What is a Doula?
Labor doula services provide emotional, physical, and informational support for the birthing mother and her family during pregnancy, birth and postpartum. Call Jennifer M Boom at 503-310-2622 for a free consultation interview.
I am glad you found your way here! Preparing to welcome your little one is such a joyous and exciting time, but chances are you are feeling a little overwhelmed as well. My desire is to come alongside you each step of the way and help make this experience as rewarding and satisfying as possible. I recognize that no two births are alike, and it is my privilege to help you discover the kind of birth you want and to do what I can to make that a reality. Whether you are planning to deliver your baby with or without pain medication, I can provide you with continual informational, as well as emotional and physical support.
I believe in the power of a woman’s body: if left to a woman’s inborn capabilities, most births will progress smoothly and naturally. As a doula, this is what I love to do – create an environment where you feel comfortable and safe so you can listen to your body and let it lead the way. It is beautiful to watch a laboring woman surrounded by love and support, and I make it a priority to help partners be the best support they can be.
Please contact me if you would like to set up a time to meet so I can answer any questions you might have.
I offer free a consultation to discuss my services and your individual needs. During this meeting, you are able to get to know me and see if I would be a good fit for your birth team.
My birth services include:
- Compassionate, non-judgemental support of the decisions you make for your birth
- Up to 2 prenatal appointments: These appointments usually last 1-2 hours
- Continual email and phone support
- Birth plan assistance and childbirth education
- Access to our lending library materials that includes books, DVDs and at-home childbirth education programs
- Breast-feeding information and support
- On-call service 24 hours a day as your due date approaches
- Informational, emotional, and physical support throughout your labor
- I am with you when you need extra support in labor, throughout your birth, and for approximately 2 hours after you have your baby
- Postpartum home support: this includes 1-2 visits and unlimited phone/email support
- Guaranteed backup doula
Fees for doula services are $1200.00
I accept check, cash, Cash App, and credit card via Square, Paypal, or Venmo. My fees are typically considered eligible for reimbursement through your flexible spending account, health savings account, or cafeteria plan.
I believe doula services should be available to all families who desire them and will work with families to accommodate many different financial situations. Please contact me to talk about payment options.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is labor support?
Throughout the ages, in nearly all societies for which we have records, women have been helped and comforted in labor by other women. These women stayed throughout labor, providing physical comfort, emotional reassurance, and information. Essentially, labor support is “mothering the mother.” Today, labor support professionals called doulas (DOO-lah, Greek for “woman who serves”) are trained to provide the comfort and care women need during labor.
Why is support in labor important to consider?
Your memories of labor, including the full intensity of your feelings, will stay with you for the rest of your life. Of course, you want your experience to be as positive as possible. Research shows that the availability of support in labor can affect how you feel about your labor, yourself, your baby, and your partner. It can even affect your chances of having a cesarean, vacuum extraction, or forceps delivery; the likelihood that you will need pain medications; and your baby’s condition at birth. Labor support can help you avoid or reduce risks associated with these interventions.
Would I still benefit from having a doula if I think I will want an epidural or other pain medication?
Women who plan to use pain medications could also appreciate having a doula for many reasons:
- Women and their partners need information and emotional support, whether they use pain medication or not; although pain may be removed with an epidural, other questions and concerns remain.
- Many women do not experience pain-free labor with pain medications and will still welcome comfort measures and mental strategies to help with pain.
- It is hard to push effectively without sensation in the pelvic area, and an experienced doula can be a helpful guide during the pushing phase of labor if a woman has had an epidural.
- Doulas also provide informational and emotional support during the pregnancy as well as the first few weeks of your baby’s life.
When would my doula arrive?
Your doula is meant to be a continuous physical and emotional support for you during your entire labor and will be with you as soon as you need her. Depending on your needs, your doula will either meet you at your home to help you labor there or meet you at the hospital.
Does a doula replace nursing staff?
No. Doulas do not replace nurses or other medical staff. Doulas do not perform clinical or medical tasks such as taking blood pressure or temperature, monitoring fetal heart rate, doing vaginal examinations or providing postpartum clinical care. They are there to comfort and support the mother and to enhance communication between the mother and medical professionals. They respect and support the medical staff and become an important part of your birthing team.
Does a doula make decisions on my behalf?
A doula does not make decisions for clients or intervene in their medical care. She provides informational and emotional support while respecting a woman’s decisions.
Will a doula make my partner feel unnecessary?
No, a doula is supportive to both the mother and her partner and plays a crucial role in helping partners become involved in the birth to the extent they feel comfortable. A doula’s presence enhances the experience for partners by giving them information and suggestions and making sure their needs are met as well.
What organization did you go through to get your training?
I went through the labor doula certification program at Birthingway College of Midwifery in Portland, Oregon
Contact Jennifer today with any questions or to set up a free interview by calling 503-310-2622 or filling out the contact form.
What People Are Saying
― Client AC
“Jenn was absolutely fantastic! Considering my labor overall, I believe it would have been a nearly impossible experience without her. We are forever grateful & are so honored to have her be a part of Henry’s birth. Wouldn’t change a thing.”
― Clients C&E
“Jenn is amazing! She supported us through a very unique pregnancy & birth. We were so grateful to have had her support and compassion & loving care.”
― Heather Carrion C.N.M.
“Jenn was very supportive & respectful of how involved the client wanted her to be. This delivery was an adoption situation & she worked very well with the adoption advocate as well as the birth father & respected their choice to adopt the baby…
― Client YL
“She made the birthing process so much better in general.”
― Kirsten Gwynn, C.N.M.
“Absolutely incredible job with her first doula gig. It was a very tough long (3 day) labor & she was so amazing & supportive throughout. The mama was lucky to have her.”
― Audra Norris-Jacob M.D.
“Jenn worked tirelessly with this client. Amazing job! Can’t wait to work with Jenn again!”