“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

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Birth Doula Support
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"I found my labor extremely painful, was overheated and had trouble breathing through the contractions. Diane was imperative in reminding me to breathe, keeping me cool with wet washcloths, and keeping me hydrated.  Having Diane there allowed him (my husband) to concentrate on the important things and enabled my entire team to really support me fully."  Read more 

- AC, 7/2012  (New York, NY)  


My Own Journey to Doula Work
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Years ago, when I was giving birth to my daughter, I remember vividly the last hours of my labor.  My doctor had told me to hold back from pushing, although every cell in my body was moving to push my baby out. My OB wanted to wait because she had just checked my cervix 30 minutes prior.  As ready as I felt, I also felt powerless.


My doula then encouragingly said, “Diane, this is your body and your birth, if you would like the doctor to check you now, then your partner can insist that she check you again and she will let us know if that is ok.”  I nodded my head, mid-contraction, and the doctor came back.  I was 10 cm and ready to push.


In the last hours of my birth, the role my doula played was indispensable and the benefits to having her by my side were immeasurable. I experienced, first-hand, how doulas are an integral, irreplaceable part of the birthing team.  


Every birthing couple, regardless of preference towards a natural or medicated birth, deserves to have the comfort, reassurance, and support that a doula provides.  I hope that my work as a birth doula will have the lasting impact on my clients as my doula had on me.  


- Diane Angela Fong, Naturopath & Birth Doula



Role of the Birth Doula
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The word "doula" comes from the ancient Greek meaning "a woman who serves" and is now used to refer to a trained and experienced professional who provides continuous physical, emotional and informational support to the mother before, during and just after birth; or who provides emotional and practical support during the postpartum period. 


She provides and offers help with comfort measures such as:


breathing techniques

birthing positions

relaxation techniques

quided meditation

massage

movement

reassuring and positive words

music therapy

hydrotherapy

hot/cold packs



Responsibilities of the Birth Doula
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To help the birthing woman have a “safe and satisfying” childbirth as she defines it

Provide information so that the client can make an informed decision

Empower the birthing woman and advocate for her wishes by encouraging her to ask questions and express her preferences or concerns

Provide support to the birth partner, helping and guiding the partner with comfort measures, providing reassurance, and taking pressure off the partner so that he/she can enjoy the experience

If a woman chooses to use pain medications, the doula will help to maximize the benefits of the medications and minimize the undesirable side effects



Benefits Supported by Research
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In the last century, research has proven that doulas provide many benefits to the birthing process.  


In the 1970s, while investigating ways in which to enhance the bond between mother and infant, Drs John Kennell and Marshall Klaus discovered that a birth doula not only improved the maternal-infant bond, but also seemed to decrease the incidence of complications in labor. (1, 2, 3)  


In 2011, a systematic review compared “usual” hospital care with births who had various types of continuous labor support (family, friend, doula, nurse whose sole responsibility was one-to-one supportive care). (1, 4)  21 randomized control trials including 15,000 women were reviewed and they found that the doula-supported women had improved obstetric outcomes and decreased intervention rates.  


More specifically, the doula-supported women were:


28% less likely to have a cesarean section

31% less likely to use synthetic oxytocin to speed up labor

9% less likely to use any pain medication

34% less likely to rate their childbirth experience negatively



Naturopath & Birth Doula
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As both Naturopath and Birth Doula, Diane Angela Fong takes the role of birth doula one step further, by utilizing her knowledge of naturopathic medicine during every step of your perinatal journey.  In addition to her DONA Birth Doula training, Diane has had four years of naturopathic medical school education and experience treating over a hundred patients, including many pregnant and pediatric patients. 

Diane's goal in being both Naturopath and Birth Doula is to provide you with the most complete continuum of care, supporting you from pre-conception, through birth, all the way into your newborn's growth into childhood and beyond.  As an active participant in your birth, Diane will have unique insight into the future health and well-being of you and your child.  

If you choose, Diane can safely support your family's health as both Birth Doula and Naturopath, supporting the wellness of your child from the moment he/she enters the world. 
                   

The Naturopathic Doula Package
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MommyShape believes in supporting women physically, mentally, and emotionally throughout the entire perinatal period.  The Basic MommyShape package includes everything that mommy (and partner) need to be prepared and supported during the pregnancy, birthing, and recovery process, including:


PRE/POSTNATAL VISITS

1. Prenatal and Postnatal Visit 

We will get acquainted, discuss your birth plan, schedule future visits, and address your expectations and concerns for your labor. A few weeks after the birth, we will meet in your home to review your birthing experience, receive birth photos, help with lactation, and address any questions or concerns. These visits can be combined with your naturopathic visit or Breathing Through Birth lesson.  

