Rising Motherhood

Doula services by Christina Perry

Pregnant woman in nature

About Me

I have a passion for helping women through their pregnancy, birth, and postpartum period. My passion began before my own pregnancy in 2018. I realized that the need for personalized support for many pregnant women is unmet. After the birth of my son in early 2019, my interest in doula work grew and I began researching avenues to become a doula. I chose to study and become a certified birth doula through Childbirth International and am in the process of also certifying as a postpartum doula. I am also studying to become a certified lactation counselor as a stepping stone to becoming an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant.

 

My goal is to help women feel safe and confident in their abilities to birth and to care for their newborn. In line with my education as a Registered Nurse, I strive to only present evidence-based information to you, but I also believe in sensibility and following your instincts.

In my free time I love spending time with my family, weight lifting, trail running, traveling, and baking. I love adventures of all kinds, and I see birth and motherhood as an adventure in itself! 

 

 

My Services

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Birth Doula

I'm here to help you experience the birth that you want. If you aren't sure how that looks, I can help you create a vision.  I will encourage you to make your own decisions about what you may encounter during your labor and birth. I will provide evidence-based information about common prenatal concerns and labor processes, and will help you find any additional information you need.

What you can expect after contacting me:

  • A free, relaxed, meet-and-greet so that we can know if we connect in a way that you expect from a birth doula

  • Two 1-2 hour prenatal visits, in your home or an agreed upon public place, to create your vision for labor and birth

  • Text and phone support from time of initial payment

  • Virtual basic breastfeeding class from MilkGuide, billed to your insurance with no out of pocket cost

  • 24/7 On call for labor starting from 38 weeks

  • Continuous labor and birth support, when you decide

  • Assistance 1-2 hours postpartum, if desired

  • One postpartum appointment to check-in and reflect upon your labor and birth

  • Optional lactation counseling session, up to 2 hours duration during pregnancy or postpartum

  • Personalized birth story

*Cost for the above birth doula package - $700

*Additional visits may be added for a fee

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Postpartum Support

Rising into motherhood takes strength. It's hard. And we aren't meant to do it alone. I'll be there to help you build that strength, at your own pace and in your own way. As a postpartum doula, I'm going to focus on nourishing your physical, mental, and emotional health after birth. I'll be there for you, first and foremost, but I'll also be there to help your partner navigate through their new role. And if this isn't your first child, I'll be there to help your older children adjust to their new sibling.

As your postpartum doula, I will:

  • Assist with feeding (breastfeeding, bottle feeding, combo feeding, SNS feeding)

  • Provide newborn care

  • Provide emotional support for mother and father

  • Provide physical support for mother

  • Help acclimate older siblings and pets with baby

  • Prepare light meals and assist with meal planning

  • Carry out light housework and cleaning

  • Provide overnight support

  • Educate on parenting decisions and issues related to your newborn's phases

  • Educate on normal newborn behavior, including sleep/wake patterns

  • Provide resources for assistance with other postpartum needs

As your postpartum doula, I cannot:

  • Advise on medical decisions

  • Diagnose diseases/conditions or prescribe medical treatments

What you can expect after contacting me:

  • A free meet-and-greet so that we can know if we connect in the way that you expect from a postpartum doula

  • One 1-2 hour prenatal visit, in your home or an agreed upon public place, to create a plan for your postpartum care

  • A check-in at 38 weeks

  • Postpartum support any time, up to baby's age of 12 weeks.

  • If you have already given birth before contacting me, the free meet-and-greet can be done virtually or in your home.

*Daytime hours - $25/hour

*Overnight hours (10pm-6am) - $30/hour

*12 hour minimum, divided as you choose

 

"My wife and I just had our son Thomas Damien-Blaise and I can not express how wonderful it was to have Christina Perry as our Doula. Not only was she an advocate for my wife and her wishes, but Christina was also an advocate for my wishes as a father to participate in the birth of our son. I will forever be grateful for Christina's services and I HIGHLY recommend her as a doula!"

"Christina was our doula for my husband and my first baby a few months ago and she was so supportive! She had tons of helpful information and resources that made us feel very confident when making decisions. And she did such a great job creating a calm and relaxing environment for all of us. She really listened to what was best for us and overall made the experience so good! Also as someone who has struggled with anxiety and depression in the past, I really appreciated her focus on mental health. She opened up the discussion of post partum depression in a way that felt safe and supportive, so I could really feel comfortable talking to her. I highly recoemmend her!"

"If you are looking for a friend that can help you navigate pregnancy and birth, someone who loves empowering women through education … Christina is your doula. If you want someone to help you navigate postpartum changes, breastfeeding and postpartum mental health…she’s your doula. I couldn’t have done any of this without her."

 
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