Birth/Post Partum Doula Servies & Herbal Comfort Care Menu

Rates for Birth Doula Care:

Soul Flower Birth Care offers Birth and Labor support starting at 37 weeks While I do not offer free births during I am committed to supporting families from all socio economic backgrounds and lifestyles. I offer a sliding scale fee structure and allow for 2 payments to be made, an initial deposit and a completion payment at our final pre-natal visit before your due date.

If you experience pre-mature or precipitous birth and for some reason you were not able to contact me to attend the birth full payment is still due at our post partum visit follow up.       

                                                                                                                                             Birth Doula Support $450-$650   sliding scale                                                                                                                                     Premium Doula Support Package    $800-$1000 sliding scale                                         (includes belly casting or belly henna adornment session and 4 hours of post partum birth support)

Herbal Comfort Care Premium Doula Support Package $1100-$1300  sliding scale (includes belly casting or belly henna adornment session, 4 hours of post partum birth support, 2 hour post partum submerged sitz bath, herbal uterine steam,sitz bath /uterine  steam herbs included, vaginal rinses for post partum care, 1 week supply of herbal suppositories in case of tearing or hemmeroids,  Ayurvedic Laction Support Infusion, Preparation at your Post Partum Visits and 2 week supply of Bone Flower’s Ayurvedic Golden Milk Infusion Proprietary Blend, Recipes and Comfort Care Curriculum printed materials.

 

   Birth Support Package includes

        • 45 minute free consultation
        • Labor and Birth Attendance beginning in early active labor stages or whenever you decide you are ready( home or birthing place depending on progression)
        • 2 hours postpartum support as you settle in to motherhood including a nourishing meal
        • On call birth support starting at 37 weeks
        • Prenatal visits at my office designed to fit your needs including time to address any of the following:
          • creating a birth plan vision
          • help choosing a birth setting or care provider
          • herbal comfort care for pregnancy
          • creating a birthing environment at your chosen setting
          • nutritional counseling,techniques and ideas for comfort during labor
          • emotional support/addressing hopes and fears
          • referrals to holistic practitioners
          • information on services available for new parents
          • lending library and suggested reading list
        • E-mail and phone support if needed at anytime
        • One 2 hour home visit to help prepare your home, nursery, birthing altar, or any other task related to the ease of the birth you want to create.

 

Premium Doula Support Package Includes: All of the Above Services and belly casting or belly henna adornment session and 4 hours of post partum birth support)

Herbal Comfort Care Premium Doula Support Package Includes: All of the Above Services and belly casting or belly henna adornment session, 4 hours of post partum birth support, 2 hour post partum submerged sitz bath, herbal uterine steam,sitz bath /uterine  steam herbs included, vaginal rinses for post partum care, 1 week supply of herbal suppositories in case of tearing or hemmeroids,  Ayurvedic Laction Support Infusion, Preparation at your Post Partum Visits and 2 week supply of Bone Flower’s Ayurvedic Golden Milk Infusion Proprietary Blend, Recipes and Comfort Curriculum printed materials for

 

*Birth Tub Rental $150 for families who want to experience water birth but do not have a birth setting that provides this service. A Birth Tub Liner must be purchased before use of the birth tub rental. Please e-mail for more information.

    • task related to the ease of the birth you want to create

Post Partum Doula Care Packages

The choices and services most applicable and helpful to your family are available, we can create a post partum package that addresses the needs of each individual family.

Services Available include any combination of the following:

  • Gourmet Meal Preparation ( see detailed description)
  • Housekeeping including dishes, washing and folding laundry, sweeping, vacuuming, organizing specific spaces
  • Infant Comfort Care(Cradling, Swaddling, Diapering, Bathing)
  • BabyWearing and Sibling Care
  • Running Errands and Shopping
  • Herbal Comfort Care Recommendations and Preparations
  • Medicinal and Soothing Herbal Baths and Steams (see detailed description)
  • Uterine Wraps(Faja for helping shrink the uterus back to it’s original pre birth size)
  • Breastfeeding and Nutritional Support
  • Referrals and Resources for new families

Gourmet Nourishing Meal Preparation

Including special diets, vegetarian, vegan, gluten sensitivities, omnivore, carnivore, paleo, macrobiotic, ethnic and traditional diets included. I have specialized skills in preparing nourishing easily digestible and deeply satisfying foods for new mothers and families. My skills include dishes traditional for new mothers in Ayurvedic, Chinese and Nourishing Wise Woman Traditions. Included in my doula fee is any type of meal preparation and special meal requests. I can create a post partum menu plan customized to your family prior to your birth and create a shopping list pre-partum so that ingredients are on hand prior to the birth. The first meal post partum can be an incredibly important time for nourishing and comfort foods. Mothers often experience increased appetite especially during the first few days after birth, especially if a woman chooses to breast feed. Having a specific meal or series of foods available can help build the milk supply, restore strength, and speed healing time for new mothers.

