Thank you so much for entrusting me with the task of supporting you and your family on this big birth adventure.
The total amount for doula services is $2145.87 ($1899+HST). My doula package services include:
Unwavering support during your birth ~ no time limits ~
(*If possible, in-person support will be offered at home during early/active labour until you leave for the hospital. If I am unable to be at the hospital with you due to policy, I will be available by text, phone and video chat as/when you need. Refunds related to any COVID-19 circumstances will not be issued).
2 prenatal meetings and 2 postpartum visits, virtually or in-person as you prefer
Access to all my resources, including contacts, online roadmap with videos and information, birthing comfort tools, etc.
I am on call 24/7 once the first payment is made. I am available to you by phone, message, or email at any time of the day and for in-person birth support once you’re 37 weeks. If you were to go into labour before 37 weeks and I was unavailable, no refund will be offered -- either a back-up doula will be sent or extra postpartum care will be offered.
I am also on call 24/7 for the first 12 weeks of baby's life, so please feel free to call or text at any time with any question that you have either around your recovery or newborn care.
As your Doula, I provide continuity of care throughout pregnancy to delivery, and accompany the birthing person in labour to help ensure a safe and satisfying birth experience. I tap into my knowledge and experience to provide emotional support, offer comfort measures & coping techniques, as well as support your voice and birth preferences so that you can communicate with your healthcare provider, to the best of your ability, in order to ensure you have the information needed to make informed decisions in labour. I provide reassurance and perspective to you and your partner, make suggestions for labour progress, can use verbal or touch approaches to help with relaxation, massage, positioning and other techniques for comfort.
When you are in labour - call me! even if you do not yet need me. I usually need at least an hour to get to you from the time you request my presence, and if you call me between the hours of 11pm and 7am, please call me more than once if I don't answer the first time. Once you make initial contact, I can assess you or your partner’s needs, answer questions and make suggestions over the phone. From here, we collaboratively determine whether my in-person presence is safe and/or required. If it is not, we keep close contact waiting for further change. If I am able to, I make my way to your home or birth space to support you in person and if not, I provide the best virtual support I possibly can.
If for unforeseen reasons I am unable to attend your birth or must leave during labour, a back-up doula will be in place. If they attend to you, neither a refund nor a partial refund is offered. If you fail to call me in ample time to make the birth, your payments will not be refunded.
Re: COVID-19, by signing this contract and subsequent COVID-19 waiver, clients accept that no refund will be given for amounts paid due to COVID-19 related concerns, including but not limited to municipal/provincial COVID-19 infection numbers, hospital or care provider policy change, vaccination or booster shot status. I follow current standard COVID-19 prevention such as wearing a mask if closer than 6-feet distance, staying 6-feet away when possible, and self-administering two COVID-19 rapid tests a week, as these are the best known practices to protect both myself and the families I work with. If the full fee has been pain and I am unable to attend to your full birth because of a COVID-19 policy change, no refund will be given but at-home early labour support and one extra 4-hour postpartum visit will be offered.OVID-19 policy change, no refund will be given but two extra postpartum visits will be offered.
In the event of unplanned or planned cesarean, I still continue to provide extensive support through pregnancy, admission, recovery and the period after birth. I am available to support you in the operating room, should you choose to have me there as your +1. If the birth ends up being a cesarean, whether planned or unplanned, no refund will be issued.
After birth, I usually remain with you for one to two hours, unless you are comfortable and your family is ready for private time together. During that time I am happy to get you a meal, help with the first feed, and make sure you're comfortable.
During the postpartum visit, I can assist you with breastfeeding, baby wearing, help at home, help with siblings – be whatever it is you need at this precious moment in time. I continue to be available by phone for a number of weeks. I would like to connect with you at least one last time following your birth to see how you are doing, to provide you and your partner a space to debrief, to admire your baby, to load you up with beautiful energy and to get feedback from you about your experience with me. I offer these postpartum visits to assure that you feel supported in your transition and they can be used any time in the first 12 weeks of the postpartum period.
I/we have read this letter of agreement describing the doula’s services and agree it reflects the discussion we had with her. I/We agree to everything as outlined in this agreement and in the accompanying COVID-19 waiver. Aside from signing the document, our deposit reflects our agreement to everything in this contract.