A birth doula is a labor support person who attends to a birthing family’s emotional and physical needs before and during labor and birth. A birth doula does not replace your medical caregiver (midwife or doctor) or your birthing companion, but rather helps that companion become involved in the birth to the extent that he/she feels comfortable.
Continuous labor support has consistently been shown to improve birth outcomes.* The doulas at Sunflowers Healing and Wellness combine unique backgrounds in HypnoBirthing, management consulting, health and wellness coaching, clinical hypnotherapy, energy healing, childbirth education, and doula training to assist their clients have empowered, satisfying, safe, and joyful birthing experiences.
Our doulas believe strongly that every family deserves to write their own birth story. Our doulas will help you understand all your birthing options, then help you create the conditions and strategies most aligned with your preferences.
The combination of HypnoBirthing and Doula support is powerful. Our clients enjoy shorter, easier, more comfortable labors by choosing providers aligned with their birth preferences, maintaining good prenatal health, and practicing HypnoBirthing techniques. As a result, our clients’ statistics are notably better than national averages.
* Mothering the Mother: How a Doula Can HelpYou Have a Shorter, Easier, and Healthier Birth, Klaus, Kennell, and Klaus (1993).
To accommodate the different needs of our clients, we offer multiple doula service packages.
Designed for mothers planning to experience labor or a planned cesarean for the first time, this package includes all of the services in the Basic Labor Support package above, plus:
All of the services in the Deluxe Labor Support package above, plus:
Sunflowers doulas attend births in homes, birth centers, and hospitals in most of DC, Northern Virginia, and parts of Prince George’s County. Please inquire to see if service is provided to your area.
Because attending your birth is important, our doulas will only accept 1-2 families per month. Unless a personal/family emergency arises, you can count on your doula to be with you for your labor and birth. In those rare situations when she cannot attend, a back-up doula will be available.
Lindsey is currently accepting new clients with due dates in March 2018 and beyond; she is always available for returning clients. Katia is currently accepting clients with due dates in November 2017 and beyond.
Please contact us to inquire about availability during your birthing time. Even if it’s last minute, we may still be able to help you have the birth you desire.