Postpartum Doula


I work with new parents during the immediate postpartum period to guide them to find their new rhythm & routine with their newborn(s), while nurturing the new mother or father. I am especially excited to share with my clients about the french culture and food. Most of them have read “Bringing up bebe” and so did I ! I smiled a lot reading this book, and finally understood that my culture, as a French woman, is very different from the American culture. Not better or worst, just different, with its good and bad sides. I am very lucky I was raised in France but I am also very lucky that I now have a daughter who was born in America – it makes me have a broader view of “parenting techniques” and… I can choose the best in both culture!

I’ve been a postpartum doula for 6+ years in France before relocating in Los Angeles. In France, doulas aren’t well known but I had the chance to work as an intern in a french Maternity (postpartum recovery) in 2008. I was barely 17 years old when I learned about doulas, by “accident”. No-one knew about them, especially over there. I met a new mom who just had a c-section, she asked me if I could help her after I was done with my internship. Luckily, I was on my last days, and this is how postpartum work started, followed with trainings and lot of self learning. 

Parents hire me for either day and/or night shifts, some choose only few days or nights while others have a 6-12 weeks contract with me. 

During the day, I will help you with your newborn’s needs (breastfeeding or bottle, diapers, bath, nighttime routine, siblings adjustment etc), your self-care : those things you used to do without thinking much about it like eating, sleeping, going to the bathroom or showering are often challenging for new parents. My role is to give you tips and show you how you can take care of yourself when you have a very needy yet tiny person to take care of. During our sessions, we can also talk about your birth experience, parenthood, challenges and beyond. In addition, I’ll cook for your family, run a load of laundry, straighten your house, reorganize/set up the nursery if needed and help you getting everything done from your “list” (everybody has a list, right?). 

During the night, my shift is pretty much the same as the day, except that you sleep, so there is obviously less talking involved 🙂 If baby is breastfed, I’ll either bring baby to you or finger feed him/her while you pump, this is your choice. If you’d like, I will show you how to breastfeed your baby while you’re sleeping or resting. I’ll share my secrets with you to make your nights as easy as possible!  My goal isn’t to make you dependent of me, but I’ll never force you to do something you don’t feel capable of. If you need more rest, you’ll get it, if you need more support, feel anxious or need to talk, I’ll be right there for you.  I will also do light chores & cooking during the evening if the house and time of the shift allow. Like most doulas, I do not provide awake care. This means that when everything is done, I’ll take naps when baby sleeps.

Ultimately, you will learn how it’s possible to cope with sleep deprivation. Those two words “sleep deprivation” seems terrifying to you ? It’s very normal and it’s also why everybody needs a postpartum doula! As humans, we all faces challenges throughout our lives. The fastest path to overcome those challenges is to have the support you need.  

I can be hired for few hours or full time, day or night, all depending on your needs.

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Birth doula


What is included in my packages ? 

The most chosen package includes :

  • up to three prenatal visits
  • Phone and email support
  • On-call from 37 weeks until birth
  • Back up doula
  • Birth support, unlimited
  • Professional birth photography (Optional)
  • A binder with information about pregnancy, birth, and postpartum period
  • up to two postpartum home visits

And of course I will….

  • be available for the questions you have regarding birth & postpartum.
  • give you evidence-based information for you to be empowered to make your own decisions and be your own advocate.
  • be here to give you and your birth partner emotional and physical support.
  • help you have an easier and more comfortable labor, making sure your birth plan goes as close to the way you expected as possible.
  • be here for your birth partner as well, so he/she can rest, drink, eat and be reassured during the birth. I love caring for birth partners, they are often forgotten, but really have such a huge role on the birth-day.

The investment depend on location, contract and options. Sliding scale is available. My services are accessible for any birthing people. Please contact me at / 424-362-4387 or by filling the form below, thank you.

What is not included ? 

As all doulas, I must stay in my  scope of practice  which does not include :

  • Making decisions for you. I will provide information that may be helpful for you and/or your partner to make informed choices.
    • Perform clinical tasks  (blood pressure, cervix check, monitoring…).
    • Provide medical advices.
    • Speak to your medical caregiver on your behalf..
    • Predict when you’ll give birth, what your birth outcome will be, or make guarantees your birth plan will be fully realized in how your birth unfolds.

What Is My Role As A Birth Doula ? 

I will guide you during your journey to become parents, for the first time, or for the fifth, give you the latest information, the benefits, and the risks. It doesn’t matter what your birth plan is, I’ll never judge you for your choices.

There is no list of right things to do when it comes to pregnancy and newborn’s care; all the books cannot describe how you will feel or how your baby will be, because everyone is different, as is every birth. The most important is how people made you feel when you were in labor ? when you became new parents ? How supported did you feel at those moments ? This is what you’ll remember all your life.

