How our practice works

Rose and Jenny work as a team. We have a rotating call schedule that determines who attends a birth on any given day (or night…who are we kidding??).

You have the opportunity to meet us both prior to signing a contract during a private virtual meeting. We schedule private video consults with all of our potential clients because we feel that talking one-on-one gives us the best opportunity to get a feel for each other. And there is never any pressure to sign a contract until you are ready – inviting someone to be a part of your birthing experience is a big decision and it shouldn’t be made lightly or in haste.

After signing with us, you can get to know both doulas at our community prenatal meetings held at Rockville Memorial Library. We strongly encourage all clients to attend at least one workshop so they can meet and talk to both of us at greater length.

One doula will meet with you in your home for your private prenatal visit. This doula is your primary prenatal contact. The doula on call at the time your labor begins will provide your labor support, immediate postpartum and breastfeeding support. This doula will also provide you with a postpartum visit in your home.

Both of us are available for 24-7 postpartum assistance via phone, text, or email for 6 weeks following your birth, though the doula who attended your birth will be your primary postpartum contact.

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How are we different from the big group doula practices?

In this area, finding a solo OB practice or midwife is pretty much a non-starter. You have no idea which doctor will be there for your birth. You don’t know how many different nurses will come and go during the time you are at the hospital. One of the big reasons to have a doula is to guarantee you know and trust least one person in the birthing room. A group doula practice simply cannot offer that. There is just no way to develop a trusting relationship with 4-6 doulas. Sort of like there is no way to develop a trusting relationship with every doctor in your large OB practice.

With our partner practice, Rose and Jenny are your doulas. Period.

One of the two of us will be there for you, from start to finish. You get the option to have a private meeting with both of us before you hire us. Sometimes this consult is via Skype. Sometimes they are in person. But in all cases, the focus is on just you, and your questions for us. After that, we get to meet at least one time – if not more – before your birth. We can visit at the 2 community prenatals, your private prenatal, and an optional Skype visit. We also give you the option to add on extra prenatal visits (for an extra fee) if you want more time with us.

The vast majority of the time, the doula who starts with you is the one who will stay through the end of your birth. But when you have two doulas you know and trust on your team, you ave a backup for very long births. The other doula can come and bring fresh energy and ideas into the birth room.

We have over 15 years of collective experience betweern the two of us. We have worked in birth, postpartum, childbirth education, breastfeeding, and newborn care. We have attended about 200 births between the two of us. That’s a lot of experience to have on your side!

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Doula Mentoring

Silver Spring Doula believes very strongly in nurturing new doulas. By acting as a mentor to doulas just starting out, we are helping to fill the DC area’s great need for new, passionate doulas who are well-trained and confident in their skills.

At this time, we have one student doula who we work with on a part time basis. Our student acts as a shadow at some births and as a back-up or relief doula at others depending on our needs at the time. It is always up to each individual clients whether they have our student attend their birth as a shadow. Clients who agree to having an extra set of hands at their birth will have the opportunity to chat with our student prenatally, either at the community prenatals, or at your private prenatal.

What does a shadowing doula do at a birth? Essentially, she is as involved as is needed. Sometimes she just watches, and sometimes she is very hands on. It really depends upon what the laboring mother and her partner need at the time. If our student attends as a shadow, Rose or Jenny still act your primary doula.

Kim Nelson, ToLabor certified birth doula Kim was part of our doula mentorship program for two years and now runs her own practice. You can find her at Womb and Soul.

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