Services

Free Consultation 

During this initial consultation you will have the opportunity to meet me face to face and share your vision for your birth and any concerns. We will discuss how Beautiful Transitions may assist you. We will review a brief intake and go over our service package, written agreement, and decide together if we are a good fit to meet your needs. 

 

Phone & Email Support 

Once you have made Beautiful Transitions your birth partner Melea will be available to you during daytime business hours through phone and email support. Responses are given quickly sometimes within the hour, however no longer then one business day, usually sooner. During your on call service near your due date, Melea is available to you 24/7 as you wait for your labor to begin. 

2 Prenatal Visits 

During these visits we will go over in more depth your vision for your baby's birth and any fears and concerns. We will develop and practice tools to use for your comfort, mental and emotional stamina, and techniques to use during your labor. As we work together I am able to provide referrals for further support as needed during your preparation for labor, delivery, and post partum periods (ie. childbirth education classes, acupuncture, chiropractic care, nutritional support, breastfeeding support).

As a Doula, I  Do Not:

Perform any clinical tasks

As a doula, I do not perform clinical tasks, such as take blood pressures, fetal assessments, vaginal exams, etc. I am present to provide you physical comfort, emotional support and advocacy during your labor. 

During labor 

I offer continuous emotional, mental, and physical support throughout your stages of labor. I will be available to gather and provide further information as the need arises to support you in making informed decisions. I will also provide support to your spouse or partner as they come alongside you. I provide a calming presence in the midst of a potentially stressful situation. 

Make decisions for you 

As a doula, I do not make decisions for you. I will provide any information I have in order to support you in making informed decisions. I can also gather further information for you at your request to help you make decisions. As a doula I support you in making your own informed choice as a means of engagement and personal power in your labor process.

Baby’s first feeding Support 

The first hour after your babies birth is inherently beautiful as you attempt to latch him or her the first time. However this time can quickly become stressful when latching does not happen right away or seems difficult, as it often is. If you plan to breastfeed I am available for 1-2 hours after birth for questions and to support as you as you and your baby learn about breastfeeding together.

Speak to the staff on your behalf

As a doula, I do not speak to staff on your behalf. I am able to support you in asking further questions and gathering further information from your care providers to support you in making informed decisions and engaging in your labor and baby's delivery. 

Postpartum follow-up visit 

This in home visit is provided as an appointment 1-2 weeks after birth. During this appointment I will come to your home to follow up on your post partum care, answer questions, review any breastfeeding concerns, and also give you the opportunity to process and debrief your birth experience. At this time I am also able to provide further referrals in the community to support you and your family as you begin your life together.

Project any of my own beliefs onto your experience

As a doula, I do not project my own personal beliefs on to you or your experience. In preparing for my own birth and doula work I have discussed birth experiences with many women and heard their own stories, struggles, and successes. My goals as a doula is to support you in writing your own labor story, before, during, and after delivery in a way that empowers you as a woman, mother, and parent.

Healing Through Transitions Package

In development

As a mental health therapist I am passionate about helping woman heal from trauma. Unfortunately labor does not always go the way we plan, if you have a history of birth trauma or other trauma you believe will impact your labor and baby's birth, this add on package will be to support you in healing negative experiences as well as prepare you for the intensity of labor with that in mind.

This package is currently in development however feel free to ask questions at our initial consultation. Options will include coordination with your therapist, attendance to provider appointment and/or therapy appointment, and specialized pre natal appointments for additional preparation.

"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

Outside Services and Referrals

 

Birth, Newborn, and Family Photography

Desiree Hoelzle is passionate about capturing your family's memories starting at birth. She is exceptional in her attention to  detail and use of light in a lifestyle photography style.

Chiropractic Care

Chiropractic care routinely throughout pregnancy has many benefits to you and your baby's health and well being. Doctor Rosmary McCormick also offers the Webster Technique which is an evidence based method in changing your baby's position for an easier vaginal birth.

Breastfeeding Support

The Breastfeeding Resource Center has three locations and has helped thousands of women begin their breastfeeding journey, in overcoming obstacles, and celebrating success.

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Melea Sayward, LPC

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