Mountains and river
The Birthing Tree
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Since 1998, DONA Certified
Massachusetts
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(413) 634-0132
(413) 358-8910 (pager)
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I will serve families in Hampshire, Hampden, Franklin and Berkshire counties.
Juniper Talbot

Professional Qualifications

Birth Doula Package $800-$950; Post Partum Support $25 per hour with 2 hour minumum.
1998 DONA certified birth doula and post partum doula. 2006 ALACE certified childbirth educator.
Baystate Franklin Medical Center, Baystate Medical Center, Berkshire Medical Center, Cooley Dickinson Hospital, Fairview Hospital, Holyoke Medical Center, Home Birth
Anxiety and Phobias, Birth After Loss, Elective Cesarean, Homebirth, Optimal Fetal Positioning, Parents with Disabilities, Single Parents, Special Spiritual/Religious Needs, Teen Parents, Twins/Multiples, Unmedicated Birth, Vaginal Birth After Cesarean, Waterbirth

As a Birth Doula, I provide:

  • Free initial consultation
  • 2-3 prenatal visits in your home to discuss your preferences, how we will work together and to answer your specific questions regarding your birth.
  • Birth preferences and "wish list" counseling
  • Unlimited phone consultations 24 hours a day!
  • Twenty-four hour on call service from the time we contract
  • Early labor support individualized to client's need. I will meet you in your home or at the hospital when you are in early labor, depending on your preference and situation.
  • Continuous emotional and physical support for laboring woman and partner throughout labor, delivery and early hours after the baby is born.
  • Knowledge of emotional and physiological stages of labor
  • Up-to-date knowledge of medical procedures, medications, interventions and ability to answer questions regarding these choices and procedures.
  • Many techniques for relieving labor discomfort and avoiding complications, including massage, breathing, pressure points, labor positions for comfort, progress of labor and optimal position of baby, visualization, aromatherapy and relaxation techniques.
  • Early breastfeeding support after birth of baby.
  • One postpartum visit in your home within 2 weeks to review the birth, answer questions, offer feeding support and/or infant care support.
  • DONA certification 1998

As a Postpartum Doula, I provide:

  • Emotional and physical support for the mother
  • Care for infant while mom rests, naps or showers
  • Information and support with newborn care and feeding
  • Overnight care available
  • Light housekeeping
  • Help with siblings
  • Help with pets and house plants
  • Meal preparation, shopping, errands
  • Community referrals
  • DONA certification 1998

As a Childbirth Educator, I provide:

  • Private classes in your home designed to your specific needs.
  • I am a trained and certified Childbirth Educator through Association for Labor Coaches and Childbirth Educators (ALACE), now known as International Birth and Wellness Project. I have been actively teaching Childbirth Education classes and Newborn Care classes in both group and individual settings since my certification in 2006. I currently teach childbirth and newborn classes at Cooley-Dickinson Hospital.

I began my passionate interest in birth with the birth of my son in 1991. In 1998, I completed my training and certification with DONA International (formerly Doulas of North America). I feel very grateful for my training and certification through this organization because the teachers include many of the top experts on doula care, holding their doulas to very rigorous standards. To retain my certification as a DONA certified doula, I am also required to continually educate myself with up-to-date information on latest research, methods and best practices related to birth. For this reason, I feel I not only have a very strong knowledge base regarding birth and doula care, but am consistently striving to update my knowledge and improve my techniques in order to offer the best support possible to birthing families.

I have been actively working as doula since 1998 and have attended more than 150 births at this point! What a blessing! I have attended a wide variety of births, at homes and in most of our area hospitals. I have a good working knowledge of the protocols of the area hospitals and the care-providers who serve them. I have good relationships with all the care-providers I have worked with, which facilitates my ability to help you advocate for yourself around your preferences.

Having attended as many births as I have, I am aware that not every birthing woman can have exactly the birth she hoped for. However, I also know that with loving and compassionate support, she can feel strong and confident and empowered by her experience. My goal as a doula is to increase a woman’s confidence and trust in herself, her birth team and her environment in order to facilitate a birthing experience she can look back on with joy and awe.

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CPR certified; fully insured
Juniper Talbot