Before and After Your Baby is Born
Before and After Your Baby is Born
I am a native of Ohio, but have called many places home. My doula journey began after the birth of my daughter. In that experience, I was able to have my dream birthing team that included my loving husband, parents, in-laws, and a dear friend. Their support helped guide me and encourage me through her birth. The experience opened my eyes to how powerful birth can be. I want to provide families with information and tools to help them feel empowered by their own birthing experiences.
Over the past 7 years I have served as a special education teacher, specifically working with those diagnosed on the Autism Spectrum. This work overlaps with my vision for serving families as a doula. As a special education teacher and doula, it’s important to:
The same essentials that went into my professional work for the past seven years are the same as those that go into my current work as a doula.
LG Doula strives to provide care that meets your family’s unique and individualized need. As no two people’s life story is the same, I believe that is the case for pregnancy, labor, and postpartum journeys for each birthing family. I will use the individual connection I have developed with your family to help you create a story that facilitates growth and joy through this journey.
I have no agenda for your birth, I want your voice to be heard. I am there for your family in any capacity that you need me. I can help you understand the options and resources available to you and assist you in using that knowledge to make a decision that fits best for your family. I will be your biggest cheerleader, but I will also support changes you choose to make at any stage of your birthing journey.
I believe that all types of births are important and worth being celebrated and valued. LG Doula is an ally to birth inclusivity through a reproductive justice lens. No matter who you are, you have the right to be an active participant in your birth story.
Prenatal Support Only Package $275
Perhaps you have done your own research and have decided not to have a doula attend your birth. However you desire some assistance in navigating your options and preparing for birth and baby.
This includes my prenatal services as a doula:
Information about birth and birth choices
Identify helpful literature and resources for your specific needs
Discuss your birth preference and vision
Address fears and concerns
Learn baby feeding basics
Practice comfort and coping techniques
Identify any other concerns or advice related to this new transition
Inquire for Birth Package Fee
A doula is one who supports families physically, emotionally, spiritually and mentally through pregnancy, labor and delivery and postpartum. As each family is different, this support is tailored to their specific needs. My goal as a birth doula is to help you achieve a birth journey and story that is lead by your own voice.
My birth services include but are not limited to two prenatal visits for us to connect and become comfortable with each other. We will discuss your birth preference and vision, address fears or concerns you and your partner may be having, learn baby-feeding basics, and practice comfort and coping techniques. Beginning at 37 weeks, that support will be continuous and on-call.
During labor I will provide continuous support throughout your birthing journey and will stay until everyone is settled and comfortable. My birthing package includes postpartum follow up to discuss and help with recovery, assist with breastfeeding, newborn care and offer referrals if needed.
$25/hour with 2 hour minimum
Offers families love, educational and emotional support to help ease their transition into life with a newborn. Whether it's your first baby or third (or more!), a postpartum doula can nurture your transition and empower your family as a unit, all while welcoming the new member of the family.
Every visit will be tailored to meet your family’s specific needs. This may include:
Care of baby so you can nap, shower, eat or just rest
Sibling integration, attention and playtime (if needed)
Assist with newborn care-swaddling, calming, bathing and feeding
Breast and bottle-feeding support
Baby wearing and diapering education
Answering your parenting questions and providing local resources
Facilitator Fee $150
Blessingway ceremonies create a sacred and safe environment to honor who you are while exploring the challenges and joys that lie before you as you approach birthing and parenthood. Surrounded by the most important people in your life, gaining a sense of power, confidence and support that will help you rise to parenthood, while building the foundation of your village. While these celebrations have been observed and adapted from the traditional Native American Blessingway; a sacred fertility rite to honor a woman's transformation through pregnancy and childbirth into motherhood, your celebration can be guided by you while honoring this sacred tradition.
These ceremonies can be easily tailored to suit your spiritual preferences and tailored to your journey. Common aspects of this event include:
A sharing circle to express hopes, fears and dreams and receive support and encouragement as you move toward the event of your birth
Accepting symbolic gifts which often turn into art of jewelry for you to draw strength from while in labor
Nurturing and honoring activities such as herbal foot bath, massages or painting the belly with henna
Sharing positive and inspiring birth stories from guests
Honoring elders/ancestors births and asking for their strength
As facilitator I will work alongside the hostess, or as the hostess, to select specific rituals best suited for supporting your needs. Based on those rituals and your desires, I will assist the hostess in planning the event surrounding the ceremony including invitations, appetizers, music, supplies and setup of a sacred space. On the day of, I guide the circle of support in a ceremony honoring you.
*This can also be planned as a surprise, sponsored by friends and family*
Support and Education $300
Learning to fall asleep on your own is a developmental milestone. My role as a sleep educator is supporting normal sleep patterns of infants and toddlers. I look at sleep within the whole family. I help parents understand normal sleep and how responding to your baby helps build strong attachment and optimal brain development. My goal is to help you find the balance between realistic expectations, your families needs and building a safe and strong sleep foundation for your child.
The sleep support package includes:
1.5 hour in person meeting or phone call
Review of client consult form
Sleep education for your baby/toddler's developmental stage
Customized sleep strategy package
1 in-person follow up
2 weeks of continued support by phone or email
Price dependent on service
If you are looking for additional support, here are other areas I can guide you:
Education for older siblings of what to expect during the birth or once baby arrives home.
