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 hire a Babymoon doula?

Our doula package, which includes a prenatal massage, basic birth photography, and 5-week childbirth education series, is $1250. 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 in 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

Our program includes

  • Prenatal care with a midwife.  This includes extended appointment times and extensive education and support during your pregnancy.
  • One prenatal massage.  Indulge in a relaxing massage from one of our licensed massage therapists.
  • One facial.  Our estheticians at The Cottage offer a relaxing and pregnancy-safe facial.
  • Three group prenatal appointments. In addition to your individual appointments with a midwife, you will attend three group prenatal in each trimester of pregnancy.
  • Birth center birth attended by a midwife and birth assistant. Give birth surrounded by a team that fully supports you. 
  • Basic photography.  The first pictures of your baby are sweet memories to cherish. Allow us to take the photos so you can be present in the moment.
  • Postpartum care. Our midwives provide follow-up care approximately two days, two weeks, and six weeks after the birth of your baby.
  • Lactation support.  We want you to be successful at breastfeeding if that is your goal, so we include lactation support through the first six weeks postpartum.
  • Membership to The Nest.  Your Babymoon experience doesn’t end at six weeks postpartum!  We encourage you to come back and spend time in our support groups and community activities at The Nest – all included in your annual membership. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Who can give birth at Babymoon Inn?

Birth in a birthing center caters to the healthy, low-risk mother. Some risk factors do not prohibit you from giving birth at the center, and some risk factors must be closely monitored by your midwife and/or by her consulting physicians. You are probably eligible for a birth center birth if you are healthy and without any chronic medical conditions. Your midwife will carefully screen you before admittance to the birth center and continuously evaluate you throughout your pregnancy to promote a safe and satisfying birth experience.

Our midwives do not attend VBAC, breech, or multiple births at the birth center.

 

Do you offer water birth?

Yes! Where a mother chooses to give birth at Babymoon Inn is her choice and she has many options. Some of the benefits to laboring in the water include:

– Reduces sensory stimulus, thus producing less stress-related hormones
– Increases production of pain inhibitors, i.e., endorphins
– Decreases blood pressure
– Increases ability of the mother to focus
– Reduces the sensations of pain – an analgesic effect
– Increases skin elasticity, reducing the amount of perineal tearing
– Makes it easy for mom or dad (with midwife assistance) to “catch” their own baby because of the buoyancy of water
– Gentler birth for baby

 

Why would I choose a freestanding birth center over a hospital?

A freestanding birth center is an outpatient, home-like setting where safe maternity care is provided to low-risk women. Because labor and birth are considered normal events, the usual rigid protocols are not imposed on a normally laboring woman. We focus on what most often goes right with labor and avoid unnecessary intervention. As long as the mother and baby remain normal, strict timeframes for the progress of labor are not required.

In the birth center, some interventions are never employed, such as:

– induction and augmentation of labor with  synthetic oxytocin
– continuous electronic fetal monitoring
– epidural anesthesia
– operative delivery

According to Henci Goer in Obstetrical Myths Versus Research Realities (A Guide to the Medical Literature), “…the routine interventions practiced in hospitals introduce risks….Birth center studies also uniformly report much lower rates of these interventions.”

Birth center studies uniformly report outcomes equivalent or superior to those of comparable women giving birth in the hospital.

 

Who will attend my birth?

Your birth will be attended by a Certified Nurse midwife and a birth assistant, who is either a registered nurse or a Certified Professional Midwife. The rest of your birth team is up to you!  We do not limit the number of people who come to your birth.

Can my children come to my birth?

Yes. Children are welcome at the birth center, but we ask that you bring an adult to care for the children so that you and your birth partner can focus entirely on the birth.

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