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Birth Doula Support

The Modesto Doula Group offers Birth Doula Support to moms choosing to delivering their babies in hospital settings or at home with a licensed midwife. All of our clients receive as part of their Birth Doula package the following:

Services Provided:

* Consultation visit to determine compatibility
* Childbirth Education and relaxation classes in a group setting, where you will meet all the doulas in the practice. Private classes are available for an additonal fee. For more on these classes, please go here.
* Moms who have already taken a comprehensive childbirth and relaxation class may choose to substitute a prenatal yoga series instead of these classes.
* One prenatal visit to get to know you and your plans for your birth
* Unlimited phone and email support during pregnancy and up to six weeks postpartum
* Assistance in creating a birth plan, if desired
* Personalized, written meditation or hypnosis script for you to practice at home
* On-call status 24/7 from 2 weeks before your due date until your baby is born
* Labor and birth support at home and/or hospital
* Use of a TENS machine during labor
* Breastfeeding support any time after the birth
* Babywearing demonstration and assistance in selecting a carrier, if desired
* Access to our lending library
* An account of your birth story, if desired
* One postpartum visit, preferably within two weeks of the birth

What to expect:

Prenatal Visit (1 hour)
* Birth Plan counseling
* Couple questionnaire
* Relaxation exercise or personalized guided meditation

First Childbirth Education Class (2 hours)
* How to know when it's labor
* Physiology of labor
* Labor variations
* What to expect physically and emotionally
* Augmentations and medical interventions
* Communication with your medical care providers

Second Childbirth Education Class (2 hours)
* Pain management
* Comfort measures
* Relaxation tools

Labor and Birth(time varies -- we average 20 hours for a first baby, but have been with a client for as long as 58 hours)
* Phone support in early labor until such time that you would like a doula to arrive at your home or hopsital
* Support at your home and/or hospital, if you are planning a hospital birth
* Suggestions for your doula for position changes, guidance in breathing and relaxation techniques, hydrotherapy, massage, acupressure, and other strategies and tools
* Advocacy for you
* Help in understanding your choices when an intervention is proposed, if you desire
* Supporting your birth partner to help you
* Support after the labor to make sure bonding and breastfeeding are well on their way after birth

Postpartum Visit (1-2 hours)
* Discussion the birth experience
* Support with breastfeeding and referral to a lactation consultant, if necessary
* Discussion of nutrition
* Discussion of any postpartum issues and support resources

Things that are outside the scope of our practice and that we will not do:

* Performance of clinical tasks such as blood pressure, fetal heart checks or vaginal exams
* Making decisions for you
* Speaking on your behalf to the medical staff concerning your care
* Interfering with your birth partner(s) during labor and birth

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Current Rates and Additional Services

Basic Package: $1300

Includes initial consultation, two group classes and one private prenatal session in our office, continuous support during labor and delivery, and one postpartum visit

Upgrade to private childbirth classes and prenatal session in your home: + $250

Upgrade to Bradley Birth classes with Susan Jessee: +$400

Reserve our birth stool: + $40

Add placenta processing: + $225 (raw or TCM capsules) or + $250 (half/half capsules)

Encapsulation delivery fee is waived for MDG clients

Add 10 hours of Postpartum Doula Services: $250

Add New Mama Postpartum Coaching - 5 hours of phone, email, and text support: $100

**Travel of up to 200 miles total is included in the above packages. A small travel fee may be added for travel over 200 miles and for any bridge tolls or parking fees.


Families planning a homebirth attended by a licensed midwife receive a 10% discount on Birth Doula services. The Modesto Doula Group is unable to attend planned unassisted births.

If you are a birth mother planning an adoption or are the partner of an active military member who will be deployed during the time your baby is due, please contact us about special reduced rates.

Many of our clients choose to contribute to a fund so that we are able to periodically offer services for mothers who cannot otherwise afford Birth Doula services.

Payment plans are available.