Prenatal, Labor & Postpartum Support

“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

 

About Me

Having experienced the whirlwind emotions of childbirth with little say as to what was happening around me is what drives me on this amazing path of service.

My name is Marleni and I want to support you by providing you with the tools you need so you can create the childbirth experience that you want. I can be a source of information, I can teach you techniques to increase comfort during labor or I can just stand next to you holding your hand. This is about what YOU need!

 

I am committed to be by your side and support your decisions and choices in a safe and judgement free environment while reminding you of your infinite inner power & strength. 

- Marleni DePhilippis, MPH, LCE, IMCE

What is a Doula?

A doula is a non-medical woman who is trained to assist a birthing person with practical and emotional support before,  during and after childbirth.

Why Should I Hire a Birth Doula? 

The presence of a doula during childbirth has been associated with:

 

  • Shorter labor with fewer complications

  • Reduced need for pain medications, unnecessary medical  interventions & unplanned c-sections

  • Reduced fear and anxiety related to labor & birth

  • Increased feelings of satisfaction with birth

  • Increased breastfeeding success

  • Faster recovery from labor

 
 

Services

Birth Doula 
  • Two prenatal visits to discuss your birth wishes and expectations, and address any fears or concerns regarding labor and childbirth

  • Assistance in developing your birth preferences and plans for postpartum

  • Practice comfort measures for labor

  • 24/7 on call status and phone support, beginning at 38 weeks until baby is here

  • Labor support at your home, hospital, and/or birthing center and 1-2 hours as needed after baby is born

  • Assistance with initiating breastfeeding 

  • Two postpartum visit within the first two weeks after delivery

Postpartum Doula
(Currently not available)

  • Resources and information on a variety of postpartum and newborn care topics

  • Support for breastfeeding, pumping, and/or bottle feeding

  • Time that allows for parent's self care (sleep, shower, etc.)

  • Family support, including older siblings and pets 

  • Light housework

 

Additional Support

Lactation Education &Support
  • How to prepare, start and maintain breastfeeding 

  • Breastfeeding and skin-to-skin benefits

  • Guidance on proper latching and positions

  • How to read baby's cues

  • Prevention and healing of common breastfeeding problems

  • How to maintain and increase your milk supply

  • How to include your partner / other family members during breastfeeding.

  • And much more!

Infant Massage

You'll learn many different styles and ways to touch, stimulate, interact and communicate with your baby.

  • Some of the benefits of Infant Massage include:

  • Promotion of bonding and secure attachment

  • Development of trust and confidence

  • Stimulation of your baby's circulatory and digestive systems

  • Mind and body awareness and healing

  • Help relieve gas, colic and teething discomfort

  • Improved sleep patterns

  • Increased flexibility and muscle tone

  • And much more!

 

Contact Me

(818) 618-8663

birthingsoulwhispers@gmail.com