Birth Doula

“Let choice whisper in your ear and love murmur in your heart.
Be ready. Here comes life.”  -Maya Angelo
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A Birth Doula is a trained childbirth professional who provides personalized support, guidance and information to expecting families throughout the pregnancy, birth and postpartum period to aid in optimum birth outcomes and enjoyable birth experiences. 

Your Comprehensive Doula investment package will include:

  • Pregnancy Support:
    2 Prenatal Visits, in the comfort of your Home at 2-3 hours in length. Prenatal #1 is at 30 weeks. Prenatal #2  at 37 weeks. We work together to explore options available to families and all the information that goes with. As a Certified Childbirth Educator, I pass along comprehensive evidence based information to Families; they make the best birthing decisions for them based their own individual desires. Families have access to a Lending Library with 30 pregnancy, birthing, breastfeeding books. I am committed to do whatever I can to make this experience special, peaceful, beautiful and memorable for all. 
  • Always Available:
    Upon the sign of Contract, I am available 24/7 via Phone, Email or Text. Day or Night; I’m here for you and on call. If baby should come earlier than expected, I am still your Doula. All articles of the contract will be honored and I will make every effort to attend the birth and support all.
  • Birth Support:
    Bringing forth over 21 years of Doula experience, Families obtain non judgement full support during their birth, from beginning to end: Emotional, Physical, Spiritual and Mental Support. I provide continuous comfort measures, the use of a rebozzo, Yoga Balls, optimum positioning,  I am trained in “Spinning Babies, trained in providing a calming massage and various relaxation techniques, including HypnoBirthing . My Doula Bag is stocked to address the various ways birth can go.  Per your desires: I can bring Flameless Candles, twinkle lights, essential oils and Birth Affirmation cards, for that special soft comfort touch. I also pack nourishing snacks in my bag for my Families; to maintain her energy and stamina. Regardless of how a birth occurs, Doula fees do not increase (nor decrease) based on Birth Outcomes or Labor/Birth Duration.
  • Guaranteed Birth Doula Backup:
    Working as a Team with my fellow local Doulas, Parents will not be without support on their special day. I have multiple backups on standby to ensure all bases are covered. If Doula Backup is utilized, there are no additional fees. Doula backup will have the same credentials and experience level as myself.
  • Birth Photography:
    What a Beautiful way to document your Birth Story! We labor together and I take a few snap shots along the way. Once baby is emerging, I take a step back and grab my camera: Capturing those first moments and the raw emotions of pure joy that come with. I tastefully document your Labor, Birth, “First Latch”, First Family Photos via my Nikon D7500 DSLR professional camera. Photos will be your property and never reproduced, without Parental consent. Birth Photography and editing are included in the Doula Package, (a $1,000+ value) at no additional fee!
  • Lactation Support:
    For Parents who desire to Breastfeed, I provide individual Lactation Support following the birth, for the duration of your Breastfeeding Journey. I typically stay 2-3 hours post birth with Mom to ensure those first latches are perfect and Breastfeeding begins flawlessly. Personalized Lactation support is also included in the Doula package, at no additional fee. I am a Certified Lactation Counselor and a Leader for La Leche League: Nocatee, with over 13 years of direct Breastfeeding experience and Study.
  • Postpartum Support:
    2 Postpartum In Home Visits in the comfort of your Home: To ensure Mom and Baby are bonding, healing and baby is feeding well. Visits are 2-3 hours in length, as needed. Just because your baby is born, does not mean the support ends. At the Family’s request, I can meet them at their home following discharge from the birthing center/hospital. I sit with Mom, help her rest, settle in, offer Breastfeeding support, get the initial breastfeeding hurdles addressed and remedied, assist with newborn care, swaddling, and bring everyone a nutritious warm meal to pop in the oven. I am happy to assist new Parents in “show you the ropes”, to ensure the first few days into Parenthood are of ease, confidence and joy.

                                BIRTH DOULA INVESTMENT PACKAGE:  $1950
                                       Believing in you, every step of the way

  • Booking your Birth: First we meet to ensure we are a good fit for each other; a no pressure, complimentary consultation. Upon the sign of contract, a non refundable retainer fee of $650 is due to book, $650 is due at Prenatal #1 (30 weeks) and $650 at Prenatal #2 (37 weeks); with all fees paid in full by 37 weeks, or at the birth, whichever comes first. Births booked after 34 weeks are paid in full and non refundable. 
  • Birth Photography w/o Doula Support: $1,000 for 100+ edited images (package includes a complimentary Maternity Photoshoot at 37 weeks) 
  •  Flexible Payment Plans available, along with reduced pricing for: repeat families, Active Military and Veterans. 
  • For High Profile/ Celebrity Clientele: a NDA/confidentiality clause will be signed.
  • Affiliate Program: Patients of First Coast Midwifery  and  Modern Midwives  will receive $100 off their Birth Doula Fee and a complimentary Maternity Photo Session at a location of their choice, at 37 weeks.

