Guided Wisdom Doula & Wellness

Guided Wisdom Doula & Wellness

Support. Education. Empowerment...In Timeless Wisdom

Parenthood Transitioning

Choosing to step into the role as a parent is not one to be taken lightly. A parent to another human being can come in many different ways. At Guided Wisdom Doula & Wellness, we assist women and her partner/supporters on navigating parenthood through infertility, conception, pregnancy, child loss, and adoption.

In such a technological society, GWDW strives to be a company that reaches their clients were they are.  Therefore, we are pleased to offer local and virtual services, such as workshops, webinars, 1-1 sessions, and more.

On this page, you will find more about our services and the packages available.  If you want to know more or ready to schedule your 30 minute FREE consultation, visit the booking page.

Scope of Service

As a doula, we accompany women in labor to help ensure a safe and satisfying birth experience. We are non-clinical providers who will draw upon our knowledge and experience to provide emotional support, physical comfort and enhance your communication with your health care provider to ensure you have the information needed to make informed choices in labor. We will encourage you to make those decisions known to your care provider. We can provide reassurance and perspective to you and your partner, make suggestions for labor progress, and help with relaxation, massage, positioning and other techniques for comfort including hypnosis and Reiki. We will support you to our fullest in facilitating the kind of birth you have envisioned by helping you prepare for that birth as well as contingencies, since we all know we can’t plan birth. We are independently self-employed. As your doula, we are working for you, not your care giver or birth facility.

As a doula, we do not perform clinical tasks, such as take blood pressures, fetal assessments, vaginal exams, etc. We are present to provide for your physical comfort, emotional support and advocacy. We will not make decisions for you or your partner. We will not discuss decisions or the impact of decisions with your care provider. We are not responsible for any outcomes of your birth.

Clear expectations/responsibilities are create transparency and are vital to a positive birth experience and a successful doula-client relationship. Set forth below are our expectations for our clients and expectations that you may have of us.

Doula Expectations/Responsibilities

  • Responsiveness–During your pregnancy, we will respond to urgent text messages within 1 hour (usually sooner). We will respond to urgent emails within 2 hours (usually sooner). We will respond to all voicemail messages and non-urgent communication within 24-hours. During your Birth Month, if your doula is going to be away from her phone temporarily for any reason, she will provide you with an alternate method of reaching her in advance.

  • Quality Service –We will always provide you with the highest level of service, through continuing our education, applying up-to-date knowledge, and operating within our scope of practice.

  • Professionalism – We will be on time and prepared for appointments. We will never pressure you to alter your birth preferences, step in the way of your caregiver, or interrupt mother-baby bonding by asking to hold your baby.

Client Expectations/Responsibilities

  • Education – A childbirth class or a self-study program approved by your doula is a requirement for all first-time parents. Please discuss options with me.

  • Health – Expecting mothers should eat a healthy diet rich with color, protein, fiber and avoid processed foods, excess salt and sugar. Expecting mothers should exercise to the extent safe and possible. This expectation is to support a healthy pregnancy and birth and not intended to stress you. Please consult with your medical caregiver if you have any diet or exercise related concerns.

  • Communication –You must keep your doula informed about your medical care that affects your birth preferences. You must text your doula during the day to inform her of your labor and call her overnight when you are in labor and ready for her to come. Do not leave a voice mail if your need is urgent!

  • Preparation – You must complete your Birth Doula packet in advance of your final prenatal so that we may discuss your preferences. You must prepare a Birth Plan for your doula’s review prior to your birth. We are happy to assist you with this. You must provide any supplies that you wish to use for labor beyond those that your doula brings.

Support Packages and Add-Ons

Virtual Doula Support – $600
​​Services under the Virtual Doula Package are for technological support, i.e. email, phone, text, or video chat. 

  • Bi-weekly sessions via phone or video chat
  • 1 birthing kit OR postpartum kit mailed prior to 35 weeks gestation
  • Phone and email support throughout pregnancy
  • Research resources
  • 1 postpartum “debrief” within 1-2 weeks of delivery
  • Up to 2 childbirth webinars OR 1 private course; additional courses will be charged accordingly​

Basic Birth Support – $1500 

  • One prenatal visit (around 32-33 weeks) to learn your expectations, desires and fears and birth preferences
  • Phone and email support throughout your pregnancy
  • On-call for your Birth Month (38-42 weeks gestation)
  • Continuous support throughout your labor (at your home initially, then at your birthing destination) and early postpartum
  • Birth notes/timeline of labor (when possible) and photos with your camera, if you choose
  • Breastfeeding support immediately after birth
  • Unlimited phone, email and text support for the first two weeks after birth
  • Referrals (lactation, craniosacral therapy, acupuncture, chiropractic, midwives, obstetricians, etc.)
  • Optional: One postpartum visit in the first 4 postpartum weeks to review your birth and check in on your adjustment 

Enhanced Birth Support – $1750
Includes everything in Basic Birth Support plus:

  • A second prenatal visit to prepare for birthing day
  • Optional: One postpartum visit in the first 4 postpartum weeks to review your birth and check in on your adjustment
  • Optional: One The Healing Pot Postpartum vaginal steam

Full Service Support (labor and postpartum) – starting at $2500
Includes basic and enhanced plus: 

  • Weekly in-person support on agreed upon schedule for first month
  • Mothering support rituals (baths, movement, binding) as agreed upon
  • Support for up to 3 months as agreed upon
  • 10 mile radius included, outside 10 miles up to 20 miles additional; $.50/mile will be added​

​Postpartum Support – $2000

  • One free consultation to discuss your needs, proposed schedule and to ensure compatibility.**
  • One prenatal at your home (eg, baby care, sibling preparation, child proofing, relaxation) **
  • Weekly, scheduled visits as agreed upon
  • Email, phone, and text support during business hours and emergency on-call.
  • Herbal baths and steaming; other gentle movements such as stretching and yoga

Postpartum Support Hourly Packages – $500 – $1450 ($50 savings)
Additional support option.  Ideal for mother/family needing occasional support.  Perfect for Baby/Mama Shower Gift!

  • 20 hours – estimates to around 5 weeks of support
  • 40 hours – estimates to around 10 weeks of support
  • 60 hours – estimates to around 15 weeks of support

Add-on Services

  • The Healing Pot Postpartum Healing package (a series of 4 – 6 sessions) – $480 – 700 ($20 savings)
  • Postpartum Wellness kit (includes herbal sitz bath, teas, processing session) – $250
  • Placentaphagy (placenta encapsulation) – $250

A note regarding Cesarean Births: A Cesarean birth is still a birth!  There is no refund for fees of service. The scope of service is changed to support the new birthing plan.  Individual hospital policies regarding who maybe allowed in the operating room during cesareans vary, and it is up to you to understand the hospital
and physician’s policies. Ultimate day-of decision regarding doula admission to the OR is made by the anesthesiologist.

In addition to the Doula Services listed above, Cesarean birth services also include:

  • Meet you at the hospital at a designated time prior to your scheduled surgery
  • Remain with you in the pre-op area before the surgery for comfort, and once regional anesthesia is placed, remain with you in the operating room during the birth
  • Provide information about what is happening around you and help ease some of the physical and emotional challenges during surgery so that you and your partner can enjoy your birth experience
  • Encourage you and your partner to remind the staff of any special requests you might have (please ask me about special requests that help make your surgery as mother-baby friendly as possible)
  • Remain with you in the operating room, even if your baby must be transferred to the NICU or another hospital
  • Remain with you in recovery until you are transferred to a postpartum room (usually about 2 hours)