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Doula Services

Birth Services

doulawise offers Labor Doula services to families in the Denver Metro area in Colorado. These services include emotional, educational, and physical support during pregnancy, labor and birth; consulting in the planning and preparation for labor and birth; and attendance during the entire birth process from home to place of birth with continuous support throughout.  


doulawise Hospital Birth Services Package includes:

  • Free initial interview, usually 45 minutes to an hour
  • 2 visits in your home during pregnancy to develop a birth plan, learn about possible interventions and informed decision making, discuss and practice options for coping with labor and birth, discuss newborn care, feeding and soothing techniques
  • Continuous support throughout labor and birth beginning at your request (in the home if requested) until at least one hour after baby is born, including massage, comfort techniques, communication support with medical staff and family, informational and emotional support.
  • Back-Up doula in case there is an unexpected circumstance such as illness. (happens very rarely)
  • Optional photo services
  • Assistance with establishing feeding and bonding with baby immediately after birth
  • 1 in-home visit after baby is born to assess feeding and baby care, and to offer the parents the opportunity to discuss and process the birth experience
  • 1 Bengkung Belly Bind and training on how to bind after birth

doulawise Birth Center Birth Services Package includes:

  • All of the above
  • Accompany you on your ride to the center
  • Stay with you after the birth until you are able to return home (as long as the stay is not extended more than 6 hours)
  • Return home with you and “tuck you in” to help get you settled with the new baby.

doulawise Planned Caesarean Birth Services Package includes:

  • 2 prenatals that include information about Family Centered Caesareans
  • Meet birthing person at the hospital and stay with them through all the procedures, including the surgery if allowed in the operating room. If not to join them in recovery
  • Assistance with establishing feeding and bonding with baby immediately after birth
  • Spend at least 1 night in the hospital with client to assist with baby care, feeding and recovery
  • 1 in-home visit after baby is born to assess feeding and baby care, and to offer the parents the opportunity to discuss and process the birth experience
  • 1 Bengkung Belly Bind and training on how to bind 2 weeks after the birth

Postpartum Services

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Daytime Support

  • Assist with caring for newborns, including feeding, changing, bathing and soothing so that parents can have time to rest, adjust, and recover.
  • Teach parents the basics of baby care including how to swaddle, bathe, diaper, soothe, massage, and feed a newborn.
  • Support breastfeeding and help with all the normal challenges
  • Teach proper bottle feeding techniques as needed
  • Perform basic household chores that can include cooking, laundry, errands and light cleaning so new parents can focus on the baby and themselves
  • Be a listening ear for the parents during this transitional time
  • Provide resources as needed.
  • Minimum 4 hour shifts
  • Overnight Services
  • Support new parents through the night by ensuring that they get as much sleep as possible.
  • Keep baby close in order to respond to wake ups and wake the baby appropriately for feedings in the early days
  • Change, swaddle and put baby back to sleep after feeds and wake ups
  • Support nighttime breastfeeding
  • Do household chores if noise does not disturb parents’ sleep
  • Sleep near baby when baby sleeps once chores are completed
  • Teach partner how to do this support when help is not there
  • Minimum 8 hour shifts

Belly Binding Services

Bengkung belly binding is the art of wrapping a postpartum women’s belly and hips for physical support and to help hasten the recovery process after childbirth.  This belly binding technique uses a long strip of cloth to wrap around the abdomen from the hips to the ribcage.  Women are traditionally wrapped as soon after birth as possible, ideally on day five and then worn for 40 days or longer as needed. The Bengkung belly binding technique is rooted in Malaysian culture however various countries and cultures around the world use a form of belly binding to help support the healing process.

A good youtube video on how to bind is here, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h5AoL6tLBcA.  This bind can be done 3 days after a vaginal delivery and 2 weeks after a C-section as long as it is comfortable for the postpartum woman.  The best time to do this is in the 6 weeks after birth since there is still relaxin present that helps things move back in place more easily.  It is recommended that the bind be worn for up to 12 hours and then taken off for 12 hours.  This is “training” the woman’s body to do on its own the same thing the bind helps to achieve.  Before binding, be sure to spend about 10 minutes laying down with legs elevated a bit to help get the organs back in place so things are not bound in a lower position or bind right after waking in the morning.  Be sure to keep legs together when binding the hips to get the most benefit.  Also, take pants and underwear down before binding and then pull up once a few binds over the hips are done.  

Binds are made from 100% prewashed soft cotton fabrics that can go directly over the skin without causing any discomfort.  Bengkung Belly Binds are at least 15 yards long and about 8 to 9 inches wide.  Wearing this bind is usually much more comfortable than the standard belly binds available them for the first 6 weeks after birth or longer.  

Infant Sleep Services

Besides the overnight postpartum doula services, doulawise provides sleep consulting and coaching for families with newborns up to 8 months old. This is not sleep training and never includes Cry It Out techniques. This service helps parents learn what normal infant sleep looks like along with information and tips on how to maximize everyone’s sleep after baby arrives. 

New babies can sleep a lot.  Normal sleep for full term, healthy newborns after the first week or so, is anywhere from 13 to 16 hours for a 24 hour period (of course there are outliers on either side of this).  This includes night time sleep and naps.  Naps for new babies up to about 6 months old can be as little as 20 minutes or up to over an hour at a time.  New babies usually sleep at every feed cycle, dropping naps and starting to consolidate them around 3-6 months of age.  Night time sleep can be as little as 2 hours at a time in the beginning, extending up to 10 hours by 6 months for some babies.  This is a gradual process and is not linear.  A baby may sleep up to 8 hours at night by 3 months and then be waking one or two times a night at around 4 months.  This can be frustrating for new parents, but if they know to expect wake ups around the 4 month mark, they tend to handle it better and don’t think something is wrong.  As the baby gets a little older, sleep starts to get better again, but there may still be a night waking after 5 or 6 hours.  Other sleep disturbances happen in the first year around motor skill development, like crawling and walking, and usually occur during teething or illness.  When new parents know that this is all normal, they are much more able to coup and are less likely to stress over their baby not “sleeping through the night”.  

Binds are made from 100% prewashed soft cotton fabrics that can go directly over the skin without causing any discomfort.  Bengkung Belly Binds are at least 15 yards long and about 8 to 9 inches wide.  Wearing this bind is usually much more comfortable than the standard belly binds available them for the first 6 weeks after birth or longer.  

doulawise provides assessments and plans for getting babies to sleep better and longer through several phone consultations and e-mail follow-ups.

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