We are excited to be offering amazing specials this Small Business Saturday that will save you money! Each of our popular services are discounted by $50. There are multiples of each, but there are only so many available, so book your favorites now by using the form below. Happy Holidays!
MORE FAMILIES ARE REACHING OUT TO SUMMER BIRTH SERVICES
IT’S TIME TO GROW OUR FAMILY!
WE ARE LOOKING FOR:
BIRTH DOULAS, POSTPARTUM DOULAS, CHILDBIRTH EDUCATORS,
PLACENTA SPECIALISTS, LACTATION COUNSELORS
Why become an independent contractor with Summer Birth Services?
*Work with dynamic, passionate professionals who are committed to helping you grow and succeed
*Sustainable schedule that balances work and life while maintaining continuity of care for clients
*You get to do your work supporting families while we take care of all the business aspects ~ finances, marketing, website management and more
Summer Birth Services applicants are:
*Willing to serve families from Rolla to Fort Leonard Wood to Houston to Sullivan
*Team players ~ Maintaining good relationships with fellow doulas, clients, and medical professionals is a priority
*Ability to be on-call ~ We strive to have flexible schedules and are proud of our team model, though on call availability is a necessity in this career
*Professional ~ No matter where you started, you arrive with authenticity, humility, and focus
*Compassionate ~ You are able to be sensitive to families during this special time and intuitive toward their needs
*Capable of providing non-judgmental support to ALL families ~ Summer Birth Services proudly serves a diverse landscape of families. All our team members work with parents through any experience, regardless of birth or parenting choices.
*Self-motivated ~ You want to grow and learn, earning a living doing what you love.
*Trained or willing to be trained/certified by an organization such as ProDoula. Training for multiple disciplines is not required, but helpful. Application may be made prior to the training, though offers will not be extended until training is completed.
Register for the ProDoula Training:
Letters of interest should include:
*Why you would like to join Summer Birth Services
*What position(s) you are applying for
*Why you would like to (or did) become a doula
*What fully supporting a new family means to you and what it looks like
*One personal and one professional reference
Email to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject “Letter of Interest – [Your Name]” in the subject line.
It’s almost that time of year again! Our annual celebration event, MamaFest, is coming up on August 6. If you’ve never been to this event, this year is a great time to start and make it part of your yearly plans. Each year gets better and better.
This year, we hope to have some of our favorites return…Alicia Smith of Na’Ava Sands for bellydancing, the Shamrock Irish Dancers, StoneCrest Dance Center company team, and more!
MamaFest is a celebration…a celebration of life as a woman and/or life as a mother. While the focus is on women, children and partners are always welcome, as WomanSpace is a family-friendly facility with a dedicated playroom.
Do you have a business or service organization that would like to be a vendor at this event? Click here to register.
To keep up with the latest updates, be sure to join the Facebook event, or use #mamafest2016 to search across your social media networks.
Hope to see you there!
When I first came to this work, it was all about the women. I’d like to say I gave the men equal measure, but in the beginning I know I didn’t. It wasn’t that I didn’t think they were important, on the contrary I have always believed that the couple (when there is one) deserves to be encouraged and supported together. However, I also had in my mind that everything ultimately came down to the woman, the most important piece of the pie, the star of the show, etc. My original website and business materials reflected this inner thought as well, because they mostly talked about the woman, the mother, and rarely, if ever, mentioned anyone else.
With time and experience, I’ve come to see just how deeply fathers are impacted by birth and how important it is to honor his unique role. I’ve watched the biggest, burliest, most stoic men dissolve into a puddle of tears watching their babies being born and I have to tell you…there are few things that compare to witnessing this, one of which being the look on the woman’s face after she just gave birth!
Fathers get a tough road during the labor/birth process. They are often expected to be both the main support person, coach, and protector. It is a LOT to ask of any one person, let alone a person who is going through a major life change right beside the birth giver. At almost every single birth where a male partner is present, I see a moment where he is unsure what’s happening and if his beloved is okay. We prepare for this in our prenatal visits and classes, but it’s always lost at the actual event. In that instant, he is often working so hard to be strong for her, love her, support her, but he is worried. Is this normal? Does she need me to do something more? Is she going to make it through this? She’s hurting and I can’t take away her pain! Sometimes it is as quick as a flicker in his eyes as he looks over to me, and I smile, mouth “she is okay, you’re doing great”. Sometimes, it lasts longer, and there is a touch on the shoulder to signal that all is well, or he steps out to take a quick break.
Then there’s the moment the baby is born. It gets me in the feels EVERY. TIME. The emotion, the tears, the kisses to the forehead, the childish laughs, the shaking hands. I try to fade in the background so they see only their family in those moments. The whole room can feel those deep, raw emotions from the family. It’s intense and beautiful.
