Among the chaos that can be your birth experience, doulas can provide an oasis of calm, knowledge, and encouragement throughout pregnancy, labor, and the early days of motherhood. Whether you’re a new mom navigating all of this for the very first time or a seasoned parent seeking a more nurturing approach, the presence of a doula can be a game-changer. They are amazing at uplifting mothers and families. Above all, they love offering emotional guidance and providing physical comfort during labor. So doulas make for one of the best support teams a mama can have as she delivers her baby. Whether you’re a fellow mama seeking inspiration or simply curious about the transformative impact of doula support, I hope my journey through Jacksonville Doulas will enlighten and inspire you!
Doulas of Jacksonville is a team of six doulas creating custom packages for your birth experience, including practical birth plan assistance, basic pregnancy and birth evidence-based information, unlimited text, message, and phone support during business hours, and on-call 24/7 surrounding estimated birth date for text, phone and in-person support for birth. Their doulas also give continuous emotional and physical support during the entire labor, birth, and immediately postpartum, make sure there is immediate skin-to-skin contact and breastfeeding or bottle feeding, and give phone support for mamas up to six weeks postpartum. A class is also offered for expectant parents called Preparing for an Empowered Birth, and it is a comprehensive look at tools you’ll need to achieve as much of a calm, positive birth experience as possible.
Beloved Birth Doula Services is the offering of Natalie Portman, a Certified Birth Doula and the only doula service in the Jacksonville area certified in the Body Ready Method. She’s also a mom herself and a certified childbirth educator. Her Birth Doula package includes unlimited call/text support throughout pregnancy, the Childbirth Education Comprehensive Course (group class is included, $50 private class upgrade), two home prenatal visits, a 1:1 Body Assessment utilizing the Body Ready Method, help to determine birth preferences and options, continuous support in labor, help with initial breastfeeding after the birth, one home postpartum visit, and continued phone/text support for the first 6 weeks postpartum. She also teaches the Childbirth Education Comprehensive Course in both group and private settings and solely the 1:1 Body Assessment utilizing the Body Ready Method.
TCDoula Services is the practice of Talena, a certified Birth doula dedicated to giving expectant mamas support during labor and delivery. She offers traditional doula services, including two prenatal visits, one optional partner prenatal session, a custom birth plan, birth support, call, text, and video chat support, one postpartum visit, and two-hour immediate postpartum support for hospital births only. Her postpartum doula support consists solely of helping the mom, the new baby, and the rest of the family adjust to the fourth trimester. Along with this, she also offers belly binding for your postpartum body and overnight doula care so you and your partner can get some much-needed rest. One of her unique Jacksonville services is the Last Minute Doulas. A package for moms at 37 or more weeks of pregnancy or even in labor to get support during labor and delivery if their date is available.
Tara Young is a Jacksonville native, certified birth doula, and mom of two. She offers informational support as well as emotional and physical support during your birth experience, which grants you book and provider recommendations, as well as local resources and guidance. Her package offers a complimentary consultation, 1-2 prenatal visits, support through phone, text, or email throughout pregnancy and until 8 weeks postpartum, physical and emotional support through your labor and birth, 2-4 hours immediately postpartum to support your transition, and one postpartum visit. Tara also offers childbirth education.
A Peaceful Birth is the doula practice of Mary Ficek, who considers birth a spiritual, empowering journey. Her packages include one first-time meet and greet phone consult, two prenatal visits in your home covering many topics, including creating your Birth Wish List, access to her client-only page with community resources, web links, and printouts to help guide you through your pregnancy, unlimited phone, text, and email support at any time, as well as education about birthing options, coping skills and intervention, and wisdom about local hospital policies and providers.
Mary is on-call starting at 37 weeks until your baby is born, and during the birth, you’ll receive her 10 years of experienced labor support and labor coaching through each stage of labor (when to head to the hospital or birthing location, breathing techniques, massage, positions, aromatherapy, hydrotherapy, etc.) She offers support for 1-2 hours after birth and then has 1-2 postpartum visits.
Finding the perfect team to support your birth makes a world of difference. So be sure that they make you feel comfortable and want to follow your birth plan. Above all, they will bring calm, knowledge, and encouragement throughout pregnancy, labor, and the early days of motherhood. So check out the highest-rated Jacksonville doulas today to get started on planning your birthing journey!
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