2.  Prenatal Naturopathic Medical Visit  

A naturopathic visit in which Diane will do a thorough intake of your current and past medical history and suggest a variety of ways you may increase your health and well-being during the perinatal period.  She can address issues such as fertility, morning sickness, gestational diabetes, eczema, psoriasis, allergies, back pain, sciatica, anemia, general nutrition, and overall perinatal health. 

3. Breathing Through Birth Childbirth Preparation Lesson (90 - 120 mins)

Diane's childbirth preparation program, Breathing Through Birth, will teach you and your birth partner how to use breath, movement, meditation, massage, and other proven pain techniques as a comfort measure during labor and delivery.  The goal is to help you and your birth partner feel confident by giving you the tools to manage the different emotions and physical sensations during childbirth.  


LABOR SUPPORT

4. Birth Doula Support During Labor

From early labor at your home to breast feeding support after birth, Diane will provide you and your partner with nurturing, encouraging support using comfort measures such as breathing techniques, birthing positions, relaxation techniques, guided meditation, massage, movement, reassuring and positive words, music therapy, Craniosacral therapy, TENS machine, essential oils, and hydrotherapy.

5. Naturopathic Support During Labor using Homeopathy

Homeopathy is at the core of Diane's practice as a Naturopath.  Homeopathy is a 200-year-old system of medicine utilizing potentized remedies made from plants, animals, and minerals to trigger a healing response in the body. They have been used safely with pregnant women and infants for 200 years. With many toxic side effects from medications and complications from invasive procedures, homeopathy offers a non-pharmacological method for treatment of many complications during pregnancy, labor, & delivery, including, but not limited to: discomfort during labor, induction, stalled labor, exhaustion during labor, fear of labor or during labor, back/hip pain during labor, and bleeding during or after labor.  Diane will work in conjunction with your birth provider to support you with this modality.  Read more about homeopathy


EXTRAS

6. Customized MommyShape Pre/Postnatal Exercise and Nutrition Program

At the prenatal visit, Diane will customize a pre/postnatal exercise and nutrition program to fit your needs.

7. MommyShape Prenatal Complete DVD

You will receive a copy of the MommyShape Prenatal Complete DVD (sculpt, dance, yoga) so that you can stretch, move, and strengthen throughout your pregnancy in the comfort of your own home.

8. Birth Photography

When your newborn enters the world, Diane can be your personal photographer, capturing the first moments of your new baby's life.  

9. 10% off all MommyShape & Vis Naturopathic Services

As a Naturopathic Doula client, you will receive 10% off all MommyShape and Vis Naturopathic services from the time of contract signing until 3 months postpartum.

9. Unlimited 24/7 Telephone Conversations

Diane is available for you 24/7 as both doula and naturopath to provide support during your perinatal journey.


Fee: $2050 

Areas served: The Greater Bay Area, from San Jose to San Francisco and the East Bay


Additional Services
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Diane is not only a Birth Doula, but also a Naturopath, Craniosacral Therapist, and creator of the pre/postnatal fitness MommyShape Complete Program.  She is able to utilize these skills throughout your pregnancy to give you added support and guidance.  All of the services offered at MommyShape and Vis Naturopathic are 10 % off for Naturopathic Doula clients from the time of contract signing until 3 months postpartum.  These services include:


Naturopathic Visits 

1. Prenatal Naturopathic Medical Visit for Mommy 

An extended naturopathic visit in which Diane will do a thorough intake of your current and past medical history and suggest a variety of ways you may increase your health and well-being during the perinatal period.  She can address issues such as fertility, morning sickness, gestational diabetes, eczema, psoriasis, allergies, back pain, sciatica, anemia, general nutrition, and overall perinatal health.

2. Postnatal Naturopathic Medical Visit for Mommy & Baby

An extended naturopathic visit with Diane visit to address health and well-being during the postpartum period, the 4th trimester of pregnancy.  Postpartum concerns include postpartum depression, difficulty breastfeeding, low milk supply, exhaustion, general nutrition, anemia, and anything else comes up during this time.  Neonatal concerns that arise during the first weeks of baby's life can be addressed as well, including jaundice, colic, acid reflux, and difficulty latching.

