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"We had twin girls in September and although we had lots of family support it just wasn't enough. Anne's help is what got me through many rough months. It allowed me the sleep I needed to be able to get up and function properlly with my girls the next day. Anne took care of all baby duties during the overnight, cleaned, did baby laundry and even made some ready to eat snacks for the next day. It was all helpful and wonderful!" -Maria

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What is a Doula?

There are three main types of doulas: Antepartum Doulas
(during pregnancy),
Labor Doulas (during birth)
and Postpartum Doulas
(after the birth)

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Anne supporting a mom during labor

Let's Explore Each Role a Doula Plays:

Antepartum Doula Care

   Typically, an antepartum doula will care for moms who are on bedrest (whether at home or in the hospital), or mothers who are expecting but have a very stressful, busy life and need some help preparing. Antepartum doulas are also very helpful in families who already have children, and now are experiencing a pregnancy with complications. The Antepartum Doula role and fees are similar to those of the Postpartum Doula, which you can read more about below.

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Anne using essential oils to massage a mother's feet

Labor and Birth Doula Care

A Certified Labor Doula is an assistant who provides various forms of emotional, physical and informational support during pregnancy and the childbirth process. They are non-medical and non-midwifery caregivers, although their model of care reflects the values of a midwifery philosophy. Certified Doulas are sometimes trained in maternal/fetal positioning, to assist delivery. The biggest benefit of Certified Labor Doulas is probably the natural pain relief. When a mother's birth wishes include avoiding medications and interventions, her doula will be an active, invaluable participant in coaching and supporting her through the process.

During delivery, doulas are in constant, close proximity to the mother at all times. Doulas also encourage participation from the partner and offer reassurance. A doula acts as an advocate for the mother, encouraging her in her desires for her birth. The goal of a doula is to help the mother have a positive and safe birth experience, whether the mother wants an un-medicated birth or is having a planned cesarean birth.

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Mila providing mom with affirmations & encouragement

After the birth, many labor doulas will spend a short time helping mothers begin the breastfeeding process and encouraging bonding between the new baby and family members.

While having a doula assisting you through labor can decrease your chances of cesarean, there are no guarantees. Tranquil Seasons owner Anne Croudace has cared for 300+ families throughout the childbearing year. Out of all the births she has attended, only 4 ended in an unplanned (though very necessary) cesarean. That's a pretty encouraging statistic. While she cannot make you any guarantees, you have more than a good chance of avoiding a surgical birth when you've got Anne by your side, if that is your ultimate goal.

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April and her FIVE beautiful daughters

Postpartum Doula Care

Tranquil Seasons provides postpartum mother-care, newborn-care and support to families with newborns, including multiples, preemies and special needs babies. This service goes above and beyond what is offered by Overnight Baby Nurses and Newborn Nannies. Postpartum Doulas that work with Tranquil Seasons are highly trained, skilled professionals, with an ethics board and international certifying association behind them, which "newborn nannies" and "baby nurses" don't have. Certified Postpartum Doulas are not high-priced babysitters. All the doulas with Tranquil Seasons work as a team, are highly accountable and well-trained. We can also provide you with background checks, etc.

Another BONUS: The Certified Postpartum Doulas at Tranquil Seasons are reimbursable by your insurance company as out of network providers.

You might like to read more about the difference between these "baby care giver" titles on the San Antonio Birth Collective website.

Certified Postpartum Doulas assist the new mother and her family in many ways, including:

- breastfeeding support,
- emotional support for mom,
- Postpartum Depression/Anxiety care and recovery
- Assistance w/Multiples, Preemies and Special Needs babies
- newborn care and education,
- comforting, and teaching how to soothe a crying baby,
- stimulating your baby's intelligence and learning abilities,
- circumcision care and bathing,
- feeding,
- burping,
- and holding techniques
- household maintenance such as dishes, laundry, etc.
- meal preparation
- sibling care
- overnight newborn care so parents can get the rest they need
- preparing your home for baby & Going GREEN!

Our focus is to make sure the mother is getting enough rest and eating well so she can produce enough breast milk to feed her newborn(s). If the mother is bottle feeding her baby, the doulas are trained in sterilization and in preparation of formula.

The amazing miracle of bringing a new life into your family is a time of celebration and shouldn't be cluttered with phone calls, extra appointments and the hopes of finding a care giver that will "fit".

Hiring Tranquil Seasons to provide you with a Doula gives you an edge that you won't have when searching for the right doula, alone...

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Anne with client Amy and Baby Anna



"I don't know what we would have done without Tranquil Seasons. We came home from the hospital already sleep-deprived, exhausted, and emotional. Our doula tactfully and sensitively helped us to establish a "new normal". She was incredibly professional, while at the same time very warm and loving toward my baby, and nurturing toward me. She showed us not only how to get through the challenging first two weeks of our baby's life, but also how to become the best parents we could be. "
- Monica, mom to Asha

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We offer:

- Help with reimbursement from HSA, FSA and Health Insurances
- Current Background Checks
- Loads of references, happy to speak to you
- Personal, No-Obligation Interviews
- Needs Assessment and Care Plans done by an experienced Doula Trainer to help you pinpoint your needs and the areas where your doula will have the greatest impact.
- 24/7 availability, guaranteed placement in your home.
- Competitive rates for exceptionally skilled care givers.
- Individualized Care Packages
- Private and Confidential Service
- Use it as a Tax Write Off
- Use or Purchase Gift Certificates and/or Coupons
- Experienced, Sensitive and Culturally Respectful

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Our Doulas are eager to help you create a healthy home environment for your growing family.
Ask us to help you Go Green for your baby!

 

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