WE OFFER LISTINGS OF TRAINED AND CERTIFIED DOULAS PROVIDING PRENATAL, BIRTH, POSTPARTUM AND NEWBORN SERVICES TO ALL WOMEN ON THE CENTRAL COAST OF CALIFORNIA
Our Service will provide up-to-date listings and contact details of local doulas with their short personal biographies, training and experience, and other specialties. You may contact the doulas directly, or you may choose to consult with a Mentor Doula for a personalized recommendation. Mentor Doulas are also available to speak with you about community resources and birth practices.
Our Recommended Procedure is for you to browse the directory and select two or three doulas to contact and talk with on the phone for a short time. With each doula who is available during the month around your estimated due date and who you feel is a good connection, ask to arrange a free meeting with with her in a public venue to discuss your needs, fees and the hiring contract process. It is customary for a doula to receive half of the fee upon hire, with the balance due around 38 weeks pregnant but feel free to discuss with her any specific requests you may have.
Mentor Doulas are also available for a modest hourly fee to discuss your individual situation and make tailored recommendations for doulas and other health care providers who may be a good match for your values and preferences. The Mentor Doulas are also Childbirth Educators with a depth of birth experience and can also help you process your questions about pregnancy, birth, and babies or refer you to the resources best matching your needs. Sometimes you just need a friendly, open-minded and knowledgeable ear, along with a calm, knowledgeable, encouraging voice over the phone to get you through the decision-fatigue and any pressure you may feel about those decisions. Mentors can help you hear your own voice as you discuss your options, and will give you tools to advocate for your choices—including but not limited to doula support.
What Doula Service Typically Includes:
These services may vary slightly depending on which Doula you choose or which Doula is referred to you through the Mentor Service; however, they all include an initial interview free of charge. When you hire your Doula, you will be expected to sign a contract outlining expected services and expected payment of fees. The standard is that one-half of the fee quoted will be due upon hire; the other half at the time that the Doula goes on call for you -- 38 weeks is the typical time-frame.
Contracts will include two or more visits during your pregnancy to discuss your birth/health experience, hopes and desires for your birth, and your options. We offer help while you formulate your own birth plan. In addition, you will have time with the Doula to learn about and practice labor comfort techniques and to plan for environmental and emotional factors which will help you feel safe and relaxed in labor.
DOULAS ARE ALSO AVAILABLE BY PHONE OR EMAIL THROUGHOUT YOUR PREGNANCY TO ANSWER ANY QUESTIONS YOU MAY HAVE AND TO OFFER YOU INFORMATION OR ADDITIONAL RESOURCES.
Each Doula will be on call for your birth from two weeks before your baby's estimated due date to two weeks beyond it. She will be on 24-hour call for you, meaning that you may call day or night when you believe your labor may be beginning. At that point, you and she will decide together when she will come to support you in person, and she will stay present for you throughout the duration of your labor and your baby's birth, until you and your baby are both comfortably settled in, and, if applicable, you have successfully nursed together (usually about two hours).
In addition, your Doula may visit you in the first days after your baby's birth to see how you are doing together as a family, to offer you referrals to community resources if you would like them, and to talk about your birth experiences with you. Postpartum Doulas may also be requested at this time if you have not arranged for a Postpartum Doula before the birth.
OUR DOULAS OFTEN WORK IN TEAMS, PROVIDING YOU WITH A BACKUP DOULA SHOULD AN UNEXPECTED SITUATION ARISE.
We look forward to serving you and your families' needs, to supporting you during your pregnancy and childbirth, and to helping you welcome your new baby.
If you have any further questions about our Listing Service or about Mentor Doula Services, please reach us via our Contact page.
Disclaimer & Grievance Policy:
We are not an agency, and we do not bond nor employ doulas, nor will we be held accountable for their actions. We have asked all of them to agree with and sign the Doula Scope of Practice and the Doula Code of Ethics as a condition of their listing membership.
You may contact the Mentor Doula if you ever do have an issue with any listed doula as we do have a Grievance Policy in place. Open and sensitive communication is key to resolving misunderstandings and/or training improvement. Any upheld grievance will result first in counseling and re-training with the doula. For serious/intentional violations of the Scope of Practice or Code of Conduct, appropriate action would include removal of the Doula from our SLO Doula Connection Membership Listing Service as determined by Mentor Doulas.
Terri Woods, CLD | Evidence Based Birth® Instructor | CAPPA Faculty Labor Doula Trainer | Blessed Childbirth & Doula Services
Jennifer Kinnear, CD(DONA) | Bradley Method® Childbirth Instructor | Jennifer Kinnear Doula Services
Note: We also happily accept more compliments and testimonials!