PROFESSIONAL DOULA SERVICES 

"She is not a friend. She is not a healthcare provider.  She is a Mother figure of the most ancient kind. Her life experience empowers you. She is a reassuring presence who will always listen to you and support you in your chosen path. She will remind you of those choices, and the reason you made them, when you doubt, are anxious, or afraid. She sees you; the Real you.  Her understanding of your journey supports self -confidence. She eases pain with a touch, a word, a look. She is a Doula." - Marci Machen                        

Woman Spirit Labor & Birth Doula

WHAT IS A BIRTH DOULA? A woman who:

  • Recognizes birth as a key experience the mother will remember all her life
  • Understands the physiology of birth and the emotional needs of a woman in labor
  • Assists the woman in preparing for and carrying out her plans for birth
  •  Stays with the woman throughout the labor
  • Provides emotional support, physical comfort measures and an objective viewpoint, as well as helping the woman get the information she needs to make informed decisions
  • Facilitates communication between the laboring woman, her partner and her clinical care providers
  • Perceives her role as nurturing and protecting the woman’s memory of the birth experience
  • Allows the woman’s partner to participate at his/her comfort level
  • Maintains the confidentiality of the families she serves

 What are the benefits of having a doula?

Numerous clinical studies have found that a doula’s presence at birth

  • Tends to result in shorter labors with fewer complications
  • Reduces negative feelings about one’s childbirth experience
  • Reduces the need for Pitocin (a labor-inducing drug), forceps or vacuum extraction and cesareans
  • Reduces the mother’s request for pain medication and/or epidurals

Research shows parents who receive continuous support can:

  • Feel more secure and cared for
  • Are more successful in adapting to new family dynamics
  • Have greater success with breastfeeding
  • Have greater self-confidence
  • Have less postpartum depression
  • Have lower incidence of abuse

woman spirit Doula Pricing


150KD LABORING PACKAGE:

  • 1 Phone or Videochat Interview
  • 2 Prenatal Visits
  • 5 hours of Birth Assistance ONLY
  • Assisting in your labor at home before you go to the hospital on your own OR birthing assistance at the hospital for those who wish to labor at home on their own

300KD STANDARD/CESAREAN PACKAGE:

  • 1 Phone or Videochat Interview
  • 2 Prenatal Visit
  • Birth Plan Assistance
  • Access to my pregnancy & birth library, including books & documentaries
  • 10 Hours at the Birth
  • 1 Postnatal Visit

400KD DELUXE BIRTH PACKAGE:

  • 1 Phone or Videochat Interview 
  • 2 Prenatal Visits 
  • 20 hours of AMANI Birth Classes
  • Access to my pregnancy & birth library, including books & documentaries
  • Access to Woman Spirit Yoga prenatal & postnatal videos
  • 4 Woman Spirit Yoga group classes
  • 12 Hours at the Birth
  • 1 Postnatal Visit

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THE INTERVIEW
The purpose of the doula interview is for you to interview me to see if I am the right doula for you and also for me to interview you to see if I am the right doula to best serve you.  The interview is 30 minutes via phone, Whatsapp, Google Hangouts, Facebook Live Chat, Skype or Zoom.  I ask that you come prepared with a list of questions to ask me, as I will have a few questions for you as well.  I recommend that you interview other doulas in addition to me, ask for qualifications and relevant statistics as well. If you would like to meet face to face, you are more than welcome to interview me at my home in Mangaf OR I can meet you at your home for a fee of 10kd which is then deducted from the price of your doula package if you choose to hire me as your doula.

PRENATAL VISITS
Once we have mutually decided that we are a fit for each other, we will begin to plan for your birthing journey.  Prenatal visits are 1 hour each and can include 30 minutes of Prenatal Yoga session with pelvic floor awareness.  We will spend the other time creating your detailed birth plan, discussing your preferred comfort measures during labor and birth, common medical interventions, birthing positions and what to expect during labor and birth.  The next prenatal visit can include basic childbirth education if needed, I will answer any further questions you and your partner may have and I can even attend a doctor's visit if you choose.

