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Start Learning Evidence Based Info Today!

 

A Message from your Evidence Based Birth® Instructor:

My first baby is now a high schooler, but the memories of that first pregnancy and birth are still so strong. We were thrilled to be becoming parents, and I dove into learning about this amazing time. When my labor started, I was so confident – I thought I was well prepared. Not long after arriving at the hospital I learned otherwise.

When my labor didn’t proceed as expected, the pressure for interventions steadily increased. One by one, I accepted them. And my body rejected them, with one complication after another. My son was born in the operating room, with a first APGAR of 4. Instead of cuddling him, I watched the backs of the staff working on him, no one telling me anything. When he was stable, a nurse briefly touched his cheek to mine, then whisked him off to the nursery. This was not even close to what I had imagined for my birth, and all these years later I still remember how that felt.

Like so many parents, we didn’t know what questions to ask or how to decide when to say yes and when to ask for time to consider our options. As my now 97-year-old grandmother will tell you, memories from your birth experiences stay with us, forever.

In the past decade and a half, I’ve worked to positively impact birth, one family at a time. I am so excited to be able to broaden that impact through the Evidence Based Birth® Childbirth Class!  

When you take the Evidence Based Birth® Childbirth Class, you will:

  • Get mentorship, community, and guidance! 

  • Learn about evidence based care, comfort measures, and advocacy.

  • Get prepared, get answers, get empowered!

Your Childbirth Class includes:

  • Direct mentorship from Laura Thompson Shive, experienced doula and EBB Instructor

  • Two in-person classes to practice your labor skills

    • First in-person class to get to know your instructor and have fun with hands-on activities

    • Comfort Measures Rehearsal at your final class - you’re welcome to bring your doula

  • Five weeks of entertaining instructional online videos for you and your partner to watch

  • BONUS: Breastfeeding and newborn care videos

  • BONUS: Four Zoom video chats with your Instructor and classmates!

  • BONUS: Earn points throughout the class to redeem for prizes at the end!

 
Ready to Get Empowered? Register for Your Class Now!

  •  Spots in each class are limited (only 6 couples per class), so don’t wait to schedule!

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Your baby. Your decisions. Our 100% support.

The birth of your child is a memory you’ll carry with you throughout your entire life. At Susquehanna Doulas we’re committed to supporting you every step of the way, helping you create birth memories you’ll cherish always.

Susquehanna Doulas provides you with labor doulas who are both professionally trained and unfailingly supportive. Whether you are seeking someone to hold your hand and cheer you on, a coach for your partner, or someone to help you understand what’s happening, we make our knowledge and experience available so you can feel confident and prepared.

We fully support all types of births, and all types of families. Births with epidurals, with nitrous oxide, with no pain medication. Cesarean births, hospital births, midwife-attended home water births. And yes, our doulas have attended all of these and more! We draw upon our skills and knowledge to help you make the decisions that best fit your family. And we unequivocally respect your decisions every step of the way.

From the moment your contract is signed, you have a team of professional labor doulas, supported by Susquehanna Doulas, available for every question and concern you have, until your baby is born.

Our goal is to, together with you, create a birth experience you’ll cherish always.

 

 

      
Susquehanna Doulas Experience

  • Drug-free births

  • Births with epidurals

  • Midwife-attended homebirth

  • Water births

  • Pregnancies after miscarriage and loss

  • Pregnancies achieved through fertility treatments

  • VBAC/TOLAC births (including after multiple cesareans)

  • Planned cesarean births

  • Inductions and augmentations

  • Unexpected cesarean births

  • Gentle/Family centered cesarean births

  • Pregnancies with gestational diabetes

  • High risk pregnancies

  • Pregnancies after trauma

  • Pregnancies when a parent has anxiety and/or depression

  • Babies with special needs (known and unexpected)

  • Both new and experienced parents

  • Single parents, married couples, unmarried partners

  • Nontraditional families, including lesbian and gay parents

  • Open adoption births

  • Births with extended family and friends present

Your life. Your birth. Your decisions. Our 100% support.

 

Praise for Susquehanna Doulas Labor Support

 

Trust and Inspiration

“You inspired me to trust birth and showered me with your support. My heart will always be filled with joy when remembering the birth of my daughter with you by my side, holding my hand. May your passion for birth help many women on their journeys to meet their babies. With great love and appreciation, Kat”

— third-time mother with prior birth trauma

VBAC and Belief

“I can’t even express our gratitude towards you and everything you did to help us through this process. I look forward to seeing you in person and expressing our thank yous face to face. You really did make all this possible and we owe you much more than we will ever be able to give in return.”

