Birth offers a unique opportunity for women to reclaim their bodies in a safe and supported space. At Ganapati Wellness, we believe that an empowering birth experience has enormous potential to help women heal. While we work with all women, from all walks of life, Cait specializes in working with women with histories of sexual violence or abuse, as well as previous traumatic birth experiences, to turn their next birth into a powerful opportunity to reclaim the body as a safe space. Our goal is to help women feel empowered to trust their bodies so they can be more confident mothers. Here’s how it works:
What’s a doula?
A doula accompanies women in labor to help them have a more satisfying birth experience. In addition to providing emotional and physical support, she bridges gaps in communication with the staff to ensure the client has all the information necessary to make informed decisions during her labor. A doula can provide reassurance and perspective to laboring women and their partners, making suggestions for labor progress, and helping with relaxation, massage, and positioning. Doulas are independent and self-employed. Your doula works for you, not your hospital or caregiver.
What do I do when I go into labor?
When contractions start, it’s a good idea to give your doula a call, even if you do not yet need support. We can answer questions and make suggestions over the phone. At this point, together we will decide if you need immediate assistance or if we should wait for further change. Approximately 30 min to one hour is needed to get to you from the time you ask your doula to come, depending on distance from the doula. We will also decide where to meet—at your home or the hospital. Except for extraordinary circumstances, your doula will remain with you throughout your labor and birth. This constant and unwavering support
In the event that you have a false alarm and the doula has been called to the hospital and is then sent home, there will be a charge of $30 due at the time of the occurrence. This can usually be avoided with a phone contact or a visit to your doctor’s office.
What happens after the birth?
Your doula will typically remain with you for one to two hours after birth, until you are comfortable and your family is ready for quiet time together. We can also help with initial breastfeeding, if necessary. If the mother is not accompanied by a partner or family member, the doula will assist in coordination of mom and baby coming home from the hospital.
How about postpartum?
Your doula is available for phone contact to answer questions about the birth of your baby, and would like to get together with you within one to two weeks to see how you are doing, review the birth, admire your baby, and get feedback from you about our role.
How much does it cost?
Cait’s practice has moved more into the realm of counseling and hypnotherapy, so doula services have gone to the back burner. She currently charges $750 to attend a birth, and is only taking on one client per month at the max. However, she will gladly connect you with some other incredible doulas in the area and is happy to refer out.