Doula Services

Our doulas offer personalized support in any birth setting – home, a hospital, or a birth center.

Emotional Support

Your doula will provide support from pregnancy, to birth, to the immediate postpartum period.

Physical Support

Experts in massage, breathing, labor positions, and comfort measures, doulas provide hands-on labor support to help manage the sensations of labor. 

Birth Knowledge

Doulas will help you navigate your birth, whether you have a “textbook” birth or your plan deviates from what you’d planned. Doulas explain your options so you can make informed decisions.

“If a doula were a drug, it would be unethical not to use it.”

– Dr. John H. Kennell, cofounder of DONA International

 What is included?

 

Pregnancy

  • Initial consultation
  • Birth plan visit at 36 weeks
  •  Unlimited phone/text support beginning at 37 weeks
  • 5-week childbirth education series
  • One prenatal massage at The Cottage

Labor and Birth

  • Unlimited phone support in early labor
  • In-person support in active labor
  • Basic birth photography
  • No time limits or hourly rates – we don’t charge more for longer labor

 

Postpartum 

  • Two-hour stay immediately after birth to help establish breastfeeding
  • One postpartum home visit
  • Back to Work class
  • A one-year membership to The Nest, Babymoon’s postpartum community

 

Women who received support from a doula are 31% less likely to use Pitocin to speed up labor.

Women who use a doula are 28% less likely to have a Cesarean birth.

Women who use a doula are 12% more likely to have a spontaneous vaginal birth.

Women who use a doula are 9% less likely to use pain medications .

Women who use a doula are 34% less likely to rate their birth experience negatively.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why do I need a doula?

Regardless of where or how you plan to have birth, hiring a doula is like having a birth expert in your pocket. Research has continually shown that birth outcomes improve when a doula is present at the birth.

When birthing in a hospital, a doula can help you work through your options and be 100% focused on you, as it is unlikely a nurse or other care provider will be present for the duration of labor.  For out of hospital birth, a doula can be another member of the birth team devoted entirely do you and your support person, while your midwives can focus on keeping you and your baby happy and healthy.

Is a doula going to replace my partner?

No!  A doula does not take the place of the birth partner. A doula’s role is to support the entire family during the birth. This includes keeping the birth partner fed, hydrated, and rested as well.  Your birth partner knows you best and will be your best emotional support.  A doula is an expert in birth and can offer ideas and knowledge your partner may not have. 

What is the cost to have a doula?

Our doula package, which includes a prenatal massage, basic birth photography, and 5-week childbirth education series, is $1200. Please contact us if you would like to discuss payment plans.

How long do you stay after the birth?

The first few hours after birth are a sacred time for families and your first opportunity to bond. Our doulas are usually present for around two hours after birth, to help establish breastfeeding, answer questions, and provide additional support. We continue to be available by phone until the postpartum visit.

How are a midwife and a doula different?

Both a midwife and a doula can provide physical and emotional support during labor. However, a midwife has clinical skills and medical training and is primarily responsible for the safety of mom and baby. A midwife will listen to your baby’s heart tones, monitor your vitals, perform cervical checks if necessary, and facilitate the actual birth of the baby.  A doula does not perform any medical procedures and is strictly there for physical and emotional support. 

I'm interested i hiring a doula. What is my next step?

Please call us at 602-314-775 or use the contact form below. We will schedule a complimentary consultation where you can meet our doulas,  ask any questions, and determine if one of our doulas is a good fit for you!

Meet our Doula Coordinator

Renette Shaw

Renette Shaw

Doula Coordinator

As Renette searched deeply for her purpose in life, she found her name to mean “Reborn.” Things began to move quickly and effortlessly for her as she pursued serving women in the birthing space as a doula. Renette strongly believes that as women, we should support, uplift, and encourage one another, especially in our greatest hours of need for sisterhood.

Renette provides a calming and peaceful presence, which allows a laboring mother to trust her body to do the work of bringing her child into the world, as well as allowing mothers to listen to their intuition. From recommending optimal laboring positions, to offering continuous encouragement, Renette ensures a laboring woman feels empowered in any birth setting by ensuring her voice is heard.  

Renette completed her doula training through DONA International in 2016, along with receiving a certificate in Breastfeeding and Lactation Support. In addition, she has taken extensive training to become a childbirth educator with a focus on the Lamaze Six Healthy Birth Practices. She is also trained in using the TENS machine for laboring women.  Renette currently serves as Babymoon Inn’s Doula Coordinator, providing mentorship and training to our doulas. She also leads our doula training program that has trained many local successful doulas.

 

Where To Find Us

202 E. Morris Dr.
Phoenix, AZ 85012

(602) 314-7755

doulas@babymooninn.com

Contact Our Doula Team