My Services

I am here to help you have the birth experience that you desire. The day you give birth to your baby will be one of the most memorable of your life. I want you to look back on that day knowing that you were nurtured, respected and empowered. I have no agenda or preconceived ideas of what should happen. Your birth can be whatever you and your baby make it.

Prenatal, Labor and Birth Support

  • One to two prenatal visits so together we can work to define our roles, help assess your wants and needs, and help you with any issues or concerns you may bring with you to your birthing.
  • I will be available 24/7 in the 2 weeks before and until you deliver.
  • Continuous presence (knowledge, information, advocacy, and encouragement) from early active labor through the birth and baby's first feeding.
  • Postpartum visit to address any needs or concerns.

 

Hospitals in my service area

Good Samaritan - San Jose El Camino - Mountain View
Kaiser - San Jose Lucille Packard (Stanford) - Palo Alto
El Camino - Los Gatos Sequoia - Redwood City
Kaiser - Santa Clara Kaiser - Redwood City
   

 

Postpartum Support

I also offer non-medical physical, emotional, educational and family support after the birth of your baby/babies. My goal is to empower you to feel more rested, confident and knowledgeable. I offer daytime and nighttime care up to 5 days/nights a week based on availability. 

Just some of the things I can assist with are: self-care recovery, information on mother and baby care, caring for the baby/babies, breastfeeding, grocery shopping, meal preperation, laundry and dishwashing.

Placenta Encapsulation

Placentas naturally have huge stores of iron so what better way to get supplements than from your own placenta. Because it is shown that iron deficiency can be a cause of fatigue, using your placenta as a source of iron is a great way to help. Fatigue can lead to problems with mother and baby bonding, nursing, stress, and depression. The placenta is used in Traditional Chinese Medicine to fight fatigue and now we can use the same wisdom. Fighting fatigue will then help with the mother having more energy to bond with her baby and to nurse her baby. An energetic mother will be much less likely to experience postpartum depression.

The hormones that are produced when delivering the baby and placenta help with the “feel good” emotions and add to bonding with the baby. These hormones also aid in the production of increased milk supply.

To summarize, the following are all the benefits that you can gain from having your placenta encapsulated:

  • Increase general energy
  • Allow a quicker return to health after birth
  • Increase production of breast milk
  • Decrease likelihood of baby blues and postpartum depression
  • Decrease likelihood of iron deficiency
  • Decrease likelihood of insomnia or sleep disorders

As part of Placenta Benefits, we are trained to prepare your placenta with the utmost care. The process is based on the Traditional Chinese Medicine where we steam, dehydrate, and grind into powder form to encapsulate.

Custom Order Lactation Cookies

Oatmeal
Oatmeal Chocolate Chip
Oatmeal Raisin
Peanut Butter

Gluten Free and Vegan available upon request.

 

 

Maternity, Birth and Newborn/Family Photography

In addition to my Doula and Placenta services, I have now found a new pleasure of photographing beautiful bellies, births and babies. Specializing in pregnancy portraits, the sessions can be done as an outdoor maternity session, in studio or at the home using natural light photography. I prefer to photograph pregnancy portraits between 32 and 36 weeks as the best time for maternity photography, but will also photograph maternity sessions later if requested. Family maternity photography sessions are encouraged if there are siblings and partners - with no additional fee.

Birth photography captures an event in your life that is rich with emotion. It isn’t about how people look…or getting that perfect light, it is about the raw moments and preserving one of the most amazing events in your life.

Newborn photography is a must and best done in the first two weeks during sleepy time. 

Please check out my galleries and contact me for more information.