It can be a little confusing how to get started and how our relationship will work.
Like any service person you hire, we can meet for a consultation. Here we would get a feel for each other, decide if we think we can work well together. We can do this in person or over the phone.
After the contract is returned to me, we schedule a prenatal appointment as early as 32 weeks. If you are past this point in your pregnancy, we would meet as soon as possible.
This prenatal meeting is one to plan and get to know each other. We discuss your birth preferences in detail. I can go over positions, comfort measures, and we can map out the desired roles of support people. I can help you with any research you may be interested in. I can make suggestions about your baby gear and set up. We will also discuss your postpartum plans. We can schedule additional meetings as needed.
We touch base periodically, after any appointments or as questions arise.
When the big day comes, I hope to be in constant contact. I will help via phone or text until you would like me to join you, at your home or the birthing location. I will help you with various comfort measures and other support throughout your labor and birth.
After the birth of your baby, I will stay until you are comfortable and have established nursing, if that is the feeding method you have chosen. As the nursing and medical staff (hospital births) are buzzing around finishing, I will still be holding your space and making sure your precious time is not interrupted.
Once you are home, we will have one more meeting. It is here that we can process your birth and go over any questions I may be able to answer about your baby. We can continue our relationship with postpartum care or we can part ways until your next pregnancy!