INTRODUCTION to My BIRTH DOULA Services
If you have taken a peak elsewhere on my website, you may have seen that I have long been passionate about holistic, integrative, physiologic approaches to health and well-being, and this passion likewise informs my support throughout the birthing journey -- during pregnancy, birthing (aka labor), and postpartum. As has been very clear over my years of being a birthworker, holistic, integrative, physiologic approaches can be invaluable for enhancing comfort, confidence, connection to self & dear ones, ease, and other aspects of well-being for the different stages of the birthing journey.
My birth services are informed both by my background in general well-being practices (bodywork/massage, yoga, stress management, and more) as well as in well-being practices specific to the unique circumstances of the perinatal/birthing time (such as Spinning Babies®, prenatal yoga, traditional postpartum recovery care (aka "mother roasting" / "postpartum sealing"), and more). This integrative approach is suited to those interested in:
I offer several Birth Packages (details provided further below), to suit those seeking varying levels of support:
A free Meet & Greet is available to those who are interested in my Birth Doula services to explore how well their needs and my offerings align, as well as how great a fit we are energetically.
~ 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 birth givers)
For a conceptual model by Rebecca L. Decker, PhD, RN based on research results on the benefits of birthing support, see here.
“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 DOULA PACKAGE
~ Basic / Fundamentals ~$2500*
My Birth Doula package includes the following offerings:
My Birth Doula clients may also enjoy Discounts on Additional À La Carte Services booked by the Birth Giver &/or Birth Partner(s) during the pregnancy &/or the 4th Trimester (1st 3 months after the birth):
*Please see here for more details (service area, deposit deadline, etc.)
BIRTH + BIRTH RECOVERY PACKAGE
~ Birth Doula Package + 10 Extra Hours of Birth Recovery Services ~
Note: The fee for this package reflects a 50% discount off of my regular rate per hour.
This package includes my basic Birth Doula services plus 10 additional hours of Physiologic Birth Recovery Care services to support the Birth Giver's recovery following birth. These are offered in 2 hour to 3 hour appointments, and may include any combination of the following during the Fourth Trimester:
BIRTH + PERINATAL WELL-BEING PACKAGE
~ Birth Doula Package + 20 Extra Hours of Well-Being Support ~
Note: The fee for this package reflects a 50% discount off of my regular rate per hour.
This package includes my basic Birth Doula services plus 20 additional hours of well-being support services to support the Birth Giver &/or Partner(s) prenatally &/or after the birth. These are offered in 1.5 hour to 3 hour private appointments, and may include any combination of the following offerings:
* Prenatal balance support is usually included in my Birth Packages.
BIRTH + POSTPARTUM DOULA PACKAGE
~ Birth Doula Package + 20 Hours of Postpartum Doula Services ~
Note: The fee for this package reflects an additional 20% discount off of my already discounted rate for Postpartum Doula services.
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, quality, 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. This package is for my Birth Doula clients who wish to have a little extra daytime help for their household that can be easily rescheduled around my other clients' births. My Postpartum Doula services are provided during the daytime** in five 4-hour appointments (totaling 20 hours), and may include:
**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:
“If a Doula were a drug, it would be unethical NOT to use it.”
~ CA Hospital Ratings ~
See CalHospitalCompare.org and filter by "Mother & Baby" to find hospital ratings for Cesarean births, VBAC, bodyfeeding, episiotomy, & Midwife rates.
~ SPECIAL OFFERS ~
~ VIRTUAL Birth Doula Services ~
For those interested in &/or when circumstances require birth doula services on a virtual or hybrid (mix of in-person & virtual) basis, following is an overview:
~ Testimonial Excerpts ~
Excerpts of what clients are saying about Soizig's Birth Doula services. See here to read these testimonials in their entirety and/or to see testimonials from others.
"I had Soizig as my birth doula for my first pregnancy... I definitely made the right choice. Right off the bat, she was nurturing, supportive and extremely informative. My husband and I learnt so much from her in those pre-natal sessions and that empowered & prepped us well for the birth of our son.... it was fully natural & smooth with no epidural or any other pain relievers. I attribute that to the prep techniques & exercises that Soizig taught us in those pre-natal sessions. Also, her calm, comforting & nurturing presence was the grounding force that we needed... we'd definitely engage Soizig for her birth doula services again!" ~Eileen Ng, Los Angeles (previously San Francisco)
"I cannot sing enough praises! When I first met her, I instantly felt a connection, felt at ease, and knew she was the one I wanted assisting the birth. Soizig's energy is positive with a smile that lights up any room. She is extremely caring, empathic, generous with her time, has a calming, very nurturing, grounding presence, and helped keep me "in the zone" during labor... she seemed to know all the right things to say when I needed to hear them... her support led me to feeling respected, taken care of, in charge, and safe. Soizig went above and beyond.
Thank you for guiding us through this journey, we are really grateful to have experienced your love and support." ~Evelyn, San Francisco
"I am wholeheartedly recommending her services! Her knowledge, passion and professionalism throughout the entire journey were invaluable.., her encouragements, energy and patience were incredible...Thank you Soizig for accompanying us, I learned so much throughout this journey and I'm so grateful to have gone through it with you!" ~Coline G., San Francisco
"Soizig is such a special person who brings a sense of presence that is contagious. I feel so incredibly lucky to have had her support before and during the birth of my baby... I would recommend her services wholeheartedly to anyone looking for a steady and wise guide for the mind, spirit, and body."
~Shannon W., Sunnyvale
"Soizig has been a wonderful resource for us... She did a great job of making sure we were aware of all of our options, as well as her experience with those options while remaining very respectful and sensitive to allowing us to create our own journey. She is solution oriented, thoughtful, empathetic, organized, generous with her time and ideas, and perceptive. She opened our eyes to new ideas, Techniques, and methods. We look forward to partnering with her for our third child!" ~James Kilpatrick
"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.