Led By Love - Doula Contract Form
A Doula’s Role
My role as your doula is to assist you during pregnancy, labor, birth and beyond. I will share knowledge, research and experience in order to provide physical, emotional, spiritual and informational support. My goal is to help you achieve the birth that you desire. I am self-employed and hired by you; I do NOT replace your caregiver or hospital/birthing center.

What Doula’s Do NOT Do:
Replace medical staff, give medical advice, take blood pressure, fetal heart checks, vaginal exams, make decisions for you, sign documents.

Availability/On-Call Period
I am always available to you via text or email (please reserve phone calls for emergencies). I encourage my clients to keep me updated frequently. On-call labor support begins at 38 weeks. If you go into labor before this period, my attendance is not guaranteed but I will do my best to be present. In the unlikely event that I am unable to attend your birth, due to no fault of my own (unforeseen emergency, inclement weather, acts of God, precipitous birth), I will have a back-up doula available and the amount paid will not be refunded. Postpartum support will still be provided.

Prenatal Conference
We will have 1-2 prenatal meetings to get to know one another, meet your partner/birth team, establish or review your birth plan and talk in detail about different ways to manage labor pain. I will ask about your knowledge of the birthing process and will provide any information as needed. I would like to know what, if any, internal resources we can draw upon to assist you with the birthing experience (prayer, meditation, affirmation, touch, silent support, etc.). I have many resources, facebook support groups, and book recommendations to share. I also would like to know how you foresee yourself and your partner/birth team working together, the struggles you may have and the roles of each person during the labor and birth process. Again, my role is to help you have your desired birth, however you may define it. The more we dream about it, the better I can help that dream come true!

Early Labor
If you believe that you are in labor, call AND text me right away. We will evaluate and make a plan to check in every so often depending on your status. We will have previously discussed with your care provider when you should make your way to the hospital. Never feel as though you are being a bother, it is my job to reassure you and keep you feeling comfortable, relaxed and at ease with the process.

Labor, Delivery & Postpartum
I offer comfort techniques such as guided breathing, Rebozo, massage, counter pressure, different movements/positions, essential oils, etc… I will create as much of a safe, comfortable environment for you to birth, as I can possibly can; music, birth affirmations, essential oils, etc. I can help gather information so you can make informed decisions about your birth. I do not speak for you to medical staff, but I can advocate for you to have a “minute to think” or ask for space from hospital staff. One of my biggest roles is to provide continuous emotional support throughout your entire birthing experience. I remain with you until there is a successful breastfeeding session and you have settled into your recovery room. I am available for breastfeeding support and have many Lactation Consultant recommendations if you need further assistance. I will provide 1-2 postpartum visits to check up on you and baby. I am very familiar with postpartum issues and will be here for you to listen, help, reflect and advise.

I highly recommend visiting http://www.birthandbeyondresources.com/long-island2.html and signing up for a MamaMoon Visit. Once baby arrives, you will pick a day to be visited by two volunteers. They will come over with your favorite drink, snack and flowers. We love on you, let you vent, nap, eat with two free hands, shower or whatever you would like.

IMPORTANT
I will kindly remind you if we begin to deviate from your birth plan.
I will verify that it is happening by your informed decision and
make sure you are okay with what is happening.
If medical interventions arise, I will discuss and inform you of your options.
I will NEVER sit back and allow my client to be violated by hospital staff.
Although I do not speak for you, I will always speak up for you.
If a situation arises and you feel as though you aren’t being heard or if you feel that you are being disrespected, I am there for you.

Fees
Basic Doula Package $1,500
1) 1-2 prenatal meetings
2) 24/7 text & email communication and on call labor support from 38 weeks on
3) My undivided attention and constant support during labor & delivery
4) Gentle hands on support and guidance during the first breastfeeding session
5) 1-2 Postpartum visits (including breastfeeding support)
6) Physical, emotional and spiritual support during pregnancy, labor & beyond
7) Help creating your birth plan
8) Attended visit with OB/midwife
9) Evidence-based resources for various topics
10) Facilitation of a "Mother Blessing" - kind of like a baby shower, but all for you! Google it - they are wonderful.

Advanced Doula Package $2,000
1) 1-2 prenatal meetings
2) 24/7 text & email communication and on call labor support from 38 weeks on
3) My undivided attention and constant support during labor & delivery
4) Gentle hands on support and guidance during the first breastfeeding session
5) 1-2 Postpartum visits (including breastfeeding support)
6) Physical, emotional and spiritual support during pregnancy, labor & beyond
7) Help creating your birth plan
8) Attended visit with OB/midwife
9) Evidence-based resources for various topics
10) Facilitation of a "Mother Blessing" - kind of like a baby shower, but all for you! Google it - they are wonderful.
11) Placenta Encapsulation ($275 value)
12) Childbirth Education Classes ($500 value)

Final Thoughts..
*You deserve a doula!* I offer my services on a sliding scale for those who feel they cannot afford my fee, including low income, financial hardship and teen mothers. Your personal and financial status will be taken into account to determine whether or not you qualify for a reduced fee.
Please take the time to discuss it with me before you decide you cannot afford it! You may be surprised..
Monthly/Structured payment plans are also available.

*DISCOUNTS AVAILABLE FOR BIRTH AND BEYOND VILLAGE MEMBERS
*A 50% non refundable deposit is due at the time of signing contract.
After you submit the following, you will receive an email from me with your invoice.
*The remaining balance is due at 36 weeks gestation.
*Paypal or Venmo Email – ledbylovedoula@gmail.com
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