I have been an avid and passionate chef and believer in the food as medicine tradition.  My first memories of cooking  for people began when I was 5 years old, and I have never veered very far from the nourishing traditions of my grandmothers and Roman father who instilled in me a deep love of cooking and nurturing.My after school tradition for most of my elementary years included watching Julia Child’s entire series the french chef and any other cooking instruction available to me. Much of my life’s work has been in learning about traditional diets, training, researching and most importantly cooking for people from clients to loved ones.I have worked as a personal chef and caterer and as an herbalist incorporate dietary recommendations and food based remedies as an integral part of my practice. I have been told coming to my house for dinner is always a symphony of flavors and experiences and an invite not to be missed.

Herbal Comfort Care for Mother and Baby-

Herbal Sitz Baths, Uterine Steams and Vaginal Rinses, traditionally a succession of plant baths for 3, 6 or 9 days is advised. Plant Baths can be included in the doula care package you choose. Sitz Bath’s require a minimum of a 3 hour doula visit in order to fully prepare the herbs, clean and sanitize the the tub, allow the mother and baby if desired adequate time to soak and rest and to clean up remaining equipment.

Uterine Steams and Vaginal Rinses can also be included in the doula care package you choose and can be combined in succession with Sitz Baths once the perenium tissue has healed enough for a birthing stool or steam chair to be used.Uterine Steams require 1.5 hour portion of the doula visit and can be combined with other doula tasks during the 3 hour minimum.

When choosing a bath or steam package please note you can pre- purchase your own herbs from the list I will provide to all doula clients.I can provide you with my suppliers website and you may ship them directly to my office for mixing and weighing of your sitz bath and steam blends. Blending and Weighing for each treatment blend is included in my hourly doula rate for post partum packages.

If you would rather not have to think about purchasing your own herbs for these preparations, I can pre-purchase, receive, blend and weigh them for your bath/steam blends. The cost of this service is $125.00 and provides enough plant material for some combination of 9 sitz baths, uterine steams and vaginal rinses. Sitz Baths can be done anytime starting 1-2 days post partum. Generally I begin with 1-4 days of sitz baths depending on the package you choose. Uterine steams are generally done 1-3 weeks post partum depending on the healing of the perennial tissue. Vaginal Rinses can be used immediately following birth and will be prepared following my first post partum visit for as many days as I am at your home.

Traditionally in many cultures women were very meticulously cared for and nourished post partum for at least one month after giving birth. Women were also traditionally prepared and bathed prior to giving birth, and the babies were also ritually bathed to insure any challenges during labor did not linger. Every culture has their own beneficial treatments that help women’s bodies heal and restore strength, alleviate tension and aid the natural regeneration process of the uterine tissues. I offer my own version of these ancient traditions which have been passed on to me by South and Central American Medicine Women and through my own experiences with plant bathing and herbal comfort care. I combine medicinal and spiritually uplifting healing herbs and flowers into a sitz bath and or uterine steam blend. You can choose the type of treatment(s) that are most important to you. Some women prefer a series of medicinal sitz baths, while others enjoy a combination of medicinal blends, uterine steams and spiritual bathing ritual. All treatments are done in the privacy of your home with confidentiality and care placed on your specific needs. Traditionally a series of baths/steams is recommended of 3, 6 or 9 days. Sitz Baths can begin anytime post partum provided you feel able to stand and walk to the bath. I am always present for the bath in the first few days and nourish your comfort and care as my first priority. Uterine Steams can begin anytime after the first week of post partum time but often women like to wait until they are less sore before sitting on the birthing stool to administer the steams. The benefits of these plant baths is extensive but perhaps the most profound one I have personally witnessed is the reeling in of the immense amount of energy that has gone into pregnancy and birth. The new mother has so much on her plate, it is important to close down the conduit that has been running through her for 9 plus months. Often births have stories, histories, herstories, joys and challenges, bathing in medicinal and specially prepared waters can add an immense amount of cleansing, purification and closing of the previous journey to make space for motherhood, nursing, healing and restoring the bodies balance. Post Natal time is a special moment which for many lasts only a few weeks, or not as long in the “cocoon phase” as some would like. A series of baths or steams may seem like a luxury but perhaps consider it a foundation of the nurturing life you want to create for yourself and your new baby and a way to linger a little longer in this very special time.

