Birth Doula Services

I offer my Birth Doula services for the women and families delivering throughout Hampton Roads & the Peninsula, Isle of Wight County, Surry, and Suffolk, Virginia.

I will no longer be offering doula services for new clients starting November, 2020.

I will still be offering repeat clients doula support on a limited basis . This is a bittersweet announcement as it marks the end of this chapter in my life, however it is so that I can focus on midwifery school.

Childbirth Education and placenta services will still be offered during this time. Click on the links to find out more!

Midwifery services are projected to be offered by 2024! Please check back for updates!

Interested in following my midwifery journey? Learn more by exploring my ePortfolio.

Why Hire A Doula?

Whether you are expecting your first child or you are adding another new member to your growing family, birthing persons can expect better birthing outcomes when they hire the services of a birth doula. Studies have shown that having a doula present during labor and delivery can help:

  • Lower the risk for an unplanned cesarean section

  • Lower the need for Pitocin augmentation for a stalled or slow labor

  • Lower the need for medically assisted deliveries with the use of forceps or vacuum

  • Increase the overall satisfaction in birth experience - regardless of method of delivery

  • Increase the likelihood of initiation and continuation of breastfeeding

For a detailed look into the role of a birth doula, follow the link to DONA International's Position Paper: The Birth Doula's Role In Maternity Care.

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Meagan Flaherty, CD(DONA), MCPCD, MCE

Why Hire Me?

Dedication

I believe I can best support my client's needs through a relationship of trust and respect. I meet with my clients a minimum of two times before delivery, ensuring that I am truly familiar with you and your unique needs and desires for birth. I also am available through remote support via text and e-mail throughout your pregnancy and immediate postpartum period - not just within your on-call window.

Education

I am passionate about learning and staying up to date with the current, evidence-based information regarding labor and delivery options. I am a certified DONA International Birth Doula as well as holding certifications as a Birth, Postpartum, and Professional Doula and as a Childbirth Educator through the Madriella Doula Network. As I am always looking to further my education I have also completed a Spinning Babies workshop, and am currently working towards certifications as a placenta specialist and breastfeeding educator through the Madriella Doula Network.

Experience

I have supported a wide-range of clients with unique birthing histories, health concerns, wishes, and labor experiences. Additionally I have had three of my own births, all of which posed unique challenges and interventions allowing me to provide insight and true empathy to my clients. I have experience supporting:

  • High-risk pregnancies

  • Multiples

  • Planned Cesarean Birth

  • VBAC

  • Home Birth

  • Virtual labor/birth support

  • Advanced Maternal Age pregnancies

  • IVF/Infertility

  • Previous birth trauma

  • LGBTQUIA+ families

  • Active duty service members/families

  • Pregnancy after previous miscarriage/stillbirth

  • Miscarriage support

Tools

I am always looking for the best tools and resources available on the market to help my clients research and develop their birthing preferences. As part of your services with me, I offer clients a free Bronze membership for [M]otherboard Birth*. [M]otherboard is an interactive software program that helps parents research, create, and share a visual birth plan that is easy for staff and labor support to follow and understand. One of the greatest benefits of this program is that all of your birthing options are explained, allowing parents to make informed choices for their care options.


* a $50 value - clients may choose to upgrade to a Silver or Gold membership and pay the difference at time of registration
DONA International Certified Birth Doula Badge

Meet & Greet

I want my clients to have the best possible birth experience. One of the steps I take to ensure that is to do a Meet & Greet appointment with all potential clients. Meet & Greet's take roughly forty minutes, are free, and allows us all to get to know one another before entering into a contract together. During this time we can discuss any questions you have about my services, take a more in depth look at the type of support I will provide before, during and immediately after the birth of your child and talk about what your ideal birth experience is and how I can best support you in attaining that vision. Because your partner is likely to be an integral part of your birth it is ideal if we can schedule a time when they can join us for this initial appointment.

Overview of Services

  • 3 prenatal visits where we will discuss how your pregnancy is going, any concerns or questions you have and practice the comfort measures and coping techniques we will likely use during your labor.

  • Continuous physical comfort and emotional support from the moment I arrive at your home or hospital until one to two hours after delivery. We will discuss and agree upon when and where in your labor process you would like me to arrive during our prenatal visits.

  • 2 postpartum visits lasting roughly thirty minutes each where we will go over your delivery and discuss any questions or concerns you may have had about the birth and/or postpartum and newborn care

In addition to the services listed above, I will also check in regularly with you throughout your pregnancy via phone, text and/or e-mail. I will be available to you by phone for up to six weeks postpartum to answer any questions you may have about the birth of your baby.





Payments & Fees

I offer my birth doula services at $1000.

Half of this fee will be due at the time your contract is signed and the remaining balance is due by the 36th week of your pregnancy. I accept cash, checks, credit cards, and PayPal. If you have questions about my fee or wish to discuss payment options, please feel free to send me a message. My goal is to ensure that trained doula support is available for all families who wish to have it and I will make every effort to make that a reality for our birthing community.





As a military spouse,I am honored to provide a 5% discount on my birth doula services to military families in the area.

Questions?

Please feel free to contact me:

meagan@beltanebirthservices.com

303.641.1808