And now for something completely different

Whole Pelvis:
Pelvic Floor Doula Care &
Childbirth Preparation

Just for a moment,

Imagine...

Imagine as your birth approaches, an ongoing relationship with an engaged and experienced practitioner, working together over multiple home visits to prepare physically and emotionally for labor and for the postpartum. We talk. Go over the anatomy of the birthing pelvis and how to facilitate its natural movements. We assess the baby’s position and discuss ways to align baby for a smooth transition. Assess your internal pelvic floor musculature for painful over-tight areas, and for the ability to engage and soften in a dynamic and coordinated way. Then create space and movement, using internal pelvic floor manual therapy as well as massage of the external pelvic muscles. We learn what works for YOU to consciously soften your pelvic floor: which positions, which breathing patterns, which visualizations.

Then, imagine bringing this relationship, and these tools, to your birth. You are supported throughout your labor, via calm presence, empathy and encouragement, and a variety of hands-on tension relief skills. You are guided through the personalized strategies we developed for softening your pelvic floor.

Afterward, imagine this relationship continuing into your postpartum pelvic healing. We discuss your birth experience and your emotional journey. We make you soothing herbal baths. And after a few weeks, when you’re feeling healed enough, we re-assess your pelvic floor, drawing on our experience of your baseline balance and tone before the labor. We work together for as long as feels right for you postpartum, and perhaps come full circle to another pregnancy for you.

This care approach is the culmination of MY imaginings, interweaving skills from 15 years of experience as a massage therapist, labor doula, pelvic floor therapist, and homebirth midwife, to create a new paradigm of pelvic floor wellness with continuity throughout the childbearing year: the pelvic floor doula.

Let's imagine it together, as we individualize this care to your needs, your pelvis, your birth.

DETAILS, DETAILS...

Whole Pelvis Package Includes:

Three In-Home Prenatal Visits, 2.5-3 hours each

  • Pelvic floor assessment & therapy (internal & external), plus jaw work
  • Assessment of baby's position
  • Individualized ideas for birth positions & breathing patterns
  • Creation of birth & support plans
  • Continuous Labor Presence & Support

  • Emotional & physical support, including massage doula techniques
  • Guidance through positions, patterns, and visualizations for softening your pelvic floor
  • Supporting your primary support people in how best to support you!
  • Two In-Home Postpartum Visits

  • First visit within a couple days of the birth, for a general check in, lactation help, birth review, sitz bath
  • Follow-up vist around 6 weeks, to assess pelvic floor function & coordination, using your own prenatal baseline
  • Plus, I'm Available to You Via Phone, Text, or Email, Any time.

    Whole Pelvis Service Area

    I will happily support families anywhere within the Portland Metro area, excluding Vancouver until I get my Washington massage license. I consider support requests further away (for example, in Salem) on an individual basis depending on whether I’m on call for a birth; a higher rate may be negotiated to reflect the increased travel time.

    Prices, Add-Ons, and Other Logistics

    The base package rate for this care is $2850. You may arrange additional prenatal pelvic floor manual therapy visits, for $120 per session, a 20% discount from my standard pelvic floor rate. I offer a combo deal of a whopping $500 off my Whole Postpartum integrated support packages for any doula client. And if the Whole Pelvis package isn’t quite your jam, read more about my massage doula package, which is simply fabulous labor support without without the pelvic floor focus.