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:: location matters ::

:: location matters ::

::Location Matters::

BIRTH LOCATION COMFORT INFLUENCES OUTCOMES

For some chosing homebirth, birth center or hospital is an easy decision.  For others there are many factors to consider including insurance, cost, and travel distance.  Wherever you map your birth location, we will work together in the prenatal time to fill you full of information about the unique aspects of that space, identify appropiate coping skills based on where you will be, and brainstorm visions and ideas for how to make your space a warm, comfortable nest fit for bringing your new little one earthside.

Organically Organized Unfolding Requires Comfort

Our goal is to work along side you in pregnancy, labor & birth, and the immediate postpartum to identify how you feel about your birth location, what shines for you about it and what holds discomfort.  No matter your identified location, we will gather strategies to bringing the most potent version of yourself to this process of surrender and transformation.

Labor has great potential to unfold normally when accompanied by the key ingredients: quiet, comfort & dark.  location plays a role in how those ingredients are accessed.

:: HOSPITAL ::

For some, birthing in a hospital is a heart centerd decision that offers extra layers of emotional support.  For others, "choosing" the hospital has more to due to with insurance, money, or compromising with family.  If this is you, we will invite you to use this primary discomfort as an opportunity to learn more about what it is you need in this process to feel safe, supported, comfortable, and empowered.  We will work together to identify what information, beauty, and coping skills will help to facilitate a normal cascade of hormones in an environment that was not your number one choice.  Points of Light Birth Doulas are happy to accompany you to one prenatal visit with your Midwife or Doctor in addition to our regular support.

 

:: HOMEBIRTH ::

Some may choose homebirth, while others may be bound it due to great proximity from a hospital.  Whatever you reason, homebirth can feel equally empowering and scary.  For most, the comfort of birthing around your everyday smells and colors and layout will give you ample opportunity to consider the functionality of the space, how you want to beautify it, and the safety and security that comes with it.  Birthing at home means being able to engage in birthing practices that can be challenging to achieve in other locations.  Points of Light Birth Doulas honor the possibility of homebirth transport, and will open that window with you.  We also promise to meet with you and your Midwife/Midwives at least once across the prenatal time in addition to our regular support.

 

:: BIRTH CENTER ::

More often than not, when chosing a birth center it is selected as a number one choice.  They have a homey feel, birth extras like tubs and comfty beds, and provide an intimate layer of continuous support in the day or days following birth.  Points of Light Birth Doulas offer to meet with you and your birth team at the birth center once across the prenatal time in addition to our regular support.

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Telia brings a deep well of labor support skills and an equally deep well of compassion to every labor.  As a labor nurse I was always happy to see Telia because I knew she was my other half.  She is a gift to our community.

-Anna H

Luna was an incredible partner and especially helpful in providing information and clarifying options when we had to navigate more difficult decisions.

--LM

During 24+ hours of labor, Luna was a grounding and encouraging presence.  I honestly wouldn't have been able to make it as far as I did without her gentle reminders and suggestions.  And during the early postpartum period, she was there with validation and witnessing--she even saved me from an awful plugged duct by suggesting resources.  It makes me so happy to know Luna is providing doula support in our community!

 

--MZ

Luna stepped in when our trusted support withdrew from us in our time of need.  Luna got to know us and made us more comfortable with ourselves and each other.  I appreciate how you were there for both and all of us.

--JC

Luna offered wise reminders and witnessed me in my strength and believed in my Warrior Mama spirit--showing so much respect and empathy.  My heart is happy to know Luna is in my community supporting families before, during and after the intensity of birth.

--MZ

Telia was kind and supportive during my change of birth plan.  During the chaos the only thing I was focused on was Telia telling me it was going to be okay.  I would recommend Telia hands down to anyone who is having a baby.  The love and care she puts into not only the birth but checking on us after was absolutely amazing.  When we have our second, Telia will be there with us again.

-Jess S.

Luna brought great perspective to the table and really helped me prepare for bringing my babe into the world.

--BK

Luna's advice throughout all these months made me feel prepared and confident.

--AH

It was comforting to have Luna as part of the process and be able to talk through the last stages of pregnancy.  Also, to help further process our feelings about our first experience!  Thank you Luna for being on call so quickly for another rapid birth!

--SO

This was our third baby and our first time using a doula.  Luna helped me to process our previous birth experiences and really helped me to hone in on and actualize my desires for this birth.  Luna is warm as well as knowledgable, and had a wealth of resources for anything I sought support for.

 

--MS

I was somewhat frightened by the recent rising maternal mortality and child morbidity rates in Black families.  Telia not only assisted us through our pregnancy with information but was there as the liaison with our medical staff with things just didn't sound right.  She came to appointments, taught my husband techniques to help me in labor, and even visited after baby was born.  Overall Telia was an amazing doula and helped me have the most amazing birth experience.  I'm excited to work with her again when the time comes!

-Rina I

Luna stayed with us through the labor to postpartum transition, which I was nervous about.  She helped to make our postpartum room a sanctuary.  This effort helped me to feel cared for and comfortable in our space so that I could focus on resting and bonding as a family across the first couple of postpartum days in the hospital before going home.

--MS

Luna offered a warm, grounding, and heart-filled presence every step of the way.  We are so grateful she was part of our birth experience!

 

--C&HW

Luna provided a wealth of knowledge, gentle advice, and unwavering support through the third trimester and during our postpartum months.  Luna helped us navigate a number of issues during those chaotic, but precious, months...she even helped us find a nanny!  It was great to have someone--other than our medical care provider--whom we could turn to whenever we had questions or concerns.  I would, without hesitation, recommend Luna to anybody thinking about hiring a doula.

 

--JF

 I appreciated Luna's expertise, insight, and gentle, caring nature through out our prenatal visits, laborite, and postpartum visits.  We would recommend Luna to any family looking for support in their childbirth journey.

--MS

Grounded, Trauma Informed & Somewhat Magic Birth Support!

  • Connect & Lean In: We'll meet up to 4 times prenatally
  • Explore: What will make this time meaningful and authentic for you?
  • On-Call: Begins at 37 weeks until birth (with robust back-up support)
  • Integrate: Up to 2 Postpartum visits across Month One
  • Bring on your Questions: Email Communication on an as needed basis
  • Doula Promise: to witness, nurture, inform, advocate & facilitate balance
  • Please Inquire if you are currently covered by Medicaid

Prepare, Ground In & Connect with Your Changing Landscape

  • TEA Birth Support plus Birthers Choice :: Choose One of the Following
  • Envision :: An afternoon in nature to connect with your authentic desires
  • Ground In :: Birth story integration (for past or recent experiences)
  • Fascial Flow Method™ :: One 2-hour session teaches you brain/body hacks
  • Spiritful Abundance :: Attend a class designed to connect grief and joy
  • Freezer Love :: 3-hour meal prep of yummy, nutritious foods for later

One of the most important factors in deciding on a place to birth your baby is your overall feeling of safety.  For my first birth, I felt the safest at an in-hospital birthing center.  My most recent birth was in my home, and it felt like it was the safest choice for me and my baby.

-Lindsey Bliss in The Doula's Guide to Empowering Your Birth

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