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Asheville Birth Doula Services

Compassion, professionalism, and exceptional support your way.

Doulas of Asheville birth doulas trust that our clients know what's best for their families. Our job is to help you feel supported and cared for as you work towards your personal goals. No matter what. If you already know what you want for your birth, we will help you achieve those goals. If you're overwhelmed by the process, the information, all the "what-ifs" - we'll help you craft your vision and support you as you achieve it. 

We know that welcoming your baby can be a time filled with uncertainty. we're honored to be present with you to help bring calm, confidence, and joy to your unique birth experience. 

Whether you hire us the moment you learn you are expecting a baby or after your due date has come and gone, we're here for you around-the-clock unconditionally.

Doulas of Asheville Birth Support Options

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Team of two doulas on-call 24/7 from contract signing. (Two prenatal appointments. Labor/Birth support. Two postpartum appointments.)

Our signature partnership model provides the ultimate in professional birth doula support. Both your doulas will serve as your personal pregnancy and birth confidants. You'll have access to their skilled and knowledgable support throughout your pregnancy, birth, and early adjustment to life with your newborn.

Your doulas will share an on-call calendar, and when it's time to meet your baby, the doula on call from your team will be by your side.  

After your baby's birth, you'll have visits from each doula at your birth place and/or your home to visit with you and hear how your transition to life with your new baby is going. 

Solo Doula

One doula (with agency backup) on-call 24/7 from contract signing. (One prenatal appointment. Labor/Birth support. One postpartum appointment.)

Solo doula packages include all the personalized, knowledgeable support of our partnership model, but with one assigned doula in place of a pair. Your doula is on-call for you and available to you at all times to answer questions and calm any concerns. 

These packages include one prenatal appointment, in-person support during your birth, and one postpartum appointment. Additional prenatal or postpartum visits may be added for an additional fee. 

In the rare event your assigned doula is not available when you request birth support, another Doulas of Asheville doula will be provided in her place. 

Birth Only

Doula support for your birth only. Prenatal phone call with agency owner. Birth support from one of our doulas. Postpartum phone call from your attending doula. 

Doulas of Asheville offers support for families in the Asheville area who want a doula-assisted birth without the ongoing prenatal & postpartum support included in our comprehensive doula packages.

"Birth Only" support must be booked in advance in order to guarantee doula support during your birth.

on-call/last minute doula

Our on-call doulas' availability is limited each month.  We do everything we can to accommodate last-minute requests if you find yourself looking for an extra set of skilled, compassionate hands while you are in labor. Contact us to arrange for last-minute support today. 828-222-0446.

If you are like most families considering support for their pregnancy and birth, you probably have a lot of questions! We're here to listen to your situation and concerns and help you envision how our support can help. Use the above link to skip right ahead to booking a complimentary, no-obligation phone call with one of our owners. 

What Do Birth Doulas Actually DO??

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If you've made it this far, you've probably realized a few things doulas most certainly aren't. We aren't midwives or nurses, and in fact maintain a strictly non-medical support role. So what will your doula actually do? What value will s/he bring to your experience?

Doulas are experts in birth and all the variations of normal it may take, and we're also experts in attuning to the needs of diverse individuals. We know how to anticipate a person's needs and meet them before they even know to ask.

We're the person bringing you a sip of water at exactly the right moment. We're providing counter pressure on your lower back to help you manage your contractions. We're engaging you and your partner in conversation to distract you as your medical team prepares you for surgery. We're staying present with you while your partner has a moment to grab a bite to eat or check in with family members on your progress. We are your ever-present and unwavering cheerleader and guide, solely and unconditionally focused on helping you have a positive experience during your birth - regardless of your individual choices

While our training involves learning about the anatomy and physiology of pregnancy, childbirth, and the immediate postpartum time, our real value lies in our ability to listen to our clients, validate feelings and concerns, facilitate communication between our clients and their medical care providers. Your doula's skill and expertise combined with her reassuring, nurturing presence can make the difference between an experience that feels scary, confusing, or traumatic to feeling calm, supported, and positive.

