Doula Packages

I am a birth doula because I believe passionately that if we can change our birth stories from the sensationalist, disturbing images we see in mainstream media to stories like these gentle and instinctive experiences described below; that if we can honour the insight Barbara Katz Rothman offers about the impact of womens’ transformative experience of birth: then we can change the world – one mother, one baby, one family at a time.

“Birth is not only about making babies. Birth is about making mothers ~ strong, competent, capable mothers who trust themselves and know their inner strength.”  Barbara Katz Rothman

Imagine a society where birth stories are stories of peaceful and gentle beginnings. Imagine that these stories speak of almost pleasureable intensity, of empowering and sacred journeys, of strong and proud women becoming mothers who are conscious and awake to their power, courage, strength, endurance and vulnerability…wherever they choose to give birth – be that in hospital, in a birthing centre, in their living room, in an operating theatre, or in a birth pool in their bedroom. A doula can support and nurture women in all these aspects of pregnancy, birth and post partum parenting.

 

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Birth doula packages for support in pregnancy, birth and the postpartum period start from €855. Doula support services are also available without birth support; this package starts at €525; some of this work is done together virtually.

 

Principal Doula Package   €855*   (Amsterdam, Ijburg, Diemen, Amstelveen)

  • “Get to know you” initial meeting
  • Includes 2 prenatal & 1 postpartum appointments of 90 minutes **
  • Prenatal:
    • Getting to know you better, discuss excitement and fears around birth, previous experiences of birth, opportunity to ask questions about pregnancy, birth and the 4th trimester – the postpartum period (90 minutes**)
    • Meeting with you and care provider
  • On call for you 24/7 from 37 weeks (or before for elective Caesarean, multiple pregnancies, planned inductions or anticipated prematurity) until labour begins
  • Online support between 08h00 – 21h00, telephone support calls by arrangement
  • Birth attendance and continuous birth support: there from 60/90 minutes after you call to say “come” until around 2 hours after baby arrives.
  • Postpartum: a meeting to share reflections on birth and the 4th trimester.

 

Comfort Doula Package   €1025*   (Amsterdam, Ijburg, Diemen, Amstelveen)

  • “Get to know you” initial meeting
  • Includes 3 prenatal & 2 postpartum appointments of 90 minutes**
    • Getting to know you better, discuss excitement and fears around birth, previous experiences of birth, opportunity to ask questions about pregnancy, birth and the 4th trimester (the postpartum period), extra support in formulating your birth plan and/or relaxing body work
    • Meeting with you and care provider to discuss birth preferences
    • An additional coaching / relaxing body therapy session (90 minutes**)
  • On call for you 24/7 from 37 weeks (or before for elective Caesarean, multiple pregnancies, planned inductions or anticipated prematurity) until labour begins
  • Online support between 08h00 – 21h00, telephone support calls by arrangement
  • Birth attendance and continuous birth support: there from 60/90 minutes after you call to say “come” until around 2 hours after baby arrives.
  • 2 postpartum appointments (one of which can be moved into pregnancy if preferred)
  • 1st postpartum meeting to share reflections on birth and the 4th trimester and receive a restorative 30 minute treatment of your choice if time allows.
  • 2nd postpartum meeting to further reflect on the birth and postpartum period, and/or to enjoy a restorative and relaxing treatment or coaching session of your choice (90 minutes)

 

Deluxe Doula Package   €1295   (Amsterdam, Ijburg, Diemen, Amstelveen)

  • “Get to know you” initial meeting
  • Includes 5 prenatal & 2 postpartum appointments of 90 minutes
  • Prenatal appointments include:
    • Getting to know you better, discuss excitement and fears around birth, previous experiences of birth, opportunity to ask questions about pregnancy, birth and the 4th trimester (the postpartum period), extra support in formulating your birth plan
    • Meeting with you and care provider to discuss birth preferences (optional)
    • 4 additional coaching / relaxing body therapy sessions (90 minutes**) often once a week from 36 weeks
  • On call for you 24/7 from 37 weeks (or before for elective Caesarean, multiple pregnancies, planned inductions or anticipated prematurity) until labour begins
  • Online support between 08h00 – 21h00, telephone support calls by arrangement
  • Birth attendance and continuous birth support: there from 60/90 minutes after you call to say “come” until around 2 hours after baby arrives.
  • 2 postpartum appointments (one of which can be moved into pregnancy if preferred)
  • 1st postpartum meeting to share reflections on birth and the 4th trimester and receive a restorative 30 minute treatment of your choice if time allows.
  • 2nd postpartum meeting to further reflect on the birth and postpartum period, and/or to enjoy a restorative and relaxing treatment or coaching session of your choice (90 minutes)

