Doula At Hand

Expert Birthing Services in Massachusetts
and Southern New Hampshire

Lori Hand Doula in Mass and Southern NH

Services

I am a Birth Doula, which means that I will support and assist you with pre-birth consultations, visits, texts, and emails. I provide assistance during birth, whether you have a vaginal or C-section birth, act as an advocate to make your wishes known to the medical staff, and remain with you until after your baby is delivered. A Doula is not a medical professional; I offer support and comfort but do not participate in delivering the baby.

I am also a certified Reiki master. That means I can offer you Reiki as part of my Doula services if you wish. You can also engage me for healing Reiki sessions, separate and distinct from my birthing services. I offer Reiki services to men and women. (See Reiki below if you are interested in my stand-alone Reiki services or you would like to learn more about how Reiki can help you during your birthing journey.)

So what is a doula, exactly? And what can I do for you?

As a Birth Doula, my job is to inform and empower you so you can make your own choices. I will nurture and care for you and honor any and all decisions you make for delivery. Whether you want medicine before your delivery, want to have natural childbirth or a C-Section, or if you have previously had a C-Section and opt for a VBAC (Vaginal Birth After C-Section), I am there for you. I can help you have the birth you want.

My goal is for you to have the best possible experience and delivery, free of worry. I am here to be your voice, should you need to convey something to the people attending or assisting in the birth. I am here to be your support, and I am here to provide any resources you desire.

I am also here to help educate your partner, in advance, about what to expect, and assist and comfort your partner at the birthing site, should they choose to attend.

Birth Package

Consultations

Having a Doula is a very personal experience. You want someone who is a good fit for you. I offer a free initial phone conversation so you can determine whether we are a match.

Should we choose to work together, I offer continuous phone, text, and email support through our contract.

My package includes an hour-long in-person consultation after the initial free consultation.

Education/Guidance

I offer education about what to expect during childbirth, and information on different options, to help you make a decision on what’s right for you.

I will also work with you to develop a written birth plan.

Delivery

During delivery, I can guide you through labor, coach you with breathing exercises, give you massages and Reiki healing, move you into optimal positions, bring you whatever you need: more blankets, pillows, etc. I can also make your wishes known, if necessary, to the medical team and act as your advocate.

I will also take pictures of you and your baby during birth and after, if desired.

I will stay with you until shortly after the baby is born and will help you with breastfeeding.

Reiki

Reiki is a healing art that originated in Japan and is now practiced in the United States and throughout the world. It involves the practitioner giving you palm or hands-on treatment that spreads ‘chi’ or the life force, from the hands of the practitioner to you. The life force spreads throughout your body, beginning at the spot where the hands are placed. It promotes emotional and physical healing and gives you a sense of well-being.

I will be at your side before and during your delivery and can administer Reiki to help you relax, make you feel better emotionally, and ease any pain or tightness in your body. Receiving a Reiki treatment in the delivery room can also make your delivery go more smoothly.

We can also arrange for me to give you Reiki in the weeks before your delivery at a minimal charge. Sessions are typically 45 minutes. I like to administer Reiki using a massage table, but I can also give you Reiki while you are sitting in a chair, or in other positions. Reiki, unlike many massage treatments, is delivered with the patient fully clothed.

As I mentioned earlier, I am a Reiki practitioner and I deliver treatments to men, women, children, and animals.

I can administer a Reiki treatment at your home or we can arrange for a treatment at my house. Reiki treatments are best received in a quiet, relaxed environment.

In addition to helping during pregnancy and delivery, a Reiki session can:

 

  • Promote Healing
  • Help Reduce Pain
  • Bring You Balance and Harmony
  • Help Your Body Release Tension
  • Help with Spiritual Growth
  • Promote Emotional Cleansing
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Contact Me

I’m so happy that you’ve decided to look into the services a doula can offer! Please feel free to reach out to me directly or by filling out the contact form. I will be in touch as soon as possible. 

DoulaAtHand@gmail.com
Phone: 978-604-1279
Tewksbury, MA 01876