What’s a Doula?

What’s a doula?

By L. Samsarah Morgan, DD CHT, LC

Do you love babies? I’m mean are you the kind of person who, no mater where you are you are moved and amazed by babies? Do you stop to ponder and wonder the amazing process of reproduction – the process of how we all got here to begin our work on planet earth? Would you be willing to elevate your love of babies into a passion for their well being and that of their mothers? Then perhaps being a doula is the right livelihood for you…

A doula is known by many names, birth attendant, companera, turtle woman, birth watcher. A doula has traditionally, been the woman in service to a birthing woman. Her domain is the educational, emotional, physical comfort and spiritual well-being of pregnant woman as well as mitigating the effect of technological birth processes on both mother and baby. Her work is a subset of the tremendous care provided by a midwife, who not only watches over the woman and her child in the ways stated above – but is responsible for the actual delivery of the infant.

A doula usually works with families to ensure that they are as prepared as one can be to begin their parenting journey. She provides information and referrals, she teaches childbirth and breast feeding classes. She may also have other healing skills such as massage, aromatherapy, hypnotherapy and other gifts she brings to assist a mother through her birth process.

The care provided by a doula is vitally needed in today’s technically over bearing medicalization of birth. She reminds and affirms for the woman that it is she – and not the doctor who will deliver her baby – it is she who has been given the power to birth her child and barring rare complications, she is capable of delivering her baby with grace and confidence. At present, the c-section rate in our country is 33%! Imagine that! One in three women who enter a hospital to give birth are going to have a c-section. The world health organization recommends a c-section rate of 10% or less. When you consider that true obstetrical emergencies occur in less than 1% of births you can see how our use of medical and technical means of delivery is out of balance – and not in the best interest of women and their children. The presence of a doula at birth reduces the prospect of a c-section by 50%. Her presence at the mother side and the information she has provided before labor has begun is responsible for the reduced use of pain medications and other interventions in the birth process. All medical interventions have risks to a birthing woman and her child – some of these risks extend beyond the child’s birth – but can affect the entire life of the baby –as well as the entire parenting career of the mother and her partner.

A doula assists the pregnant family in formulating a birth plan, this plan goes with them into the hospital and serves as a gentle reminder to the hospital staff of the unique personality of this family – their spirituality, their needs and desires for and vision for the birth of their child.

Sometimes, in spite of the best efforts of the well – informed family, interventions are medically necessary. Sometimes even c-sections are necessary to ensure the well being of a mother and her child. A doula is the one person at the birth with no vested interest in the outcome. She has already been paid – she receives no more money if the baby is sectioned or if the mother receives medication. Her purpose is to provide information and support the birth process as it unfolds. She is able, as a witness to the process, to provide a calm and compassionate review as to how things have been going and the path that the labor is now taking, and why. Doctors and nurses may be over worked and not as able to access the bed side manner needed to guide a frightened family through the fearsome thought of an operative delivery. They can sometimes be so focused of the need for the operation, or medication, that they can forget that these some times life saving interventions can be perceived as a failure by a family whose vision is being shattered by a change in plan. A few moments to think, feel and cry can often be all that a family might need to asses their circumstances and agree to necessary medical assistance.

Even families who for medical reasons, find themselves facing a planned c-section find a doula’s care invaluable! There are still choices to be made, so the doula will still work with you to prepare a birth plan. Also, few families know that after the c-section operation, the new born is sent to the nursery for observation and assessment. This is often done because the child born this way may need medical attention such as have breathing problems. This presents a problem, for the partner who is faced with a choice; he can leave his partner alone in the operating room as her surgery in being completed, to be with the baby or stay with the mom and have the baby go alone and with strangers to the nursery! If a doula is with the family she may be able to join the mom in the operating room to keep her company and provide support while the dad accompanies baby for the care he/she needs.

After the child’s birth, the doula stays connected with the family to provided the support they need as they transition from and expectant couple to a new family. She is a warehouse of hands-on,re as well as community information, from breastfeeding issues and concerns to immunizations, recommendations for places or worship as well as pediatricians. She can work at night to assist an exhausted family in getting some much needed sleep!

