Welcome Home Doula Services, Inc. (website) is a non-profit organization offering Birth Doula services, childbirth education classes, pelvic health classes, continuing education for doulas, and placenta encapsulation services throughout the greater Davis/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
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 *Water Birth *Planning a Family-Friendly Cesarean *Healthy Postpartum Recovery *Breastfeeding *Newborn Care *Babywearing Education *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 *Pregnancy Prevention *Sexually Transmitted Diseases *Healthy Relationships *Self-Examination *Preconception Health *Herbal Remedies for Common Discomforts *Advocacy
To register for a class, visit http://www.whds,org/
Partners or Doulas are welcome and are encouraged to attend any of the offered classes.
WHDS was founded by Madeleine Shernock. Currently, Shernock serves as the Education Director of WHDS and is an apprentice midwife.
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.