The benefits of post partum sitz baths and uterine steams include:

  • faster healing times for perenial tissue, vaginal tearing, and abrasions on the vaginal tissue
  • shorter period of post partum bleeding and reduction in likeliness of hemmhorage
  • increased immune function for mother and baby
  • deep relaxation and reduction in likeliness of post partum depression
  • faster healing of cord stump, rashes, thrush, baby acne and skin irritations
  • increased sense of peace, nurturing and support for mother and baby
  • increased circulation to joints, muscles and skin
  • promotes deeper more restful sleep for mother and baby
  • decreased likeliness of vaginal yeast infections from prolonged bleeding and tearing
  • re-connection to the spiritual nature of birthing traditions
  • increased awareness of the importance of self care practices and nurturance of the mother/baby

Rates for Post Partum Doula care:

All Doula and Comfort Care Services require a minimum 3 hour package
(beyond 45 minutes travel from Shutesbury $.50 per mile fees apply)

M-F $25-$30 Sliding Scale per hour
Low Income Rate under $12,000 per year
M-F $20 per hour w/documentation

Sliding Scale Rates are determined by each client based on your income level, please choose within the range that is appropriate for your economic comfort and the value you place on the skills of this service

Weekends $28-$35 per hour Sliding Scale
Low Income Rate under $12,000 per year Weekends
$25 per hour w/ documentation
Sliding Scale Rates are determined by each client based on your income level, please choose within the range that is appropriate for your economic comfort and the value you place on the skills of this service

Herbal Comfort Care Package combined with Complete Post Partum Doula Support
$30-$35 Sliding Scale Per Hour
(Herbal Baths, Steams, and Rinses must be prepaid or purchased seperately)
You may purchase the herbs needed for your herbal preparations ahead of your birth from my supplier. I will give you a complete list of herbs to choose from based on your needs The cost for an average of some combination of 9 sitz bath blends, uterine steams and vaginal rinses is around $70.00 including shipping. All orders can be shipped to my office/apothecary and as a part of the herbal comfort care package I will receive, mix, weigh and pre package each bath and steam for you. I am happy to provide traditional doula services with herbal comfort care preparations at each visit. All post partum doula services from the above list apply and can be tailored to your families specific needs.

Some clients simply don’t have the time to pre-order their herbal mixtures so I offer the option to order, receive, mix, weigh and pre package everything you need for $125.00. You can choose this option even if you don’t hire me as your post partum doula.

One Time Sitz Bath and Comfort Care Session
$125.00 (includes herbal sitz bath plant mixture)
This session must be scheduled in advance of your birth to prepare the herbal blend based on your specific body type and healing needs.      

  • 4 hours post partum herbal sitz bath setup including smudging,preparation, aftercare and cleanup
  • Faja Wrap treatment(woven cloth womb binding that helps reduce uterine cramping, aiding in restoring the uterus to it’s pre labor size, South and Central American Practice passed to me by Rocio Alarcon, Ecuador)
  • Baby wearing or holding if you choose not to bring baby in the bath with you
  • Nutritional suggestions, physical support, meal preparation
  • 30 Minute phone or e-mail consult for choosing your herbs and hearing any concerns or previous birth/health related challenges
  • Ayurvedic Herbal infusion to support milk production and nourishment(vegan or organic dairy option available)
  • Emotional support, deep relaxation and healing for you in this tender and special time

3 Day Herbal Comfort Care Treatment Package
$265.00  (herbal mixture must be purchased separately)

  • Traditional post partum care beginning 1-2 days post partum, A total of 3 consecutive days of 3 hour bathing treatments, including sitz baths, uterine steams, faja womb tightening wraps, vaginal rinses, nourishing infusions, moxabustion for the uterus and comfort care support
  • Ayurvedic Herbal Infusion to support milk production and nourishment(vegan or organic dairy option available)
  • Babywearing or holding while you bathe and practice self care
  • 1 home visit to prepare your space and answer questions, order herbs and plan your post partum care
  • Basic doula services are included light housework, meal preparation, folding laundry and partner support.

9 Day Herbal Comfort Care Treatment Package
$650.00  (herbal mixture must be purchased seperately)

Note 9 treatments do not need to be consecutive and often clients like to wait a few days in between baths and until the perenium has healed to experience uterine steams.

  • Complete traditional post partum care beginning 1-2 days post partum
  • A total of 9 successive 3 hour bathing treatments, including sitz baths, uterine steams, faja womb tightening wraps, vaginal rinses, nourishing infusions, moxabustion for the uterus and comfort care support
  • Ayurvedic Herbal Infusion to support milk production and nourishment (vegan or organic dairy option available)
  • Babywearing or holding while you bathe and practice self care
  • 1 home visit to prepare your space and answer questions, order herbs and plan your post partum care
  • Basic doula services are included light housework, meal preparation, folding laundry and partner support

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