Frequently Asked Questions
How is this different from hiring a birth doula?
A Birth Doula generally contracts with you mid pregnancy with limited prenatal support. Generally you will have some text and phone conversation during pregnancy as well as 1-2 coaching and planning appointments in home. The doula is on call for several weeks around your estimated due date and meets you for support and stays with you offering encouragement, tips, labor coaching, comfort support and stays with you until 1-2 hours after the birth. Generally she will meet with you 1-2x postpartum.
Prenatal Coaching walks you through everything YOU need in order to navigate pregnancy, labor, birth and postpartum with grace and ease. You will learn things you can safely do for common discomforts of pregnancy, how to prepare your body for a great birth, transforming your mind to LOOK FORWARD to giving birth, instead of being afraid. You will learn the basics of labor and delivery as well as newborn interventions. We will discuss newborn development, support and your parenting approach. Additionally we will prepare you for the massive emotional and physical changes that occur during the first twelve weeks after giving birth. We will create a custom plan for you to get the support that you need during this monumental time.
What qualifications does Stefanie have?
I was a Massage Therapist for 12 years which included advanced training in fertility enhancement, infant bonding, infant massage, craniosacral therapy and pregnancy massage.
I am a certified birth doula with experience working in an out of hospital birth center, serving mothers in home-birth, birth centers and hospital for 10 years.
I am a breastfeeding warrior navigating the very under discussed troubles of chronic low milk supply. I’ve served on the focus groups of one published breastfeeding book and taught midwives and doulas how to support women in their feeding goals, while caring for baby and preserving their mental and emotional well being.
I am currently in traininging as a full-spectrum doula which includes postpartum, fertility, bereavement, and birth doula training.
I am also an intern working toward board certfication as a Newborn Care Specialist
How Does it Work?
When you have signed the contract & made payment, our 12 month journey begins.
* You and your partner get access to a private messaging app to message me throughout our year together.
*You get access to my resource vault which includes my favorite resources and any training I’ve recorded.
* You get 1 sixty minute call per month (phone or video) to process what’s happening, address concerns and get coaching on normal pregnancy, infant care and development. 12 calls total
*On-call text and telephone support during your labor, delivery and recovery. Got a labor stalled by and epidural? I’ll have tips for you. Got a baby that just won’t descend? I’ll give you tricks. Feeling really exhausted and like you want to quit? I’ve got your back. Partner are you totally scares of what’s happening? I’ll help you get comfortable and feel safe in this process too.
*Infant Massage Video Training when baby is 4 weeks old
*Postpartum Support: infant feeding, sleep, self car, postpartum depression screenings
What is the Goal?
My goal is to support you to have the EDUCATION about each topic and the TOOLS to support you on your journey. Some moms will need a cesarean, some moms will have low milk supply, some mothers will have six weeks off work, some 12, some will love being pregnant, others won’t. There isn’t a right way to do your perinatal year. But it is WRONG for mothers to feel alone, unsupported and uninformed. Most of us aren’t used to advocating for ourselves, that’s where I help. Because now, you are advocating for two (or more!)