So today, on your special day, I want to apologize for taking so long to realize just how important and awesome you are. I see you now, as do all of us at Summer Birth Services, for who you are and what your role is. I honor the work you do to love your partner, support her while she gives birth and then mothers your baby, and be the best father you can be. I love watching you find your parenting wings and take flight!
Happy Father’s Day!
We are working hard to grow this agency, in order to better serve our community. In researching options for growth, I stumbled upon the FedEx Small Business Grant and thought…sure, why not? At best, we’ll win one of the grants (there are five available) and at worst, I’ll have wasted a bit of my time.
What I didn’t expect was the immediate, positive impact it would have. Because we applied for this, I made a short video, streamlined all the social media outlets, and shared our story more than I usually would. We’ve been able to reach more people than we would have otherwise, letting them know that doulas are an option for their births and postpartum days.
I’m proud of us for getting out of our comfort zones and working hard to spread the word of not only this grant contest, but also Summer Birth Services in general. I’m also incredibly grateful for all the clients, friends, and family members who have voted/shared our grant page. Thank you!
If you haven’t had a chance to check out our page, click here. Remember to vote and share!
Dads….some of our families have them, some don’t. For those families who do have a Dad in the picture, we often see concern about how our role as doulas will impact their role during the birth process. We love getting this question, because it allows us to highlight just how much work we put into helping Dad and how our role truly enhances him. Let’s look a little deeper into this:
How does a doula help a father? Most of the men we have encountered are absolutely thrilled to be a part of their partner’s pregnancy/labor and the birth of their child. They want to be involved as much as possible, and to understand what’s happening so they can assist in the process. Their main focus is almost always on seeing their partner and baby safely through the journey, which is only natural. Because they desire safety, it can be difficult to watch their loved one go through pain, or what might appear to be suffering. It can be scary to see the more intense parts of the labor process, especially if someone has never seen birth before. We remind Dad that what is happening is normal, and help him find ways to support his partner.
Another important, yet often overlooked, aspect of helping a father is encouraging him to take breaks, eat, and drink. We see a lot of partners deeply devoted to their significant other, which is beautiful and appreciated. However, when birth runs more than a few hours (which is the norm), basic body functions need to be observed! We remind him that it’s okay to step away for a minute or two to use the bathroom and that we will stay right by his partner’s side. When we offer mom a drink, we ask him if he needs one as well. Same with snacks. These may seem small and insignificant, but we know that once the adrenaline of birth wears off…he’ll be thankful he took care of himself too!
The final help we give fathers is the ability to be vulnerable during this special time and know that it’s okay. We often say…”all you have to do is love her, in the way that only you can.” This can free him from the feeling of needing to be coach as well as father and partner.
How does a doula enhance the father’s role during birth? This starts during our prenatal visits, where we talk about how important he is to the entire process, how his support (in whatever way feels most authentic to him) is vital to his partner, and how this is his birth too. During labor and birth, our goal is to support the couple in their unique relationship. Often, we can be found doing the famous hip-squeeze while dad is holding his partner and whispering sweet words into her ear. During a particularly intense contraction, she might make a noise that sounds scary to him…upon which he looks at the doula, who in return smiles and nods a signal “she is okay, this is normal”.
We work to take the pressure off Dad so he can be in the moment with his beloved partner, experience the process with her instead of having to play coach, and be supported in his needs as well. We firmly believe that birth is a family event and keep this in the forefront of our doula minds when working with a couple. We strive to help fathers discover their treasured role during this time, and encourage them to participate at the level they’re comfortable.
Birth isn’t just about babies…it’s also about mothers and fathers.
At Summer Birth Services, we honor the unique and important role of fathers in their partner’s and baby’s world. We work with your whole family to provide the best team of support for you.
Recently, we posted on our Facebook page and asked what people had heard about doulas, or what questions they had about using doulas. One of the comments:
Should a momma hire a doula even though she has had 1, 2, or more births without a doula?
So, what does a doula offer to a family who has already had one or more children? This is such a great question! Typically, we think of doulas in reference to first-time parents, because they haven’t yet had the experience of giving birth and don’t know what to expect. But once you’ve had a baby, you know what to expect, right?
The truth is that no matter how much any of us know about birth, no matter how many times we’ve done it…each pregnancy, labor, birth, and baby are different. Having someone by your side to bounce ideas around with, to help you research, to support you no matter what…these qualities don’t become less beneficial just because you’ve already done it once. Or three times.
I’m going to get a bit personal here. I have four children. It was during my fourth pregnancy, birth, and postpartum time that I needed the most support. Although my pregnancy was normal, I had unusual (for me) anxieties that I just couldn’t quell. I needed someone to listen who wasn’t my husband. He is a kind, loving, and supportive person, but he also needed to not be worried about me and I needed to talk about how I was feeling…over and over and over again. I was lucky to have a midwife who patiently listened any time I called, but I also knew that she had other clients or might have been up all night at a birth. After our baby was born, I had a difficult time recuperating and suffered from a mild bout of postpartum depression. I kept thinking to myself … this is my fourth kid and I’m a doula, why can’t I get my act together??
