Labor Doula Services are tailored to meet your individual needs. Everyone has different needs and desires when it comes to birth! Our goal is to help you find a doula who you feel comfortable with and trust enough to share this memorable and important time of your life with. At your free consultation, your doula will find out about your birth history if any and your birth preferences and tell you how she can help them become a reality for your birth. Your doula is there for you for text messages, emails and phone calls from the time you hire her until you give birth and is on call for you for when you are in active labor. Your doula will provide a home visit towards the end of your pregnancy and and will join you at home or at your birthing location throughout active labor and birth (even if you need her in the middle of the night!) and through the first hour or two postpartum. Then she will come back to your house within around a week postpartum to check in with you and see how you and your baby are doing and answer any questions you may have or even help with things like breastfeeding. There are a lot of things your doula can help you with throughout pregnancy and birth and into the postpartum period. But she also has excellent resources if you are in need of specialized care or want to explore alternative birthing options such as a home birth or birthing center birth, Karen only has availability for a limited number of doula clients each month so schedule your free consultation early, if possible. Sometimes there is the option of working with 2 doulas, so please mention an interest in that if it is something you want to explore!
All of Karen's doula clients will receive breastfeeding support at the time of birth and at a follow-up postpartum visit if desired. This is included in the fee for doula services. For additional support, pricing depends on whether you come to Karen or she makes a home visit as well as travel distance, please contact Karen for details here. Urgent, weekend and night services are available for an additional fee. Karen is able to provide FREE breastfeeding support during Carolina Moms Unite monthly mom-to-mom support group meetings.
Birth Pool Rentals
Now Available for rent: Birth Pool in a Box Mini for your upcoming labor or homebirth. Click the link below to have Karen email you the Birth Pool Rental Agreement to learn more. The Mini Birth Pool in a Box Eco Pro is 65"x57" in size with an internal height of 26" and is recommended for birthing people up to 6' tall. It is compact enough to fit in smaller spaces and is a nice cozy birth pool. Birthing people who are a bit vertically challenged will enjoy the way this pool can have only the upper and lower rings inflated making it shorter and easier to lean over the sides. It is made of Eco PVC that is cadmium, lead and latex-free. A special Birth Pool in a Box (Mini) liner will need to be purchased unless Karen has any available (for single-use). A generic liner will not work with this pool. You may purchase that from Precious Arrows www.preciousarrows.com (which also sells homebirth kits and supplies) or from Amazon. The pump pictured above is perfect for blowing up this type of pool in just a matter of minutes (5-10 min). I found mine in the camping section by the inflatable mattresses. It is important to use one that plugs into the wall for the fastest inflation. The one above also allows for rapid deflation when you are finished using the birth pool.
Contact Karen here to find out when the next meeting will be. We have one scheduled for December 7, 2021. Carolina Moms Unite is a wonderful, encouraging and enjoyable group of moms and moms-to-be. Many moms join the monthly group meetings to ask questions, share wisdom and encourage one another on the hard and fruitful journey of motherhood. Anyone is welcome- even if your baby hasn’t arrived yet! You are encouraged to bring your friends. Babies and toddlers stay with their moms and older children may play in another room, supervised by Karen's 18 year old daughter. Meetings are free of charge and meet at Karen's home. Feel free to bring a snack to share if you'd like (not required). Some of the topics we discuss include: babywearing, breastfeeding, birth options, parenting different age groups, homeschooling and much more. Treat meetings like a buffet, take what you like and leave the rest behind. We honor each mother and respect that we all have differing opinions and are all doing the best we can to raise our children well.