— VBAC mother

Dad’s perspective...

" Thanks again for everything and supporting [us]… if you could plan life that strictly it would not be an adventure!”

— dad with older son through adoption, experiencing the birth of his first biological child after an unexpected induction

 

 

Your best birth is waiting.

Susquehanna Doulas is ready to accompany you —
every step of the way!

 
 
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Your baby. Your decisions. Our 100% support.

Bringing a new baby (or babies) into your family is a time like no other. The wonder, the amazement, the love. But often also the tears, the fatigue, the overwhelming choices.

Susquehanna Doulas provides you with postpartum doulas who are professionally trained and unfailingly supportive. We use our extensive knowledge, skills and experience to help you make the decisions that best fit your family. And we support you as you navigate this journey.

Our postpartum doulas can help you with infant care, talk to you about ways to soothe your baby, and help you create a plan to meet your feeding and sleep needs. We can help by straightening up your home, preparing snacks and shopping for groceries. We can fix you a cup of tea and talk about how you're feeling. And we can take care of your home while you get some well-deserved sleep.

Our postpartum support can look very different from one family to another, but the outcome is the same. From the moment your contract is signed, your postpartum doula, supported by Susquehanna Doulas, is there to help.

Whether you're still pregnant, just gave birth, are adopting a baby, or have been home with your baby for a while, Susquehanna Doulas will make you feel cherished as you navigate this new chapter in your life.

 

 

      
Susquehanna Doulas Postpartum Doula Experience

  • First-time parents

  • Second, third, and fourth-time parents

  • Parents via adoption

  • Families welcoming one baby

  • Families welcoming multiples

  • Babies with brief and extended NICU stays

  • Babies with special needs

  • Parents with history of depression and anxiety

  • Parents experiencing postpartum mood disorders

  • New parents with no family nearby

  • Parents with lots of help from friends and family

  • Attachment parenting families

  • Scheduled parenting families

  • Breastfeeding

  • Bottle feeding with pumped or donor milk

  • Bottle feeding with formula

  • Babywearing

  • Safety best practices

  • Overnight postpartum doula shifts

  • Daytime postpartum shifts

  • Parents transitioning back to work

  • Single mothers, married parents, unmarried parents

Your family. Your baby. Your decisions. Our 100% support.

 

Praise for Susquehanna Doulas Postpartum Support

 

Above and beyond... with twins

“Our doula experience was wonderful! She was knowledgeable and helped me figure out things I didn't even know would benefit me and the babies. She went above and beyond to really understand what I needed and figuring out priorities, including my health.”

— first time mother with premature twins

Everything I hoped for, and more!

“She did a wonderful job helping me and my family adjust after the birth of my second child. She made everything easier in every way. She was everything I hoped a postpartum doula would be -- and more, in ways I didn't realize I needed until she was already helping with them.”

— mother with a history of postpartum depression

Exactly what our family needed...

"I had an unexpected C-Section delivery and our son spent his first week in the NICU, so we asked Laura to come and help us adjust to life at home. Laura was incredibly compassionate and kind. She was able to interact well with both of our children, give insight to me (mom) as I adjusted to having a newborn in our home! My husband felt at ease knowing that I had someone at home to help me while he was at work and I felt comforted knowing that she would help me with the tasks that felt overwhelming. Laura was exactly what our family needed! We are so grateful to her for being so diligent in her work for us in such a vulnerable time!”

— first time birth, with an adopted preschooler

 

 

Easing your transition into your new family

Susquehanna Doulas is ready to accompany you, and support you, every step of the way.  
 

 
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Your baby. Your feeding choices. Our 100% support.

Susquehanna Doulas provides you with Certified Lactation Counselors (CLC) who are professionally trained and unquestionably supportive. We use our knowledge and experience to help you make infant feeding decisions that best fit your family's needs.

We listen to your needs and fully support your infant feeding choices. And when you have questions we can help you navigate decisions. Our certified lactation counselors are trained in breastfeeding, bottle feeding, and supplemental feeding.

We can help you breastfeed comfortably, offer advice on bottles and nipples, assist you with your breast pump, and provide a customized feeding plan.

If feeding isn't going well, our certified lactation counselors can create a plan to get you back on track. And they are trained and qualified to recognize times that a referral is appropriate, such as if there is a lingual tie (also called a tongue tie) that may be making it challenging for your baby to take in adequate milk.