Support for siblings who have been diagnosed on the Autism spectrum or who may have other special needs that need consideration
Help with creating a registry, focused on baby essentials
Preparing the partner for support
Preparation and guidance for returning to work post-birth
What Families are Saying About Laurel Gourrier
What Families are Saying About Laurel Gourrier
Laurel was my doula for the birth of my son on September 27th, 2016. During my pregnancy, Laurel served as an unconditional source of support as I dealt with severe pregnancy sickness and nauseous for the entirety of my pregnancy. She consistently checked in with me to gauge my emotional and physical health and offer invaluable insight and suggestions. She met with my husband and I few times during the pregnancy to plan for the type of birthing experience we sought. Although Laurel relocated to Ohio before my son's due date, she made the trip to the DC area to be with me during the labor, delivery, and post delivery process. Laurel showed my husband how to apply pressure to deal with pre-labor and labor pains. She helped track my contractions at home which allowed me to labor in the comfort of my own home for as long as possible prior to my water breaking. At the hospital, the nursing staff were unresponsive to some of my needs upon arrival. Laurel served as my advocate and helped quell my concerns about the lack of compassion and assistance I was getting from the labor and delivery nurses. During the actual delivery, she monitored my contractions, helped position me, held one of my legs, and provided me feedback about the quality of pushing. My son was born within 35 minutes and I feel the process was seamless in part due to Laurel's assistance.
Laurel stayed with my husband and I for one night after we got home from the hospital. She helped set up baby materials in various locations in our home for easy use and convenience. She showed me how to use some of my baby wearing items. Even after she left our home, she made herself available to answer questions I had on breast feeding. Furthermore, if she did not know the answer, she consulted other doulas to give me the best options.
I will be forever grateful for the help, encouragement, support, compassion, and love Laurel showed for the birthing process. More so, her work as a doula allowed me to have an unforgettable and positive birthing experience. She will forever be an important part of my family's life.
Overall and most important, Laurel served as an advocate during the day of delivery. She was very active and engaging with the hospital staff while managing and supporting my labour. She ensured that my birth plan was being followed by asking hospital staff questions and ensuring that I knew exactly what was being done as my labour intensified, I could not have asked for a better coach. She rose to the occasion!
Twelve weeks ago, my beautiful baby girl was brought into the world, but from the moment the test said positive, I was an anxiety-ridden mess. I knew I would need a lot of extra support. I needed people around me that were caring and understanding, and ready to guide me through any situation that arose. So I went in search of a doula, and from the moment I saw Laurel's profile on her site, I knew she would be the kind, caring and supportive person I needed. She put me at ease the first day I met her. My husband felt the same way. We were both incredibly nervous, but Laurel was there to help provide useful information, techniques for relaxation, a listening ear and comfort. Even when the big day came, she was by my side as fast as she could get there. She helped me to relax just by sitting with me and talking. Even when my plans were crushed, and I found out I would need a c-section, Laurel stayed the whole time to comfort my family, and be there to make sure I was okay afterwards. She contacted me every day that I was in the hospital, and offered to be there if I needed her. Once I was home, she came to visit to make sure I was adjusting well, and just to help out where she could. Her services were invaluable, and I appreciated her every step of the way. If I ever decided to do it again, I would not hesitate to contact Laurel.
Laurel attended the birth of my son in September 2017. My husband and I had been dealing with fertility issues, and we were thrilled to find out we were pregnant! I began researching doulas in the early stages, but was unsure if I wanted to spend money on an “unnecessary” service. Thankfully, sometime in the 3rd trimester, I decided that the support of a doula was necessary after all. When I saw Laurel’s profile on Central Ohio Doulas, I was convinced that her kind face and smile were exactly what I needed for labor support! From our very first phone call, I felt heard and understood.
As baby’s due date came closer, I began dealing with prodromal labor contractions that would last up to twelve hours at a time. For almost three weeks, Laurel talked to me on the phone during contractions and after every doctor’s appointment. When the time came for an induction, Laurel was quick to arrive, and she provided seemingly endless physical support throughout my back labor. Whenever I got frustrated, she reminded me that I was “birthing in love”, and that any decisions I had to make were made out of love for my baby. That became my mantra throughout delivery. Because of her support, I was able to safely birth my baby without an epidural. Laurel was well-respected by the nurses and hospital staff, and together with my family and friends, we made an amazing birthing team.
After baby arrived earthside, Laurel continued to check in with me, and offered practical advice on infant care and breastfeeding. She was the perfect balance of “personal” and “professional”, and I would highly recommend her to any expecting family.
My wife and I had a great expreience with Laurel in the weeks after our daughter was born. Laurel is knowledgable, professional, and very easy-going. We will be seeking to use her again if we have need, and will definitely be recommending her to any of our friends that have babies. Thanks again Laurel!
Wow! Where does the time go? Laurel was an amazing support person for the birth of my son in August. She was always available for questions before hand and provided my husband and I with a lot of guidance and advice on how to be best prepared. During the birth, she was instrumental in keeping me focused and on task. She took pictures that I could never thank her enough for. So much is going on all at once that pictures are the last thing on your mind, but they are the most pure and beautiful moments of your life. I would choose her all day long and never regret my decision. Thank you so much for your support!
If you're interested in scheduling a free consultation or have questions about how my services might benefit your family, I'd love to hear from you!