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PRENATAL / distant DOULA SUPPORT - EVERYTHING BUT THE BIRTH

This package is perfect for families who want to optimize their birth experience by receiving continuous support and education through their entire pregnancy. As your Prenatal Doula, you’ll receive the same heart centered support that I offer my Cincinnati Pregnancy and Birth Doula clients, without me physically attending your birth. This support is available both in the Cincinnati area, and virtually.

  • You'll have unlimited call, text, and email support from me starting as soon as the contract is signed until 6 weeks postpartum. I'll be kinda' like your birth junkie best friend.

  • Because I am an Evidence Based Birth Professional Member, you'll receive the entire PDF library of Evidence Based Birth articles, worth over $250, giving you the non-biased, science based evidence you need to make informed choices surrounding your birth.

  • We will meet for two prenatal visits. These will be done in person or virtually, depending where in the world you live.

    • Our first visit talks about evidence in birth, informed decision making, which choices in pregnancy, labor, and birth are your preferences, and what your desires are in the case of an unexpected event.

    • Our second visit explores birthing with confidence through position changes, comfort measures, mindfulness, emotional freedom technique, acupressure, massage, music, oils, and becoming in tune with your body's intuitive journey through birth.

  • If applicable, we will meet for a third prenatal visit where we normalize a 41+ week pregnancy, reaffirm your baby and body's wisdom, and review any choices you may be making with your care provider at this time.

  •  In the heartbreaking event of pregnancy or infant loss, doula support transitions into bereavement support. Click here for more information.


Cincinnati Doula - Pregnancy and Birth

Birth matters, your birth matters. As your Cincinnati Doula, I believe in your ability to birth your baby that is intuitively right for you. I know nobody knows your body or your baby like you do.

  • I'll be on call for your birth as soon as the contract is signed until you birth your baby, because birth doesn't always happen between 36 - 42 weeks.

  • You'll have unlimited call, text, and email support from me starting as soon as the contract is signed until 6 weeks postpartum. I'll be kinda' like your birth junkie best friend.

  • Because I am an Evidence Based Birth Professional Member, you'll receive the entire PDF library of Evidence Based Birth articles, worth over $250, giving you the non-biased, science based evidence you need to make informed choices surrounding your birth.

  • You’ll be welcome to borrow books out of my lending library. 

  • You'll be gifted a supportive and relaxing postpartum herbal bath tea from my apothecary, inviting you to practice mindful self-care following your birth.

  • We will meet for two prenatal visits:

    • Our first visit talks about evidence in birth, informed decision making, which choices in pregnancy, labor, and birth are your preferences, and what your desires are in the case of an unexpected event.

    • Our second visit explores birthing with confidence through position changes, comfort measures, mindfulness, emotional freedom technique, acupressure, massage, music, oils, and becoming in tune with your body's intuitive journey through birth.

  • If applicable, we will meet for a third prenatal visit where we normalize a 41+ week pregnancy, reaffirm your baby and body's wisdom, and review any choices you may be making with your care provider at this time.

  • Once you are in active labor, I come to you and offer continuous support without time limits or hourly fees.

  • Immedialey following the birth of your baby, I'll stay by your side for two hours of postpartum doula support as you bond with your newborn.

  • Within 10 days of birth, I'll come to your home for a postpartum visit, where you'll be in a safe space to process your birth story and share how you're feeling and doing. I may wash dishes for you, fold laundry for you, or support you however you need in the moment.

  • In the heartbreaking event of pregnancy or infant loss, doula support transitions into bereavement support. Click here for more information.


Cincinnati birth photography

Birth is raw. Birth is emotional. Birth is powerful. Birth transforms your life.

And documenting your incredible journey is an overwhelmingly honoring experience. After over a decade of offering a variety of professional photography, I am most inspired when documenting births. It's simply a natural extension of the passion I have for everything related to pregnancy, birth, and the postpartum season of life. I have been published naturally and internationally. My art has been printed in magazines, shown in art galleries, and has won awards. As a Cincinnati and Dayton professional and experienced birth photographer, I strive to artistically and professionally capture the raw, honest, and organic journey of birth. 

  • I'm on call for your birth as soon as the contract is signed until you birth your baby, because birth doesn't always happen between 36 - 42 weeks.

  • I use professional grade equipment, guaranteeing you professional quality imagery.

  • Once you're in active labor, I come to your side and document your birth journey until two hours postpartum.

