Many families prefer to have as little people in the room when they give birth- or they have hospital policies in place that limit the number of people. Having a doula that can navigate between supporting you and documenting your birth limits the number of people in the room and allows you to have a more intimate atmosphere.
Informed decisions come from a place where you feel safe and have all of the information you need to make a decision. I'll walk you through what you can expect when you hire me. There isn't a rush, take your time, and feel confident in your decision.
After the birth, we will schedule a postpartum appointment within the first two weeks. We will talk about your birth experience, go over your postpartum plan, and I will give you resources as well. Any postpartum add-ons from your package will also be included. Images will be delivered through a virtual gallery, with the option to make additional purchases for prints, albums, and keepsakes.
When you have decided to hire me and let me know, I'll send an email out to you with forms (general information) an contract (for you to know what to expect and have a mutual agreement) and a $475 non-refundable retainer. Once those are sent, your due date is reserved.
In our consultation, we will get to know each other and the details of your birth. I take the time to help expecting parents to decide what their goals and personal beliefs are about birth. I will also go over how I provide support for you to decide if those match your goals & beliefs.
While I will attend your birth if you go into labor before 37 weeks, I will not be on call. On call means that I am able to attend your birth within the designated timeframe, have a back-up available, and have my phone on me 24/7. I am on call until the arrival of your baby after 37 weeks.
I offer 2 prenatal appointments, they give us the time to connect and prepare for your birth. I talk about comfort measures, birth plans, postpartum plans, labor preparation, and give resources to other professionals. I encourage birth partners to attend as well.
Unless I am attending the birth as a doula (I will possibly already be attending), I come into births when you are in active labor and there are signs you are close to delivering your baby. I stay after the birth up to 2 hours, unless otherwise agreed on.
Imagine yourself in labor. You surrender yourself to the birthing process, every single moment is connecting you to your baby. Your partner is right by your side, encouraging every moment. When you are discouraged, your partner is right there. They know you best and know exactly the best way to encourage and support you on an intimate level.
Where will I be? I will be making sure your all of your other needs are met so your partner can stay right by your side. I will be the one grabbing water, cool rags. Your lower back pain will be eased as I apply comfort measures, You can focus internally while I offer new birthing positions for you. You may not have noticed it, but I was there to remind your partner to go rest, and I stepped in the meantime. I repeat the affirmations you need to hear, and go through breathing exercises for you and your partner. I am quietly in the corner, taking pictures that will take you back to the circle of love you created around you. Everything about your beautiful birthing experience is because of the strength and the divine within you.
-On Call starting 38 weeks
-Two Prenatal Appointments
-5-10 minute video call to meet your backup doula- photographer
-Resource List of local professionals for pregnancy and postpartum stages
-Personalized Affirmation Cards
-Lending Doula Basket
-Virtual Support during pregnancy and early labor
-In person labor support for you & your partner starting active labor, ending two hours after delivery.
-Documentation of Birth Story
-Post Meal Delivery
-Virtual Photo Gallery- Full Resolution of 150-200 images
To some families, birth is an event that ends pregnancy and brings your baby to you. To others it is a life event that shapes their individual womanhood. How is it that birth is so different, even if two laboring people can share the same story? The truth is, we all have a different experience with childbirth.
Your vision for your birth is a intimate, soft, and powerful. You want the focus to be between you, and your baby, and (if applicable) partner.
You want your birth story documented because it is a beautiful and lifetime event you want to remember and cherish.
You believe that childbirth decisions are making decisions as a parenting, and you want a gentle birth to reflect that.
Your desire is to bring your baby earth side in a calm, peaceful birth environment.
"Eva was amazing through the birthing process. She gave me the guidance I needed beforehand and in the moment to help my wife with laboring. When our birth didn’t go as planned, she was ready with methods to help things along, words of encouragement, tools, and creating and atmosphere for my wife to be successful in the type of birth we had hoped for. Somehow through all of this, she was also able to capture incredible photos of the process. The photos we have now are great reminders of what we did during a pivotal moment in our lives as a family."
"Eva is incredible, she took our engagement photos and then was also our doula for my sons birth. My son was being born 8 weeks early and as you can imagine I was stressed, she made sure I was as calm as possible and catered to my every needs. "
"Eva did my maternity photos, my birth photos and my family photos. She is always so professional and kind and her pictures are beautiful! She is very responsive and pays attention to little details. I was a little apprehensive about having a photographer at my birth but I am so glad I did! Eva added a great calm energy to my birth and I will forever treasure the photos she took!"
"Eva was great! I texted her when I went into labor and she came right away. She was kind and confident in her role. She knew how to stay out of the way of the nurses and doctors and still get amazing photos - documenting the birth story of my first born. She conversed with my family and honestly helped the atmosphere in the room stay light and happy. I would definitely choose her again!"
The first 6 months of my life was a haze. I was robbed- from my memories and my presence as a new mother.
This is the point of the Fourth Trimester Project. To reclaim, restore, and give parents back the opportunity to heal and to bond through photos.
The first 6 months of my life was a haze. Postpartum ideally is a cherished stage of parenthood. I was a new mother, it was suppose to be a journey of healing, an intimate period of bonding. But frankly, I was robbed- from my memories and my presence as a new mother. As I try to claim it back, and I find myself doing that by looking back to my phone recordings and photos.
This is the point of the Fourth Trimester Project. To reclaim, restore, and give parents back the opportunity to heal and to bond. I encourage all families/ parents to apply and participate.