Sarah and Heather are a sister doula team both DONA trained and certified. Together they have attended over 100 births.
Your birth doula services will include:
Unlimited support via phone, email, and text before the birth and up to 6 weeks postpartum.
2-3 prenatal visits. We will come to your home or meet at a comfortable location of your choosing. At your first prenatal meeting we will discuss your birth plan, as well as anything else you'd like us to know about you, your baby, and your upcoming birth. We will go over coping mechanisms, labor positions, provide labor and childbirth information, and discuss your hopes and fears.
Beginning at 38 weeks gestation we will become on-call 24/7 for you until the birth of your baby occurs. When you go into labor, and you are ready for us to be present, we will be by your side no matter what time of day or night. We can meet you at your home, to labor there, or meet you at the hospital.
Labor Support- continuous emotional, physical and educational support throughout the labor & delivery of your baby will be provided. We will remain by your side for at least 1-2 hours afterward to make sure you and your new family are settling in and the baby is feeding well.
Postpartum Support- this will include 1 postpartum visit within 2-3 weeks after your delivery to check in, share stories, and make sure that breastfeeding (if you choose to) is going effectively.
Birth Doula Fee: $800
Procedures/Actions Not Performed by the Doula:
Vaginal or pelvic exams
Palpations of mother’s uterus to assess position of baby
Assessing or recording fetal heart tones
Checking mother’s vital signs such as blood pressure, pulse, temp, IV
Give medical advice or diagnose a medical condition
Prescribe medications or herbal supplements
Read medical charts
Give second opinions
Persuade clients to follow a particular course
Provide food or beverages not approved by the medical caregiver
Speak on behalf of the clients
Perform any newborn procedures on the baby
PRIVATE CHILDBIRTH CLASSES: $150
Heather Jaworski, Birth Doula & Childbirth Educator
Heather Jaworski graduated from MSU in 1999 and holds a BA in Elementary Ed with a minor in Special Ed-Visual Impairment. She went on to get her Master's Degree in Orientation and Mobility (for the blind). She has been attending births since 2008, working as a birth doula, certified through DONA, and also teaches private childbirth education classes. Heather lives in Traverse City with her husband, Scott, and their 7 amazing children.