Doula

Doula Services

Jill and Judy

“A skilled doula empowers a woman to communicate her needs and perceptions and actualize her dream of a healthy, positive birth experience.”

We support clients choosing to birth with any type of care provider at Lions Gate, Burnaby, and BC Womens hospitals, as well as at home.
People birth best when they feel they are in a safe and supportive environment. We offer information and support to families in all birthing situations, whether it is a scheduled c-section, induction, medicated birth, or without intervention. It is our goal that you will feel heard and respected by your chosen care team in all circumstances and situations.

Included Birth Services

When you hire Jill and Judy as your doulas, you will receive the following services:
• An initial interview with no obligation in your home or a coffee shop of your choosing
• 2 prenatal visits (one with each doula) in your home
• Unlimited phone/email support
• Access to an extensive lending library
• Use of an Elle TENS machine
• On call 24/7 (or able to supply reliable, experienced back-up) from the point of hiring until the birth of your baby
• 1-2 postpartum visits as desired
• An in-home infant CPR and choking lesson for you and family members, friends, or care givers (up to 10 people) through Safe Beginnings First Aid
• Use of a birth pool and accessories (including set-up and take down!) – if desired and the situation is appropriate. This can be utilized whether you are planning a home birth or hospital birth, as many people enjoy water immersion for labour before heading to the hospital.

Fee

The fee for all of these services with Jill and Judy as your primary doulas is $1500.00 + GST
Flexible payment plans are available upon request.
Reduced fees are available for repeat clients (clients who have had Jill or Judy as their doula for previous pregnancies).

Mentored Doulas

Emily Noronha   Shania Lane  Tamara Starcevic
Jill mentors newer doulas as they grow their businesses and deepen their knowledge. If you would prefer to work with a doula that has a lower fee due to less experience (but still full training), Jill is happy to help you find a great fit. Mentored doulas work closely with Jill throughout their client care, and offer a similar services package as Jill but at a reduced rate.
When you hire a mentored doula, you will get the following package:

• An initial interview with no obligation
• 2 prenatal visits
• Unlimited phone/email support
• Access to an extensive lending library
• Use of an Elle TENS machine
• On call 24/7 (or able to supply reliable back-up, often Jill herself) from the point of hiring until the birth of your baby
• 1-2 postpartum visits as desired
• A CPR and choking lesson at our office* at The Midwifery Group through Safe Beginnings First Aid

The fee for all of these services with a mentored doula is $700+GST
Flexible payment plans are available upon request.

* Office hours are Thursday evenings.

Postpartum Services

We work with several excellent postpartum doulas to help find a great fit for your postpartum support needs when you need it.

Some examples of support could be:
– assistance with breast or bottle feeding
– support adjusting to parenthood including:
processing the birth and navigating postpartum mental health
– newborn care
– sibling support
– sleep support (day or night)
– meal preparation
– light housekeeping
– errands
– baby’s laundry

Our postpartum doula rate is $25/hr during the day (4hr minimum) and $28/hr at night (8hr minimum). We can also customize packages based on extended care needs.

Additional Services

Jill also collaborates with other practitioners to add additional services on to packages to best meet the needs of her clients. She has an extensive network of practitioners that she works with to find the service that best matches her clients’ needs, budget, location, and personality. Examples include:
• Professional Photography  (Judy and Jill are happy to snap pictures at your birth, but don’t guarantee the quality)
• Food Preparation Services
• Placenta Encapsulation