additional postpartum hours
please gather as much support as you can while you recover and welcome your new baby! some of my clients have very strong circles of friends ready to bring meals and parents only half an hour away that drop in almost daily. other clients are new to ann arbor or ypsilanti and have one set of parents that live overseas and another in oregon. whatever the case, know that if you do not have a support network available to help care for you and your family you still deserve excellent care!
i am happy to help fill this space, if i am available.
extra postpartum assistance is $35 per hour.
please see the pull down menu under "birth doula services."
i offer a discount of $30 to my clients who choose to encapsulate their placanta for ingestion.
herbals in the form of teas, baths and baby/mama salves
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you will receive a 2oz baby salve compliments of ARTEMISIA HERBALS at your first postpartum visit. i would be delighted to help you source herbs for pregnancy tea and speak to you about herbal benefits if you so desire. i also have postpartum herbal baths to offer for $12.oo. if you have any further questions at all about medicinal herbs, my background and experience or the suggested uses of any of my products please contact me directly at 734.646.1351.
additional reiki sessions
reiki is a healing technique based on the principle that energy can be directed into the body by means of touch to activate the natural healing processes and restore physical and emotional well being.
my doula package includes a reiki session during one of your prenatal visits. im so very happy to provide additional one-hour reiki sessions at the cost of $50.
though not a professional, i have been told i have an eye for capturing touching moments during the birth process. you can view the fruits of my labor on the pages of this site. all photos taken by my clients have their initials on the bottom right corner of the image. all others are mine, indeed. if you would like me to take photos for you, please let me know and i will bring along my camera. i am as tasteful as can be and, if at any moment you would like me to step back, i am so very happy to honor your wishes. of course i am only free to take photos if i am not needed as a support for you in that moment! usually this means during early labor and once your baby is out.
the cost of a CD of photos from your birth is $25.
one hour birth-related consultation
i am happy to meet with you and your partner to offer any expertise that may help you make informed decisions concerning your birth choices. (this service is for individuals who are not working with me as clients or those in the preliminary stages of hiring a doula)
i have been a practicing doula since 2002, and have been working with infants and children for over 20 years. consultations may include topics such as: working toward agreement with your parter concerning birth location, concerns and actions to take if you are not aligning with your current care provider, pros and cons of homebirth for your family specifically, benefits of a doula as it may assist a partner in shifting perspective, and local resources that may enhance your familial experience for those new to ann arbor.
a blessingway is an american interpretation of a navajo ceremony that has been embraced by our culture. i see it as an honoring, worshipful gathering for the mother while she is still with child. it is meant to replace or be experienced in addition to the more traditional gift-giving, jolly, infant-centered baby shower. i am happy to consult you about planning your own blessingway. i can be involved in varying degrees from answering a few questions to attending and helping to facilitate this divine proceeding for you and your friends. please contact me to discuss the cost for this service.
casting your breasts and belly in plaster-of-paris can be a spirited activity to memoralize your pregnant body. the process itself is so playful and can include your partner, children, girlfriend, or even perhaps be done at your blessingway. all present love to help smooth the strong slippery bands over your full body. often the shell that is removed after setting can offer you a glorious altered perspective of your pregnancy. your cast can be decorated, hung on a wall, even turned upside down with a sheepskin put inside to house your wee little newborn!
i would be honored to come to your home to help you create a belly cast! i will bring a gift for you of a 2 oz round tin of ARTEMISIA body butter to pamper your belly. the cost for this service is $90. this fee includes all supplies, time and artistry skill, mileage cost and driving time. if you would prefer to purchase the plaster-of-paris rolls yourself, and provide olive oil / salve to coat your skin prior to application, the fee will be $65.
optional add-on services
ross orr photography
ross orr photography.