Childbirth Birth Services
Natural Birth Consultation
Are you pregnant?
Are you curious about natural childbirth?
Do you think you might want a doula, but not aware of all the benefits?
Do you want advice on how to prepare for a VBAC?
Would you like to understand OB/GYN medical terminology to better understand your health care?
Do you need help writing a birth plan?
Spend an hour with our in-house doula to ask the important questions so that you feel educated, competent and ready for your upcoming birth!
Private Childbirth Education
Sacred Dunes Alternative Health teaches couples one-on-one about childbirth, how to prepare your mind, body, and spirit; as well as teaching many coping techniques for labor. We will create the package that is the perfect fit for your family, from one 2-hour class to weekly classes throughout your pregnancy!
Birth Doula The word "doula" comes from the ancient Greek meaning "a woman who serves" and is now used to refer to a trained and experienced professional who provides continuous physical, emotional and informational support to the mother before, during and just after birth; or who provides emotional and practical support during the postpartum period.
Studies have shown that when doulas attend births, labors are shorter with fewer complications, babies are healthier, and they breastfeed better.
A Birth Doula
· Recognizes birth as a key experience the mother will remember all her life
· Understands the physiology of birth and the emotional needs of a woman in labor
· Assists the woman in preparing for and carrying out her plans for birth
· Stays with the woman throughout the labor
· Provides emotional support, physical comfort measures and an objective viewpoint; as well as helping the woman get the information she needs to make informed decisions
· Facilitates communication between the laboring woman, her partner and her clinical care providers
· Perceives her role as nurturing and protecting the woman's memory of the birth experience
· Allows the woman's partner to participate at his/her comfort level
Hiring our in-house birth doula includes 2 prenatal visits, 24/7 phone, text, email support, on call for your birthing time, uninterrupted support for labor, delivery and immediate postpartum, help establishing breastfeeding and 1 postpartum visit. Sacred Dunes' birth doula has been serving families both in home and hospital birth experiences for many years. She was trained through DONA International, Hypnobabies, and toLabor. She is passionate about educating women and helping them achieve their ideal birth.
Fertility, Pregnancy, and Childbirth
Facing fertility issues can be very stressful for the body, mind and spirit. But there is hope. Many couples who seek fertility treatments are able to conceive. Incorporating acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) into your overall treatment plan can help. Acupuncture has been shown to increase the chance of getting pregnant when used in conjunction with in-vitro fertilization, and TCM can be very effective in addressing underlying emotional causes of infertility.
Pregnancy comes with its own unique challenges. Since so much is demanded of your body at this time, caring for your health is key for the well-being of both you and your child. Acupuncture and TCM have been shown to be safe and effective for many of the symptoms that often accompany pregnancy, including
· Anxiety and stress
· Back pain and sciatica
· Morning sickness
Recent studies have shown that the use of acupuncture during labor may actually reduce the need for pain medications and help the mother stay more relaxed. After childbirth acupuncture and TCM can help new moms take the much needed time to recover, rebalance, and rejuvenate.
$800 Birth Doula Half due at first prenatal visit and the other half due at postpartum visit
$200 Placenta Encapsulation $50 deposit fee included (100-200 capsules)
$950 for Birth Doula and Placenta Encapsulation Package
$60 Acupuncture treatments for Birth Doula Clients
$100 Birth Consultation 1.5 Hour (home office)
$200 Childbirth Education per 2 hours of private childbirth education
Serving families from Ogden Dunes to New Buffalo, Valparaiso, Chesterton, Laporte and Michigan City.