I will never forget leaning my head on my husband’s chest while Christine massaged my back. Both he and I felt incredibly supported by her, she added such a calming presence to our birth.

My husband is the best partner I could ask for, but I wanted a woman who knows about birth and labor to be there as well. My husband also REALLY enjoyed having a doula. He was very intimidated by childbirth, and he was afraid of feeling helpless. He loved having someone else there to help him take care of me.
— Carrie

Your Birth. Your Goals. Our Support.

Our Doulas of Asheville birth doulas are proud to offer knowledgeable, skilled, support attuned to your needs and desires. We are 100% committed to providing unwavering, unbiased, and unconditional support for your wishes and goals, whatever they may be.

Epidural / Unmedicated / Cesarean / VBAC / TOLAC / Adoption / Surrogacy / Childbirth Hypnosis / Undecided... and everything in-between.

You decide what's best for your family, and we support you in achieving it.

Contact us to talk about your needs and desires and how Doulas of Asheville can support you. Or schedule a phone call with one of our owners. 

 
Initially, we hired a doula to help mitigate our fears associated with childbirth. What a wonderful surprise it was to look back and find our experience was empowering, beautiful and even joyful. We believe we owe that, in large part, to Christine’s work and skillful support.” - A.C.
 
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Postpartum & Infant Care Doulas

Experienced, Nurturing Care for Families with Babies

Doulas of Asheville Postpartum & Infant Care Doulas provide knowledgeable, unbiased support and a compassionate, calming presence as you recover from childbirth and learn to navigate life with your new baby (or babies!). The early days and months with infants can be challenging. Doulas of Asheville doulas are experts in supporting you through this transition - in line with your parenting philosophies and in support of the goals that feel right for your family.

Your Doulas of Asheville Postpartum & Infant Care Doula will Provide:

 

Breastfeeding Support
Infant Care
Soothing Techniques
Establishing Routines Singletons & Multiples Nursery Organization

Bottle Feeding  Support  Overnight Baby Care
Care for Older Siblings
Light Housekeeping
Baby Product Demos Meal Preparation

 

 We especially love helping babies and parents get more sleep! 

 Enjoy your postpartum doula's nurturing, calming presence while you gain confidence as a new parent (and even get some much needed rest).

DAY OR NIGHT, FOR A FEW DAYS OR A FEW MONTHS, WE ARE COMMITTED TO HELPING YOU REST, RECOVER, AND BOND WITH YOUR BABY.

Doulas of Asheville postpartum doulas are infant care specialists experienced in supporting parents adjusting to life with new babies. We can help get your day off to a great start, bring calm to those sometimes chaotic afternoon and evening hours, and/or stay at your home overnight, providing overnight care so you can get some sleep.

Do you need a dinnertime or bedtime doula? No problem! A "help me survive doctors appointments with multiple children in tow" doula? We can do that. A vacation/spa day/"be able to workout (or just take a shower!) in peace" doula? Absolutely.

We even provide the ultimate luxury in post-baby care; temporary live-in care from your postpartum doula 24-hours a day. 

Your adjustment from a comfortable life with your partner to your new roles and routines with a baby doesn't have to be difficult.

Let us help you navigate this transition with grace - feeling cared for, supported, and confident. No matter your needs, we can provide the professional and compassionate support you desire for your growing family.

 We can help you create your family's perfect Post-Baby Care package.

From as little as a single four-hour daytime shift or eight-hour overnight shift to several days and/or nights over a period of weeks or months. Whatever your family's needs, our Doulas of Asheville postpartum doulas are ready to support you! 

Asheville Childbirth Education

Private, Semi-Private, and Small Group Classes

When it comes to preparing for your child's birth, we know you have options. We also know you're probably just about DONE with hearing (or feeling) judgement from every friend, family member, internet acquaintance, and perfect stranger you run into. But you still want to be informed and prepared so you can make the best choices for you and your family. Take a deep breath, we've got you covered!

Our modern childbirth education curriculum is built on evidence-based information and is not biased towards any choices you may face during your birth or early parenting. 

