Ashlee offers holistic doula support in Santa Fe, NM. Having a doula has many benefits including reduced rates of inductions, cesarean rates. Mothers are more satisfied with their birth, their partners support and Breastfeeding is more successful.
"Birth is not only about making babies. It is about making mothers; strong, competent, capable mothers who trust themselves and believe in their inner strength" Barbara Katz Rothman
I am honored to be invited into such a special time in your lives. My goal is to help you feel empowered in your pregnancy, birth and journey into parenthood. Knowing that mothers remember their births for the rest of their lives I hope to help you and your partner have a positive experience for you to look back on and one that will start your journey with this new baby in a positive and supported way.
Some of the benefits of having a doula include
- 31% decrease in the use of Pitocin
- 28% decrease in the risk of C-section
- 12% increase in the likelihood of a spontaneous vaginal birth
- 9% decrease in the use of any medications for pain relief
- 14% decrease in the risk of newborns being admitted to a special care nursery
- 34% decrease in the risk of being dissatisfied with the birth experience
Dekker, Rebecca L. "The Evidence for Doulas - Evidence Based Birth." Evidence Based Birth. N.p., 2013. Web. 06 Nov. 2013.
Birth Doula Package Includes:
Go over services, your wishes how I can help and get to know each other.
On call Support
24 hour on-call support for labor from 37-42 weeks. Phone and email support throughout pregnancy and the first month postpartum.
I provide two prenatal visits in your home before your 38th week. Prenatal visits may include: educational handouts, reviewing the process of labor and birth, discussing techniques for optimal fetal positioning, and preparing for the birth you want. We will go over comfort measures, ways to bring partners closer together and skills to help you prepare.
If an induction date is growing close we can meet again briefly to discuss natural induction methods.* I can show you acupressure techniques you can do at home and give you referrals for acupuncture etc. if needed.
Labor and Birth Support
· On-call support at any time if you think you may be in labor
· Guidance determining if you are having true signs of labor
· Phone support for the early parts of labor
· Availability to meet you in your home when you need hands on support
· Help you know when it’s time to go to the hospital
· Recommendations for positions for optimal fetal positioning
· Recommendations for activities to help labor progress
· Assistance in keeping the laboring space conducive to relaxation
· Help with breathing and relaxation techniques
· Aromatherapy, massage and acupressure specific to labor support
Immediate postpartum support is provided after the birth for the initial recovery and to help with babies first latch.
First prenatal visit within 24 - 48 hours of the birth to check in on mom, baby and breastfeeding. The initial postpartum visit helps facilitate optimal recovery and breastfeeding and information about normal newborn behavior, feeding cues, safe sleep etc.
A second postpartum visit at your home within the first couple weeks of birth. I will be there to answer any questions that have come up, to check on mom, partner and baby and to assist with breastfeeding, moms healing, guidance on ways to make nighttime feeding and sleeping and infant basics. Postpartum appointments can also include making nursing stations, holding baby so mom can shower, nap etc. Going over swaddling, or infant soothing techniques or helping around the house with dishes, laundry or tidying.
Phone and email support during regular hours during the first couple weeks postpartum.
10% off for all Prenatal and Postpartum Massages for doula clients
Resources and referrals as needed
Additional prenatal or postpartum visits can be added on as needed for $50 per appointment
Please be advised that my schedule books up fast and I can only accomadate 2-3 doula clients a month. I prefer to start working with doula clients by 30-32 weeks if possible.
Ashlee is currently working with The Birthing Tree. Her birth doula services include a guaranteed back up doula who will be an advanced certified doula with The Birthing Tree as well and will go on call with Ashlee incase of emergency or in the unlikely event she is called to two births simultaneously. To learn more about The Birthing Tree and to see current fees please visit: http://www.thebirthingtree.com/?page_id=152
*If a an hour or more is required this appointment will take the place of one of the postpartum appointments or can be added on as an additional appointment.