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eMOTIONAL & PHYSICAL SUPPORT

As a certified labor and birth doula, I provide emotional and physical support for my clients. 

I will be with you throughout your entire labor and birth. I will also help facilitate positive communication with the birth team (medical staff, obstetrician, midwife) to ensure that you, the parents of the unborn child, have the information you need to make informed decisions regarding your baby’s birth. I can provide reassurance and perspective to the birther and the partner, make suggestions for labor progress, and help with relaxation, massage, and positioning for the birther’s comfort.  

I am independent and self-employed, and I am working for you, THE PARENTS, not for a provider or a birth location. I can remind the birther and the partner of their labor preferences and inform them of benefits and risks of medications and procedures so that they will be prepared to advocate. I have been a certified childbirth educator and a certified labor and birth doula for ten years. I have my NRP Neonatal resuscitation certificate, but I am not a medical professional. 

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THE LITTLE SHABANG

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THE BIG SHABANG 

Need labor support and a childbirth class?

Need labor support and a childbirth class all the things? 

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THE DOULA SHABANG

I provide emotional and educational support throughout your entire pregnancy 

I will fully support you physically and emotionally through your entire labor and birth, making myself available to you whenever you request. 

Includes one postpartum visit within 24 hours of birth / returning home from hospital

Includes customized Birth Bag and Birth Plan

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THE LITTLE SHABANG 

I provide emotional and educational support throughout your entire pregnancy 

I’m available to go with you to one prenatal appointment 

I will fully support you physically and emotionally through your entire labor and birth, making myself available to you whenever you request.

Includes one postpartum visit within 24 hours of birth / returning home from hospital

Includes customized Birth Bag and Birth Plan

Includes one of my Relaxation Technique recordings

Includes admission to one series of my Bradley Method® classes (a $495 value)

Includes pre-made “padsicles” for the postpartum phase

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THE BIG SHABANG 

I provide emotional and educational support throughout your entire pregnancy 

I’m available to go with you to one prenatal appointment in addition to the in person home visits

I will fully support you physically and emotionally through your entire labor and birth, making myself available to you whenever you request. There is no time limit on services provided  

Includes two postpartum visits - one postpartum visit within 24 hours of birth / returning home from hospital and another between day 3 and 5 

Includes customized Birth Bag and Birth Plan 

Includes a Rebozo shawl + instruction for you and your partner on the history and benefit of Rebozo 

Includes admission to all classes I offer (see website to register for any and all of them – a $495 + value) 

Includes three of my Relaxation Technique recordings  

Includes my three favorite books: Natural Childbirth the Bradley Way, The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding, The Fourth Trimester 

Includes a home visit from a lactation consultant ($120 value) 

Includes pre-made “padsicles” for the postpartum phase 

Includes three of my Relaxation Technique recordings  

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Concierge Services

Virtual Doula consult via phone or zoom

Unlimited Virtual Prenatal Doula services

Unlimited Virtual Labor Doula services

Contract In Person Postpartum Doula services

Customized birth plan

Emergency Doula Support Through Hospital Birth

Emergency  Doula Support Through Home Birth

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Lia was an absolute blessing for us. She was patient, kind, understanding, and professional. She was a part of our support system and answered so many questions along our journey and was there for us every step of the way. She played such an important role in our birth of our son Ayden.

- Shawn, Bradley Dad to Ayden

I wanted to thank you for an amazing Bradley class experience! I was so relieved to find you so down to earth and normal (I was thinking you would be a bit granola, lol) and I feel more confident even just knowing you're a phone call or text away (I need to hear your voice in my head to combat the negative-nancies that want to grow there). Your enthusiasm is infectious and I know it has boosted my confidence.

Bailey, Mom to Zalia

Oh my goodness! You were amazing. I cannot believe how much of a blessing you've been in this journey.

- Kristin, Mom to Sierra and Alia

....At first I was kind of 'yeah, right' on the whole natural thing. But after going through the classes I realized that it actually made sense. I am so happy that we took these classes. We would have taken the birthing classes offered by the hospital and been none the wiser.

- Heather, Mom to Austin

Frequently Asked Questions

ARE THE CLASSES ONLINE OR IN PERSON?