While I hope none of you experience that, it was a stark reminder to me of why doula care is always valuable.
This was the last and final question for our Labor Day Giveaway! The answer options were:
Continuous physical and emotional support
Guess what? They’re all correct! And, there are many other reasons expectant families choose to hire doulas. The reasons are as unique and diverse as the families themselves. Reasons I’ve been hired include: being the “partner” when one wasn’t available, helping to redirect or refocus energy if things got difficult, a second opinion for whether it was time to go to the hospital, reminders of birth plan wishes, and finally, to assure the birth partner that the birth was proceeding normally.
Let’s take a closer look at those three options:
Continuous physical and emotional support: This is seen over and over again in articles about doulas. Continuous means that as your doula, I come when you ask me to (usually around the start of active labor) and stay until after your baby is born. For extremely long labors, sometimes a backup doula will come in for a bit so I can get some sleep and be fresh for you. No matter how long it takes, though, someone is there for you and your partner. There are no shift changes, no other clients, etc. My sole focus is on you and your birth. Because we’ve developed a relationship prior to the birth, and because I’m there the whole time, I don’t need to be filled in on what’s happening. Emotional support means that while I have developed a deep caring for you and your family, I am still removed enough to remain objective when things get intense. Physical support means that sometimes I spend hours rubbing your legs while partner rubs your back, or I rub your back while you lean into your partner. Once, physical support meant I held up a “base” of pillows for dad so he could hold onto mom without hurting his back.
Informational Support: Informational support means that you get to ask anything and everything when you have a doula! I will scour my resources, tap other birth professionals, and present you with all the research so you can get the information you need to make an informed decision. This information comes without bias or judgment. Sometimes this is as simple as answering where you can get a nursing bra locally, while other times it’s a more difficult topic like finding a care provider that’s right for your unique family (remember to hire your doula early for this).
Partner Support: This is one of my favorites! It is a misconception that doulas replace or push out the partner of the birthing person. Actually, one of the main goals I have as a doula is to fully support your partner in supporting YOU. In my experience, a partner who has the support of a doula is able to really, truly, be “in the moment” because the pressure of being “the coach” is off. Partner gets to do whatever comes naturally, while also being able to tap into the knowledge of birth I have. This works out amazingly well, because although I may know more about birth, your partner knows more about you. Together, we make a fabulous team!
If giving birth is on your to-do list, check out our services today! Whatever your reasons are for wanting support during pregnancy, labor, birth, or postpartum, Summer Birth Services is here to help.
That was the question of the day for our Labor Day Giveaway. The options were:
A) first trimester
B) second trimester
C) third trimester
While the answer could be any time, because there is really no wrong time to hire a doula, the actual best time is in the first trimester. (The most common time people start looking for a doula is during the latter part of second trimester or early third trimester)
Hiring a doula during your first trimester (weeks 1-12) gives you several advantages. Here are three of them:
1. You get access to a trusted professional for a longer period of time. From the moment you put down your deposit at Summer Birth Services, your doula is available to you. This means you can ask questions and get support long before labor begins! Not sure which hospital to give birth at or whether you want an epidural? Talk to your doula! Trying to decide on which prenatal tests you want or looking into a waterbirth? Email your doula! We are here to help you wade through the sea of pregnancy information, so that you can be fully informed and make the best decisions for your family…judgment free.
2. Secure your spot on the calendar. Because doulas provide continuous support to clients throughout active labor/birth (which can last many hours or even days), we can only take on a certain number of clients per month. Booking earlier rather than later means that your chosen doula likely still has openings.
3. Spread the cost over months instead of weeks. Doula services can be one of the bigger ticket items associated with having a baby. We accept payment plans and expect to have payment in full by 36 weeks. Seeking a doula in the first trimester gives you many months to spread out the cost.
Earlier may be better, but if you’re currently 39 1/2 weeks pregnant (or even in labor!) and have decided a doula is right for you, have no fear and call us anyway! It’s never too late to hire a doula!
From Friday (September 4) through Monday (September 7), we’ll post one question a day that has something to do with pregnancy, birth, newborns, photographers, or doulas. Give us the correct answer for a chance to win a postpartum doula visit AND newborn photo session in your home! This is a perfect package for expectant families in the Rolla area.
- Like and follow both Little Mother Photography and Summer Birth Services on Facebook.
(You can also find us on Instagram: @summerbirthservices or @littlemother1)
- Share the day’s question on your timeline.
- Comment on the day’s question with the correct answer by midnight.
A winner will be chosen at random and announced on Tuesday at noon. Good luck!