So, you’re having a baby?
I can help with that.
Your baby’s birth will be a day that you remember for the rest of your life. The details may be fuzzy, but you will always remember how you felt. I can help make sure you feel supported during your birth. Of all days, this should be a day you remember fondly.
An initial interview (or consultation) is always free. Call or email me to see if a birth doula could be right for you.
I am a labor and birth doula in Portland, Oregon.
I act as a guide, helping you navigate the birth process.
Physical support comes in many forms. I use my hands to massage, press acupressure points, wipe your brow with a cool washcloth, jiggle you with a rebozo, and help you find positions that are comfortable for you and help labor progress.
Emotional support means everything from helping you develop your coping skills prior to labor, to helping you work through a tough spot in labor, or working with you to keep your main goals and values in place when your plan or ideal for your birth changes.
When it comes to birth there is so much information out there, but not all of it is good information! As your doula, I can point you to solid information, based on research, to help you make the decisions that feel the best to you.
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Scarlett Lynsky, CD(DONA), ICCE
Certified Birth Doula
Certified Childbirth Educator
While I enjoy supporting unmedicated births, my passion really lies in supporting the pregnant person and partner or other support person in discovering what is important to them and helping them through whatever challenges they face. There is no one way to give birth. A successful, joyful birth is in the eye of the beholder. Whatever a good birth means to you, I will work to help you achieve that. If “plans” need to change, I will help you navigate and process the change in “plan”.
My Style & Ideal Client
My style in prenatal meetings is to be frank, informative and slightly irreverent. I can laugh about the more uncomfortable aspects of giving birth and I really seem to connect with families that use humor to cope with difficult situations. My favorite clients are the ones who ask a LOT of questions because it helps me understand what they know, what they do not know, what their worries are and what they feel confident about. I really get to know clients this way and can tailor my services to their specific personality.
Having been a gestational surrogate, I also really enjoy supporting surrogates and Intended Parents (IPs).
In my doula work, I frequently use a piece of fabric called a Rebozo for comfort in labor. I’ve also received training in Spinning Babies (spinningbabies.com) techniques for optimal positioning and Acupressure points for pregnancy and labor.
Who I serve
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*I take up to 4 clients in a month*
About the Process
Ask around for recommendations or search the web to find two or three doulas that might be a good fit for you. Give those doulas a call or an e-mail and ask for a free interview. Doulas know that having a good fit is important, so this way you can make sure you feel comfortable before you hire.
Interview! This can take place in the comfort of your own home or in a public place of your choosing. My interviews take about an hour. Don’t worry if you don’t know what questions to ask–this can be a very casual conversation. I will ask you some things about your pregnancy and your goals for the birth and you’ll get a chance to ask me questions too.
If you choose me as your doula, you will sign a contract and pay a deposit. I can take checks, PayPal, Venmo or Square.
Schedule a prenatal visit. You will have 1-3 prenatal visits (typically 2) for us to get to know each other and begin preparing to be a stellar team for your birth.
At 38 weeks (or before if at any point you have reason to believe you might have the baby early), I go on call. This means I have my phone near me at all times and will not be out-of-town unless it is pre-arranged with you.
Go into labor. 🙂 I ask that as soon as you think you are in labor, you to call me, even if you don’t need me yet. This way I can make arrangements on my end to be ready when you do need me. It will take me an hour to an hour and a half to get to you once you call me to come. I will be with you for your entire labor.
Have a baby. Once you’ve had your baby it takes about 2 hours for things to settle down after delivery. Once things are all stable and calm, I will go home. Over the next few days I will be checking in by phone.
Schedule postpartum visits. I will make an appointment to visit you at home about 3 days to a week after the baby is born. If you need any referrals I will provide you with resources. I will make another appointment, usually 1.5 to 2 weeks postpartum.
Pricing InfoThe Doula Package Includes
- Free initial interview (in your home or place of your choosing)
- 1-3 prenatal visits (usually 2)
- Labor support in hospitals, birth centers and homes
- 2 postpartum visits
- 24/7 on-call availability starting at 38 weeks
- Back-up doula support
- A non-judgmental listening ear
- Knowledge of techniques to turn a posterior or breech baby
- A sense of humor
- The flat fee is based on a range. You will be asked to use the honor system to pay an amount that feels fair for the service that I rendered and the impact it had on your birth. For clients who need it, I can offer a scale that slides lower than $1500.
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