Doula Birth and Postpartum Support

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Having a baby is a joy unlike any other. However, with the excitement of your impending birth, you may also have some anxiety about coping with labor and the postpartum period. These feelings are understandable and natural. Now, and age old idea is helping families through the journey of childbirth.

The "Doula Touch" at GBMC offers extended support for expecting parents. As a compliment to the medical care that you receive, a doula provides comfort, reassurance, and continued support to you and your family. We hope to enhance your birth experience as patient advocates, encouraging and educating partners and family members throughout this exciting time.  

Our commitment to your new family continues even after you have left the hospital. GBMC's Postpartum doula's provide non-medical support to antepartum mothers, new mothers and family members. Our services include errand runs, nursery and home organization, meal preparation, light housekeeping, laundry and transportation. We offer guidance in newborn care, sibling care, breastfeeding support, safety tips and emotional support.

The GBMC Doula Program is a fee-based service. Doulas are trained by GBMC and a National Accrediting Organization for Doulas. Early registration is recommended. To register for doula services or request information by mail please call the "Doula Touch" program at (443) 849-6287 or send and email to mdowell@gbmc.org. You can also download our Doula contract by clicking here.


GBMC Birth Doula's

All GBMC doulas have attended an approved certification course in addition to childbirth education, lactation and massage therapy classes. We offer full time support in massage, relaxation, breathing exercises, acupressure (noninvasive), visualization, labor and delivery positioning, childbirth education and breastfeeding support. Clients who hire a doula are looking to enhance their birth experience. Through encouragement, support, and personalized instruction, doulas assist partners and family members throughout the birth process.

GBMC Postpartum Doulas

GBMC postpartum doulas offer daytime and overnight support with infant care, breastfeeding support, sibling care, meal preparation, laundry, light housekeeping, emotional support, home organization, errand runs and safety tips. Postpartum doulas promote infant and family bonding while creating a sense of balance and organization during your recovery period.

GBMC Massage Services

Pamper and reward the expecting parents or new mother with total relaxation. We offer full body massage services before or after your delivery. Our certified massage therapists specialize in pregnancy massage, infant massage and high-risk precautions. These services are offered on the antepartum unit. labor and delivery unit, postpartum unit, or the comfort of your own home. Our trained therapist have the skills to provide cesarean discomfort relief, physical relaxation, and newborn comfort.


Birth Doula & Massage Therapy services are designed to offer expectant parents continued comfort, support and education. Doulas work to enhance your birth experience as patient advocates, encouraging partners and family members throughout the birthing process. Birth Doulas fully support your choice of pain medication during labor and delivery.

Package 1   “Birth Doula Assistance” cost ~$500.
Our Birth Doulas have all attended a Birth certification course in addition to childbirth education, lactation and massage therapy classes. We offer full time support in massage, relaxation techniques, breathing exercises, acupressure (noninvasive), visualization, labor and delivery positioning, childbirth education and breastfeeding support. Clients who hire Doulas are looking to enhance their birth experience. Through encouragement, support and personalized instruction, Doulas assist partners and family members throughout the birth process. Several comfort techniques include the use of birth balls, squatting bars, private showers, rocking chairs, heated blankets and massage tools. Your doctors approval will be necessary for mobility, the use of a birth ball and certain labor and delivery positions.

Package 2 “Cesarean Section Support” cost ~$125
A GBMC Birth doula will arrive with you two hours prior to your scheduled c-section. She will work with you on relaxation, help to answer questions and concerns, provide emotional support and offer massage services prior to your surgery.  After the delivery she will assist in breastfeeding support if you choose to breastfeed. Cesarean doula support provides a constant presence of reassurance for you, your partner and your family.

Package 3 “Pre and Postnatal Massage” cost ~ $95. (1 hour)
Pamper and reward the expectant or new mother with a full body massage before or after the delivery.  The GBMC Doula Touch program is staffed by certified massage therapists. This service is offered on the antepartum and postpartum units at GBMC. Appointments are first come first serve so set your appointment now. A doctor’s permission slip is required prior to service.*If you have been discharged and would like the massage service at home there will be an additional fee of $10.00. A doctor's permission slip is required prior to service. Please contact the office for possible travel fees.


Postpartum Support

Our Postpartum Doulas have all attended childbirth education courses, breastfeeding support classes and infant care training. They are all certified or working towards their certification as postpartum doulas. We offer full time support with infant care, breastfeeding support, sibling care, meal preparation, laundry, light housekeeping, emotional support, home organization, errand runs and safety tips. Postpartum doulas promote time for infant and family bonding while creating a sense of  balance and organization during your recovery period.

Package 1 - Fast Start

4 hours (1 day of care)

Cost: $100

Package 2 - Confidence Builder

12 hours of care (3 hours minimum a day)

Cost: $300

Package 3 - Total Reassurance

20 hours of care (3 hours minimum a day)

Cost: $500

Package 4 - Extended Care

40 hours of care (4 hours minimum a day)

Cost: $950

Package 5 - Ultimate Elite

60 hours of care (4 hours minimum a day)

Cost: $1575

This package includes a 1 hour full body massage and allows for moms day out.

Package 6 - Wake me in the Morning

10pm-6am (8 hours)

Cost: $200 Singleton

Cost: $225 Twins

Cost: $235 Triplets

 

For more information on the Doula Touch program or to receive a registration package please contact Lanny Dowell Doula Coordinator 443-849-6287 or email mdowell@gbmc.org

Doula Testimonials

  • "I was so anxious about labor and delivery and I was afraid I was going to have unrealistic expectation of my husband. Our doula was so great at keeping me calm and relaxed. My husband felt confident in his role as my coach because our doula continued to make suggestions that allowed him to effectively support me."
     
  • "It's like having a good friend to relate to at all times, someone who can calm your fears about having a baby."
     
  • "I couldn't have made it through 8 hours of unmedicated labor, the epidural, and  2.5 hours of pushing. My husband agrees -- he also relied on her for guidance too."
     
  • "I would never consider giving birth without a Doula. I rate my success with labor and delivery to the fact that we had a Doula present."
     
  • "I felt more confident in my ability to nurse my daughter and the doula  helped to keep our home running smoothly."

     
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