There is much more that I could write abut this wonderful and gratifying profession, which I have been blessed to call mine these 35 years, and more that I could share. However, in conclusion I will say that, in this world it is very hard to find work which is financially rewarding as well as emotionally and spiritually fulfilling, being a doula is once such occupation. This work opens you up to the true meaning of live and our purpose here on this earth.   It grows your soul!

C2015 Samsarah Morgan

Bay Area Birth Keeper Doulas

Nia Healing Center For Birth and Family Life

niahealingcenter.org

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The Perfect Gift – Postpartum Care!

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$30.00 buys your loved ones a hour of postpartum care!
Talk to me about Gift Certificates for your friend with new babies!
Also makes the perfect shower gift – imagine if everyone Anthe office chipped in 30.00 towards help for the family rather than spending 2x as much for plastic items that do little to foster confidence of family bonding!

Call me!
They will be so grateful!
Doula Samsarah Morgan, Doula, BirthWorker & Hypnotherapist in Oakland
Sammsarah Morgan 510-827-9160 or 510-393-7380 lsamsarahmorgan@gmail.com

10 reasons to hire a postpartum doula!

What’s a doula?

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By L. Samsarah Morgan, DD CHT, CLC

Do you love babies? I’m mean are you the kind of person who, no mater where you are you are moved and amazed by babies? Do you stop to ponder and wonder the amazing process of reproduction – the process of how we all got here to begin our work on planet earth? Would you be willing to elevate your love of babies into a passion for their well being and that of their mothers? Then perhaps being a doula is the right livelihood for you…

A doula is known by many names, birth attendant, companera, turtle woman, birth watcher. A doula has traditionally, been the woman in service to a birthing woman. Her domain is the educational, emotional, physical comfort and spiritual well-being of pregnant woman as well as mitigating the effect of technological birth processes on both mother and baby. Her work is a subset of the tremendous care provided by a midwife, who not only watches over the woman and her child in the ways stated above – but is responsible for the actual delivery of the infant.

A doula usually works with families to ensure that they are as prepared as one can be to begin their parenting journey. She provides information and referrals, she teaches childbirth and breast feeding classes. She may also have other healing skills such as massage, aromatherapy, hypnotherapy and other gifts she brings to assist a mother through her birth process.

The care provided by a doula is vitally needed in today’s technically over bearing medicalization of birth. She reminds and affirms for the woman that it is she – and not the doctor who will deliver her baby – it is she who has been given the power to birth her child and barring rare complications, she is capable of delivering her baby with grace and confidence. At present, the c-section rate in our country is 33%! Imagine that! One in three women who enter a hospital to give birth are going to have a c-section. The world health organization recommends a c-section rate of 10% or less. When you consider that true obstetrical emergencies occur in less than 1% of births you can see how our use of medical and technical means of delivery is out of balance – and not in the best interest of women and their children. The presence of a doula at birth reduces the prospect of a c-section by 50%. Her presence at the mother side and the information she has provided before labor has begun is responsible for the reduced use of pain medications and other interventions in the birth process. All medical interventions have risks to a birthing woman and her child – some of these risks extend beyond the child’s birth – but can affect the entire life of the baby –as well as the entire parenting career of the mother and her partner.

A doula assists the pregnant family in formulating a birth plan, this plan goes with them into the hospital and serves as a gentle reminder to the hospital staff of the unique personality of this family – their spirituality, their needs and desires for and vision for the birth of their child.

Sometimes, inspite of the best efforts of the well – informed family, interventions are medically necessary. Sometimes even c-sections are necessary to ensure the well being of a mother and her child. A doula is the one person at the birth with no vested interest in the outcome. She has already been paid – she receives no more money if the baby is sectioned or if the mother receives medication. Her purpose is to provide information and support the birth process as it unfolds. She is able, as a witness to the process, to provide a calm and compassionate review as to how things have been going and the path that the labor is now taking, and why. Doctors and nurses may be over worked and not as able to access the bed side manner needed to guide a frightened family through the fearsome thought of an operative delivery. They can sometimes be so focused of the need for the operation, or medication, that they can forget that these some times life saving interventions can be perceived as a failure by a family whose vision is being shattered by a change in plan. A few moments to think, feel and cry can often be all that a family might need to asses their circumstances and agree to necessary medical assistance.