Our certified lactation counselors have a specialized scope of knowledge that can complement the basic healthcare your baby is receiving from a pediatrician or family healthcare provider.

Feeding your baby is one of your most important responsibilities. Susquehanna Doulas will help you feel confident that you've got it under control.

 

 

In addition to supporting families wanting guidance and confidence learning to feed their babies, we have supported:

  • Breastfed singletons and twins

  • Formula fed singletons and twins

  • Babies with brief and extended NICU stays

  • Transitioning from bottle to breast

  • Exclusively breastfed babies

  • Babies fed exclusively with pumped milk

  • Babies with hypoglycemia

  • Babies with respiratory distress

  • Babies with reflux and GERD

  • High birth weight (macrosomia)

  • Low birth weight (microsomia)

  • Syringe feeding

  • Supplemental Nursing Systems (SNS)

  • Tongue tie, with and without revision

  • Strengthening baby's sucking

  • Baby led feeding

  • Scheduled feeding

  • Breast milk donation

 

Praise for Susquehanna Doulas Lactation and Infant Feeding Support

 

Newborn with food allergies

“My son began presenting with a food allergy upon birth. Numerous doctors and lactation nurses told me to switch him to formula to "heal his gut." But my mothering instinct knew this wasn't the right answer for us. When I came to Laura with my dilemma she fully supported my desire to continue nursing, provided me with resources in doctors who would help, and she offered support and guidance. I am happy to say that at 18 months I still have a nursing relationship with my son, we have been able to pinpoint his allergies and avoid them from a dietary standpoint, and his gut is healed. I'm sure I would not have the same outcome without Laura's initial support and guidance.”

— M, mother with strong desire to exclusively breastfeed

 

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Update on my placenta capsules... They are fabulous! I feel calm and my energy feels focused.
— first time mother and Susquehanna Doulas client

Among the benefits of placenta encapsulation reported by our clients:

  • Improvement in overall energy level and decrease in feeling debilitating fatigue

  • More consistent breastmilk supply

  • Feeling better emotionally, especially if experiencing postpartum sadness

  • The availability of a cross-trained encapsulator to help address breastfeeding and newborn care questions.

    *Upon request, your placenta may be encapsulated by member of Susquehanna Doulas also trained as a postpartum doula and/or certified lactation counselor

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Placenta Encapsulation

Your placenta is encapsulated in a two-day process, which your encapsulator is happy to describe as she works. At the conclusion of the encapsulation you will be provided with written instructions for storing your capsules and guidelines for consumption.

During the encapsulation process, you are welcome to request advice about your baby, your healing, and/or breastfeeding. Upon request, we can provide an encapsulation professional who is also trained as a postpartum doula and/or certified lactation counselor, bringing extra benefit to your encapsulation appointment.

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In Home Encapsulation

Our professional in-home encapsulation adheres to rigid safety protocols, including ongoing certificates in blood borne pathogens and food safety, to ensure your placenta capsules will be of the highest quality.

Your kitchen is thoroughly cleaned and sanitized both before and following encapsulation, ensuring safety. You are welcome to observe any portion of the process (or none at all). Our clients express appreciation for the transparency and assurance that there is zero potential for mix-up or cross-contamination during encapsulation. The spotless kitchen at the end is an added bonus.

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Placenta Tinctures & more

Specialty custom placenta tinctures, made using your capsules, allow you to enjoy the benefits of your placenta encapsulation for months to come. Tinctures have fewer storage recommendations compared to capsules, making them ideal for use when traveling.

Other specialty services, including placenta prints and salves are available if arranged in advance.

Flavored placenta capsules available upon request.

Tinctures, salves and prints only available with purchase of a Placenta Encapsulation Package.

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 Susquehanna Doulas offers many additional services that may be purchased alone or in a package with our primary services. During your consultation, or at any time after your service contract is signed, ask about our additional services, including:

Birth Plan Consultation
Let our hundreds of hours of labor support and continuing education work for you. Susquehanna Doulas will guide you through the process of creating a birth plan that captures your hopes for your birth and prioritizes your goals (included in our birth doula services).

Belly Binding
Learn how to utilize belly binding to support your core as your body begins its journey returning to its nonpregnant state. Our binders are hand-made from 100% cotton fabric, hand-dyed and serged for your comfort.

Newborn Hand or Foot Casting
“They’re only this small once.” While the days and nights of parenting a newborn may feel endless, in what will seem like a moment your little one will be growing and changing. Hand and foot casting is a gentle way to forever capture those little fingers and toes.