DANA TAYLOR, CD(DONA)
I am a DONA certified birth doula serving Roanoke, Salem, and Lynchburg, VA, and surrounding areas. I also have a BSED in ASL/English Interpreting which uniquely enables me to assist deaf laboring women or women who have deaf partners. I have experience assisting women with VBAC, large babies, twins (including breech delivery), irritable uterus, and prolonged labor. I have four children of my own. My first child was delivered via cesarean for a breech baby. The following births were natural childbirths (VBAC). My husband and I were fortunate to have a doula at our last three births. I love serving families during their pregnancies and births, helping them to have a positive experience. I feel it is a calling God has a placed in my life. My desire is that all birthing mothers have every opportunity to have the birth that she desires, and the support she needs.
Why consider me? What makes me different?
Why consider me? What makes me different?
Fortunately, there are many doulas available in most areas of the United Sates, as it is a growing profession. Not only are there many different certifying organizations training doulas, but there are also a number of great doulas who aren't certified at all. So how do you choose? What makes me different from all the other doulas you would consider bringing along side you during this special time in your life?
First, ask yourself what kind of doula would you like. Many doulas are actually student midwives that use this role to gain experience "in the field". There are some great benefits to this, as they don't have a COE or Standards of Practice that wouldn't allow them to assist you in medical ways such as blood pressure checks, fetal monitoring, or vaginal checks. Some women feel more comfortable having this extra medical training in a doula. However, this can be a conflict in the hospital setting. Doctors, and nurses, are not fond of the crossover in the roles. It muddies the definition of what a doula does exactly, and can cause some tension in the setting. In a homebirth, it wouldn't likely be a problem.
Some doulas are not training to be a midwife or nurse, nor are they certified. They may just simply be an experienced mom themselves who has just been doing this kind of thing for years. Perhaps the experience of motherhood and birth is enough for you, and you click well with this doula.
Then there are certified doulas. These doulas usually have a set of Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice which you can find by going to their certifying organization's website and find out what they follow and why. They have put in many hours/years of training, and have education along with experience.
I am a DONA certified doula (www.dona.org). I follow a Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice they set forth in order to serve laboring mothers best. I believe the role of a doula is most effective when there are clearly defining and differentiating roles between her and the rest of the birth team. A doula has three main functions: to support women with information, physical comfort measures, and emotional support. While certification provides an overall education for this, I also have a minor in Psychology, which has better equipped me in supporting women emotionally. My education and upbringing in music has also interestingly played a significant role in assisting women as I understand how sound and environment affects the birth process. I also have a BSED in American Sign Language Interpreting, so if you or your birth partner is deaf, I may be a great fit for you. I love researching and studying, which has proven to be very helpful in supporting women with information. If/when you have a question about your pregnancy or interventions that you wish to discuss with your care provider, I'm happy to find and send you information that helps you understand or helps you make informed decisions. I have had 4 children myself, and sometimes there's just nothing like having a woman/doula whose "been there done that" to encourage you and understand what you are going through. I have nursed three of my four children, and enjoy helping mothers and their newborns with breastfeeding. If you hope to breastfeed, I may be a great fit for you as well. One of the most important things to know about me is that I am a follower of Christ, and therefore "bring" my faith into the birth room. I don't mean I'll say anything about it or push my beliefs on you if you do not feel the same, but I will be praying silently the whole time I serve you, and I believe God is in control and expect Him to show up each time. I only tell you this, because it is a big part of who I am. This may be something that you are specifically looking for in a doula, or perhaps you don't really care either way, but it is who I am. It is why I am even a doula. These are some of the things I feel uniquely defines what kind of doula I am. If you'd like to know more about me and see if I am the doula for you, contact me to set up a no obligations to commit meeting.
- 2-3 Prenatal Meetings
~ Second, sign contract, and to learn about you; your desires for your birth and to provide info and resources specific to your birth goals
~ Third, a concise childbirth lesson reviewing the cultural birth options available to you, and detailing the natural childbirth process, how any interventions you or your doctor request may affect the natural childirth process and your birth goals.
~ We will remain in contact throughout your pregnancy to get to know each other better and keep informed as the pregnancy progresses.
- 24 hour on call availability
~from your 38th week to delivery
~available by phone/text and email for questions throughout pregnancy
~call anytime 24 hours a day when you think you are in labor, even if you aren't sure and want to discuss
~provide support in early labor, in setting of your choice (home, birth center, hospital, etc...)
~help to decide when to go to the hospital or birth center
~Ideas for activites or positions to help labor progress
~help with nonmedicated techniques for pain management
~support for the woman's partner or any other family present (including children)
~help for partner to be of best support to birthing mother
~help for other family members such as children or mothers who may be emotionally effected by the experience
~provide information or explanation of medical and birth options during labor
~work cooperatively with health care team
~Take pictures as time and circumstances allow
~assist with establishing initial breastfeeding
- Postpartum meeting
~3 to 5 days after the birth unless needed sooner
~available for questions for up to 2 weeks after birth
~discuss postpartum care, and newborn care
~re-visit breastfeeding, assist if needed
~review birth experience
My fees for these services as described are $650*. A $250 retainer fee is due when you select me as your doula. The balance of $400 is due by our post partum meeting unless special arrangements are made in advance.
*I provide discounts for mission/ministry and military families.