Birth Doula Work
I have worked as a birth doula in the San Francisco Bay Area since 2007. I was called to this work while studying Health Sciences at the University of California, Santa Cruz. While in college, I sought after every piece of information I could find that had to do with reproductive justice, women's health and birth. After reading books like ‘The Red Tent’, ‘Spiritual Midwifery’ and ‘Heart and Hands’ I decided to enroll in the Doulas of North America (DONA) doula training.
Since then, I have been working in the field for 13 years and I am still constantly inspired by women and families who feel empowered and educated during pregnancy and birth. I not only bring my experience of attending over 550 births to your care, but also my training as a midwife, bodyworker, childbirth educator and photographer.
I currently offer my doula services in a partnership with two very experienced doulas, Britt Fohrman and Vanessa Norton. The three of us specialize in preparing couples for a natural birth. I feel strongly that every birthing person has to right to choose how they’d like to give birth. Through my midwifery studies I found my passion in coaching and preparing women for a natural birth. Everything we do in our birth preparation is individually designed to prepare people for natural birth. We’re confident that in working with a team of doulas you will feel supported and well resourced during your pregnancy, birth and postpartum experience.
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Meet your doula team!
Lauren, Britt and Vanessa will be your primary doulas. As a team we work together to prepare you for this transformative time in your life!
A doula is a trained professional who provides continuous physical, emotional and informational support to a birthing person before, during and shortly after childbirth to help them achieve the healthiest, most satisfying experience possible.
It would be an honor and a privilege to be your doulas.
If you are interested in learning more about what a doula is and what the benefits are of having a doula present at your birth and during the postpartum period please read this helpful article by DONA.
WHAT WE OFFER MAMAS
IN DEPTH PACKAGE
Plus one 60 minute Prenatal Massage with Lauren
Plus one 60 minute Private Yoga session with Britt to practice breathing, relaxation and/ or to relieve any discomforts or challenges you are having in your body
Plus one depth hypnosis session with Sandra Lloyd.
Three 90 minute prenatal visits
Monthly Mamma’s circles
Ongoing holistic pregnancy counseling and resources
On call services and continuous support throughout your birth and immediate postpartum period
Photography of the birth (if you wish)
One postpartum visit.
ADDITIONAL DOULA PACKAGES
POSTPARTUM PLUS PACKAGE: $2600
BASIC PACKAGE. PLUS 2 - 3 hour ADDITIONAL postpartum sessions with Lauren where she will help with the birthing person’s recovery, newborn care, breastfeeding, meal preparation, household chores and be a continued source of support during this time of transition.
IN DEPTH POSTPARTUM: $2790
BASIC PACKAGE. PLUS 1 - 60 minute Prenatal Massage with Lauren. PLUS 1 - 60 minute Postpartum Massage with Lauren. PLUS 1 - 60 minute Private Yoga session with Britt to practice breathing, relaxation and to relieve any discomforts or challenges you are having in your body. PLUS 1 - 60 minute Private Postpartum Yoga session to aid your recovery.
GODDESS PACKAGE: $2950
BASIC PACKAGE. PLUS 3 - 60 minute Prenatal Massages with Lauren. PLUS 1 60 minute Pregnancy photo shoot with Britt.
Pictures from our annual Ocean Plunge Mammas Circle out at Ocean Beach!
MONTHLY MAMMA CIRCLES
Our monthly Mamma Circle occurs once a month on a weeknight from 6-8 pm at Britt’s house. Our circles are a sacred space for the birthing people of our practice to come and gather in community. We sit in circle and take time to check in as well as connect about what’s really going on in our lives. Your doulas share their most recent positive birth stories with the group, which allow clients will gain insight into how their doulas work while supporting a birthing person and their partners during the birthing process. We spend the second half of circle deepening your practice of relaxation by doing an interactive activity, so that you feel as though you have another relaxation tool to add to your tool belt for birth.
CHILDBIRTH PREPARATION CLASS
In addition to the work that we do prenatally, we strongly suggest taking Rachel Yellin’s Hypnosis Based Childbirth Preparation Classes and listening to her Pregnancy Birth and Beyond Audio Program. The program will help prepare you and your partner for the most natural, conscious and empowering birth possible, while helping you develop and deepen a relaxation practice that will be crucial in your birth and also in your life as a parent. If you’d like to download her audio program, make sure to use the code “laurenmiller” to save 20%!
We offer a 45-minute complimentary Initial Consultation with you (and your partner, if you have one) at Britt's home in Bernal Heights. In this meeting we would discuss what you are looking for in your labor support and go into greater detail about our practice, approach and philosophy. Feel free to get in touch with me and I’ll send out some potential dates and times to meet for a free consultation. If you have further questions, I’m happy to chat with you first over the phone as well. My number is (415)990-8708. Thank you!
DOULA APPRENTICESHIP PROGRAM
Britt, Vanessa and I offer an incredible opportunity to newer doulas who are looking to gain insight as to what it’s like to be a full time doula in SF with a thriving business. During the apprenticeship you will have the opportunity to attend 9 prenatal meetings, monthly Mamma circles, 3 births and 3 postpartum meetings. We will also be there to answer any questions you have about how to start your own doula business! Feel free to get in touch with us, we love supporting newer doulas! Birth work is very fulfilling work and it would be a honor to share our passion with you.
Lauren with a beloved doula client and our apprentice and former doula client Maggie!
Maggie is hoping to start her own doula practice in Aspen, Colorado.