Some parents choose to have their babies at home while others feel more comfortable in a hospital. Some parents might choose no meds while others will choose an epidural early. The best gift I receive from my clients is when they use their voice as they feel educated enough to say yes or no. It’s your body, and, working with me, you’ll be be empowered enough to make non emergency decisions yourself.

Your birth will never be about me. My goal is that you remember how awesome your birth partner was and that your birth experience straighten your family bonds.

I would love to meet you ! Book a complimentary first meeting by filling the form below :


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Eyes open hypnosis for Childbirth

I came across Hypnobabies when I was pregnant. I was looking for the best childbirth preparation and I learned about hypnosis. Hypnobabies is a FULL childbirth preparation, it combines hypnosis and “regular” knowledge about pregnancy, baby positioning, nutrition, exercise, benefits/risks/alternatives of common obstetrical interventions, stage of birth, newborn care…

We chose to have the Hypnobabies series childbirth preparation, which was 3 hours a week for 6 weeks. It’s a commitment. It was so empowering to learn so much about pregnancy and childbirth, as well as hypnosis. Hypnobabies also have an online course study option for busier parents.

After my “formal” doula training, I became certified as Hypnobabies hypno-doula.  Hypnobabies doulas are completely familiar with the philosophy, techniques, cue words and other materials that Hypnobabies program is teaching. They also know, as other non-hypnobabies doulas, how to talk with the hospital caregivers (if hospital birth) and support your choices during your baby’s birth.

Hypno-doulas can’t replace the hypnobabies training. The birthing person must follow the Hypnobabies course and practice the hypno-tools everyday to have a hypnobabies birth!

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Doula? do-la?!

Proven benefits of doula care

Another great article from Evidence based birth (read the full article there)

According to Dr. Christine Morton, author of the book Birth Ambassadors, a birth doula is a companion who supports a birthing person during labor and birth. Birth doulas are trained to provide continuous, one-on-one care, as well as information, physical support, and emotional support to birthing persons and their partners.

What do doulas do?

Doulas nurture and support the birthing person throughout labor and birth. Their essential role is to provide continuous labor support to the mother, no matter what decisions the mother makes or how she gives birth. Labor support is defined as the therapeutic presence of another person, in which human-to-human interaction with caring behaviors is practiced (Jordan,2013).

Importantly, the doula’s role and agenda are tied solely to the birthing person’s agenda. This is also known as primacy of interest. In other words, a doula’s primary responsibility is to the birthing person—not to a hospital administrator, nurse, midwife, or doctor.

Physical support is important because it helps the birthing person maintain a sense of control, comfort, and confidence. Aspects of physical support provided by a doula may include:

  • Soothing with touch through the use of massage, counter pressure, or a rebozo
  • Helping to create a calm environment, like dimming lights and arranging curtains
  • Assisting with water therapy (shower, tub)
  • Applying warmth or cold
  • Assisting the birthing person in walking to and from the bathroom
  • Giving ice chips, food, and drinks

Emotional support helps the birthing person feel cared for and feel a sense of pride and empowerment after birth. One of the doula’s primary goals is to care for the mother’s emotional health and enhance her ability to have positive birth memories (Gilland, 2010b). Doulas may provide the following types of emotional support to the birthing person and their partner:

  • Continuous presence
  • Reassurance
  • Encouragement
  • Praise
  • Helping the birthing person see themselves or their situation more positively
  • Keeping company
  • Showing a caring attitude
  • Mirroring—calmly describing what the birthing person is experiencing and echoing back the same feelings and intensity
  • Accepting what the birthing person wants
  • Helping the birthing person and partner work through fears and self-doubt
  • Debriefing after the birth—listening to the mother with empathy

Informational support helps keep the birthing person and their partner informed about what’s going on with the course of labor, as well as provides them with access to evidence-based information about birth options. Aspects of informational support include:

  • Guiding the birthing person and their partner through birth
  • Suggesting techniques in labor, such as breathing, relaxation techniques, movement, and positioning (positioning is important both with and without epidurals)
  • Helping them find evidence-based information about different options in pregnancy and childbirth
  • Helping explain medical procedures before or as they occur
  • Helping the partner understand what’s going on with their loved one’s birthing time (for example, interpreting the different sounds the birthing person makes)

Advocacy is a pillar of support that is considered controversial by some for two reasons: first, the word advocacy has several meanings and definitions, and second, doulas differ on their beliefs about whether or not advocacy is part of their role.

