BLOOMING BEAUTIES DOULA SERVICES
Birth and Postpartum Services and Support
Every birth is special. Whether it takes place at the hospital or at home, each is beautiful and deserves a celebration. No matter how you birth your baby, everyone can benefit from having an experienced doula. Contact me to learn more about my services, and how I can help you bring your own child into this beautiful world.
My first experience of birth was in a remote Alaskan village. I lived in the village of Fort Yukon which is 9 miles inside of the Arctic Circle. This is a larger village with available medical care. Because of the lack of medical assistance in smaller Alaskan villages around ours, we would fly into those villages to assist RN's or PA's with births or other medical situations.
Since then, I have had 6 children of my very own. Pregnancy, childbirth and the postpartum period of these births provided valuable training for me. Many of my experiences were wonderful but some were difficult due to the lack of support available in these areas. With good coaching and support, I felt stronger and I was better equipped to stay focus which gave me more confidence. This led to more productive labor and shorter postpartum recovery.
Because of my good experiences and my struggles, I developed a deep desire to support women in their birth and postpartum experience.
I am a certified Birth and Postpartum Doula and have been educated through the Midwives College of Utah.
I am passionate about supporting and educating moms and dads through the birthing process.
Let's remove the fear of childbirth
Prenatal, Birth and Postpartum
PRENATAL AND BIRTH PACKAGE
Preparation and Education
Two prenatal visits lasting from 1.5 - 2 hours in your home. I will talk about your birth plan, goals, fetal rotation, options, choices, concerns, comfort measures and any other questions you may have.
You may text, phone call or email for any questions you have any time before or after your baby’s arrival. I am here for you.
I will be on call for you whenever labor begins.
I understand that once you request me to join you, it often takes an hour for me to arrive.
I will remain present for the duration of your labor and birth whether at home, birth center or hospital.
I will remain with you 1-2 hours after your baby is born to make sure you and baby are doing well and supporting you through newborn’s first feeding.
There will be a postpartum visit two to four weeks after your baby is born. I will be sharing the birth notes with you.
If you have a precipitous birth and the baby is born before I arrive, the fee will be reduced by $100.
If I am attending another birth or have an emergency, I will do my best to provide you with a backup doula. This procedure will be discussed with you at the prenatal visits.
To ensure you secure my services before my schedule fills up, please let me know as soon as you can if you would like for me to place you on my schedule.
Birth and Prenatal Package
Informative and Compassionate
A major role of the postpartum doula is to help the family make a smooth adjustment by educating and supporting the new parents so they feel empowered to care for their newborns with confidence.
I will be available to meet you at home and help get the new mom comfortable and answer all of your postpartum and newborn questions.
The services provided include but are not limited to:
Caring for mom and baby
Infant care while the mother rests
Educating the new family in mother care
Baby care and feeding methods following the pediatrician’s guidelines or that of the American Academy of Pediatrics
Answering the telephone and greeting guests
Laundry/loading or unloading the dishwasher
Studies have shown that women who have physical and emotional support during the postpartum period tend to have less postpartum depression, breastfeed for a longer duration, and make a better adjustment to parenthood.
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It has always been my dream to have peaceful and purposeful home births. When I found out I was pregnant with my first daughter, Tracy Cross was the first woman I called. She immediately put my mind at ease, I knew I could trust her to encourage me in my moments of weakness, ensure that I looked back on my birth with no regrets while still putting safety as the top priority for both mother and child. Tracy was there every step of my pregnancy. She was only a text away for any question or concern that I had, and was genuinely invested in the life that I was growing inside me.
In the birth plan that we tailored, I wanted to try a water birth. This wouldn't come to fruition because I was uncomfortable and could not effectively labor, but Tracy was there to assure me that this was not a defeat, and to ground my mind in the truth that I had not failed my baby by deviating from the birth plan. What made it even more special is that with the change of positions, this wonderful woman was the one who was able to tell me I was crowning, my baby had an amazing head of hair! Within moments my daughter was in Tracy's arms. All the pain was forgotten and everything about my birth was amplified in its beauty. While it was never Tracy's intention to catch my baby, her instincts prevented my child from falling right onto the floor where I was standing.
During my labor Tracy supplied me with water, cups of ice, granola, focus, peace, grounding. She sensed my needs and met them immediately, and was there within seconds with anything that I asked.
For my second birth, I went into labor early and wasn't able to notify Tracy of what was going down until after my very sudden and short labor. She was by my side instantly and the aftercare was the exact same as it had been before. She did my laundry, drew me a bath, fed my adopted son and the little girl she had helped bring into this world just 16 months before. She tidied the kitchen and made sure everyone was quiet and respectful, giving me time with my new baby.
Tracy has amazing instincts, great communication skills, she knows when to encourage you over a wall and when to advise against the original plan. I would never dream of attempting the process of pregnancy, birth, and postnatal care without her emotional support and genuine care.
With Tracy by my side, I can confidently say that my births, the days prior and the days after, were as peaceful and purposeful as I had hoped. The environment she creates is perfect for welcoming your new little one, and spending time with your family.