Welcome, and thank you for your interest in our birth services!
We are so excited to be a part of your journey!
Mama Bear Upstate Birth was founded to support and encourage women during birth and to meet the growing need for labor support in our community, while capturing the moment to be cherished forever.
It is now widely recognized that choosing to add a labor support person and birth photographer to one’s birth team can yield many positive benefits. A woman’s memories of her birth experiences last a lifetime and can have powerful effects on her self esteem and confidence. We are committed to helping women and couples feel empowered and supported as they experience birth.
It is our goal to help mothers learn to trust in their beautiful, strong bodies and to trust in birth. The moment that a baby is born is joyous, magical, and wondrous, and it is our wish for mothers and their partners to experience the birth of their babies as fully as possible, and to be able to experience moments that may have been missed through photography.
It would be an honor to have the opportunity to share this time with you. We will work to support you to birth in awareness, where you feel confident, informed, and surrounded with care, love and respect.
Daddy’s + Doula’s
When it comes to hiring a doula and/or birth photographer, most moms-to-be run into their spouses being unsure of the benefits, and even being concerned that, in the end, having either will cause them issues. Well, we would love to help your spouse fall in love with the idea of our presence as well.
This article will help relieve some of the fears they may have.
Role Replacement: Doula’s
Spouses tend to be concerned that having a doula will be replacing their need in your birth. Doula’s are there to support you, the mother, AND the spouse. While the doula is there to provide emotional and physical support for you, they provide emotional support for the spouse as well. Never will a doula get in between you two, or take the spouses place. This time is a transition for the spouse, as well as, the mother to be. She is there to see to the comfort, hydration and nutrition of you during labor, and offers the same to your spouse. She will guide the spouse in comforting techniques BEFORE labor even begins, and provide support for the laboring mother alongside the spouse.
Benefits of hiring a doula:
- Reduces use of Pitocin
- Decreased rate of interventions during labor and birth
- Less need for pain medication or epidural
- Lower c-section rate
- Shorter labors
- Higher satisfaction with birth outcomes
- Higher chance of spontaneous vaginal birth
Labor Doula Guide
What is a Doula?
A Doula accompanies women in labor to help them have a more satisfying birth experience. She provides emotional support, physical comfort and, as needed, communication with the staff to make sure that you have the information you need to make informed decisions as they arise in labor. A Doula can provide reassurance and perspective to you and your partner, make suggestions for labor progress, and help with relaxation, massage, positioning and other techniques for comfort. Doulas are independent and self-employed. Your Doula works for you, not your caregiver or hospital.
When to Contact?
Please contact me when you think you are in labor, even if you do not yet need support. I can answer questions and make suggestions over the phone. At this point, together we will decide if you need immediate assistance or if we should wait for further change. Approximately one hour is needed to get to you from the time that you ask me to come. We will also decide where to meet–at your home, birth center or at the hospital. Except for extraordinary circumstances, I or my back-up will remain with you throughout labor and birth.
The Doula reserves the right to be relieved by back-up in the event she becomes ill or for any reason she is unable to properly support you during your labor. After 20 hours of labor support the Doula may also call in back-up. A back-up will only be called in when your primary Doula feels that it is in your best interest.
- Two prenatal visits to discuss desires and preparation for birth.
- One postpartum visit to ensure all is well and answer questions.
- Phone support as needed during pregnancy and immediate postpartum.
- Assistance in creating a birth plan.
- Labor support at home, birth center and hospital as needed.
- Emotional, physical, and informational support during labor and birth.
I am available for phone contact to answer questions about the birth or your baby, and would like to get together with you within one to two weeks to see how you are doing, review the birth, to admire your baby, and to get feedback from you about my role.
Details of our services and a letter of agreement are linked below for you to review. Feel free to call, email, or text us if you have any further questions about our service packages or agreement.
We take no more than two doula/photography clients each month. After today’s meeting, We will reserve a space for you on our calendar for seven days. Should you choose to hire us, please call or email us within this period to let us know of your decision, we will then email you an electronic contract for you to sign, as well as, your invoice. After seven days, if we have not received your response, we will release the space being held for other potential clients.
Also, as an added bonus, here is a list of local resources to help you through all of your pregnancy and postpartum needs!