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Massage Doula Care

Massage plus Doula=Awesome

Hands-On Labor Support

If you’re contemplating hiring a doula to support you in labor, and like physical touch to relieve pain, consider a massage doula.

I have experience working with laboring folks as a doula and as a massage therapist. When I attend your labor as a massage doula, you get both: I still remain with you for the duration of your labor, still provide emotional support and all the other thousand little things doulas do, AND you’ll have an experienced labor massage therapist at your beck and call.

But doesn’t lying down for an hour and getting a massage in labor sound really difficult?! This is why doing massage in labor is an art form, with an emphasis on flexibility. Often we’re doing one thing during contractions, and another thing between them. You might be trying to rest in early labor and long grounding strokes down your back help your body let go of the contractions when they pass. You might find strength in simply having points held on your feet, or sacral counterpressure. You might be holding yourself up on your arms for hours at a time and really benefit from arm and shoulder massage so you can keep going. It’ll entirely depend on what works for you in the moment, and I absolutely love guiding partners to find their own confidence in supporting you.

What You Get

Before baby is born, we’ll schedule two meetings so we can get to know one another, discuss your hopes and goals for your birth and cover any questions you may have. When you’re in labor (or think you might be), you call me as soon as you think I might be useful to you, and I’ll stay until shortly after we meet your new baby. Then I’ll come back to visit you again a few days later to chat about your experience and help out however I can. You’re of course welcome to call or email me with any questions at any point along the way.

Bonus Massage

But wait, there’s more! I’ll bring my massage supplies to our second prenatal meeting, and you’ll receive a 90-minute prenatal massage, free of charge. This pre-labor massage allows us to become accustomed to working together, helps you get an idea of my style and rhythm, and gives me an opportunity to learn what you like. Plus, my clients love it!

Supporting Surrogacy Births!

As a gestational carrier myself, I would be thrilled to use my familiarity with the special circumstances of a surrogacy to help with your birth. Whether you’re a surrogate or intended parents, you can rest assured that I can balance my time however you need: hands on support for the surrogate, gentle explanations and reassurances for the parents. I can help parents be as involved as everyone chooses, from being a messenger, delivering updates in the waiting room to helping figure out how to best support your surrogate. I can also advocate for parents in bonding with baby, and help set up a baby-feeding plan.

My Birth Experience

I have been attending births in various capacities for over a decade. I’ve been to twins births and breech births. First births and seventh births. Births at home, in freestanding birth centers, and in hospitals. Emergency and planned cesarean births. Births of straight folks and queers. Births of single parents and couples and poly families. Births for families growing through surrogacy, and for folks choosing adoption for their newborns. Births where babies were lost, and births after losses. Births for families for whom I’d attended the births of their older kids.

Personally, I’ve birthed twice: once in a birth pool at home as a single queer parent over 30 who knocked myself up, and then in a birth tub at a freestanding birth center as a surrogate for the loveliest family, with both their 3 year old and mine present.

DETAILS, DETAILS...

Massage Doula Package Includes:

In-Home Prenatal Visits

  • Creation of birth & support plans
  • Mini childbirth education, discussion of birth, postpartum, and baby care options
  • Individualized ideas for birth positions & breathing patterns
  • Included 90-minute Prenatal Massage at our second visit
  • Labor Support

  • Continuous presence throughout your labor, including early home labor
  • Emotional & physical support, including massage techniques and other tricks I've picked up
  • Supporting your primary support people in how best to support you!
  • Intermediary between you and hospital staff, facilitating communication and reminding them of your wishes
  • In-Home Postpartum Visit

  • General check in
  • Lactation support, including lactation massage
  • Birth story processing, and referrals if needed
  • Preparation of herbal sitz bath and perineal rinse
  • Plus, I'm Available to You Via Phone, Text, or Email, Any time.

    Labor Massage Doula Service Area

    I attend birth clients planning to birth in homes, hospitals, and birth centers throughout the Portland Metro area, including Vancouver WA.

    Prices, Add-Ons, and Other Logistics

    A fee of $2000 includes 2 prenatal meetings, one 90-minute prenatal massage, full birth attendance, and a postpartum visit within the first few days. To best serve each client, I do limit my number of labor doula/ monitrice clients each month. If you are interested in having me attend your birth, please contact me with your due date and intended place of birth.