Upcoming Services I am looking forward to offering soon:

-TENS (Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation) unit pain management and TENS unit rental

-Postpartum Doula Services

Ask me about these services!

What I offer:

Free Consultation 

I believe that every woman should interview and get a feel for a few doulas before they hire the one they feel is the best fit for them. I offer free 30-45 minute consultations with any mother that would like to meet me and discuss how I can serve you through labor and birth. 

Phone & Email Support 

After the date of hire, I always want you to feel supported and answer any questions you may have or discuss concerns/worries you or your partner/birth team may have. I encourage moms and dads to text or email me when they would like to chat and I do my best to respond as soon as possible!

1-2 Prenatal Visits 

If time in your pregnancy permits, I prefer to offer two prenatal visits in your home, to discuss any and all in-depth birth plans, labor and childbirth education, prenatal health, prepare your partner or birth team for comfort measures during labor, and get to know each other. 

As a Doula, I  Do Not:

Perform any clinical tasks

As a professional birth doula, I will not perform clinical tasks, such as blood pressure, fetal heart checks, vaginal exams, administer IV's, etc.

Make decisions for you 

I will not make decisions for you, however, I will help you get the information necessary to make an informed decision. I will also remind you during labor if there is a departure from your birth plan and discuss with you and your partner your goals, desires, and options.

Speak to the staff on your behalf

As a doula, I will not speak to the medical staff instead of you. If there are decisions that need to be made, I will discuss your concerns with you and suggest options, but you or your partner will speak on your behalf to the clinical staff. 

Continuous labor and birth support

I believe that one of my most important roles as a birth doula is to provide emotional and physical support throughout your entire labor and birth journey. From the time I can arrive to you in labor, whether it be at your home, hospital, birth center, I intend to stay with you until at least 30 minutes to 1 hour after the birth of your baby.

Service Fee: 

My current birth doula fee is $650.00. (Retainer fee of $250.00 due upon hire + on-call fee of $400.00 due by 36 weeks gestation).

Baby’s first feeding Support 

From my experience as a mother and a birth doula, I can assist you with those first moments with breastfeeding your baby and finding the right position that is most comfortable for you and your child. I try to support and relax you so that you don't feel anxious or nervous. I believe in having patience with your breastfeeding journey, and confidence in yourself and your body. If you choose to formula feed or bottle feed breastmilk, I can absolutely help you to find the best support and resources, and talk over your infant feeding desires and goals with you.

Postpartum follow-up visit 

I would love to do an in-home postpartum visit 1-3 weeks after the birth of your baby if you so desire. I come to discuss your birth experience, admire your baby, and address any concerns you may have. I can also bring a meal of your choice for you and your family. Many times women just enjoy talking to someone about mothering and about their birth and postpartum experience. 

Community Referrals

I offer community referrals, resources, and books with information in regards to pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding, newborn care, babywearing, cloth diapering, car seat safety, and more.

Car Seat installation help and safety information

I am a Certified CPST (Child Passenger Safety Technician) through Safe Kids Worldwide. I can show you how to install your car seat safely and answer any car seat questions you may have. 

© 2018 by Anne M. Shell

Anne M. Shell

Birth Doula

Tel: 989-906-4846

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