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Birth Doula Support for Los Angeles, CA

As a birth doula, my primary role is to make you and your partner feel prepared, informed and supported for the sacred transition you are going through as a couple / family. This encompasses education and empowerment on the physiology of labor, newborn procedures, pain regulation, the importance of set and setting, physical preparation of your body and the breath as a guiding force. Equally important is to really get to know you, your beliefs, your feelings, your preferences and how you envision your birth to be. I am originally from The Netherlands where still the majority of the women is labouring naturally without pain medication. My birth doula approach is that I bring in calmness and trust because I believe in your body’s wisdom and will advocate for your and your partners wishes and desires.  

”Whenever and however you give birth, your experience will impact your emotions, your mind, your body and your spirit for the rest of your life."  – Ina May Gaskin 

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Ayurvedic Birth Package
Prenatal - Birth - Postpartum Support 

Prenatal Preparation
1 X 60 min - Birth planning session
1 x 60 min - Ayurvedic anamnesis + care + labor preparation session
1 X 60 min - Breath work, visualisation techniques for set and setting (HypnoBirthing), unpacking beliefs 
1x 60 min - Physiology of female reproductive system during labor, labor positions, comfort measures

Email support for the full duration of our time working together

Unlimited text support in the last month before due date

Labor Support 
- On call availability throughout early labor
- Emotional and physical support through active labor
- Back - up doula support 
- Gentle massage after labor (if the setting allows for it)

Postpartum Support 
1x 2,5 hours visit (new born care, lactation / emotional support, meal prep, sitz bath, galactagogue infusions, birth processing)

Extra's:

- Inanna Birth & Postpartum Resource Guide (bridging Ayurveda and science on topics such as natural pain medication, labor positions, Ayurvedic suggestions to prepare for labor, lactation tips).  
 

Package price:

$2650

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Ayurvedic Birth and Postpartum Package

Prenatal - Birth - Postpartum Support 

Everything in the Presence package and the Nourish 5-day Postpartum Package 

Prenatal Preparation
1 X 60 min - Birth planning session
1 x 60 min - Ayurvedic nutrition / supplements + labor preparation session
1 X 60 min - Breath work, visualisation techniques (HypnoBirthing), unpacking beliefs 
1x 60 min - Physiology of labor, labor positions, comfort measures

Email support for the full duration of our time working together

Unlimited text support in the last month before due date

Labor Support 
- On call availability throughout early labor and a visit to your house in case you need some in person suggestions
- Emotional and physical support through active labor (in person) 
- Back- up doula support 

Postpartum Support 
5 X 2,5 hours visit (new born care, lactation / emotional support, meal prep, sitz bath, birth processing, belly binding, womb moxa)
5 X Galactagogue infusion (to stimulate breastmilk)
5 X Ayurvedic meal (two servings)


Postpartum Massage Therapy
3 X Ayurvedic Abyangha Massage with organic homemade oils (60 - 75 min)

Extra's:
- Inanna Birth & Postpartum Resource Guide (bridging Ayurveda and science on topics such as natural pain medication, labor positions, Ayurvedic suggestions to prepare for labor, lactation tips).  





 

Package price:

$4850

I hired Susan fairly late in the game, when I was already 8 months pregnant. She was accommodating of my schedule so that we could get in the pre-labor sessions before my due date. As much as I researched and tried to prepare for giving birth, I was so nervous about labor, especially in a hospital, where medical interventions may be pushed for convenience. I feared my partner and I might get overwhelmed and not remember the breathing techniques we learned, or might not know what questions to ask the doctors. I wanted someone with lots of natural birthing experience to be in our corner. She gave me the confidence I needed to know that I was fully supported going into labor. She coached my husband on how to coach me through the labor. I debated if I really needed a doula for a long time, but the further along I got and as my doctors talked about drugs - I got a call from someone in scheduling saying I was going to be induced and assumed I'd be having an epidural! When I said I'd rather not have an epidural she said "it does hurt ya know"- I knew I needed someone who believed I could give birth without drugs and believed that was a natural and normal thing to do. The confidence Susan gave me was  invaluable. I felt I connected with her from our first phone conversation. Susan is a kind and gentle spirit, but is also very reasonable and relies on science and research backed evidence. I appreciated her Ayurvedic approach to wellness too.

— Genevieve Evans, Los Angeles, US

"Susan is such an incredible doula, I would recommend her to any mama to be I love! She's knowledgeable, thoughtful, insightful, and guided my husband and I through our pregnancy, birth and postpartum. She was so helpful guiding and moderating my husband and I in a wonderful non-biased way to make choices for our baby that we may have even had differing opinions on. Her energy work was amazing, as are her galactagogue potions. She continues to be a beautiful calm presence in our lives. We love her!"

— Alexandra Freyer, Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, US

"I highly recommend bringing Susan on to be a part of your birth team. Her kind, gentle energy and abundance of knowledge helped give my husband and me the confidence and tools we needed for our prenatal, birth and postnatal journey. Susan's nourishing foods and healing massage were more wonderful and appreciated than I could have ever expected after the birth of our son. The love and passion that she has for her craft was felt at every step of our journey together. Thank you, Susan!"

 

— Emily James, Topanga, Los Angeles