As of Monday, March 16th, Best of Both Worlds Doula Services suspended in person meetings and consultations and is currently offering online support through virtual doula services. The health and safety of you and your family (as well as my own) are a top priority for me and I want to ensure that all parties are safe during this time. I am available on Google Duo, Hangouts, Zoom, Whats App, Facebook Messenger and Skype. If you have questions or concerns regarding COVID-19 and your family, please do not hesitate to reach out to me.
All services are virtual and most of my services are still available to new and current clients (no postpartum visits, fitness meetups, weekly Zumba classes at the community center, grocery shopping or meal prep).
- Virtual Doula Services: now $40/hr (25% savings)
- Virtual Consulting Services: now $30/hr (20% savings)
- Virtual Birth Package: for a limited time, I am offering this package to those who would like virtual birth support. This package includes two prenatal consultations, phone+text+video conferencing during labor and delivery and one postpartum check in. $400
- Virtual Postpartum Planning: $25/hr (minimum 2 consultations)
- Virtual Fitness Class: $5 (held on Zoom, minimum 4 participants)
- Virtual Abortion Support: no cost
- Inquiry Consultation: complimentary (30 mins)
- eGift Cards: $50 & up (must be used within one year of purchase)
For added convenience, I am also offering 20 minute Reassurance Consultations ($10 donation) for those who may need child care & food assistance, online school resources, financial planning and hardship tips and general guidance on health care protocols and how to talk to your children about COVID-19. I want to support my clients in any way possible during this time. You can also read my latest blog post "Mindful Homebound Ideas & Remedies" to get tips on how to survive and be productive while being confined to your home.
I want to reassure you that while the strain of this virus is very new, most people will probably be okay even if they catch the virus. The media has been reporting how quickly the virus is spreading and the increasing number of positive cases and deaths, BUT what they are not reporting are the people who caught the virus AND recovered. The main thing is to protect yourself, more so if you have respiratory issues or other underlying health issues that could be worsened by the virus. There is still very little known about how the virus may affect children and young adults so please talk to your children about the importance of practicing good hygiene right now.
Remember, If you feel ill or have flu-like symptoms (dry cough, fever, fatigue and difficulty breathing), please avoid contact with others and going out in public. Stay home and call your doctor or the health department for further instructions. Because tests and resources are still limited, most people with symptoms should self-quarantine until they feel better and are no longer contagious. Only go to the hospital if you are feeling worst and having difficulty breathing (or you are in labor).
If you are currently pregnant or newly postpartum, please take extra precautions regarding visitors and outings. Breastfeeding is safe and should be continued as normal even if the nursing person is symptomatic. Be in contact with all of your providers and your hospital or birth center to get an update on any policy & appointment changes as well as hours of operation due to COVID-19 so you can adjust accordingly. Most local hospitals have limited visitors to one support person and at the moment that includes doulas.
None of this is normal, I know. Nothing feels normal right now. Never have we experienced something so unknown. But I believe this is a time to refocus and get realigned with ourselves, our goals and our higher power. Please feel free to reach out to me with any questions and be sure to stay up-to-date on things with the CDC and WHO. I have also been sharing a lot of helpful and encouraging posts from others on my Instagram and Facebook pages (stories too) so be sure to follow me if you aren't already.
Thank you for your patience and kindness through all of this. Remember to stay calm and take it one day at a time. Breathe. Wash your hands. Protect your physical and mental space. Take care of yourselves. I am here to provide comfort in the chaos.
My family and I are safe and sound at home and I hope you and yours are as well. As always, you can reach me by phone, text, email and the apps I mentioned above.
To the doctors, nurses, researchers and other medical staff working tirelessly to provide accurate, up-to-date information and quality care THANK YOU
To all essential employees, staff and city/government officials such as our child care workers, mail couriers, garbage collectors, bus drivers, grocery store clerks and cashiers, pharmacists, researchers, delivery persons, city workers, commissioners and other officials THANK YOU
To the liasions helping people navigate if/when to see their providers and when/where they can get tested THANK YOU
To the janitors, custodians and cleaning crews of schools, businesses and the local & national government THANK YOU
To the generous community volunteers who are making sure their neighbors, friends, school aged children and the homeless have food, supplies, school lessons+resources and basic medical supplies+care THANK YOU
To the local small businesses who are still serving the people of the community THANK YOU
To my fellow birth workers who are continuing to serve clients in all capacities THANK YOU