I currently work full time as an HR Administrator for a Jewish non-profit. I volunteer for a Jewish Diversity Organization called The Jewish Multiracial Network and am a freelance writer. I enjoy taking yoga classes and have gotten back into ballet as an adult. I also love running and ride my bike as a means of transportation-in good weather only!
I believe that my experience as a woman of color, a Jewish woman give me a special insight into sometimes complex familial structures. My position in the world gives me great respect for other cultures, religions and traditions and I honor them all as a doula.
I would like to continue my doula training by learning about placenta encapsulation, becoming a lactation educator as well as a childcare educator.
Essential Oils & Aromatherapy: Prices
After taking an Essential Oils workshop I became obsessed with the power of essential oils, especially for pregnant and laboring women. I've taken the information I learned at the workshop and have educated myself on the various properties of select essential oils to create unique scents for the birthing process; Kavanah (Intention) is a lavender-based, relaxing scent. Clary Sage, an ingredient in Kavanah is thought to bring on contractions so should only be used during the labor process; Pick Me Up is a citrus-based*, uplifting scent and Root Down is a frankincense-based, grounding earthy scent. Shalom and Salaam, both words that mean peace, are relaxing and soothing scents. Shalom combines ylang-ylang and lavender while Salaam combines soothing rosewood and lavender with bergamot**
These scents are available in either a room spray, belly butter or massage oil with a birth package as well as for sale.
*avoid continuous exposure to sun when using citrus oils
**avoid sun exposure of bottle as well as skin.
Essential Oils should be used with caution. Please consult your provider before using essential oils.
My essential oil products are for external, topical use only and should not be ingested.
Birth Package: $300-600*
Once I've attended 5 births, my prices will increase.
I will do a complimentary consultation either in your home or other location where we can discuss your needs and what you are looking for in a doula. We will take this time to get to know one another and I will answer any questions that you may have. After the initial consultation, I encourage parents to think about what they are looking for in a doula and determine if I am the best fit. When we decided that we're a good match we'll move forward with my services.
During your last trimester I will make two-three home visits to help you develop your Birth Vision, also called a Birth Plan, answer questions regarding your pregnancy and labor and begin to cultivate a trusting relationship with you, your partner and anyone else who will be a part of your labor and delivery process. In these meetings we will talk together as well as doing hands-on training of comfort measures during labor and techniques you and your partner can begin to practice and use in anticipation of labor.
Two weeks prior to your due date I will go "on call." During this time I am available to you by phone, email or text at any time.
Once labor begins I will be able to assist you either by telephone in early stages of labor, in your home, birthing center or hospital. Once I arrive I will remain with you through the duration of your labor and for up to three hours after your birth. Throughout this time I will provide you continuous support, I will do everything to insure that your emotional and physical needs are met and will help facilitate communication between you and the medical team.
Back Up Doula
It is my intention and goal to be with you during your entire birthing process, but there are sometimes extenuating circumstances that make this impossible. In this rare circumstance, my back up doula will accompany and support you through your birth.
If possible, my back up doula will join me at one prenatal appointment so that you will be acquainted with her.
For mothers who find my scents helpful, a 2oz bottle of room spray in each scent and 2 oz bottle of Kavanah massage oil will be provided.
I will make one or two final home visits during the first two weeks following your birth. The purpose of the final visit is to talk about your birth experience and to answer questions about breastfeeding and caring for your new baby. This time is also for me to glean any feedback regarding my role during your birth.
Circle of Love: $600-1200*
Two Doulas Working as One
Circle of Love provides you with all of my Birth Package services as well as the services of Emily Landry, Licensed Massage Therapist and Birth Doula or Shaneece Uhuru, Mother of two (including one home birth), Doula and Scientist.
Circle of Love provides a mother with two doulas throughout her labor and can be for parents expecting multiples, single or young mothers and anyone who would like the supportive embraced of two doulas during their birth.