely to provide support, is not a member of the woman’s social network, is experienced in providing labour support, and has at least a modest amount of training, appears to be most beneficial.”
~Hodnett ED, Gates S, Hofmeyr GJ, Sakala C (Continuous Support for Women During Childbirth (Review), on results of 22 trials involving 15,288 women)
For a conceptual model designed by Rebecca L. Decker, PhD, RN based on research results on the benefits of labor support, see here.
~ Testimonial Excerpts ~
Excerpts of what clients are saying about Soizig's Doula services. See here to read these testimonials in their entirety and/or to read others.
"From the start, Soizig was a grounding force... Choose Soizig if you need to learn, stay grounded, and be physically supported before, during, and after delivery. Our baby is happy and healthy, come into the world in the usual way thanks to her caring presence."
~Dom, San Francisco
"I can't say enough about how wonderful it was to have Soizig's Doula support during my labor... Thank you, Soizig!... I recommend Soizig wholeheartedly for her doula service as well as her other bodywork services."
"Having Soizig present leading up to and during the birth of my daughter Savannah was wonderful.....Thanks again for all of your help and support!"
~Alex Diehl, San Francisco
"it was fantastic to have Soizig... I really felt like she was dedicated to making the birth experience as amazing as possible for us. I absolutely recommend her as a doula!"
"I would highly recommend Soizig as a Doula! She was a great support not only to me but also to my husband. It was really a team work!"
For more testimonials, see here.