This is only the starting place.

Doula + Self-Care Services

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I believe that women are the experts of their bodies. My purpose throughout the process and beyond is to help women to recognize and strengthen the abilities and gifts that are already located within. As a birthing partner, I am here to help, encourage, affirm and provide women with the support they need whether that is physical, emotional or informational as they transition through the many phases that occur as a woman prepares for motherhood and beyond.

This is just one step out of the many you will take. Just know, you have what it takes within you to do it. 

The Mission

Birthing & Beyond came out of the need to address the reality that women of color are facing when it comes to birthing in the United States. The statistics are troubling but not surprising. The history of healthcare for women of color has been plagued with inadequate care and indifference. The system has holes, devastatingly so, and women are falling through especially black women. 

 Photo credit: @BRIT

Photo credit: @BRIT

Birthing & Beyond is here to help individuals manifest new ways to process many of life transitions. Birthing is not a destination or an endpoint. It is a constant learning and unlearning through the many cycles of life. We spend many days, weeks and years seeking and looking for validation without realizing the growing, developing and the healing work that is happening within our lives.

The work that I do is different from other doula services because I am focused on the whole woman-birthing and beyond. This holistic approach acknowledges the many transitions that a woman will go through during her pregnancy and postpartum. I discovered dozens of non-profit organizations addressing different needs in communities of color but what I found lacking in these organizations was a holistic approach focused on the mind + body for women of color beyond giving birth. Taking a holistic approach is an important aspect of the work because I want women to have the tools that they need to learn, grow, and heal as they transition into motherhood. At Birthing & Beyond, it is my intention to create a space for women to find self-acceptance and peace to navigate the new realities of life.

General Services

Each service can be tailored for needs.

BIRTH DOULA

  • 1 to 2 prenatal meetings

  • Discuss and demonstrate techniques for coping in labor and getting your body ready for labor

  • Create a postpartum plan with you

  • Unlimited communications via phone, text, or email

  • On-call 24/7 from week 37 of your pregnancy until birth

  • Continuous support throughout the labor and birth

  • If desired, photos and/or written account of birth to document birthing story

POSTPARTUM DOULA

  • 1 or 2 follow-up postpartum visits within the first two weeks for emotional support, newborn care, help with household errands,I can provide support with processing your birth, breastfeeding, and self-care plans

ADDITIONAL SERVICES

  • Meditation sessions are available upon request

Fees

I started this work because I want women to have the tools that they need to learn, grow, and heal as they transition into motherhood. If you are interested in my services please contact me. Don’t let money be the reason that you don’t receive the support you feel you need.

Loving, knowing, and respecting our bodies is a powerful and invincible act of rebellion in this society.
— Inga Muscio