Frequently Asked Questions
How is this different from an in person doula?
The biggest difference is the hands on aspect of labor support. I wont be there to massage you, I need to equip your partner for that. I wont be able to use all my senses to recognize what’s happening. This is why we focus on educating your partner to observe, then I can help interpret that observation and recommend next steps.
The pre-birth support and postpartum support are the same, in the virtual situation I just need to partner to communicate what’s happening if mom is unable to at the moment.
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 center and hospital for 9 years.
I am breastfeeding warrior navigating a very underdiscussed 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.
How Does the it Work?
After our free 30 minute consultation, you will sign the contact and payment is due at the time of signature. I cannot hold dates until the fee is paid in full. Next we will schedule three Zoom calls, first I’ll learn your unique needs and desires, next I will teach the basics of labor and delivery and finally will teach support and comfort measures. We will discuss how we will communicate in labor.
Once the contract is signed, I will be available by email, phone, text, video chat 24/7 from week 38-42 of your pregnancy. I will not schedule any travel or engagements that would interfere with supporting your birth.
When you believe you may be in labor, or are in for a scheduled induction, you will CALL ME to let me know and we will be in contact as much as you need. I can be supportive for laboring at home, recommend when safest to head in for care and will be available video, phone or email to support your labor progression. I will remain available until 2 hours after birth.
Approximately 48 hours after birth I will have a video chat with you to check in, and a second one about 4 days after birth. These are critical times for recovery and breastfeeding as well as the emotional support of newborn care. Two weeks after birth, we will have our final video call to see how you re doing including a questionnaire for PPD.
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 birth. 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!)