A doula provides nonmedical, continuous support during pregnancy, labor, and postpartum.
Doulas support expectants in hospitals, birthing centers, and at home with evidence-based education, comfort measures during labor, and continuity of care during postpartum.
Doulas typically offer these services in a 1on1 capacity, providing care to several expectants simultaneously.
The cost of this option can be prohibitive for some.
By signing up for Community Birth Support, expectants will receive the same standard of care in a group setting, where they’ll have the added advantage of building community with other birthing persons as they receive the education, emotional and phsyical support they need to have an informed and empowered pregnancy, labor, and postpartum.
The Community Birth Support group meets twice a month until all of the expectants give birth, allowing each participant the opportunity to receive the full attention of the doula in a supportive and brave space.
Enrollment in Community Birth Support is by interview (let’s make sure we’re a good fit for each other) for expectants in their third trimester, and supports up to six expectants at a time, whose birthdates are within two months of each other.
The investment to join the Community Birth Support group is $850 and includes
- two group prenatal visits a month until everyone gives birth
- on-call labor support for weeks 36-41
- two, four-hour postpartum visits
- additional support via email and text
- six months’ membership to the Oahu Mothercircle
Payment options are available. It is highly recommended that expectants enroll in a childbirth education class for additional guidance and support. Sessions meet in Kailua on Sunday afternoons for due dates in 2019. To schedule a consultation, call Melissa at 670-8983.