In an important paper about the concept of advocacy in the nurse’s role, Kalaitzidis and Jewell (2015) compiled all of the existing definitions of patient advocacy. They found that in the past, the most common definitions of advocacy were “pleading the cause of someone” or “speaking on behalf of someone.” Advocacy can also be defined as “supporting an individual or group to gain what they need from the system” or supporting a person in their right to self-determination.

Advocacy has long been considered an essential component of the nurse’s role. However, while some doulas believe that advocacy is a part of their role, others have been specifically trained that advocacy is not part of their role at all. For many years, DONA International, the first doula training and certification organization, has stated in their standards of practice that advocacy is part of the doula’s role, as long as the doula does not speak on behalf of the client (DONA Code of Ethics, 2015).

Advocacy can take many forms—most of which do not include speaking on behalf of the client. Some examples of advocacy that doulas have described include:

  • Encouraging the birthing person or their partner to ask questions and verbalize their preferences
  • Asking the birthing person what they want
  • Supporting the birthing person’s decision
  • Amplifying the mother’s voice if she is being dismissed, ignored, or not heard, “Excuse me, she’s trying to tell you something. I wasn’t sure if you heard her or not.”
  • Creating space and time for the birthing family so that they can ask questions, gather evidence-based information, and make decisions without feeling pressured
  • Facilitating communication between the parents and care providers
  • Teaching the birthing person and partner positive communication techniques
  • If a birthing person is not aware that a provider is about to perform an intervention, the doula could point out what it appears the nurse or physician is about to do, and ask the birthing person if they have any questions about what is about to happen. For example, if it looks like the provider is about to perform an episiotomy without the person’s consent: “Dr. Smith has scissors in his hand. Do you have any questions about what he is wanting to do with the scissors?”

Taking into account the past definitions of advocacy for nurses, and the desire of many doulas to support the birthing person but not speak in place of them, I’d like to propose a new definition of advocacy in the context of doula care:

Advocacy is defined as supporting the birthing person in their right to make decisions about their own body and baby.

What is NOT included in doula support?

Doulas are not medical professionals, and the following tasks are not performed by doulas:

  • They do not perform clinical tasks such as vaginal exams or fetal heart monitoring
  • They do not give medical advice or diagnose conditions
  • They do not make decisions for the client (medical or otherwise)
  • They do not pressure the birthing person into certain choices just because that’s what they prefer
  • They do not take over the role of the partner
  • They do not catch the baby
  • They do not change shifts (although some doulas may call in their back-up after 12-24 hours)

A conceptual model is what researchers use to try and understand how a phenomenon works. Here is my conceptual model on the phenomenon of doula support.

Conceptual Model Doulas (revised 2017) | Evidence Based Birth®

How is a doula different from having your partner/spouse there?

Some people think that they do not need a doula because their partner will be with them continuously throughout labor. It is true that the birth partner is an essential support person for a birthing person to have by their side. However, the birth partner will need to eat and use the bathroom at times, and they are having their own emotional journey that requires support. Also, many partners have limited knowledge about birth, medical procedures, or what goes on in a hospital, while doulas have knowledge and experience about all of these things that they can use to inform and support both the partner and birthing person. Ideally, doulas and partners can work together to make up a labor support team.

In one landmark study that evaluated the effects of doulas and fathers working together, researchers found that combining a supportive partner and a doula significantly lowered the mother’s risk of Cesarean compared to just having a supportive partner alone. In 2008, McGrath and Kennell randomly assigned 420 first-time mothers to have routine care (including a supportive partner) or care that also included a professional doula whom they met for the first time during labor. All of the women in the study were classified as having middle- to upper-class financial income levels, having supportive partners, and in the care of obstetricians. During labor, doulas provided continuous support, including encouragement, reassurance, and physical support. They helped the partner support the laboring person, and were careful not to take over the partner’s role.

The results showed a substantial improvement in outcomes for women who had both a birth partner and a doula, compared to having a birth partner alone. The Cesarean rate for these first-time mothers was 25% in the group with a partner only, and 13.4% in the group with a partner and doula. The women who had their labor medically induced experienced an even more striking decrease in the Cesarean rate with a doula—the Cesarean rate with labor inductions was 58.8% in the group without a doula, and 12.5% in the group with a doula. Also, fewer women in the doula group required an epidural (64.7%) compared to those without a doula (76%).

Research has shown that the most positive birth experiences for fathers were ones where they had continuous support by a doula or a midwife. In the McGrath and Kennell study, the women and their partners who had a doula overwhelmingly rated the support of their doula as positive—with 93% rating their experience with the doula as very positive, and 7% as positive. In other studies, fathers have said that when they had labor support from a midwife or doula, things were explained to them, their questions were answered, their labor support efforts were guided and effective, and they could take breaks from the emotional intensity of the labor without abandoning their laboring partner (Johansson, 2015).

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