Birth Doulas

10918333_10100798987226870_574982690_oPerhaps you have no clue what to expect from birth as a first time mom and all you hear are other people’s stories? Or maybe you’ve been through birth before and felt ignored, hurt, or even traumatized by what happened to you?

What if birth could be better than that?

What if you could have someone to talk to each step of the way? A guide and confidant to inform and support you.

Our Birth Doulas are non-medical, highly trained personal individualized care for birth. We attend your entire labour and birth, with evidence based information, intense emotional care, and constant physical support.

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My doula was the exact support me, my husband and birthing team needed. Although I already had many people supporting me through labour, she filled in all the gaps, and helped my team help me.Mother of Three in Waterloo

Packages

Our philosophy is simple – we are here to support you no matter how you choose to birth. We will help provide the physical, emotional, and informational support you need to have the birth experience you are looking for. We will support your decisions whether you have a medicated or unmedicated, home or hospital birth. We do not take the place of your partner or family, we support the whole family together. This is your body, your baby, your family, and your birth!

Birth Doula

Our labour services start in pregnancy with education, discussion and support and take you through early labour and into birth with us continuously there. The services below are our minimum! We are full service doulas and will do whatever we can to help you through the birth process!

This package includes:

  • a free consultation to find out if we’re a good match for you
  • 1-2 prenatal visits to get to know each other, identify your needs, and make sure we’re ready to support you in any circumstance that comes up
  • assistance with birth planning – available choices, stressors, birth goals
  • unlimited phone and email so we can answer any questions you have at through the pregnancy and after birth
  • 24-hour on-call availability surrounding due date (2 weeks before due date and 2 weeks after – or until the baby is born)
  • minimum of 1-2 postpartum visits, to get you started with early breastfeeding, and make sure you’re settling in at home

Extras aren’t extra at The Birthing Space. All clients receive:

  • comfort technique discussions
  • physical help with preparing for home birth and or setting up a labour pool
  • meeting with your care provider (if wanted)
  • meeting your backup doulas (if wanted)
  • babywearing carriers testing and lending library
  • pregnancy, birth, breastfeeding, and parenting book library
  • breastfeeding pillows, support belts, co-sleeping infant bed and other baby supply lending library
  • post c-section support kit including extra pads, bed support rail, etc
  • clean birth laundry and house after a home and/or water birth

Cost: $475 Student Doula; $950 Team Member Doula; $1175 Co-owner Doula

Birth Doula with Peer Counselling and Certified Breastfeeding Support

Need more from your birth doula? Headed into your first birth, or a stressful subsequent birth? Want someone that has dealt with special circumstances and will help you more in pregnancy, and stay longer after the birth to help with breastfeeding?

Includes:

  • complementary consultation
  • minimum of 3 prenatal visits, more visits can be scheduled if needed
  • identification of support needs individual to you
  • assistance with birth planning, available choices, stressors, birth goals
  • unlimited phone and email consultations throughout the prenatal and postpartum period
  • 24-hour on-call availability surrounding due date (2-3 weeks before due date and 2 weeks after – or until the baby is born)

This package also provides: 

  • an additional postpartum visit, including certified breastfeeding support
  • peer counselling for stressful, complicated, or post-traumatic 
  • specialty vbac, twins, miscarriage/rainbow birth, nicu, medical birth training and experience 
  • physical help with preparing for home birth and or setting up a labour pool
  • optimal fetal positioning assistance with exercises and stretches for posterior, oblique, or prodromal labours

All of our services also include:

  • comfort technique discussions
  • meeting with your care provider (optional)
  • meeting a backup doula (optional)
  • our large babywearing carriers lending library
  • our comprehenisve pregnancy, birth, breastfeeding, and parenting book library
  • our breastfeeding pillows, support belts, co-sleeping “nest” and baby supply lending library
  • clean laundry and birth space after a home and/or water birth

Cost: $1175

Prenatal and Postpartum Support Doula

Need help before and after, but don’t need someone at the birth? Want something like a personalized childbirth class in your home? With Pre and Post Support we don’t attend the birth, but we support you in the weeks before hand and the days after.

This package includes:

  • complementary consultation
  • minimum of 1-2 prenatal visits, more visits can be scheduled if needed
  • identification of support needs individual to you
  • assistance with birth planning, available choices, stressors, birth goals
  • unlimited phone and email consultations throughout the prenatal and postpartum period
  • minimum of 1 postpartum visits, including early breastfeeding support

Cost: $400

Early Labour Support Doula

Love the idea of a doula, but unsure if you want yet another person there at your birth? Whether you’re a very private person or have a full support team, this option may be for you. We will stay with you until you head to the hospital, or your full support team have arrived for a home birth.

