Mountains and river
Sweet Sprout
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Northampton
Massachusetts
01060
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(413) 575-2021
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As a birth and postnatal doula, I currently attend births and assist families in Western Massachusetts, Southern Vermont, and Northern Connecticut
Jacqueline McCreanor

Professional Qualifications

Sliding scale $800 - $1600 (payment plans available), volunteer work/barter available, $35/hr daytime postnatal care, $45/hr overnight postnatal care
2014
Baystate Medical Center, Cooley Dickinson Hospital
Adoption, Anxiety and Phobias, Birth After Loss, Children with Special Needs, Elective Cesarean, Homebirth, Optimal Fetal Positioning, Special Spiritual/Religious Needs, Surrogacy, Twins/Multiples, Unmedicated Birth, Vaginal Birth After Cesarean, Waterbirth

Birth Doula Services include:

  • Free initial meeting (for us to get to know each other and for me to learn about your desires and any concerns you may have for your pregnancy and upcoming birth)
  • 2-3 prenatal visits (to meet your husband/partner/birthing partner(s) and to further talk about your goals, desires, and concerns for your pregnancy and childbirth journey
  • Optional prenatal visit(s) with your OB or midwife
  • Unlimited daytime text, e-mail, and phone support before and after your baby's birth
  • On-call 24 hours beginning Week 38 of your pregnancy with your singleton baby
  • On-call 24 hours beginning Week 35 of your pregnancy with your twins or multiples
  • Meeting you at your home, birthing center, or hospital when you want me to join you in labor
  • Continuous, one-on-one, personalized, nurturing emotional encouragement and comfort, and physical support for you and your husband/partner/birthing partner(s) throughout your labor and birthing journey
  • Facilitation of clear, calm communication between all members of your birthing team, including your health care providers
  • Seamless nurturing, comforting, and support in your first several hours of fresh parenthood (as your dedicated birth doula I will maintain a calm, loving space so you may enjoy skin-to-skin contact and bonding with your new baby, enjoy the Golden Hour with your newborn and partner, assist you and your baby with initial breastfeeding, see that your wishes are carried out in regard to the postnatal care of your newborn, and more)
  • Optional photography at no additional charge (with your camera, my camera, or both)
  • 1-2 postnatal visits to talk about your labor and birthing experience, to listen to your feedback about my role as your doula, to monitor your, your newborn's, and your partner's health and well-being, and of course to admire your new baby!!
  • Additional optional services and offerings include private prenatal and postnatal yoga sessions, Abraham Hicks-inspired well-being and empowerment coaching, birthing imagery/scripting/visualization, birth story written from your doula's perspective, and full or partial gift certificates

Postnatal Doula Services include:

  • Postnatal self-care for birther, emotional (nurturing emotional support, nonjudgmental listening, confidence building, providing time to help you get the sleep, nourishment, gentle exercise, and support that you need in this period of newness, transition, and adjustment)
  • Postnatal self-care for birther, physical (preparation of healing and antiseptic herbal sitz baths; tips on breast care, sleep for you, your newborn, and your partner; healthy eating for all; gentle exercise for you)
  • Breastfeeding encouragement and support
  • Lip- and tongue-tie diagnosis and guidance
  • Soothing, swaddling, and safe sleep
  • Diapering
  • Babywearing
  • Light meal preparation (vegan, vegetarian, pescetarian, carnivore, omnivore, restricted or special diet meal preparation)
  • Light housework (sweeping, light vacuuming, dusting, laundry)
  • Care and nurturing for infant and/or older children while you sleep, shower, exercise, work, etc.)
  • Grocery shopping (additional charge for gas/driving time may be considered for grocery stores and shopping centers located at a distance from your home)
  • Pet care (walking dogs, feeding and watering animals)

Currently accepting new clients for 2016.

Your Journey to Meet Your Baby

Congratulations on your pregnancy and upcoming birth! This is a very exciting time for you and your husband/partner/birthing partner(s), friends, and family.

Your pregnancy, labor, and childbirth journey is magical, and also a profoundly personal and transformative experience. Your journey is as unique as you are, each pregnancy and each delivery so special. As your doula I would honor the opportunity to work with you and fully support your individual process and approach.

My goal as your dedicated doula is to provide you and your birthing partner(s) with highly personalized, one-on-one, continuous care during your pregnancy, labor, and delivery, as well as in your early hours and days of fresh parenthood with your newborn.

It is my intention to ensure your sacred rite of passage is a peaceful, safe, relaxing, empowering, and joyful one. I offer a calm, safe, soothing, consistent, yet flexible presence. As your doula I will create and maintain a sacred space for you to birth and welcome your baby in the ways that are most meaningful to you.

I offer my passion for positivity, humor, newborns, parents, families, friends, and my knowledge of and experience in communicating and working closely together to create beautiful transformations! I am affirming of all families, partnerships, and birthing partnerships.

Visualization Exercise

Envision your new one in your arms. As you hold your baby, begin to feel the warmth of your baby next to your body. Listen to the soft, gentle breathing of your newborn.

Feel your heart expanding and joyfully singing with love, as you feel the magic of your little one’s arrival. Feel the groundedness of their presence. As you hold your baby close, feel the abundance of their peace and well-being, feel the rightness of the world in this moment.

Kissing the top of your baby’s head, inhale their unique fragrance, that sweet scent of baby freshness and deliciousness. Feel the softness and silkiness of their skin, caressing the soft baby fat rolls of their arms and legs. Marvel at the strength and tininess of their little hands and fingers, the softness of their feet. Smooth your fingers over their fine, baby hair. As you cherish your baby, feel the contentedness of your bundle of love as you hold him or her close to your heart. The love you feel for your baby, and your baby’s love for you, is one of the most precious gifts on Earth!

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Active (gently active) pregnancy, labor, and childbirth; private prenatal and postnatal yoga sessions, Abraham Hicks-inspired well-being and empowerment coaching, birthing imagery/scripting/visualization, birth story written from your doula's perspective,
Jacqueline McCreanor