Doula Consultant

Rhione Zeixchel LDM 

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  • Doula Service w/Rhione

    A doula can make all the difference in helping you achieve a beautiful natural birth. I would not recommend choosing a hospital birth without a skilled doula. This is someone who is a skilled and experienced facilitator in natural pregnancy and natural gentle birth, and who is also knowledgeable of current medical and hospital protocols and procedures.

    My Experience/Credentials:

    Since 1981 I have been attending women in childbirth, primarily at home. During those years I have helped hundreds of women in this capacity in the home and at the hospital, both as a doula and as a midwife. I became licensed as an Oregon Direct Entry Midwife in 1994. I am also certified as a HypnoBirthing Childbirth Educator with the HypnoBirthing Institute since 2001.

    Doula service with Rhione includes availability for advice, suggestions, referrals, answering questions throughout the pregnancy. This can be by phone or by email. I also have a helpful resource library available to my pregnant clients. As a doula I can impart education and knowledge of much of what is "non-medical" that I ordinarily cover at prenatals.

    The basic doula service includes two prenatal in-person visits, labor and birth and immediate postpartum attendance, and one postpartum visit (breastfeeding support). One of the before birth visits can include attendance with you at one of your scheduled prenatal exam visits if you choose. If women desire, I am available to come to the home for the "early labor" part to help decide when is a good time to go to the hospital for the birthing.

    As a doula, I strive not to "replace" the very important support of your partner/husband/birth companion but rather to support the two of you throughout the process.

    I will be on call for you from 38 weeks to 42 wks: (2 wk before and 2 wk after your due date). Charge is $750.00, payable before 36 wks. There is a contract to sign with this service. If I am unable to attend the birth due to another labor occurring at the same time, or due to another unforeseen circumstance, I would have another skilled doula substitute for me.

    I am independent and self-employed; working for you, not your caregiver or hospital. I will be available to you on call by cell phone 24 hours a day from the 38th week of your pregnancy until the baby is born.

    Services Provided:

  • Consultation. A meeting to discuss your main goals and to decide whether we will work well together.

  • Prenatal Meetings(2). We will discuss birth preferences, concerns, questions, positions, and comfort measures; up to 2 hours each meeting.

  • 24-Hour On-Call services. From 38 weeks to the start of labor.

  • Phone and email support, as needed, during pregnancy and immediate postpartum.

  • Referrals to medical, psychological, and/or complementary health services, as needed.

  • Attendance at labor/birth. Starting as soon as you desire my presence, and continuing until up to 2 hours after your baby is born.

  • Postpartum meeting. From 2 days to 10 days postpartum, I can offer help with breastfeeding or other new mother/baby questions. This is a good time to review the birth and your experience as new parents. Up to 2 hours.
  • It is not part of the role of a doula to provide the following:

    Perform clinical or medical tasks, such as prenatal care, blood pressure, fetal heart checks, vaginal exams, postpartum care, newborn care, etc

    Make decisions for you. I will help you get the information necessary to make an informed decision, and will remind you if there is a departure from your Birth Preferences, but you are responsible for making your own decisions.

    Speak to the staff on your behalf, regarding matters where decisions are made. I will discus your concerns with you and suggest options, but you or your partner must speak on your behalf to the medical staff.

    When you are in labor

    Please call me (or my back-up, if applicable) when you believe labor has begun, even if you are not sure, so I can make arrangements to attend the birth. I prefer that you call me when you are in early labor, even if you do not yet need me. I can answer questions and make suggestions over the phone. I generally need between 1-3 hours to arrive at your home or the hospital (depending on location) from the time you notify me that you are in active labor.

    Attendance at the birth:

    I draw on my education and experience to provide emotional support, physical comfort, and information you need to make informed decisions in labor. I can provide reassurance and perspective to you and your partner, make suggestions for labor progress, and help with relaxation, massage, positioning and other techniques for comfort. In the event of a cesarean birth, I will be available to support you through surgery and for at least 2-3 hours after the baby is born.

    After birth I remain with you until shortly (up to 2 hours) after the doctor/midwife has left, and you are comfortable, breastfeeding (if you desire), and your family is ready for quiet time together.

    Fees

    My fee for the services described herein is $750.00, to be paid as follows: $300.00 as a non-refundable deposit/retainer, due upon entering this agreement, and the remaining $450.00 due in full by 36 weeks gestation.

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