About Me

Meet Jaime

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Meeting my third baby for the first time!
Photo Credit Ellen Anderson

 

Like so many women who choose to pursue birth work as a profession, my journey began with the birth of my first son in 2007. When I became pregnant with my second, I knew I wanted a different experience, and chose to deliver at a freestanding birth center with a midwife. Once I saw how respectful maternity care could be, I knew that I wanted to help other women experience the same.

In 2010 I took a doula training, and began photographing births on the side. In 2013 I was able to begin pursuing birth work as a full time profession, and began my midwifery apprenticeship in 2014. I currently apprentice and study at Eden Way Birth Center in Marshall, TX, and hope to have my license by the end of the year!

I am passionate about childbirth and women’s rights and believe that every woman deserves to be respected when she has a baby, no matter where or with whom she delivers.

I am a homeschooling, birth loving mom of three. We love Shreveport and I plan to be here helping moms bring their babies into the world for a long, long time.

“Childbirth is more admirable than conquest, more amazing than self-defense, and as courageous as either one.”

                                                Gloria Steinem

 

 

 

Doula Work

Every time a woman gives birth it is a profound and life changing experience for her. As your birth doula, my goal is to provide resources, advocacy, and support for you and your partner leading up to, through, and beyond the birth of your baby.

My fee includes the following:

Prenatal Care

I meet with clients at least twice prenatally. These visits can be in your home, at a coffee shop, my office, or I can accompany you on a visit with your care provider. Prenatal visits usually last anywhere from 1.5 – 2 hours. As the birth approaches, your individual needs may dictate a need for an additional prenatal visit for any number of reasons. If this becomes apparent, we will make accommodations for another visit.

Meal Train

I will organize a meal train for you. This is a free service that we can use to help organize meal delivery during the postpartum weeks so that you don’t end up receiving a ton of food on one day, but none for the next week.

Resources

As my client, you will have access to my lending library and I will help provide you with up to date research and information – from evidence based studies to current professional organization recommendations. I will help you understand routine procedures you will encounter throughout your birth, and help you sort through your options, and help you and your partner become advocates for your care.

Birth Plan

If you wish to write a birth plan, I can help you construct a comprehensive written plan for your labor and delivery, as well as newborn care.

Passive Communication

Throughout the prenatal period you will likely come up with new questions or concerns that you would like help working through. I can be reached through unlimited passive communication – texts, emails, or instant messaging. I will respond to all passive communication within 24 hours.

Labor

I will be go on call from 37 weeks gestation – 42 weeks. You would call me as soon as you were in labor and we would have a phone conversation to assess your needs at that point in labor and make an interim game plan. Typically as you enter active labor I will come to you and assist with your labor – whether you are at home or at the place of birth. I will provide physical and emotional support for you and your partner through labor and delivery.

After delivery, I will stick around long enough to ensure the breastfeeding relationship has been established and that mom and baby are stable and everyone’s needs are met (typically around 2 hours).

Postpartum Support

I will contact you 24-48 hours after birth to check in on the new family and see if there is anything you need. Depending on your needs, we will have an initial postpartum visit during this time to assess mother and child well being and provide help with resources should they become available.

Once you have arrived at home, I will provide 2 2 hour postpartum doula visits. These visits look different depending on the individual needs of each family, but include anything from processing your birth, assisting with navigating your transition to motherhood, and helping out around the house if needed.

 

“There is a secret in our culture, and it’s not that birth is painful. It’s that women are strong.”

                                                             Laura Stavoe Harm

Photography

“My dream is that every woman, everywhere, will know the joy of a truly safe, comfortable, and satisfying birthing for herself and her baby.”

                                                       Marie Mongan

what will this cost you?

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Birth Doula – $800

Prenatal assistance with planning and preparing for your birth, attendance at the birth from the time you need support until breastfeeding has been established and the family is ready to bond, and postpartum support as you transition into your new life.

Maternity Photography – $250

A 1.5-2 hour session at the location of your choice. Includes at least 25 fully edited photos.

Birth Photography – $800

Full documentary style coverage of your birth from active labor until approximately 2 hours postpartum. Includes approximately 100 – 250 edited photos.

Fresh 48 Photography – $400

For those who would prefer not to have additional attendants at their birth, but still want to have the first small newborn moments photographed. Includes fully edited digital downloads.

Lifestyle Newborn Photography – $300

A journalistic style session that captures the first early days with your newborn. Includes 50-75 fully edited digital downloads.

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Book Together and Save!

Birth Doula + Photography – $1200

A combination package of my doula and birth photography packages.

Photography Bundle – $1000

A preorder special for booking maternity, birth, and lifestyle newborn sessions together.

Full Coverage – $1500

A preorder special for booking maternity, birth, and lifestyle newborn photography, and birth doula packages together.

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I believe that all women deserve access to doula care for their pregnancies.
Custom payment plans are available.

“Remember this, for it is as true as true gets:  Your body is not a lemon.”

 

                                                                          Ina May Gaskin

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