TLC Doulas

Guidance and Compassion

For Your Special Moment

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Services

Learn more about the different services offered by Sabine

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Childbirth can be an exhilarating, exciting time; it can also be a confusing and overwhelming time. I provide continuous, individualized attention that supports the emotional and physical well-being of mother, partner and child.

Birth Doula Service

As labor progresses, the calming presence of another woman experienced in normal childbirth is extraordinarily reassuring to both mother and partner. Doulas offer birth mothers, babies and partners a unique level of skill, commitment and support.

In addition to greatly enhancing the mother’s comfort, the doula may also assist both mother and partner to understand birthing options and to make informed decisions.

Basic Doula Package Includes:

  • Free, no obligation interview

  • Two or more prenatal visits to guide you through childbirth education and to address fears or family questions

  • Free attendance at the monthly meetups in Santa Cruz

  • 24/7 on-call availability in the weeks surrounding your due date

  • Continuous labor support at your home and/or hospital

  • Encouragement, information and reassurance from early active labor through birth and baby's first feeding

  • Postpartum visit(s) to discuss birth and address your family needs

  • Free rental of my birth related Books and DVDs

  • Birth journey/First moment photos if interested

  • Labor & Birth Journal notes

 
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Placenta Encapsulation

Benefits May Include:

  • Help to balance your hormones

  • Replenish depleted iron levels

  • Reduce postnatal bleeding

  • Increase milk production

  • Make for a happier, more enjoyable postnatal period

  • Increased Energy Levels

  • Reduce the Risk of Postpartum Depression

 
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Birth Photography

This unforgettable moment of your life will be with you forever, whether you choose maternity, birth journey or newborn photography.

  • Maternity

  • Birth Journey or ”First moments”

  • Newborn

Kind Words


"Sabine was wonderful and very supportive. I am glad I had her present. I don’t know what I would have done without her"

– Theresa


"This was a beautiful birth and having my doula was a calming force to me. I will forever be grateful and would not change a thing"

– Catherine


“I highly recommend Sabine to anyone - no matter how you'd like your birth to go. She is so knowledgeable and supportive and will undoubtedly alleviate so much of your stress and anxiety. Thank you, Sabine, for everything!”

-Natascha


“With Sabine's support and guidance, I was able to bring my son into the world with more strength and dignity than I knew possible”

-Lily

 
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FAQ

 
 

What is your service area?

Santa Cruz County and the South Bay.  

What is a doula?

The term Doula is a Greek word that has come to refer to “a woman experienced in childbirth who provides continuous physical, emotional, and informational support to the mother before, during and just after childbirth” (Klaus, Kennell Klaus, Mothering the Mother). Doulas are trained and experienced professionals who work well with both doctors and midwives, whether you give birth at home or in a hospital setting.

Doula Care?

I include prenatal visits, help in preparing a birth plan, supplementary childbirth education, continuous support during labor and delivery, assistance with breastfeeding, postpartum visits and more!

What can doula care do for me?

Per the 2017 update for the Cochrane study, across all relevant studies, women with continuous labor support seemed more likely to have had:

  • Spontaneous vaginal births (with neither vacuum extraction nor forceps)

  • Shorter labors

Women with continuous labor support seemed less likely to have had:

  • A negative birth experience

  • Any pain medication while giving birth

  • Regional pain medication (such as epidural or spinal)

  • An instrumental vaginal birth (with vacuum extraction or forceps)

  • A cesarean birth

  • A low 5-minute Apgar score (rating of the baby’s status shortly after birth)

Each of these outcomes was statistically more likely for women with continuous labor support versus none. http://www.nationalpartnership.org/research-library/maternal-health/continous-labor-suppor-cochrane-review-2017-takeaways.pdf

What are the long-term benefits

  • Improved Breastfeeding

  • Decreased postpartum depression

  • Greater maternal satisfaction

  • Enhanced mother-infant bonding

Six weeks after birth, mothers who had doulas experienced:     

  • Less anxiety and depression

  • More confidence with the baby

  • More satisfaction with their partner
     

Can you be with me during a cesarean?

