resources and support during pregnancy, childbirth, and postpartum healing

My heart-centered goal is to walk with birthing people, serving them and supporting them. We birth how we live. We live by our values and we birth by our values. I respect the intimacy of pregnancy and birth and can best support you with integrity when we share common values.

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What is a birth attendant?

Historically, birthing people did not need to take classes about childbirth nor pay a relative stranger to attend their birth in an effort to receive safe, supportive care. Our society has changed. Culturally, we have forgotten how to birth and how to support birthing people. However, our bodies have not forgotten. As a birth attendant, through education and support, I encourage people to develop deeper relationships with their bodies and their innate wisdom. I view much of my work as a modern birth attendant as work of harm-reduction, not work of lasting solutions. I hope to see the day this work has become obsolete, and in its place are wise people sharing their experience, only when and where it’s needed. I’m humbly walking towards becoming one of those wise people.

I advocate for an intersectional feminist approach to the health of all birthing people.

Why, culturally, are many of us taught to fear (or at least be nervous about) childbirth?

  • Many of us have never seen a birth.
  • Our sex education is limited.
  • Birth on TV looks scary.
  • Our traditional childbirth education classes are limited in scope.
  • Most OB appointments only last ten minutes, often limiting our ability to ask questions.
  • Our healthcare system is challenging to navigate, and typically favors certain types of bodies (i.e. thin, white, males).

...and pregnancy and birth are challenging, even without all that extra stuff.

For these reasons and many others, birth care can be deeply supportive. As your birth attendant, I walk with you, support you, and believe in you, during your childbearing year.

I provide:

  • Personalized, in-home, childbirth education - help you plan and prepare for the birth that you want, answer lots of your birth questions or help you find the answers
  • One or two prenatal visits (approximately 4 hours in total), and 1-2 postpartum visits, depending on your needs (within the first 3 weeks postpartum)
  • Intelligent bodywork to help soothe your pregnant body
  • 24/7 call/text support - for both the birthing person and a support person, if applicable
  • On-call status from 38 - 42 weeks gestation (and I’ll do my very best to be there if your child’s birth is outside of this time frame!)
  • Continuous labor support - at home and/or in your birthing location, including informational support, advocacy, snacks, hip squeezes, creative comfort measures, and rad playlists….
  • Emotional support during pregnancy, labor, and initial postpartum - reassurance, encouragement, and praise
  • Advocacy - supporting the birthing person in their right to make choices about their own body and their own baby

Packages from: $1400

I believe:

  • 1 Birthing people benefit from clear and inclusive education
  • 2 Birthing people benefit from personalized and loving support
  • 3 When birthing people are educated and supported, our entire community benefits

The research:

Continuous labor support improves birth and postpartum outcomes by:

  • Lowering the risk cesarean birth rate by up to 39%
  • Lowering the risk of dissatisfaction with the childbirth experience
  • Decreasing the risk of low Apgar scores for newborns

To read more about the effects of doula / continuous labor support, please refer to a recent meta-analysis study published by the Cochrane Institute for Medical Research in 2017. The study analyzes and draws conclusions from the results of 26 randomized, controlled trials about the efficacy of continuous labor support.

> Continuous Support for Women During Childbirth (Study and Abstract)

> Using a Doula For Pain Relief (Summary of Study)

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"Adelaide is professional, confident, and compassionate and she helped me feel at ease… [She] integrated well with the medical staff. She knew when to ask questions and enter the conversation, and when to let the staff do what they needed to do. I felt that she was a strong advocate for my family and me. My husband found her equally helpful throughout the process and she was able to coach and support him as well. This translated to a positive birth experience for both of us... Supporting women through the childbirth experience comes very naturally for her, and I feel like it is what she is meant to do."

(Mara)

"She is strong, comforting, and steadfast, all the things I know I needed throughout my pregnancy journey."

(Caroline)

"Adelaide attended the birth of my son, providing words of encouragement in her unique and calming way and displayed interest and intellectual curiosity in not only my experience as a laboring mom, but also in our new baby and the birth process itself."

(Kim)

"Hiring Adelaide as my doula gave me the opportunity to have a friend on my team that was asking about me and my health, while so many others were curious about my beautiful baby boy. I wanted to hire Adelaide to help both myself and my partner, as he too needed support. She was really there to help me with things that my partner just couldn’t. Adelaide’s support gave me peace of mind and helped me to feel even more confident in myself and my birthing body."

(Karissa)

"Adelaide was hired as our doula but quickly became a friend. When you face challenges you never expected, you want someone close who can give you added confidence. I will always appreciate having Adelaide when we needed her."

(Nate, non-birthing parent)

"We met Adelaide because I participated in her wonderful prenatal yoga class. For many reasons, my partner and I were on the fence about whether a doula was the right fit for us during our first pregnancy, though I felt comfortable with Adelaide. We asked her to meet with us to learn more about her services. Adelaide sat with us and talked us through what her role could look like-- she was genuine, enthusiastic, and knowledgeable. Most of all, she listened, reflected our thoughts and preferences, and did not pressure us in one direction or the other. After this sit-down, we felt confident that having Adelaide by our side would be a good thing. ...

In the days leading up to the delivery, I was so thankful to have someone to talk through what I was experiencing and help me understand what was happening. On our daughter's birthday, Adelaide helped to create a calming and beautiful environment. She worked well with our midwife. She was encouraging, yet also maintained space, and was supportive of the intimate atmosphere my husband and I were hoping for. Following the birth, she brought a nurturing sense of humor which we appreciated! My husband benefited from Adelaide’s guidance postpartum as she helped him adjust and learn how he could best support me. She also made sure that I took care of myself by feeding me delicious fresh-baked sourdough bread and butter! We were thankful to have Adelaide as a guide during this journey and couldn’t imagine it any other way."

(Cammy & Eli)

NOTE:

Birth support and education are a right and not a privilege. small magic birth is dedicated to helping all people achieve better birth outcomes.
If birth support is cost-prohibitive, please reach out and we will work together to find a solution.
If you have a queer or GNC family, I welcome you.
If you are a POC unsure about hiring a white doula or birth attendant, that makes sense and I’m happy to talk this through with you.

If you decide that your needs would be better served by another doula, POC or otherwise, I can happily refer you to some amazing people in our community.