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Lets schedule a time to connect that works best for you.
(925)-768-2100  Email:  jessicagillan@me.com
Jessica Gillan, Owner
Birth & Postpartum Doula 
Certified Lactation Counselor  
Certified Midwife Assistant 
Childbirth Educator 
HypnoBirthing Certified Doula 
Newborn Care Specialist 
Birth Photographer 
La Leche League Leader: Nocatee
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NRP Certified 
Adult & Infant CPR/First Aid, AED Certified 
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2021 Birth Stats
41 Births 
39 Vaginal Births 
2 C Sections 
7 Inductions: 6 Vaginal Births
100% VBAC rate, 5 yr in a row!
100% Breastfeeding initiation rate
98% still Breastfeeding 6 months postpartum 
4 Repeat Families
Over 50% Home birth/Birthing Center 

 

 

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As seen on: Mama Knows Nada Podcast “All about Doulas”

FAQ:
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What is a Birth Doula? 

A trained professional who provides continuous physical, emotional and informational non judgement support to a Mother before, during and after childbirth to help her achieve the healthiest, most satisfying experience possible. Much like a Wedding Planner, Trail Guide or Travel Agent; Doulas walk the journey with Families ensuring all those special touches and individual preferences are met. 

What a Doula is Not: 
Doulas are not medical professionals, do not perform medical care and do not deliver babies.
A Doula is not a OB, Doctor or Midwife.

Are You “In network” with insurance? Do you take insurance plans? 
While there are some health insurance policies that reimburse for Doula support, I am not “in network” and do not take Medicaid. 
However, I do offer flexible low payment plans and Military/Veteran discounts.
I am happy to tailor an individual payment plan for Families.

How many births do you take a Month?
I run my business solo and am not an agency, I intentionally take on a low volume of clientele (3-5 births a month) to ensure I provide local Families with the highest level of personalized, quality, hands on care.
Quality over quantity will always be my business principle.

What happens if Im in labor and you’re at another birth? 
In the off chance I am at another birth, I always have multiple backup doulas available who offer a comparable level of experience and care. The use of a backup doula is included in the contract at no additional fee. Having more than one Mom in Labor, at the same time is very rare.

Do I still need a Doula if my Partner will be present at the birth?
That is up to you. As a Doula, we are never there to replace the role of the birth partner and to take away from ones birthing experience. Doulas are here to make it the best experience possible for all, keeping in mind that this is a Father’s/Partner’s birth experience, too. Doulas offer far more than just birth support! A Doula will offer multiple prenatal visits, pregnancy support, birthing information, childbirth education, birth prep, breastfeeding support and postpartum support. Many Dads have been grateful for having Doula support; we are a team. Doulas carry multiple credentials and have a plethora of pregnancy and Breastfeeding education. I have attended hundreds of births, have over 21+ years of experience and pull from these experiences to guide expectant families in obtaining their best birth, however it unfolds.

Do you offer refunds? 
Yes, in extreme circumstances I do offer a partial refund; especially in circumstances of a loss.
I would never want a Family to pay for services they did not receive.

“What if I have a C Section Birth?”
I support Families in however Birth occurs. Birthing is individual; One size does not fit all. Either Scheduled or unplanned; Sometimes Babies require extra help to safely enter the world. Upon the approval of the Hospital Staff, I will be there for you. I stay close to Mom in the Operating Room and we recite a calm and peaceful Birth Affirmation to welcome your Baby. We will play music (often the Parents wedding song) as your Baby emerges. Once baby is out and on Mom’s chest for skin-to-skin, I ask everyone in the Room to softly sing “Happy Birthday” to your baby. Hearing that first cry with everyone singing together, welcoming your baby to the world, is so beautiful. If the Family desires my complimentary Birth Photography, I will take all the photos and video I can.  I stay until Mom is stable, has ate a hearty meal and Baby has nursed well.  All Doula Services mentioned above will still occur. Doula fees do not increase (nor decrease) based on Birth Outcomes or Labor/Birth Duration.
I am committed to do all I can to make your birth the best experience possible. 

“A Doula is like a trail guide. Familiar with the path, she keeps you hiking through the hard parts …knowing that the view at the end is incredible.”

 

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Bellies, Boobs, Babies & Bliss 
“Believing in you, Every Step of the way”.
Supporting Families since 1998

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