Dial-a-Doula Phone + Online Support
©Lisa Gendron | Agroterra Birth
Is your family expecting a baby soon? Have you recently had a baby? Are you feeling overwhelmed trying to adapt to all the changes in your life and maternity care during the pandemic?
Our doulas are available 5 days a week by phone and video chat to answer your questions and offer your family supports. Multiple slots are offered throughout the day to make it easy for you to schedule. Use the booking calendar to the right to search for and schedule a 20 minute appointment or longer consultation. (We recommend using Chrome or Firefox browsers.)
HOW DOES DIAL-A-DOULA WORK?
Our doulas are available over phone or video-chat 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 months 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.
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. We have a Spanish speaking doula and a Wolof speaking doula. You will see (Sp) — Spanish — or (W) Wolof — next to the doula’s name.
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, questions and concerns are welcome. Common things families call to discuss include:
- Navigating pregnancy, birth, and breastfeeding during the COVID-19 pandemic
- Skillful 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
- Creating a birth plan/preferences document
- Planning for a new baby
- Relationship changes
- Infant care and feeding
- Family sleep support
- Emotional health in pregnancy and after birth
- and more. . . .
WHAT IS A BIRTH DOULA?
Birth doulas provide your family with physical and emotional support during pregnancy and birth, help you understand your choices, and help you learn how to advocate for yourself/selves and your baby. Open Circle doulas support families in all types of births: medicated/epidural, un-medicated, cesarean and adoptive. We also support all types of families: heterosexual and same sex couples, teen mothers and single mothers by circumstance or choice, adoptive parents, families of color from within and without the US, and families of all traditions. Our doulas have different cultural backgrounds, professional expertise and specialties. Birth doulas respect your family’s individual beliefs and needs. They work to understand and support your family’s particular vision of an empowered and healthy birth. This including helping you find information, practitioners and birth locations that are a good fit for your family. Birth doulas provide referrals to other practitioners and specialists in the community to support any additional needs of your family during pregnancy, birth and the newborn stage. Learn more about our birth and postpartum doula services.
WHAT IS A POSTPARTUM DOULA?
Postpartum doulas work via phone, text, virtual conference or in your home to help your family adjust and thrive after your baby is born. They provide education to help families develop strategies and rhythms that support whole family health and mental-emotional wellbeing. Doulas may work daytime or nighttime hours, always with the goal of helping you develop skills and confidence in your ability to parent and care for your baby. A doula is different from a baby nanny or babysitter (which can also be helpful during the postpartum time): a nanny or babysitter’s focus may be entirely on infant care to allow the parents to focus on other things (sleep, work, etc.). The doula’s focus is on providing the resources and education to help parents feel confident in their abilities to care for their babies, themselves and their family as a whole — gradually supporting a family’s independence from her help. The types of support offered depend on your family’s specific needs, and may include any of the areas listed below.
- Infant Soothing, Feeding & Sleep Support
- Organizational Support for a Newborn Household
- Physical & Nutritional Support for New Parents
- Emotional, Psychological & Social Support for All Family Members
- Referrals to Community Professionals + Groups
- Light household duties
Felicia trained as a birth doula with Birth Arts International, and is the incoming co-president of Doulas of Rhode Island, RI’s professional doula association. Felicia had her first child at seventeen, doing her best to navigate her pregnancy and birth, but often felt overwhelmed and unsupported. This experience, and the powerfully positive birth of her second child with the support of a doula, set her on a path to supporting birthing families. Felicia is committed to the spiritual and sacred nature of pregnancy and birth, and to supporting a birthing woman/person’s sense of her own inner power. She believes that evert birthing person deserves to determine their own birth preferences and approach, and offers nonjudgemental, respectful support.
Contact: www.felicia.love (401) 536-4281
Isabel is a DONA certified birth doula, a Certified Lactation Counselor and an artist living on a small farm in rural Rhode Island. Isabel approaches birth support with a goal to keep calm energy and strength in the room. She practices a supportive, attentive, and nonjudgemental approach, focusing on the values and preferences of the birthing person. She has worked in childcare, education, and the arts. Isabel values supporting all families and has an LGBTQ+ inclusive practice. She believes doulas can be advocates for better access to care, and that our support continues beyond the birth room and into the political landscape.
Birth and Postpartum Doula
Gina Rodriguez-Drix is a birth and postpartum doula based in Providence’s Washington Park neighborhood. Trained by ToLabor (2010) and the International Center for Traditional Childbearing (2014) Gina has supported families in home and hospital births for the last eight years. Gina is the co-founder of the Rhode Island Doula Collective, RI’s first no-fee, bilingual social justice doula organization that primarily served pregnant and parenting teens through a partnership with the Nowel Academy (2014-16). Gina is also an artist, mother, and organizer rooted in values of love, solidarity, and reproductive justice. As such, Gina views her doula work as a practice of building sisterhood and by extension, a healthy resilient community. Gina supports families to make empowered and informed decisions during their pregnancies and birth through a practice of deep listening, respect, and intention.
Birth and Postartum Doula, Certified Lactation Counselor
Wolof Language Proficient
Kaeli trained as a Birth Doula with ToLabor (2009) and as a Birth and Postpartum Doula with The International Center of Traditional Childbearing (2016). She is a Certified Lactation Counselor (2016), pregnancy and postnatal yoga teacher (2005), childbirth educated (2007), and massage therapist (2001) specializing in pregnancy and mother massage. Kaeli recognizes pregnancy, birth, and the first few years of a child’s life as profoundly formative for each individual family member, and for the family as a whole — a rite of passage filled with potential for deep growth and real change. She believes that each family’s health can be supported through unwavering respect and care as it moves through this major life transformation. Kaeli is committed to supporting access to skilled, culturally competent, and compassionate care for all families in our community, and to acknowledging and addressing the structural systems that lead to injustice and inexcusable health disparities in our state and country.
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org (401) 338-5466