Welcome Home Doula Services (website) is a group doula practice offering Birth and Postpartum Doula services, childbirth education classes, pelvic health classes, continuing education for doulas, and placenta encapsulation services throughout the greater Sacramento area.
A Doula is a trained professional who provides emotional, physical, and informational support to a family during pregnancy, the birth of a child, and the postpartum period. Doulas do not perform clinical tasks, such as fetal heart tone assessment or cervical examinations.
Parents who choose to be supported by a doula during the childbearing year tend to have lower rates of medical interventions during their labors, including assisted deliveries and caesarean births. These parents also tend to feel more bonded with their newborns, and their babies tend to breastfeed longer and more exclusively.
Birth Doula Services through WHDS typically include the following:
2-3 Prenatal Visits
On-call birth support
Continuous doula support throughout labor and birth
2 Postpartum Visits
Photo/Video of the Labor and Birth
A Postpartum Doula provides physical, emotional, and informational care to a family after the birth of a baby. Her role is to provide care for the mother and family so that they can best provide care for their newborn.
A Postpartum Doula's support can include any of the following:
*Physical Comfort Measures for Mother and Baby
*Breastfeeding, Pumping, and Bottle Nursing Education
*Infant Care Education (including bathing, feeding, and safety education)
*Safe Sleep and Cosleeping Education
*Light Food Preparation
A Postpartum Doula does not:
*Transport any member of the family.
*Provide care for any child without a parent in the home.
*Perform medical tasks such as tests or examinations, or prescribe treatments.
*Diagnose medical conditions.
*Provide psychological counseling.
*Perform major housework.
Contact Welcome Home Doula Services for current information on postpartum doula fees.
Welcome Home Doula Services (website) offers both the "Raw" and "Traditional Chinese Medicine" styles of Placenta Encapsulation as well as placenta tinctures and essences—these have been shown to help replenish vitamin and mineral levels lost from the body after birth, increase milk production, and lessen postnatal bleeding. If consumed later in life, the placenta may help balance mood swings during menopause and other big life changes.
Their Childbirth Classes, held privately in a client's home, can include any or all of the following:
*Planning a Healthy Pregnancy
*Forming a Birth Plan
*Informed Decision-Making for Birth
*Comfort Measures for Hospital Birth
*Comfort Measures for Home Birth
*Planning an Unmedicated Birth
*Laboring with an Epidural
*Vaginal Birth After Cesarean
*Planning a Family-Friendly Cesarean
*Unassisted Pregnancy/Unassisted Childbirth
*Healthy Postpartum Recovery
*Safe Sleep Education
Their Pelvic Health classes for adult women can include any of the following:
*What is Well-Woman care?
*Menstruation and Ovulation
*Fertility Awareness Methods
*Sexually Transmitted Diseases
*Herbal Remedies for Common Discomforts
To register for a class, visit http://www.whdoulaservices.com/
Partners or Doulas are welcome and are encouraged to attend any of the offered classes. Classes run $50 per 2.5hr class, but discounts and bundles of other services are available.
WHDS was founded by Madeleine Shernock. Shernock is a DONA-trained doula who has attended additional trainings in the Mexican rebozo, water birth, common obstetric complications, and lactation management. Currently, Shernock serves as the Education Director of WHDS and is a student midwife at the LifeCenter BirthCenter: http://www.lifecenterbirthing.com/
WHDS also runs an informational Facebook Page http://www.facebook.com/whdoulaservices full of helpful information about pregnancy, birth, and the postpartum.
WHDS currently accepts Davis Dollars as payment for all services and offers a 10% discount.
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