AMANI BIRTH CLASSES
Deluxe doula clients receive 20 hours of AMANI Birth CBE classes to prepare for labor and birthing.  AMANI stands for Assisting Mothers for Active, Natural, Instictive birth for a blessed start in life.  AMANI is an Islamic based childbirth education program that is open to all faiths and is available to you and your birth partner if he/she chooses to attend.  I, myself, am not Islamic but I have found that this education series is the most comprehensive, hands-on and practical childbirth education program available for expectant parents in Kuwait. The series is 20 hours total, broken down into either 10 sessions, 2 hours each or 5 sessions, 3 to 4 hours each.

ACCESS TO BOOK & VIDEO LIBRARY
As a doula client you will have full access to my extensive pregnancy, fitness, nutrition, birth, cesarean, miscarriage, breastfeeding, vaccines and parenting book and video collection.  There are an array of books available to you from Ina May Gaskin, Penny Simpkin, Janet Balaskas, Sheila Kitzinger, Dr. Sears, Michael Odent and more.  Videos include documentaries and interviews on an array of pregnancy, birth and parenting topics.

ACCESS TO WOMAN SPIRIT YOGA VIDEOS
As a deluxe doula client you you will access to Woman Spirit Yoga videos for pregnancy, birthing and postnatal yoga.  You will also find short tutorial videos on how to relieve common discomforts and recordings of yoga nidras to prepare for your labor and birthing experience.  You will have access to these videos up to 1 year postpartum.

WOMAN SPIRIT YOGA PRENATAL & POSTNATAL GROUP CLASSES
As a deluxe doula client you can attend 2 prenatal yoga and 2 postnatal yoga group classes at my space in Mangaf.  You can attend these 2 prenatal yoga classes at any time from the time of signing your contract up to the day of birth. You can attend the 2 postnatal yoga class anytime between 40 days and 90 days postpartum.

THE BIRTH
Once you decide to call me, I can labor with you at home until it is time to go to the hospital and accompany you to the Kuwait hospital of your choice.  I can also meet you at the hospital, whichever option works best for you.  I will bring my doula bag to assist you and your partner throughout your labor and birth of your baby, utilizing whichever methods you have described in your birthplan and I will be prepared to continue assistance if the birthplan alters.  You decide when you need me to come and offer support and comfort to both you and your partner. Comfort measures I offer include massage, breathing guidance, suggestions for positioning, birthing ball, peanut ball, rebozo, TENS unit, Reiki, aromatherapy, meditation, visualization, yoga for labor and birthing, sound breathing guidance, general hands on healing and comfort for you and support for your partner, including taking photos and video.  My main purpose as your doula is providing non-judgemental support for you in ALL of your choices and providing information so that you and your partner can make informed decisions.  The laboring package allots 5 hours to laboring with you in your home for those who choose to labor at home and then go on their own to the hospital without me for the birth OR birthing assistance in the hospital for those who choose to labor at home on their own without me, additional hourly rates of 15KD apply after 5 hours.  A standard/cesarean birth package includes up to 10 hours of labor and birthing assistance, additional hourly rates of 15KD apply after 10 hours. For deluxe birth package includes up to 12 hours of labor and birthing assistance, additional hourly rates of 15KD apply after 12 hours.

POSTNATAL VISIT
At your 1 hour postnatal visit, usually within 2 weeks of delivery, we can discuss the birth of your baby, you and your partner's experiences and how I, as your doula served your family.  You can practice 30 minutes of postnatal yoga with pelvic floor awareness and I can assist in creating a birth story if you choose and can also help with breastfeeding, bottle-feeding, pumping, newborn care, cloth diapering, babywearing, diastasis recti, perineum care and pelvic healing.  We can discuss any postpartum issues that may arise and I can provide referrals in Kuwait for further professional assistance if needed. 


ADD-ON SERVICES


PRENATAL YOGA PACKAGE = 120KD

5 Private Prenatal Yoga sessions in your home for the price of 4 sessions! I will bring all yoga props needed.  Each session will last 60 minutes.  

*This offer is only available to current Doula Clients before delivery.

 


SACRED BELLY BINDING = 80KD
2 Sacred Belly Binding sessions in which you will learn how to belly bind yourself for your 40 day postpartum recovery period.  Includes warming paste, warm abdominal massage and colorful belly bind.


POSTNATAL YOGA PACKAGE = 120KD

5 Private Postnatal Yoga sessions in your home for the price of 4 sessions! I will bring all yoga props needed.  Each session will last 60 minutes.  

*This offer is only available to current Doula Clients. Package must be purchased BEFORE or AT your Postnatal Visit. Must be used within 4 months of delivery.