Birth and Postpartum Doula

Nurturing support for one of the biggest moments of your life.

During COVID-19 Quarantine I am attending births at home and at hospitals that are welcoming of doulas. Otherwise I am happy to provide virtual support to birthing and postpartum families all over the country. Please fill out the form at the bottom of the page to get more information as to how I can best support you during this time.

You want to navigate your pregnancy, birth, and postpartum time with confidence and joy.

Whether you are choosing to give birth in a hospital, birth center, or your home, many families hope to have a positive, empowered, and informed experience.

When your baby arrives, you want that energy to carry over to your postpartum time. You envision the time after your birth, snuggled up in bed with your sweet baby, nourished and cared for. 

And you know the support of a doula is an essential, non-judgmental, and skilled part of your care team.

With my support, you will have the tools you need to make informed choices about your care, as well as feel confident in knowing someone is there just for you and your partner during your journey.

I will:

Provide instruction and resources to help your family prepare for this profound experience, body-mind-spirit
Utilize my unique background and continuing education (fetal positioning techniques, female sexual health expertise)
Bring my deep knowledge of the birthing process and the needs of birthing families
Guide you through your postpartum physical and emotional recovery
Offer practical newborn care instruction
Nourish your family with comforting, healthfully prepared meals 
Support your breastfeeding relationship or offer infant feeding education
Coach you and your partner in navigating your relationship post-baby
Create a multi-dimensional support plan from pregnancy through the first few months postpartum

That means:

Prenatal Support   

The prenatal process consists of getting to know you, your partner, your birthing preferences, and helping you prepare for birth physically, emotionally, and practically. If am working as your postpartum doula, you can schedule a few prenatal visits for baby planning and setting up your nursery. 

Your Birth Day   

When your baby signals their arrival, you will be surrounded by loving, nonjudgmental physical, emotional, and informational support. I am also skilled in the process of informed consent and refusal, and will work to bridge communication with you and your care provider so you can access the information you need to make decisions about your birth process. 

Postpartum Care

As your birth doula, I can guide you in initiating the first latch with your newborn, make sure you eat and receive nurturance, and assist in bonding. As your postpartum doula, I will provide in-home day or night time support to help ease you into your role as a parent, make sure you are recovering well from your birth, and assist in a variety of ways to support your household. I can even visit you in-hospital if desired to bring good food, provide a massage, and answer your questions. My approach to the postpartum period is to nourish the postpartum mother/parent, focusing on physical recovery & emotional wellbeing. I take a unique approach to newborn care education: blending evidence based information with evolutionary/biological knowledge about human babies, and help you understand the needs and communication of your newborn. I love to prepare healthy meals for new families as well. I draw from the rich global traditions of postpartum care, preparing vaginal steams, nourishing soups, massage, and more, to help the body recover and soothe the nervous system after birth. Guidance and a listening ear are also so important to new families, and I am happy to sit and talk with new moms and parents about their births, their babies, parenthood, relationships, emotions, and more.

My high quality birth doula services include:

-Prenatal meetings to get to know each other & create birth plan
-Breath work
-Fetal positioning exercises
-Fear release work and emotional preparation
-Partner skill building
-Hands on comfort measures
-Assistance with informed consent/refusal process
-Mindful meditation practices
-Rebozo techniques
-Creating a comforting birth environment
-Connecting couples through the birth process
-Embodied and ecstatic birth coaching
-Family centered planned cesarean support
-Home, hospital, or birth center settings
-Birth photography (add’l fee)
-Supportive of unmedicated or medicated births
-VBAC experience

My high quality postpartum doula services include: 

-Holistic Postpartum Care
(vaginal steam or sitz baths, belly massage & binding, infant massage, foot soaks & foot rubs, scar massage instruction, perineal care techniques)
-Healthy snacks, meals, & bone broths/soups
-In-home placenta preparation
-Emotional support
-Birth story processing
-Creating rituals or birth reclamation ceremonies
-Closing the Bones inspired ceremonies
-Empathic, informed care for those going through postpartum mood disorders 
-Newborn care instruction
-Babywearing & gear instruction
-Parenting coaching
-Breastfeeding/pumping/formula/bottle feeding support
-Practical household assistance
-Sibling support
-Pet care

Packages

zoe etkin doula packages

Interested in working with me? Fill out this form to schedule a free consultation. Be sure to include your due date, area of residence, and birthing location.