The classes take place online currently. However, the goal is to have the classes take place in person when safe. The corona virus has caused these classes to move to an online platform. This is good news for new parents who do not live in Southern California and / or would have otherwise not been able to travel to attend. Once this situation has passed, we will remain online until the end of the respective series of classes.

So, don't worry: If you sign up, I got you. We'll be sure that you receive all 12 of these very important classes. 

 

WHEN SHOULD I START CLASSES?

It's ideal to start around 25 weeks. This will afford you time to fit in twelve weeks of classes prior to your 37th week. In this way, you are prepared should baby decide to show up a little earlier than expected and you're also not too far from your EDD once the series of classes has ended. But I always tell people, "Some Bradley is better than no Bradley." So contact me even if you feel you may not have time to complete the course. And always sign up early. Classes do fill pretty fast since a true Bradley Method® teacher can only have eight couples per class. 

WHAT IS A "NATURAL BIRTH"?

Because cesarean section surgical births (c-section) are so prevalent in our society (32% of babies in the US are born via c-section), many people term a medicated vaginal birth as a natural birth. A woman who is medicated during labor and for the birth of her child has usually received epidural anesthesia. It has been proven that the placenta is not a filter and that the narcotic drugs used in an epidural do reach the baby during labor. So, many mothers choose to give birth without anesthesia - naturally. This is a natural birth. 

WHAT IF I'M PLANNING A HOME BIRTH?

All the more reason to take a class. If your midwife is not requiring you to take a class, then hopefully they are taking the time to thoroughly educate you during prenatal visits. With a home birth, you and your coach will be moving through the bulk of your labor at home alone. A class will prepare you and your coach to recognize the signs and stages of labor. 

SHOULD I TAKE BIRTHING CLASSES IF I WANT AN EPIDURAL OR IF I'M NOT SURE WHAT I WANT?




Absolutely! No matter your plans for your birth experience, this class will open your eyes to the miracle of birth and dispel many of the myths and mysteries. The class will also empower your partner, giving them the confidence to be an effective advocate for you and your baby, which will definitely be imperative if you plan to medicate. The beauty of education is it affords you the luxury of being able to make smart decisions for yourself. The Bradley Method® is definitely for every family. 


THIS IS A "HUSBAND-COACHED" CHILDBIRTH METHOD, BUT WHAT IF I DON'T HAVE A HUSBAND?

Childbirth is always better when someone is there to support you. That "someone" is your coach and you can choose whomever you'd like to fill that role. Dr. Bradley teaches us the importance of including the father, or other parent, in the birth process. That person is the ideal coach for you, no matter the label on your relationship. Baby won't be asking to see a marriage certificate upon arrival. If for some reason the other parent isn't available to attend class, you can bring your mom, your best friend, your cousin.... whomever is available to commit to twelve classes, is willing to work with your birth plan, and will be committed and available during your labor. 



WHAT IF MY DOCTOR DOESN'T THINK I NEED CHILDBIRTH CLASSES ?


Like everything in life, we can all have differing opinions about the same exact experience. There are many reasons why a doctor might say they don't recommend taking childbirth classes. Unless we ask, it's hard to know why opinions form. It's best for you to find out from your doctor why your doctor has formed their opinions. 

But the real question is this: Whose birth is this? Your doctor's? Or yours? 

HOW DO I DECIDE WHICH BRADLEY METHOD® TEACHER IS RIGHT FOR ME?


Childbirth is such an intimate and sacred time. Overall, it's best to choose a teacher with whom you connect. That being said, experience goes a long way. For over eight years, I have been teaching classes in The Bradley Method®. I teach three classes per week and have been blessed to have been involved in over 600 births. Twice, I took the 12-class course in The Bradley Method® and delivered both of my own babies using the method. I am also a practicing doula. . I attend at least 12 births per year, and sometimes quite a few more. This allows me to see the method in action and also keeps me current and up to date in the latest trends and movements in childbirth within the local hospitals or birth centers. Besides being a dedicated Bradley Method® teacher, I'm also proud to say I have recently become an Evidence Based Birth® Instructor.

If you're shopping around for a Bradley teacher, be sure to ask to see credentials and proof of affiliation. To be an affiliated Bradley® teacher, your teacher must actually attend at least one birth per year. And be sure the teacher you choose actually delivered her own children by using The Bradley Method®.

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