 

Last Minute Doula Package   €750*  {Amsterdam, Ijburg, Diemen, Amstelveen – subject to my availability & only if contact is taken after 39 weeks of pregnancy}

  • Includes 1 prenatal appointment of 2+ hours and 1 postpartum appointment**
  • Prenatal appointment with birth partner – 2 hours covering late pregnancy comfort measures, birth preferences planning (“birth plan”), birth preparation (ie. discussion about non medical pain relief, pain relief options here in The Netherlands, positions to labour in etc), optimal foetal positioning (postures and exercises to help baby find the ideal position in preparation for birth), coaching through fears, issues or questions finishing with 30 minute healing therapy if time allows (Reiki, polarity massage, or foot massage).
  • On call for you 24/7 from 37 weeks (or before for elective Caesarean, multiple pregnancies, planned inductions or anticipated prematurity) until labour begins
  • Birth attendance and continuous birth support: there from 60/90 minutes after you call to say “come” until around 2 hours after baby arrives.
  • One postpartum visit (90 minutes)

 

Planned Caesarean Birth Doula Package   €825*   (Amsterdam, Ijburg, Diemen, Amstelveen)

  • “Get to know you” initial meeting
  • Includes 2 prenatal & 2 postpartum appointments of 90 minutes **
  • Prenatal:
    • Getting to know you better: discuss excitement and fears around Caesarean birth; previous experiences of vaginal birth and/or Caesarean birth; opportunity to ask questions about physical and emotional preparation for Caesarean birth; Caesarean options & birth planning eg. Gentle Caesarean, Natural Caesarean, Family Centred Caesarean; recovering from Caesarean birth and how to plan for the 4th trimester – the postpartum period (90 minutes)
    • Meeting with you and care provider to discuss and clarify the birth plan, combined with a coaching session or relaxing body therapy session (90 minutes)
  • On call for you 24/7 from 3 weeks prior to the planned date for the Caesarean
  • Accompany you as you arrive at and settle in to the hospital
  • Birth support – at your side during the birth (where possible) and able to remain at the side of the mother should the other parent or birth partner need to go with the baby/babies, will remain with you for 2 – 6 hours post operation as desired
  • 1st postpartum meeting to share reflections on birth and the 4th trimester and receive a restorative 30 minute treatment of your choice.
  • 2nd postpartum meeting to further reflect on the birth and postpartum period, and/or to enjoy a restorative and relaxing treatment or coaching session of your choice (90 minutes)

 

Practical Pregnancy Doula Package   €525   (Amsterdam, Ijburg, Diemen, Amstelveen – not including on call hours or birth support)

  • Includes 1 prenatal telephone introduction (30 minutes), 3 prenatal & 1 postpartum appointments of 90 minutes**. Includes documentation around birth choices and preferences, and a useful directory of addresses and contacts for all things pregnancy, birth and post partum.
  • 30 minute introductory telephone or Skype call
  • Prenatal appointment: Having a Baby in The Netherlands; a complete overview of maternity healthcare in NL. Birthing locations in Amsterdam including home, birth centre, hospital – where there are pools and where there aren’t. Differences between midwife and gynaecologist led care. Preparation for the 4th trimester: kraamzorg, GGD, feeding and beyond.
  • Prenatal appointment 2: (with birth partner) discussing birth choices and preferences planning – a “birth plan”. Includes information about non medical pain relief, pharmaceutical pain relief options here in The Netherlands, positions to labour in etc), pregnancy postures and exercises to promote balance, comfort and alignment for mother and baby, coaching through fears, issues or questions.
  • Prenatal appointment 3: Attending a meeting with care provider then debriefing afterwards, covering last minute questions, and a final pep talk for birth.
  • Post partum appointment: Meeting your bundle of joy, supporting you in adjusting the 4th trimester preferences or plan, answering your questions about the birth/postpartum care/life in Amsterdam with a baby.

 

Hourly Doula Support Services

I am also able to offer doula services and support in Amsterdam, Ijburg, Diemen and Amstelveen on an hourly basis during pregnancy and post partum. Please see below for details of what those services cover.

My hourly rate is €77 per hour, or €110 per 90 minutes; this includes my travel time to your address.

