INFORMATION, RESOURCES & PRODUCTS

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INFORMATION on doula work and COVID-19
What is vital for you to know, right now, about how this all works:

This is a challenging and unprecedented time for ALL of us, and that means that some things have changed, including what doula care looks like. Here's how we're doing things at WeeWelcome, at least until Governor Inslee lifts our "stay at home" order:

  • Schedule changes:

    • Hours for appointments will need to shift a bit, as I begin my clinical hours in preparation for sitting for my IBCLC exam this spring. Tuesday/Thursday will be my times available for doula clients.

    • Hours for contact via text/email will stay roughly the same: 9am-6pm every day except Saturday/Sunday. If you email or text outside these hours, I will get back to you within 48 hours. 

 

  • Prenatal/Postpartum Appointments:

    • Virtual appointments will be our new normal. Whether by phone or with a video component, visits will be conducted via technology whenever possible. I am using Zoom with password protection for visits; please let me know if you prefer another platform.

    • Appointments will happen more often. I will be checking in with you weekly, via text or email, to see if you want to make a visit time for the coming week. Shorter visits more often seem to work better in a virtual world. 

    • If you NEED me in person, we can make that happen. I will:

      • Ensure that I am in good health and not at risk.

      • Screen you via text prior to our appointment and ensure when I arrive that everyone is healthy;

      • Limit physical contact (no hugs or handshakes);

      • Wash my hands immediately upon entry into your house, and again before I leave;

      • Wear a mask at our visit, to keep everyone safe from particulates.

    • We WILL be making concrete plans for postpartum support before your baby arrives, including how to access mental health care.

  • Birth Support:

    • Currently, ​asymptotic laboring people are being allowed the support of both a partner AND a doula at all Seattle/Eastside hospitals.

    • Laboring people WITH SYMPTOMS are in some instances not being allowed support during the birth process.

    • OR support at Swedish Hospitals is allowed. Other hospitals have limited OR support to one person in order to conserve PPE, and some hospitals are not allowing doula support for scheduled procedures. PLEASE CHECK WITH YOUR HOSPITAL.

    • Clients with scheduled inductions or cesareans are required to be tested for COVID 2-3 days prior to hospital admit.

    • Keeping people OUT of the hospital is a priority, and there are now options in place for early labor midwifery support at home before a planned hospital birth, and midwives to do home visits for 24-hour metabolic testing on newborns.

    • WHAT DOES THIS MEAN FOR YOU?

      • It means we will do A LOT of planning, strategizing, weighing options, talking through scenarios, & ​practicing self-advocacy during our prenatal appointments.

      • We will be very intentional and specific in our "birth plan" language.

      • When it's time for your birth, expect to labor at home as long as possible to minimize time in the hospital, and know that you may have the option to/be expected to leave the hospital before the 24-hour mark.

      • I *DO* have a plan for virtual hospital support should it become necessary. 

  • What can YOU do?

    • Keep up with any/all aspects of self-care: physical, mental, social and spiritual.

    • Lean on your pillars of support.

    • Have ongoing conversations with your pregnancy care provider, to be sure you have the latest information about where you will be birthing. 

    • Collect resources/information NOW so you have things in place once baby arrives.

    • Participate in research! UW is conducting an interview study for those who are pregnant/birthing during the COVID-19 pandemic. 1-2 hour interview, $50 in compensation. Find out more here.

RESOURCES
Extra goodies from wee welcome...to you
The Birth Photos!

I have an amazing Fuji XE-3 that is especially for my birthwork. Mirrorless, great in low light, and capable of instant transfer, you will have candids of your labor and birth (as much or as little as you want!) to send, typically before I even leave your birth! (all website photos without me in them are photos I have taken)

The Bottle Library

As a CLE (Certified Lactation Educator), I am passionate about getting babies fed, whatever that looks like. In our modern life, that often includes figuring out how bottles fit in, be they filled with breast milk or formula. Sometimes, this can be a frustrating endeavor. Bottle Library to the rescue! I have a wide array of bottles and will come with them, talk through the hows and whys of the brands and nipple flows, evaluate what feeding looks like now, and offer suggestions on moving forward with getting your little accustomed to eating from something besides the breast. Birth clients may choose this service as part of their postpartum care. Add on care for wee welcome birth clients $25/hour; clients requesting bottle feeding help only, $40/hour.

The Birth Tub

I was lucky enough to be gifted a beautiful La Bassine Maxi birthing pool that is yours for the asking if you are a wee welcome client planning a home birth OR living in a home without a bathtub. The benefits of water in labor are numerous, and especially deep water, which is precisely what you get from the Maxi pool. Pool and accoutrements are yours for the asking if you are a wee welcome birth client.

The Book Library

So very many books are just waiting for you to use them! Books on birth, labor and delivery, nursing, bonding, nurturing the family, child development, advocacy, hypnobirthing, PMADs...as a wee welcome client they are yours to borrow at any point you wish.

The Backup Collective/Recommended Doulas

Through WWD@TPP, we are so lucky to have our very own pool of doulas to back one another up should the need arise! If you are a client outside of my relationship with The Perfect Push, I am so incredibly fortunate to have a crew of backup partners ready to spring into action should the need arise. I know that you would be in terrific hands were any of them to be the doula to attend your birth. I also highly recommend them for doula services, should WWD@TPP not be your cup of tea. Below, you'll find links to their information:

Caellyn Everson: www.heldinarms.com

Gwen Kiehne:  www.seattlefamilydoula.com​

Kristin Travis: www.BEarthmate.com

Vanessa Lovejoy-Guron: www.vanessalovejoyguron.com

Former Mentees/Apprentices:

Milla Blindauer: part of the team at Calm & Confident

Angela Hodge: www.angelahodgebirthservices.com

Riss Jursich: Polygon Doula

Maya Hawthorn-Moch: www.fertileearthdoula.com

PRODUCTS: tested, trusted, and recommended by Jen and wee welcome clients
I'm proud to carry samples of these products...just ask!

Baby K'tan!

These wonderful carriers come in a variety of colors and fabrics and fit kids from 8-35 pounds...truly versatile and fantastic for parenting with both hands!

Mama Strut. A terrific post-birth product made by folks who have actually given birth, the Mama Strut takes care of everything you've never thought of when it comes to postpartum care. High tech and super cool!