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Is your family expecting a baby soon? Have you recently had a baby? Do you have development or parenting questions? Are you feeling overwhelmed trying to adapt to all the changes in your life and for your family during the pandemic?

We offer phone and video chat appointments to explore your questions and offer your family support and information. Use the booking calendar to the right to schedule an appointment. (We recommend using Chrome or Firefox browsers.)

 

HOW DO CONSULTATIONS WORK?

We are here to answer your questions, offer encouragement, and help connect you to community and online supports.* We are experienced professionals trained to provide holistic care for families during pregnancy, birth, and the early years of a baby’s life. We offer physical, emotional, and informational support to help your family work toward a healthy and empowering experience of the childbearing year, and to support your growing connection to your baby and your self as a parent.

Sign up and “Pay as You’re Able” for a quick 20-minute session or schedule an in-depth 30, 60, or 90-minute consultation via phone or video call. After signing up for your appointment, you will be sent an email confirmation with your call-in information.

Please call or text us if you have not received the email at least 1 hour before your appointment. Future call credit will be offered to families who cannot make their scheduled 20-minute appointment. 30, 60, or 90-minute consultations must be canceled or rescheduled 24 hours in advance to receive a refund or credit.

*Note: When making appointments, please include any topics you’d like to discuss in the “notes” section of your appointment scheduler. 

My family sincerely appreciated the call-in and video doula support offered by the Doulas at Open Circle. Our virtual meetings have been absolutely instrumental as we have been navigating our birth options and reconfiguring our birth plan, all during a time we were unable to meet in person due to Covid-19.  It has connected us with skilled Doulas’ technical knowledge, history of experience, and emotional guidance as we have made important decisions around our birth.  We are so grateful this option has been available to us, and highly recommend this service.

R + S, Swansea, MA

PRICING

20-minute Dial-a-Doula phone or video calls are offered on a “Pay as You’re Able” basis ($2, $5, $15, $25). Consultation pricing varies depending on duration and what payment-tier your family qualifies for. For example, depending on your family’s income and resources, you may pay $10, $20, $35, or $50 for a 60-minute consultation. All families have a basic right to receive care during the childbearing year; please contact us if you need help applying or are unable to pay.

 

 

HOW CAN WE HELP?
All topics and questions are welcome. Common things families call to discuss include: 

  • Navigating pregnancy, birth, breastfeeding and newborn adjustment  during the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Collaborative partnership with your provider
  • Finding the best provider for your family
  • Advocating for your family
  • Physical comfort and health in pregnancy
  • Understanding choices in birth
  • Preparing for birth
  • Preparing for a cesarean section
  • Creating a birth preferences document/birth plan
  • Planning for a new baby
  • Relationship changes
  • Infant care and feeding
  • Family sleep support
  • Questions about your baby’s development
  • Emotional health in pregnancy and while parenting
  • and more. . . .

WHAT IS YOUR PRACTITIONER’S EXPERIENCE?

Our Dial-A-Doula and Parenting Consultant, Kaeli Sutton, is a Birth Doula and Postpartum Doula and Innate Postpartum Care Provider. She is a Lactation Counselor, pregnancy and postnatal yoga teacher, childbirth educator, massage therapist specializing in pregnancy and mother massage, and a student in a three year program to become an Infant Developmental Movement Educator. Kaeli has additional training in trauma-informed pregnancy and postpartum care and specializes in supporting the transformation of parent’s identities and relationships in the early years of parenting. Kaeli regularly collaborates with other professionals in the Rhode Island and national community, and makes referrals when she feels a family would benefit from other types of support.

WHY IS RECEIVING SUPPORT IMPORTANT?

Pregnancy, birth and the first few years of a child’s life are profoundly formative for the whole family — a rite of passage filled with potential for deep growth and change, and also real challenge. Many American families have limited family or communal support and limited maternity/paternity leave. Parents often carry many responsibilities and demands on their shoulders. We believe that each family member’s health and resilience can be strengthened through having access to more support systems and receiving clear and respectful care as he/she/they move through this major life transition and transformation.