I love to be present and assist with visualizations, being there for you and your partner and taking those precious first pictures of your child. The mother and the anesthesiologist usually have to agree to have a doula present during a cesarean.

What if I want an epidural? 

It is not my role to make medical decisions for you, but to give you the pros and cons, and therefore empower you to make an informed choice for yourself. I’ll support you with or without an epidural and support you throughout your labor and birth.

What if my baby comes early and you’re not available? 

I’m always on call for you, and the likelihood for needing a backup is very slim. However, when backup is needed, I have a wonderful backup team. Please find out more here: www.santacruzbirthcompanions.com

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Your Placenta Contains Your Hormones Made For You By You!

“Baby Blues” is a common occurrence. It is estimated that 80% of mothers experience it in the first days and weeks after giving birth.

Ingesting your placenta in capsule form is believed to gradually replace the hormones lost so rapidly after childbirth, and therefore eases drastic mood swings that can occur postpartum. 

Two Different Processing Methods

Non-TCM/Raw Method:

This method involves gently cleaning the placenta and dehydrating it without the heating process. Clients who choose this method report increased energy as one of the benefits along with hormone stabilization. It is widely held that the hormones are more likely to be bio-available when the placenta is processed this way.

Traditional Chinese Method (TCM):

With this method, your placenta is gently steamed, if preferred with ginger and lemon, before dehydrating. This is believed to enhance its warming properties and help your body bring out the placenta’s healing and tonifying properties. This method also kills any bacteria and reduces risk of spoilage.

 
 

One method is not necessarily better than the other.

Different families have different preferences and you should select the method that best suits your needs.

 
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Babies job is to rotate!

Spinning Babies Parent Class!

Class Description

Spinning Babies Parent Class highlights your baby’s active role in birth. During labor, baby needs to pass through “3 Levels” of the pelvis. Learn techniques to help your pelvis and its muscles that support - or restrict - your pelvic “levels”. Together, you and your birth partner can use these techniques before and during labor to help “make room for baby”!

Spinning Babies reveals how baby can find optimal positions for labor, and make birth less painful, and even pleasurable!

This class is for expectant parents. Birth professionals are referred to the Spinning Babies Workshop.

Contact: Sabine Omvik, sabine@tlcdoulas.com for a private in-home 3-hour lesson. Your class fee includes your support person!

  Find out more at: www.SpinningBabies.com

Find out more at: www.SpinningBabies.com

Resources You May Find Useful

 
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Pregnancy & Birth ResourceS

Birth Network of Santa Cruz County
Helping families experience safe, empowering, joyful birth
www.birthnet.org

Birth Santa Cruz
Get the 4-1-1 on birth in the 8-3-1
www.birthsantacruz.com

Bay Area Birth Information (BABI)
Resources and support for Informed Birth in the Bay Area
www.bayareabirthinfo.org

Childbirth Connection
www.childbirthconnection.org

Mothering Magazine online
www.Mothering.com

Mother’s Advocate, Videos for better birth
www.injoyvideos.com/mothersadvocate/videos.html

The “Business” of Birthing
www.givingbirthnaturally.com/birthing.html

CIMS (Coalition for Improving Maternity Services)
www.motherfriendly.org

Postpartum, Breastfeeding and Parenting

Nursing Mothers Counsel
www.nursingmothers.org

La Leche League
www.lllnorcal.org/groups/SantaCruzCA.html

Ask Dr. Sears
www.AskDrSears.com

Got Mom
www.gotmom.org

Kelly Mom – Breastfeeding & Parenting
www.kellymom.com

The Birth Survey
www.thebirthsurvey.com

Elizabeth Pantley, Advice, Solutions and books about parenting
http://nocrysolution.com/articles-and-logs/