  • Because I am educated and experienced with the process of birth, I am respectful of your birth space and am a unnintrusive presence while capturing imagery.

  • Within 8 weeks of birth, you'll receive a complete gallery of resolution images of your birth story, available for download in private password protected gallery with options to print through professional labs.

  • I'll share a blog post of your birth imagery, if you choose, so that you can easily share your imagery with others.
     

Due to demand and availability, I am only offering birth photography when I’m also working as your Cincinnati Doula. 


Cincinnati Placenta Encapsulation

As a Placenta Encapsulation Specialist and Placenta Encapsulation Educator and Trainer, I provide Placenta Encapsulation to families all across Cincinnati. With certifications in both Food Handler's Safety and Bloodborne Pathogens, your placenta will be handled with the upmost care and safety standards. 

I use the standard process inspired by the Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) which includes steaming, drying, grinding and hand encapsulating the placenta. I believe the placenta is made perfect in and of itself, and do not add additional herbs to your placenta during the process. 

If you are interested in adding herbs to your placenta, please contact me so we can discuss the most supportive herbs for you.

Placenta Encapsulation FAQs

How long does the process take?

It takes me 2-3 days to complete your placenta encapsulation process. To encapsulate your placenta, I begin by thoroughly and respectfully rinsing it and trimming away the umbilical cord. I then gently steam your placenta and slice it into thin pieces. I lay it in food-safe trays to dry in a food dehydrator where it will dehydrate for anywhere between 12 and 24 hours. Once it is thoroughly dry, I grind it into a powder and I then carefully put it into capsules. All supplies are treated with Food Handlers and Bloodborne Pathogens safety standards.

How many pills do I receive?

I only use the highest grade of Vegetarian Capsules that have no preservatives or animal products. Depending on the size of the placenta, you will receive anywhere between 50-200 pills.

What is the dosage?

I recommend 3-2-1. Three at breakfast, two at lunch and one at dinner. But dosage it truly is dependent on you and how you are feeling, and you're encouraged to stay in contact with me and we can discuss dosage options for you.

What are the costs?

Cost for encapsulation in my dedicated space:  $80 (Pickup and delivery fees are not included. Pickup and delivery fees are dependent on your location - with a minimum of $25. Someone trusted is welcome to drop off and pick up your placenta.)

Cost for encapsulation in your home: $300 (This includes drive time within Cincinnati. An additional fee may be included beyond the greater Cincinnati area.)

Placenta Encapsulation Add-On Services:

Tinctures: $30 - Along with the pills, I can craft two tinctures. The tinctures are made with 100 proof alcohol and a small portion of your placenta. One contains raw placenta and the other powder. The tinctures take about six weeks to be at their full potential.

Photos: $5 - I can capture professional images of your placenta in various stages of the encapsulation process. All images will be full resolution, and available to download in a private gallery with a print release.


Cincinnati Postpartum Doula - Support During Postpartum Healing

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Bereavement Doula - Doula support for miscarriage, abortion, stillbirth, and infant loss

You may be reading this for a reason, and it’s likely because you or someone you deeply love has experienced one of the most heart-wrenching losses a family can experience: the loss of a pregnancy or child. I am so, so sorry you have found yourself on this journey. 

The loss of a pregnancy or child is physically, emotionally, and spiritually painful. You may be feeling numb, confused, overwhelmed, out of touch, anxious, panicked, angry, irritable, regretful, guilty, isolated, sadness, or even gratitude. I know, because I've been there... not once, but six times. By fusing together my professional training in bereavement support with my personal experiences with each of my losses, I have created Love + Light for Loss to offer holistic support for both the body and the mind during these difficult situations.

I will guide you through your physical recovery with herbal supplements, realistic self-care plans, Ayurveda bodywork, and nourishing foods. We will also spend time focusing on your emotional recovery by recognizing your feelings are normal, giving you safe spaces to process, working with healing energy, and offering a variety of ideas to honor and memorialize your loss. 

We work together to provide you a personal care package for your situation. No matter what, I will stand with you as you navigate this path.

I have also spent time as a volunteer photographer with Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep, providing remembrance photography for parents suffering the loss of a baby. For NILMDTS photography in the Greater Cincinnati and Dayton areas, call the dispatch at 513.549.3755 For other NILMDTS regions: https://www.nowilaymedowntosleep.org/find-photographers/