Birth Coach Packages
What is a Birth Coach?
You may be familiar with the term “doula”, which is a term used to describe an unregulated expert in prenatal education, advocacy, providing comfort measures and support to birthing people without offering medical care, unlike a Registered Midwife or an Obstetrician.
“With 16 years of experience catching babies, I now serve families in the capacity of a Birth Coach (or doula), as we usher in the next generation of amazing humans!”
What Does It Mean To Be "Unregulated"?
- Being “unregulated” means that anyone can call themselves a Birth Coach or doula without fulfilling any specific requirement. Thus you can have a someone who is extensively trained and has attended 100s of births, but you can also come across one who has done none of that. Some doulas have done extra training in nutritional counselling, trauma-informed care, breech delivery, birth complications etc but because there is no requirement for training, the knowledge base of doulas greatly differs.
- Every regulated profession has a governing body whose mandate is to protect the public by creating a framework for training, certification, and maintaining skills. Being unregulated means there is no governing body for doulas, however their care is governed by general laws such as the Ontario Regulated Health Professions Act of 1991 which mandates what professionals, and only professionals with a license, can do.
- This lack of regulation also means there is no disciplinary process for a doula who offers poor care.
Key differences between a Registered Midwife and Doula:
- No care provided by a doula is covered by the Ontario Health Insurance Plan (OHIP), and their services typically range from $1000-$4000 depending on the package.
- A doula can not perform “Controlled Acts” according to the Ontario Regulated Health Professions Act, 1991, meaning they are legally prevented from doing such things as diagnosing medical conditions, offering cervical exams, administering medications or oxygen, catheterizing the bladder, “managing a labour or conducting a delivery of the baby”, suturing lacerations, etc.
So What Can A Doula Do, You Ask?
- Provide evidence-based prenatal education
- Offer support for decision-making in real time with 24/7 phone support
- Remain on-call for in-person, continuous birth support
- Provide postpartum support and assistance with breastfeeding
- Provide nutritional, herbal and lifestyle teachings for the prevention and treatment of disease
- Offer non-allopathic remedies for labour and birth (herbs, homeopathy, essential oils, etc)
- Support clients in decision making on best location for birth and navigating a hospital transfer if necessary
Why do I Choose to Only support freebirthing families?
I want to serve families seeking optimal care, which means using the least interventions to get the best outcomes. The first intervention happens when you walk out your door.
For the majority of women, birth at home is safer than in hospital, especially for families who are taking radical responsibility for their health, for example those seeking to prevent disease and optimize health through an ancestral diet, not just treating disease with modern medicine. It has never made sense to me that low-risk women would seek prenatal care from a surgeon, just as I don’t send my healthy children to a paediatric surgeon for well-baby care. In today’s medical system, where birth is heavily pathologized, most registered midwives follow most of the same policies and procedures as OBs and don’t offer the holistic care they once did.
Although I appreciate the medical system’s ability to serve families that need it (and some truly do), I believe that starting prenatal care in the office of a doctor or medical midwife is setting yourself up for a birth full of intervention, often culminating in a surgical birth. The practice of medicine has become so defensive and the fear of litigation is now the driving force behind all recommendations, preventing providers from offering truly individualized care. The problem is, women have allowed the system to become this way, as they willfully hand over their autonomy for the promise of a healthy baby, which is an impossible promise to make.
Caesarean rates vary from city to city, but it’s apparent that surgical birth is overused. Your best bet at walking away from your birth without trauma will include you being responsible for your own prenatal care journey, treating food as medicine, understanding the risks of common birth inventions, knowing when to access healthcare, and owning your outcomes and the risk that comes with challenging cultural norms.
If this is you, I’m here for you.
My goal is to journey alongside families who are ready and willing to leave behind the lie that has been told to women for the past 200 years: you are only safe if you deliver your baby in the hospital with a doctor.
Ready to take radical responsibility for your birth?
- Initial homevisit (preferably first trimester, 2 hours) to discuss your goals for birth, nutrition and body work for the remainder of your pregnancy, so that you are in the best place for a physiologic birth at home.
- 32 week homevisit (2 hours) to discuss components of a birth plan, assess baby’s position, review body work in preparation for labour.
- 36 week homevisit (2 hours) to finalize a functional birth plan, discuss postpartum supports.
- On-call starting at 36 weeks for in-person, continuous labour and birth support at home until 2-3 hours postpartum.
- 2 postpartum visits (2 hours each), any time within first 8 weeks.
- Virtual 24-hour phone support, from initial visit to 8 weeks postpartum.
- Resource binder with over 90 resources from THRIVE and other trusted maternity care organizations.
- Multiple THRIVE-made lists of local resources from SW Ontario to support struggling families, especially those with birth trauma or PTSD.
- Lifetime access to my eCourse “Prenatal Education for a Fulfilling Birth”.
- Everything included in the “Base Package” but with the ideal schedule of 6-8 prenatal and 4 postpartum visits to optimize support. (Typical prenatal schedule: 1st visit in first trimester, 20-24 weeks, 28 weeks, 32 weeks, 36 weeks, 40 weeks, 41-42 as necessary)
- Access to my exclusive Telegram group to build community and reduce isolation and tap into skills/knowledge of other freebirthing moms
- Access to weekly hour-long Zoom group meetings for a formal education piece (16 week rotation) followed by an informal discussion time based on the needs of the group.
Education topics include:
Nutrition and Supplements
Common Discomforts in Pregnancy
Informed Decision-Making Skills
Anatomy & Physiology of Birth
Evidence on Common Interventions
Navigating the Healthcare System
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