This package includes:

  • complementary consultation
  • minimum of 1-2 prenatal visits, more visits can be scheduled if needed
  • identification of support needs individual to you
  • assistance with birth planning, available choices, stressors, birth goals
  • unlimited phone and email consultations throughout the prenatal and postpartum period
  • 24-hour on-call availability surrounding due date (2 weeks before due date and 2 weeks after – or until the baby is born)
  • partial labour and birth support
  • minimum of 1 postpartum visits, including early breastfeeding support

Cost: $500

Sibling Support Doula

Don’t need a doula for you, or have one already, but don’t know who will be looking after your children during your birth? Want your children to be taken care of during your home birth, or to have the children stay home if you transfer to hospital? As a trained ECE and postpartum doula, Denise can support your children, and you during, or after birth

This package includes:

  • complementary consultation
  • minimum of 1-2 prenatal visits, more visits can be scheduled if needed
  • identification of support needs individual to you
  • assistance with birth planning, available choices, stressors, birth goals
  • unlimited phone and email consultations throughout the prenatal and postpartum period
  • 24-hour on-call availability surrounding due date (2 weeks before due date and 2 weeks after – or until the baby is born)
  • partial labour and birth support
  • minimum of 1 postpartum visits, including early breastfeeding support

Cost: $500

Labour and Lactation Doula

As a birth doula and breastfeeding counsellor we can support you right through the transition to breastfeeding, without new appointments, new practitioners, and in the comfort of your own home for the next 6 weeks!

  • all basics above
  •  10 hrs in-home lactation support during the first 6 weeks

Cost: $1395

“First Latch” Lactation Doula

Definitely want help with breastfeeding, but don’t need someone to attend the entire birth? Already have a birth attendant you love, but need more help with getting breastfeeding off to a great start? We arrive either near the middle of birth (when you’re well into active phase), or even after the birth if you so choose, and help you till you’re nursing and feeling settled and tucked in. We then return as needed in the next few days for breastfeeding support.

This package includes:

  • complementary consultation
  • minimum of 1 prenatal visits, more visits can be scheduled if needed
  • identification of support needs individual to you
  • assistance with breastfeeding planning, available choices, stressors, breastfeeding goals
  • unlimited phone and email consultations throughout the prenatal and postpartum period
  • 24-hour on-call availability surrounding due date (2 weeks before due date and 2 weeks after – or until the baby is born)
  • partial birth and postpartum support lasting for up to 6 hrs after birth
  • minimum of 2 postpartum visits

Cost: $500

Double the Birth Doula! 

We’ve teamed up to offer you Double the Doula. Whether you’re single and want two support people with you, you’re looking for uninterrupted support and prefer working with two people rather than just having a backup, or you had struggles with your last birth and/or breastfeeding experience and want fresh, unlimited support through the entire labour, birth, and early period, we have double to offer!

  • all basics above… plus!….
  • A team of two birth doulas working together!
  • full labour support
  • minimum of 2 postpartum visits for the first 2 weeks

Cost: $1295

Everything and the Kitchen Sink – A Birth and a Postpartum Doula!

For those families looking for more before, during and after birth we offer Everything and the Kitchen Sink. A labour doula and a postpartum doula/breastfeeding counsellor to make sure everything in your life runs smoothly for the first 6 weeks.

  • all basics above… plus!….
  • A team of two doulas – one birth, and one postpartum – working together!
  • unlimited labour support, and 20 hrs early postpartum support for the first 6 weeks
  • “Welcome Home” Service for hospital births (a quick house tidy up while you’re admitted)
  • or “Happy Home” Service for home births (a quick clean-sheets, straighten-kitchen clean up a day or two after)
  • a clean kitchen sink 😉

Cost: $1395

A Growing Family Needs a Team – 3 Doulas Working For You

  • all basics above… plus!….
  • 3 doulas working together, to provide you with everything you need in late pregnancy, labour, birth, and early postpartum period.
  • Packages can be customized to include education sessions, light child care, home assistance, postpartum fertility, sleep, or parenting support and education, antenatal peer counselling sessions, massage therapy, and more.
  • Bring a team to your growing family!

Cost: starting at $1595

Want to know more about Doulas?

Interested in one of our doula services and want to know more? Request a no-obligation interview; we’ll chat by phone, and in person to figure out what’s right for you.

I was able to enjoy the birth with my husband knowing that I had an advocate.Mother of Three in Kitchener
Doulas are worth the money. However, financial need should never stand between you and an attendant at your birth.

  • Initial consultations are always free.
  • Don’t see a package here that exactly suits your needs? Our team can assemble something that’s right for you.
  • We accept cash, cheque, EMT, and credit card on all services. Our standard terms on doula packages are a $150-200 initial payment, and two remainder payments at 28 and 38 weeks. We are also happy to arrange a payment plan that occurs at monthly, weekly, or twice weekly payments as needed.
  • We offer a bursary program for those for that cannot afford the full payment. Please ask for a bursary application – we do not require any financial information that you are not comfortable sharing with us to be eligible for the bursary.
  • Our doulas often do one or two volunteer births a year for those in need.
  • We often have student doulas that are working on training births. Please contact us to ask.