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This is not your mom's Lamaze class! We cover it all, so you feel prepared and confident welcoming your baby whether completely unmedicated or with the support of an epidural, vaginally or by cesarean, and whether you know exactly what you want for your birth or you're planning to wing it. 

We offer classes in multiple formats to suit your unique needs. We can bring our curriculum and materials to your home for a private or semi-private class, and we also offer small group classes at Nest Organics downtown. 

We are here to help you plan and prepare for the kind of birth and postpartum experience YOU want. 

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About the Instructors

Doulas of Asheville private & semi-private childbirth classes and newborn care classes are taught by Elizabeth Pauley, a Labor & Delivery Nurse with more than a decade of experience caring for new parents and babies. Group classes are co-taught by Elizabeth and her partner/co-owner Christine Robinson. Christine is a Certified Doula and Certified Happiest Baby Educator.

Elizabeth & Christine will be your personal confidants and guides, taking the time you need to answer your questions, calm your concerns, and help you feel prepared and confident as you give birth and bring your baby home.

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Your Doulas of Asheville Birth Class or Baby Basics Class May Include Any of the Following Topics:

Identifying Your Birth or Postpartum Goals and Preferences (and Communicating Them With Your Partner)

Review Your Hopes, Wishes, and Local Options

Create a Written Birth and/or Postpartum Plan

Common Pregnancy Discomforts

Prenatal Nutrition

Review of Standard Protocols at Your Birthing Location

Common Testing During Pregnancy

Anatomy of Labor & Birth

What to Expect During an Unplanned or Planned Cesarean Birth

Fetal Position During Pregnancy and Birth

What to Pack in Your Hospital Bag

The Labor Process, Including Labor Stages and Phases

Signs of Labor

Ways to Cope During Early Labor

Trial of Labor After Cesarean (TOLAC) and Vaginal Birth After Cesarean (VBAC)

Preparing for A Planned Cesarean Birth

Non-Medical Pain Relief

Physical Comfort Measures

Medical Pain Relief

Positions for Labor and Birth

Interventions

The Welcoming Hour

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Bringing Baby Home! Planning Your Ideal Postpartum Experience

Breastfeeding and/or Bottle-Feeding Basics

Infant Care Basis

Nursery Setup & Baby Product Guidance

 

Placenta Encapsulation

A postpartum supplement safely and expertly prepared in your home.

More and more women are turning to placenta encapsulation to improve their chances of having a smoother postpartum transition. Improved energy, nutrient replenishment, increased milk supply, and reduced risk of postpartum depression are among the reasons many women choose to have their placentas encapsulated into supplement form.

At Doulas of Asheville, placenta encapsulation is provided by Postpartum Placenta Specialists. These skilled professionals are trained to safely transform your placenta into capsules you can consume, just like a daily multi-vitamin, and are also experts in supporting postpartum mothers and newborns.

Our basic placenta encapsulation service includes your CAPSULES, an umbilical CORD KEEPSAKE, and placenta PRINT (keepsake and print provided when possible and if desired). 

Doulas of Asheville placenta services are provided by the only Postpartum Placenta Specialists (a ProDoula designation) in western North Carolina. 

Our core values of professionalism, reliability, and safety guide our process. Doulas of Asheville placenta encapsulation clients receive a transportation kit and clear instructions for how to safely bring your placenta home from your place of birth. Your Doulas of Asheville placenta specialist will come to your home at your convenience to provide the encapsulation service. You decide when you’d like us to come. Some families prefer to have the process started before they even leave the hospital, many like us to wait until they are home so they get the full benefit of our in-home postpartum support while we work.

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All our Doulas of Asheville placenta specialists maintain the highest standards for the safe handling of your placenta, including certification in OSHA Bloodborne Pathogens and Universal Precautions.

While we work, you can rest assured knowing that your one and only placenta is in the very best hands… and that your kitchen will be left fully sanitized and spotless when we are done.

