Doula

Doula Services

Jill and Paula

“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 Paula 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 Paula 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 Paula as their doula for previous pregnancies).

Mentored Doulas

Brooklyn Callaghan     Sandy Chen     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 at our office* at The Midwifery Group (Main and King Edward in Vancouver) or at your home on the North Shore
• 2 prenatal visits (one at our office with both Jill and the mentored doula, and one at your home with just the mentored doula)
• 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 through Safe Beginnings First Aid

The fee for all of these services with a mentored doula is $800+GST
Flexible payment plans are available upon request.

* Office hours are Thursday evenings.

Postpartum Services

Paula is a highly experienced postpartum doula who is able to assist you with your transition into having a newborn. We also work with newer postpartum doulas to help you find the best balance between helping hours and experiential knowledge within your budget.

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

The hours that Paula is utilized to set up a detailed postpartum plan are billed at $35/hr.  Daytime hours with a newer postpartum doula that can help implement Paula’s plan are billed at $22/hr and $28/hr for nighttime.

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  (Paula and Jill are happy to snap pictures at your birth, but don’t guarantee the quality)
• Food Preparation Services
• Placenta Encapsulation

 

Savannah Howard is a recent graduate from Jill’s mentorship:  https://savannahhoward.ca/