It Takes A Village Birth + Family Support LLC
whole-hearted Doula care for every family
birth - postpartum - adoption - infant bereavement
centered in oak park, il :: nurturing throughout the chicagoland area
Our studio is located at:
Up to two prenatal meetings to assess your needs and desires for birth, define and understand our expectations of one another, and provide you with useful tools for labor and birth
Birth guide assistance to help you clarify your intentions for birth and explain the options that are available to you
Access to our lending library of books and videos about pregnancy, birth and baby care, to support your learning
Reserved invitation for you and a support person to the Comprehensive Lactation Class taught by Juli Billings Walter, IBCLC, and hosted at our studio
Personal, dedicated on-call status from 38 weeks until your birth
Unlimited phone and e-mail support to answer your questions and offer suggestions and support throughout pregnancy and early labor
Continuous physical, emotional, and informational support for you and your partner for the duration of active labor and birth, to help you hold and move towards the vision you created
Initial breast/chestfeeding support (should you desire) immediately after birth to help your baby latch on properly and encourage the establishment of breast/chestfeeding
One 1 hour postpartum follow-up visit within the first two weeks to celebrate the birth of your baby, process your experience and answer any questions you have during the early postpartum period
Each family has different needs that may change from day-to-day. A postpartum/placement session provides a check-in on how the last 24 hours has gone, formulation for a plan for the session, and can include anything that feels supportive inside the home, such as:
Breast/chest-feeding support and any pumping/hand expression education or needs (referral to a lactation consultant if needed)
Troubleshooting with feeding and sleeping cycles
Spending time with your baby so you can shower and rest/nap
Assistance with any after-birth healing (listening to your birth story, your fears/frustrations/concerns, observing your postpartum recovery, etc.) as well as help with healing tools like sitz baths, etc
Baby care education and support (assist in bathing, feeding, comforting the baby, cutting baby's nails, organizing the nursery/your home, etc.)
Helping with any baby-wearing, guiding you as you learn
Basic household tasks (laundry, vacuuming, emptying garbage, straightening up the house, dust, dishes, etc.)
Simple, nurturing meal preparation to sustain you using your own recipes or selecting from our menu of nourishing, healing offerings specific to the postpartum period
Accompanying medical appointments as an extra hand and ear
Exclusive access to our lending library of reading materials, videos AND carriers/wraps for baby-wearing
Referrals to other professionals as needed
If a working arrangement is planned before your baby arrives, one prenatal/placement visit is included to get to know your home and each member of your family better, as well as discuss goals and wishes you have as parents so that you are set up for success!
We also offer packages starting at 16 hours.
Compassionate support focused on getting the whole family exactly what it needs--sleep! Our doulas can room-in with or stay nearby your baby throughout the shift, change diapers, bring your baby to you for breast/chestfeeding (and give you support if you need it!), and then lull your little one to sleep while you quickly slip back into Dreamland. We can also bottle-feed or cup-feed your baby with expressed milk or formula at any point (per your instruction) and wake you to pump if you plan for that. Light, quiet household tasks can be be completed by us as needed while everyone sleeps and then we can leave you in the morning with a simple, nourishing breakfast and/or a snack prepped for later.
When you imagine the staff wheeling you to your car with your baby and waving goodbye at the end of your birthing stay, what are your next thoughts? Are they ones of trepidation and overwhelm? They *could* be ones of pure relief if you opt to use one of us with our Best Start Package. Whether we've assisted you in birthing or not, your postpartum and infant doula care begins when you arrive home and follows you through your first night home after discharge. We are right there with you to help interpret every cry, change diapers, and make sure you and your partner are just as fed and nourished as your baby is. The very first stretch home can be one exhaustion and worry, but it doesn't have to be. We get it. We've got you.
Specifically coordinated with our doula, Anna Bonick, this type of coverage explores, on a peer-to-peer basis, what it means to become an adoptive family, your emotions and hopes in regards to openness with expectant parents and birth families, and any discussions regarding specific referrals you may receive along your journey. Anna is able to offer her nursing experience and expertise in reflecting various medical scenarios, although cannot guarantee long-term prognoses. (This does not take the place of a consultation with a Licensed Clinical Social Worker or Medical Doctor.)
All of the offerings included in the Lean on Your Village postpartum doula care service (see above), but with a focus on bonding, attachment, assistance with induced lactation (should you choose), and all of the emotions that come with placement.
No parent is ever prepared to say goodbye to their child, much less hello and goodbye within a short time span. The most important thing to realize in the midst of such a crisis is that you are still celebrating a birth, and every element of birth that you thought would bring joy still carries as much meaning. Your baby is real and your baby's life matters. We are here to remind you of this fact every step of the way.
Having both personal and professional experience with infant and pregnancy loss, we are here to support you and your family during every stage: the shock and attempt at processing news that medical staff is sharing with you, planning your last moments with your baby, whether through birth, in the NICU or even at home. We understand just what keepsakes mean the most to families and how to create them. We know just how to hold space when the unimaginable is your reality--and how to best support you, your partner and your family through this transition. We are available both in the hospital, as well at home when you are healing, and we have resources to connect you with as your find your footing in this new normal. Whether you are anticipating a loss and are planning ahead for labor and birth support, or you heard about us in the hospital or at home, we are here. You aren't alone and we are honored to walk this path with you.
— please contact us to discuss or call/text us at (708) 613-7988 to reach out directly