Even families who for medical reasons, find themselves facing a planned c-section find a doula’s care invaluable! There are still choices to be made, so the doula will still work with you to prepare a birth plan. Also, few families know that after the c-section operation, the new born is sent to the nursery for observation and assessment. This is often done because the child born this way may need medical attention such as have breathing problems. This presents a problem, for the partner who is faced with a choice; he can leave his partner alone in the operating room as her surgery in being completed, to be with the baby or stay with the mom and have the baby go alone and with strangers to the nursery! If a doula is with the family she may be able to join the mom in the operating room to keep her company and provide support while the dad accompanies baby for the care he/she needs.

After the child’s birth, the doula stays connected with the family to provided the support they need as they transition from and expectant couple to a new family. She is a warehouse of hands-on,re as well as community information, from breastfeeding issues and concerns to immunizations, recommendations for places or worship as well as pediatricians. She can work at night to assist an exhausted family in getting some much needed sleep!

There is much more that I could write abut this wonderful and gratifying profession, which I have been blessed to call mine these 35 years, and more that I could share. However, in conclusion I will say that, in this world it is very hard to find work which is financially rewarding as well as emotionally and spiritually fulfilling, being a doula is once such occupation. This work opens you up to the true meaning of live and our purpose here on this earth.   It grows your soul!

C2014 Samsarah Morgan

Bay Area Birth Keeper Doulas

A word about my fees

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A word about my doula fees.  I charge 2500 for birth doula support.  That is my fee.  If your family finds that number distressing – please know that I am willing to discuss a fee that will work for your family, and that I am completely comforatble doing this.

I have had clients say that this makes them uncomfortable – that they want to pay me what  I am worth..
I would like to say that my worth is not determined by what my client pays me.  What Is important is that my client family feels that I am their doula.  that they feel comfortable with me,and  that I can support them.  What matters is that they want me with them during one of the most intimate and live changing moments of their lives – the birth of their child.

If they after due consideration of their finances feel that they need to pay other than my fee.  I will gratefully accept this.  There is no dishonor in this for me, nor for  the client.
I would rather accept less money from a working class family, or nothing from a poor family  and feel respected in my profession, than to get my full fee from wealthier families to whom purchasing my services is no more important than buying a Prada bag, or the next trendy thing, which getting a doula is rapidly becoming…

Another option would be to discuss with me the many ways that families have had fundraisers for their doula care in the past – I would be happy to help in this process. It would be my pleasure to help you.
Those who can afford my full fee – please know that doing this allows me to help families who are suffering financial hardship.  And to all families please know that I am grateful and honored that you are considering hiring me to be your doula.
I cherish that and I thank you.

L. Samsarah Morgan, Doula, Trainer, Birth Worker & Hypnotherapist

reach samsarah morgan on 510 393 7380 or lsamsarahmorgan@gmail.com

Birth Announcement!

The Schecter family glowing approx an hour after the birth of thier son!

The Schecter family glowing approx an hour after the birth of thier son!

Please help us welcome baby Elijah!
His parents are Regina and Seneca Schecter.
Her was born 3.19.14 at 7:07 pm approx 25 mins after his mother’s arrival at Alta Bates Hospital!
A splendid and empowered birth.
I was honored to be this family’s doula and to be supported by my apprentice, Christine Urista!

 

Peace & Love to you, Yoour doula, Samsarah Morgan

Resume, Rates and Services

 

L. Samsarah Morgan, DD, Cht, PD, CLC

   510-393-7380- text/cell

  • Pastoral Counselor
  •  Apprentice Midwife
  • Birth and Postpartum Caregiver
  • New Born Care Specialist
  • Childbirth/Lactation Educator
  • Certified Hypnotherapist
  • Child Care Specialist
  •  Family Life Coach
  • Pregnancy Nutrition Educator

A doula is one who provides information, emotional and physical support to a pregnant woman and her family.  She provides pregnancy and childbirth information “Mother Wisdom”, and referrals.  She has acquired skills which can assist the birth process and either eliminate or reduce the need for medical interventions.