*Naturopathic services are now offered through our sister company, Vis Naturopathic. Please visit Vis Naturopathic for more information.


Craniosacral Therapy

Craniosacral Therapy is a hands-on manipulative technique that uses soft tissue work to identifyand release any restrictions in the craniosacral rhythm.  Working with the rhythm, the practitioner releases the fascia, encourages expansion, and balances the ligaments, muscles and bones.  Read more about Craniosacral Therapy.

1. Prenatal Craniosacral Treatment (90 mins)

A 90 minute prenatal Craniosacral treatment will release restrictions in the body and pelvis to resolve back and hip pain and prepare for an optimal birthing experience, including promoting fetal positioning.

2. Postnatal Craniosacral Treatment for Mommy (90 mins) & Baby (30 mins)

A 90 minute Craniosacral treatment to help speed Mommy's recovery and heal the trauma, both emotional and physical, that may have occurred during pregnancy and birth, especially if there have been interventions or surgery.  A 30 minute Craniosacral treatment for Baby will minimize or eliminate the effects of birth trauma (pressure on cranium and body during birth), birth trauma from cesarean or instrument delivery, or address colic & reflux, difficulty breastfeeding and promote overall health during this important time.


MommyShape Private Lessons

1. MommyShape Prenatal Complete Private Lesson (60 mins)

A 60 minute lesson in which Diane will customize a prenatal program for you using MommyShape exercises and nutrition counseling to support your changing body and prepare you for labor.  The MommyShape Prenatal Method utilizes a combination of core exercises deeply rooted in modern dance to focus on building strength and control in the deepest abdominal muscles to prepare your abdominal wall for a quicker recover after pregnancy.  We will also utilize dance, sculpting, yoga, massage, breathwork, and relaxation techniques to build strength and control in the deep abdominal and pelvic floor muscles, tone back, arms and legs, ease the normal aches and pains of pregnancy, learn how to breath, relax and build stamina for the marathon of labor, and most importantly, get your body moving in a fun-filled way!

2. MommyShape Postnatal Ab-Repair Private Lesson (60 mins)

A 60 minute lesson in which Diane will customize a postnatal program for you using MommyShape exercises and nutrition counseling to get your body back after delivery.  The MommyShape Postnatal Method utilizes a combination of core exercises deeply rooted in modern dance, yoga and pilates to strengthen and repair your abs from the inside out, not only building strength in the external abdominal muscles, but really re-shaping the muscles from within - the key to a flat stomach.


Contact Diane for more information or to schedule a meet and greet!


Insurance

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Some insurance companies cover doula services.  Check with your insurance company to see if they will reimburse you for your doula costs.  You may also have a flexible spending account that will cover doula care.  


Registry

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Another popular way to finance your doula support is to add it to your registry.  Friends and family love supporting a healthy and happy birthing experience.  Diane is registered as a Birth Doula with the onine registry Babylist.


References:

  1. DONA International Position Paper: The Birth Doula’s Contribution to Modern Maternity Care. 2012.  Retrieved from http://www.dona.org/PDF/Birth%20Position%20Paper_rev%200912.pdf

  2. Sosa R, Kennell JH, Klaus MH, Robertson S, Urrutia J. “The effect of a supportive companion on perinatal problems, length of labor, and motherinfant interaction,” N Engl J Med, 303:597600, 1980.  

  3. Klaus MH, Kennell JH, Robertson SS, Sosa R. “Effects of social support during parturition on maternal and infant morbidity,” Br Med J, 293:585587, 1986.  

  4. Hodnett ED, Gates S, Hofmeyr GJ, Sakala C, Weston J . “Continuous support for women during childbirth.” Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2011 Feb 16; (2):CD003766.  

  5. Childbirth Connection. “Best Evidence: Labor Support.” 2011.  Retrieved from http://www.childbirthconnection.org/article.asp?ck=10174&ClickedLink= 257&area=27  

  6. DONA International Standards of Practice Birth Doula. Last revised 02/08. Retrieved rom http://www.dona.org/PDF/Standards%20of%20Practice_Birth.pdf

  7. DONA International Code of Ethics. Last revised 05/09/08.  Retrieved from http://www.dona.org/PDF/Code%20of%20Ethics_Birth.pdf

    8. Castro, M., (2004). Safe and sound in pregnancy; Some “almost specific” remedies for pregnancy and birth. Homeopathy Today, 24(6), 18-19.Pilkington, K., Kirkwood, G., Rampes, H., Fisher, P., & Richardson, J.