Nicole Havelka, toLabor trained Doula
I am a doula trained by toLabor. I trust in a woman’s ability to birth her baby and believe childbirth is a wonderful, natural and beautiful experience. Since women’s memories of birth often last a lifetime and can have powerful effects on one’s feelings of self-esteem and confidence, I am committed to helping women have the most fulfilling, empowering and satisfying experience possible.
A doula, or birth assistant, is a professional care provider who trusts and understands the process of birth. As your doula I will provide support and information throughout your pregnancy, birth and first weeks of parenthood. It will be my role to facilitate your birth experience by:
*answering questions and providing information so that you can make informed decisions regarding your care throughout pregnancy and birth
*advocating for you in order to promote collaboration among all members of your birth team
*providing emotional support such as a continuous presence, encouragement and reassurance throughout labor and birth
*providing physical support through brainstorming and encouraging a variety of comfort measures, positions, and relaxation techniques throughout the birth process
It will NOT be my role to:
*provide any medical assessment or medical advice
*make decisions for you
*speak to the medical staff regarding matters where decisions are being made. You or your birth partner will speak on your own behalf to the clinical staff
*guarantee the outcome of your birth
If any complications or emergencies arise, I will be there to help you understand the situation and will work effectively as part of your birth team to foster a positive outcome. It is important that the decisions you make during birth are right for you. I will respectfully help you and your birth partner explore questions and feelings so you can feel confident and comfortable.
Your Doula package:
*2 Prenatal Visits-during these visits we will discuss your plans for birth and I will provide information related to pregnancy, labor and childbirth
*Phone, text and email support and information during your pregnancy
*Labor support- I will be a continuous presence during labor from the time that you feel you would need me until 1 to 2 hours after birth, or until the family feels ready to have alone time
*1-2 Postpartum Visits – during these visits I will assist with initial breastfeeding as needed, provide information about newborn care and comforting, and answer any questions
Fee: $500.00 To be paid in full by our second prenatal visit.
I believe that every woman who would like a doula throughout her pregnancy and birth should be able to have one. If you feel that you may not be able to meet the regular fee, I would be willing to discuss a trade or barter agreement with you.
I acknowledge I have received, reviewed and agreed on the above terms:
Doula: Nicole Havelka
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