After the baby’s birth, the postpartum period,  a doula can assist the family in settling in and adjusting to their new lives together! She can be a life saver for the mother of multiples!  A doula’s presence at night can assure restful nights sleep, so that the day can be greeted with a smile!

Samsarah Morgan has almost 20 years experience providing Birth and Postpartum doula services to Bay Area families, excellent references cheerfully provided!  Please call for an interview or to receive a schedule of childbirth Prep. Classes!

Services:

  • Dietary consultation and diet development.
  • Support for successful breastfeeding
  • Constant support during your labor and birth in home or hospital.
  • Counseling to ease your transition into motherhood/family hood.
  • Counseling which will support your family’s decision to work towards a more holistic birth experience.

References for Samsarah Morgan – Becknell

Postpartum care & Child Care

Fred & David Stoekel                                             1(646)644-5608 (TWIN CARE)

Aya De Leon                                                               510-776-6835

Kimberly and David Cottom                               510-325-0683

Steve and Karin Hermanos                                 415-332-1389

Karen Janike                                                            925-299-1049

Nancy Bauman (twins)                                         925-837-0569

Beth Gould                                                               415-641-7503

Linda and Ken Honer                                650-949-8028 or 408-247-0993

Mari Dantzer (twins)                                          510-237-6398

Madelyn Weiss and Don Cornejo                         510-527-6975

Birth doula care

Zoe Gladstone and Jesse                              510-655-1326 (twins)

Shannon and John Ellis                           510-684-8256

Jenna and Jackson Forder                         510-909-8763

Kim  and Dave Cotton                              510-325-0683

Mara Benitez                                              510-532-2244

Gretchen Schuessler

And Rick Danielson                                   415-282-2606

Tony and Leah Plotkin                            510-531-7986

Erin and John Johnson                               510-684-4108

Jennifer and Jim Alexander                    925-606-1715

Emily and Scott Akemon                        510-434-9777

Katie Diamond                                           510-865-5580

Madelyn Weiss and Don Cornejo          510-527-6975

Kelli Yon and Jason Jagel                          415-282-3218

Rates for services:

Child care                                          25.00/hpur

Birth Doula Care                                    900.00 – 2500.00 (see contract for        details)

Lactation counseling                            40.00 – 80.00/hour

Postpartum care for a singleton        30.00/hour

Postpartum care for multiples          35.00 /hour and up

Birth Hypnosis                                         90.00 – /session 1.5 hour session

Nutritional Evaluation                      90.00 FOR FIRST SESSION, then50.00 session there after, plus the cost of    supplements

Child Birth Preparation                                  8 week session                 200.00

Childbirth Prep. With Hypnosis                 10 week session                200.00

Individual Courses                                               2.5 hour sessions 90.00 each

20. per additional family member or fiend included in the session.

  • Comfort Measures in labor
  • Baby Care
  • Breast feeding
  • Birth Self Hypnosis
  • Interventions in Labor ( Help or Hindrance)
  • Nutrition in Pregnancy and Postpartum
  • Fertility Awareness –Natural family planning

Please note:  The child birth Preparation class as well as the child birth prep with hypnosis, covers all of the topics  above and more!

Please note that most services are based upon a sliding scale.  Rates are based upon the client family’s ability to pay.  I do this so that the greatest number of families who wish to have doula care and/or other holistic childbirth services are able to do so without being hampered by their financial circumstances.

Please do not let the listed prices concern you. Should you need to ask for a lower fee – please do so.

I request that when deciding upon the rate for your family, please do so realistically, and understand that those who can pay the higher end of the sliding scale allow me to serve low-income and indigent mothers and families.

I thank you for your co-operation.

I look forward to sharing with you family – this most precious time, the birth of your baby.

With sincerity and gratitude,

Samsarah Morgan

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