Hey M+W babes!
You may have noticed the option for booking prenatal appointments on the website while you were browsing and you may be thinking; what is a prenatal doula appointment, what does it look like, and how can it benefit me? If these questions are ones that you’ve been pondering over you’ve come to the right place.
Prenatal appointments with a doula encompass many components and can be done in person or virtually [from home, at your leisure] it is totally flexible to whatever fits your lifestyle needs!
You are in the driver seat. Prior to your appointment you will be sent some intake forms that really narrow down the focus of your appointment, what you feel is the most imperative to topics that aren’t on your list or that you already know like the back of your hand. This doesn’t mean that you’re limited to certain topics, we can definitely cover everything, however just know that you can control the session to fit your needs.
So what’s included in a Prenatal Appointment?
These are the topics that I cover [in-depth] when we have a prenatal appointment together. Again, these topics are not limited and if you have a topic of concern that isn’t listed you can always inquire that it be included in the appointment!
Appointments can range from 1 to 3 hours depending on the topics that you wish to cover, again if you want to cover everything we are looking at the 3 hour mark.
All information that we cover in the appointment will be available to you in the form of handouts, PDF’s, PowerPoints, etc. I truly believe everyone has a different learning style so whether you need voice memos, videos, or alternative learning materials please don’t hesitate to let me know!
- birth plan creation [including your back-up plan]
- comfort measure during labour and delivery
- stages and phases of labour [what to expect]
- your rights and options as a birthing person
- creating a safe birth space
- protecting the birth space
- packing for the hospital
- optimal fetal positioning
- newborn care
- 6 weeks of healing postpartum [how to properly care for yourself]
- mental postpartum wellness
All of these topics are extremely important on their own but together they can really cultivate the best birthing experience you can hope for.
So, what are you waiting for? Let’s prepare you for labour and make your birth as magical as you’re envisioning it!
Stay well + stay smiling loves!