Massage + Doula = AWESOME
Hands-On Labor Support
If you’re contemplating hiring a doula to support you in labor, and like physical touch to relieve pain, consider a massage doula.
I have experience working with pregnant and laboring women as a doula and as a massage therapist. When I attend your labor as a massage doula, you get both: I still remain with you for the duration of your labor, provide emotional support, AND you’ll have an experienced labor massage therapist on call.
Performing massage in labor is an art form, with an emphasis on flexibility. Often we’re doing one thing during contractions, and another thing between them. You might want to rest in early labor. Long grounding strokes down your back help your body let go and relax. You might find strength in simply having points held on your feet, or sacral counter-pressure. You might be holding yourself up on your arms for hours at a time and really benefit from arm and shoulder massage so you can keep going. It will entirely depend on what works for you in the moment, and I absolutely love guiding partners to find their own confidence in supporting you.
Basic Massage Doula Package Includes:
In-Home Prenatal Visits
Creation of birth & support plans
Mini childbirth education, discussion of birth, postpartum, and baby care options
Individualized plan for birth positions & breathing patterns
Includes one 60-minute Prenatal Massage
Continuous Labor Support
Emotional & physical support, including massage therapy
Guide primary support people in how best to support you!
In-Home Postpartum Follow-Up
General check in
Birth story processing, and referrals if needed
Plus, I’m Available to You Via Phone, Text, or Email, Any time.
To best serve each client, I limit my number of labor doula clients each month. If you are interested in having me attend your birth, please contact me with your due date and intended place of birth.
I offer my services in the Grand Rapids area. Below are some of the hospitals I travel to:
St. Marys – Grand Rapids, Michigan
Spectrum Health Butterworth – Grand Rapids, Michigan
Metro Health Hospital – Grand Rapids, Michigan
Spectrum Health – Big Rapids, Michigan
If your preferred hospital is not on the list, please reach out, and we can discuss further. Whether you are planning for a vaginal birth or a cesarean, you want an epidural, a home birth, or plan to have your baby at the hospital, birth doulas can make a difference! My goal is for you to receive the kind of personalized support you deserve throughout your pregnancy, childbirth, and postpartum.