Morningstar Midwifery offers both birth and postpartum doula services to those planning a hospital birth. A birth doula is a caregiver who meets with you several times before your birth. During these visits, she offers prenatal education, helps to discover what is important to you as a birthing mother (and family), and gives you an opportunity to develop an intimate relationship with her.
She will then attend your birth, staying with you throughout labor, birth, and your immediate postpartum, providing emotional and physical support and helping you to make decisions about yours and your baby’s care. She will also meet with you postpartum to help with breastfeeding support, care after birth, and your transition to motherhood.
The fee for one of the midwives to attend your birth in the role of doula is $700 and includes all care.
Our postpartum doulas provide physical and emotional support to mothers, babies, and families. They are available for daytime hours only, and work for an hourly rate on a sliding scale.
"Donna at Morningstar assisted me as a doula with both of my hospital births. I really liked my GP but I wanted some extra support. I knew I wanted to go natural and especially during my first pregnancy. I didn't know what to expect but I knew I didn't want to be pressured into an induction or a cesarean along the way.
The love for what Donna does shines through and her knowledge and experience gave me peace of mind throughout both pregnancies. She always had an answer for every concern and I appreciated having natural remedies and holistic approaches to whatever problem I had. Without her, I wouldn't have had the support I needed to have a natural childbirth. I had two beautiful births and am proud to share my stories with whoever will listen. Donna's presence gave me the strength and faith I needed to push through. Her calming and nurturing manner during labor was what I needed, along with her patience during all my early morning false labor calls. I am forever grateful to her and would recommend Morningstar to any expectant mother."
Ekco Baker, Belfast
To learn more about our doulas, visit the Morningstar Midwifery Maternal Wellness Center