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With Doulas of Asheville, placenta encapsulation Services are provided in your home exclusively, and we do this for a few very important reasons:

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You are always in possession of your placenta, leaving no room for doubt that the pills you consume are from your own placenta and that it was properly stored and handled;

Your placenta is only exposed to your own environment with no risk of cross-contamination with another client's placenta being processed in the same space, or the unknown environment of your encapsulators’ home or workspace;

Our Postpartum Placenta Specialists are also postpartum doulas! You get the added benefit of their caring and compassionate expertise in your home for two consecutive days shortly following your birth.

Observe as much (or as little!) as you wish, and benefit from a mini postpartum doula visit while your Postpartum Placenta Specialist completes the service. We'll leave you with a beautiful package containing your capsules and a meticulously cleaned and sanitized kitchen.

When you hire Doulas of Asheville, placenta encapsulation is much more than purchasing a jar of pills. We provide a one-of-a-kind service in the privacy and comfort of your home as you rest, recover from birth, and bond with your new baby. 

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Placenta Tinctures & Salves

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Doulas of Asheville also offers long-lasting tinctures and healing herbal salves as an add-on to encapsulation. Placenta tinctures are long-lasting solutions made by infusing your dehydrated and ground placenta in alcohol over a number of weeks. While you'll consume all your placenta capsules in the immediate weeks and months following your birth, a tincture will last for many months and even years. Women choosing to have a placenta tincture made use it at times of stress or change (like the return of your cycle, weaning from breastfeeding, and even menopause).

 

Placenta Salves are an herbal salve infused with your placenta. Lavender, comfrey, and calendula are combined with some of your dehydrated placenta powder and infused in a blend of oils. We then strain the herbs and placenta powder from the oil, leaving you a healing salve that can be used topically on most any skin irritation - including surgical incisions or your recovering perineum. 

Have questions?? You can book a phone call with one of our owners right here!

Doulas of Asheville Placenta Services Featured on WLOS!

In February 2016, WLOS interviewed Doulas of Asheville co-owners Elizabeth & Christine about placenta encapsulation in western North Carolina. Click here to see the WLOS News segment.

 
“Christine’s presence and assistance was invaluable to us. I can’t imagine that we would have had the exceptionally successful birth that we did without her. We are so grateful!” - J.S.”
 
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Belly Binding

Taking care of yourself never felt so good.

A Doulas of Asheville postpartum belly binding session is a wonderful add-on to doula or placenta encapsulation services or as stand-alone support.

Women who have given birth surgically and vaginally have reported many benefits from this traditional abdominal wrapping in the days and weeks following birth. Some of the reported benefits include: reduced postpartum bleeding, the uterus returning to its pre-pregnancy size more quickly, facilitating the return of a flatter tummy, a comforting feeling of closure and support, and as an aid in the recovery of stretched and/or separated abdominal muscles.

Doulas of Asheville belly binding sessions last up to two hours and take place in the comfort of your home. A binding cloth and written instructions for how to wrap yourself following your private session are included. While wrapping you, your doula will show you (and a partner if you choose) how to wrap yourself. She’ll leave you with a binding cloth and written instructions, so you won’t have to remember it all! Binding sessions can also serve as mini postpartum doula visits, as your binding specialist is also a postpartum doula.

If you'd like additional binding sessions, we can create a custom package for you that includes multiple visits from your Doulas of Asheville belly binding specialist.

Belly binding wraps are also available for purchase without the belly binding service. Contact us for information on the style/colors of wraps available as our stock changes frequently. 

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Hypnobabies & Hypnobirth Support

Personalized Support for Asheville Hypno-Births

Our Hypnobabies® Childbirth Hypnosis Doula (HCHD) offers specialized services for families using childbirth hypnosis to prepare for their birth. We understand the unique needs of people giving birth using Hypnobabies, Hypnobirthing, GentleBirth or other childbirth hypnosis methods, and can provide an added layer of support in preparing for and achieving an easier, more comfortable birth.
 

In addition to being able to provide birth support for families who have studied Hypnobabies® (in-person or home study), Hypnobirthing, or other childbirth preparation methods, Doulas of Asheville hosts Hypno-Doula Meetings periodically for Asheville hypnobirthing or Hypnobabies® families to conduct birthing rehearsals and/or to reinforce their hypnosis techniques.

 

or to learn more about childbirth hypnosis.