NB. If you hire me as your doula for a birth support package; additional services further to stated packages are charged at a preferential price of €65 per hour / €95 per 90 mins. Appointments are scheduled for 90 minutes; additional time will be invoiced separately.

 

* Coaching/relaxation/restorative sessions are available as “add on” services across all packages. Usually my hourly rate is €77, or €110 per 90 minutes; as a doula client you receive a preferential rate of €65 per hour, €95 per 90 minutes.

** Appointments are scheduled for 90 minutes; beyond 90 minutes time is invoiced at €65 per hour / €95 per 90 minutes (preferential rate – see above) and can be invoiced on a rolling basis or in total once baby is born and before services are concluded.

>>>  Prenatal and postpartum coaching or relaxation sessions can include a singular service or a combination of birth or 4th trimester planning / introduction to Having a Baby in The Netherlands / coaching / massage / acupressure / reiki / polarity / cranio sacral techniques / fascia therapy and myofascial release techniques / guided meditation / prenatal yoga / spinning babies exercises / rebozo sifting / aromatherapy / moxa / (non therapeutic) cupping

>>> Payment plans are available at no extra cost (but must be discussed upon booking)

>>> Payment in full is due before 37 weeks

>> Bookings taken from 12 weeks pregnant

 

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In their words (former clients):
“Ilena helped and supported me to have the most amazing home birth, and I will never forget what she did for our family. I would really like to have Ilena present at any future births, I don’t think anyone else could give me those hugs, she is a healing soul and I will be forever grateful to her. Thank you Ilena!”
“Thank you so much my dear Ilena, without you we surely can’t make through the hospital stay, the birth and the surgery in such an ease.”

“[Appointments with Ilena are] not only very informative, but actually lighted up my spirit. Ilena gave me some very great tips of turning my breech baby at 34th week…

In summary: It was my second labor and I thought I didn’t need a doula in the beginning. I am glad that I had changed my mind in the end. Because every birth is different and life is full of surprises. This pregnancy and labor didn’t go with what I had expected. But with Ilena’s support it became less of a traumatic experience. I couldn’t thank her enough for her energy, her kindness and lots of extra efforts that she put in. She was not just my doula but also a great friend in time of need…and I feel very lucky that I found her!”

“Outstanding. Ilena was a calming influence in the room and was available at anytime for both my partner and myself. I was very appreciative to Ilena personally for helping me during the experience when required. All of the techniques used during the birth were familiar to us as we had gone through them in our appointments. Ilena gave us the support and confidence to ensure the birth was handled in the way we wanted (something that did not happen in the birth of our first child).”

To have the honour of supporting and nurturing a woman during her pregnancy, labour, birth and postpartum period; to help her stay in touch with her power, her vulnerability, and her courage; to hold and protect the sacred space around her during this time in her life, to encourage her to surrender into them, is such an oxytocin-rich blessing. I feel so grateful to do this work!

I feel passionately about the role of a doula being to support and empower the other birthing partner(s) just as much as the pregnant mother herself. After all, the intimacy which brought baby into being will be the best possible magic to bring baby out! I’d like the birthing partner to be able to say after labour “My wife/partner says I was her rock during the birth – she remembers the doula being a supportive presence in the background”

If you engage me to support and serve you and your family as your doula, you can expect:

– to be listened to and be heard
– to be seen and be appreciated
– to be empowered and encouraged
– to be honoured and served
– to be nourished and nurtured
– to be supported unconditionally
– no questions, no judgements, no compromise
So please come as you are, ask for what you need, and relax into the transformatiove journey of pregnancy, birth and new parenthood.
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I believe every woman should have the option of having a doula. I realise this is idealistic, but because of this belief I am committed to contributing services to women who need flexibility on payment, who might have services they can offer in exchange for doula services, or women who simply need free labour support every year. Please make contact – ask the question! I also am connected to other birth workers who contribute similar flexibility – so we can make it happen.

To fully enjoy the benefits of working with a doula, it is imperative that you choose the right doula for you and your family. Have a look out there and seek out the websites for another doula in Amsterdam (or two!)

Other words you might use to describe the work of a doula (to help your google search!)

  • Birth doula
  • Birth coach
  • Pregnancy coach
  • Birth support
  • Birth worker
  • Labour support or labor support
  • Bevallingscoach
  • Bevallingsbegeleiding
  • Zwangerschapscoach
  • Zwangerschapsbegeleiding

Most birth support workers and doulas in Amsterdam that I know will be more than happy to meet you and your partner for a ‘no-obligation’ acquaintance meeting.

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