Doula Services

Doula Services

Joyful Start services Philadelphia and its Pennsylvania suburbs*COVID-19 Notice*

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there are changes to the ways I may provide services for the time being. 

  1. Postpartum doula support will be virtual only unless in-home support is deemed essential.
  2. Birth support will follow policies of your birthplace. Contact me about conditions for in-person and virtual support options.  Most of our local hospitals have re-opened to doula support in-person. Lifecycle Birth Center and homebirth midwives have welcomed doulas throughout the pandemic. 
  3. All classes, interviews, prenatal visits, and postpartum follow-up can be conducted in-person or virtually as agreed by client and doula, following safety protocols.

I am proud to support all types of birth for all types of families. Everyone deserves understanding, committed support.

Packages are available to meet a variety of needs. Don’t see what you need here? Contact me to find a package just right for you!

Joyful Birth Package ($1100)

Continuous labor support, whether you plan for unmedicated birth, epidural or other medical pain management, cesarean birth, VBAC, hospital birth, birth center, or home birth. I will support you and your partner or support person through:

  • Complimentary introductory visit/interview
  • Up to two prenatal visits
  • Birth preference planning
  • On-call from 38 weeks until birth
  • Continuous physical, emotional, and informational labor support (no set time limit)
  • Back-up doula for emergency coverage
  • Postpartum visit, generally 1-2 hours, supporting the family as you get settled, supporting breastfeeding/chestfeeding if applicable, answering questions, and processing the birth
  • Phone/text/email support
  • Rental of a TENS unit for pain relief in labor
  • Birth ball
  • Rebozo-style birth wrap for pregnancy and labor comfort
  • Full access to WeeHuman.com virtual classes & support: childbirth, newborn care, breastfeeding/chestfeeding, mind & body wellness, & support meetups
  • Full access to Breathe Easy: Radically Inclusive Functional Movement, Rest, and Breath Practices for Pre-Conception, Pregnancy, & Postpartum online program
  • Online doula registry page available
  • Free consultation and examination with Webster-certified Chiropractor Dr. Andrew Agasar, DC of Radiant Life Chiropractic

Virtual Birth Package ($800)

Continuous virtual labor support. Appropriate for those whose birth places do not allow for in-person support. I will support you and your partner or support person through:

  • Virtual introductory visit/interview (free)
  • Up to two virtual prenatal visits 90-120 minutes
  • Birth preference planning
  • On-call from 38 weeks until birth
  • Continuous virtual labor support (no set time limit)
  • Back-up doula for emergency coverage
  • Rebozo-style birth wrap for pregnancy and labor comfort
  • Birth ball
  • 2 virtual postpartum visits, generally 45-60 minutes, supporting the family as you get settled, supporting breastfeeding/chestfeeding if applicable, answering questions, and processing the birth
  • Phone/text/email support
  • Full access to WeeHuman.com virtual classes & support: childbirth, newborn care, breastfeeding, mind & body wellness, & support meetups
  • Full access to Breathe Easy: Radically Inclusive Functional Movement, Rest, and Breath Practices for Pre-Conception, Pregnancy, & Postpartum online program
  • Online doula registry page available
  • Free consultation and examination with Webster-certified Chiropractor Dr. Andrew Agasar, DC of Radiant Life Chiropractic

New! “You’ve Got This” Virtual Postpartum Support Package ($250)

  • Virtual introductory visit/interview (free)
  • Virtual 90-minute postpartum planning session
  • First two weeks: 3 1-hour postpartum virtual visits
  • 5 additional 30-minute postpartum virtual check-ins
  • Phone/text/email support
  • Access to WeeHuman.com virtual classes & support in newborn care, breastfeeding/chestfeeding, mind & body wellness, & support meetups
  • Full access to Breathe Easy: Radically Inclusive Functional Movement, Rest, and Breath Practices for Pre-Conception, Pregnancy, & Postpartum online program

Additional services:

  • Private class: newborn and breastfeeding/chestfeeding basics. Get off to a joyful start with personal classes to meet your needs. I will work with you and your partner on newborn care skills from breastfeeding/chestfeeding, and/or bottle feeding to newborn sleep, bathing, safety, soothing techniques, and more.
  • Private childbirth education classes customized to your needs and interests
  • Additional prenatal consultations
  • Baby registry help

Joyful Start Family Support provides caring, professional, non-judgmental doula support for families of all kinds and birth of all kinds in Southeastern Pennsylvania including: Abington, Ambler, Ardmore, Bala Cynwyd, Berwyn, Blue Bell, Bryn Athyn, Bryn Mawr, Chestnut Hill, Conshohocken, Devon, Elkins Park, Flourtown, Fort Washington, Germantown, Glenside, Havertown, Horsham, Huntingdon Valley, Jenkintown, King of Prussia, Lansdale, the Main Line, Manayunk, Mount Airy, Norristown, North Wales, Oreland, Philadelphia, Phoenixville, Plymouth Meeting, Radnor, Roxborough, Valley Forge, Warminster, Wayne, Willow Grove, Wyndmoor, and the surrounding area. See the service area map  above for details.