Doula in Shreveport, Louisiana

"If a doula were a drug, it would be unethical not to use it." John H. Kennell, MD      


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If you are considering my services please contact me at manamurov@gmail.com or 318-918-3454.

 

As your doula it would be my privilege to help you and your family have a more informed, comfortable, and satisfying birth.  It is my hope that it would also be a safer birth. I am able to go to the hospital or to birth centers/ home births.  I am happy to assist with natural and cesarean births.  I have completed training and professional certification with  To Labor   (http://www.tolabor.com). 

As a professional and as a mother myself I am trained in techniques to facilitate labor in order to make it more manageable and efficient.  I am committed to helping the mother and her partner understand the birth process and communicate with their care providers, making sure they have the information necessary to make informed decisions about medical procedures and protocols during labor and birth.

I   provide 

  •  knowledge/ information (including books, websites, videos and other resources)
  •  touch 
  • help with relaxation 
  • suggestions about positioning
  • help with movement, including labor dancing
  • conversation and translation between Spanish and English
  •  a constant presence so that the laboring mother can feel safe and confident.  

When partners and other family members wish to provide the comfort I am simply there to offer my expertise when needed as well as relieve them for a little while when they get tired.  An extra set of hands for getting food, water, and other comfort items never hurts.  I am also willing to help capture the occasion on film for you.

My Fees:

$650 for basic prenatal, labor, and postpartum services described below.
Discounts are available for students enrolled in my Bradley childbirth classes.
I can negotiate in cases of financial difficulties.

I gladly accept payment by cash or check.  If you prefer to pay by credit card, I do have a Paypal account that will accept your payment.

 
My Services:
  • One initial consultation (free) where we can meet, go over my contract, talk about your pregnancy, your concerns, and your birth preferences.  You can interview me and decide whether I can best meet your needs.
  • 1-2 prenatal visits where we continue our first conversation in greater depth and do some labor rehearsing/ relaxation practice.
  • Continuous support during your labor-- by phone and by your side when we decide that you need my physical support.
  • After the birth I will remain with you for a short while to answer any questions you may have.  I can take pictures, help you start breastfeeding, offer suggestions for staying comfortable over the next few days, etc.
  • Postpartum visit 5-10 days after the birth (or sooner if needed)  to make sure your transition to motherhood/ parenthood is going well. 

If you hire me I will be committed to being available for you at your birth and will be on call for 14 days before and after your due date.   I will generally have another doula on call as back up in case of an emergency.

As a doula I do not perform clinical/ medical tasks.  I am there to provide physical, comfort, emotional support, and advocacy.  I do not make decisions for you but rather help you get the information you need in order to make the most informed choices possible.  I cannot speak for you to staff and care providers but can help you ask the important questions.



























 
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