Although you are birthing at a hospital, you can have the safety and comfort of being monitored closely by a midwife at home while laboring...

Pure Births Midwife, Tiffany Gallo offers labor support services with monitoring of mother & baby while laboring at home prior to delivery at hospital. 

  • Free initial interview in the comfort of your home or mine
  • 1-2 pre-natal visits
  • 24/7 phone support during pregnancy and immediately postpartum
  • Support in developing your birth plan
  • An abundance of pregnancy & childbirth literature & knowledge
  • Continuous support once active labor has started, throughout delivery & 1-2 hrs postpartum
  • Fetal monitoring throughout labor while at home
  • Maternal monitoring throughout labor at home
  • Vaginal exams offered to evaluate cervical dilation & progress
  • Massage, movement, music, encouraging words through out labor
  • Suggestions on laboring and birthing positions to minimize discomfort
  • Aromatherapy
  • Newborn and family photos if wanted 
  • One postpartum follow up appointment to go over the details of your beautiful birth!

** Only Licensed Practitioners may offer medical exams or evaluations, cervical exams or fetal monitoring. Doulas that do not have a medical background may NOT offer these services to you. 

Dads:

     I do not take the place of the partner. I will encourage you to be part of this beautiful birth process. If the partner/father is unable to attend due to travel or other unseen reasons, please rest at ease that your loved one will

Why would I need a doula when my partner/husband is prepared and wants to support me?

This can be a tough question to answer. It is true that the partner knows the mother well and has a very intimate connection with her and the baby; however the partner is also very emotionally involved, most likely not an experienced birth attendant and may benefit from some support, reassurance and guidance him/herself. Many parents have expressed concern that a doula will take away from the partner's role or experience. On the contrary, doulas want the partner to be intimately involved and work to keep the couple connected throughout the labor. Ideally, the partner and doula working together create the ultimate support team.

It is also important to realize that there are some unique elements that a doula can bring to the birth that may be difficult for a husband or partner:

  • Experience. A seasoned doula has usually attended dozens, sometimes hundreds of births and can draw upon those experiences to guide her support. A newer doula has read countless books and websites, attended a training(s), and/or watched birth films and is knowledgeable and eager to help. For the partner, the birth is likely the first or one of a small number, so it may be difficult for him/her to establish a helpful frame of reference. Situations such as a baby in an awkward position, a mother battling nausea, a mother who panics, or other unexpected events, are likely situations that the doula has seen in the past and has learned various methods that can help.
  • Instinct. Many doulas have had children of their own and have a love and passion for birth and helping other women have a positive experience. Attending many births and/or having given birth to her own children gives a doula a powerful personal experience from which to draw ideas and tools for support. Often, though not always, it is easier for women, especially those who have gone through it, to instinctively know how to support a laboring woman than it is for men.
  • Objectivity. A doula will be able to maintain a bit more emotional distance in the midst of the passion and intensity of labor than a husband or partner. It’s not that she doesn’t care about the laboring mother, but rather that she is able to take a step back and look at the bigger picture, keeping a more objective viewpoint. This will help her provide the information that parents need to make a decision based on evidence and experience rather than out of emotions or fear. Parents who are given tools to be at the center of the decision-making at every step of the labor and birth process are more likely to come out on the other side feeling respected and cared for. This will create a joyful and positive experience and get the family off to a healthy start.

If a mother does not have a partner or other support person, the doula’s role possibly becomes even more critical, ensuring that the laboring mother will never have a moment when she will face her labor alone.

I plan to have an epidural or I may need a cesarean; is a doula still necessary?
No matter what your plans are for labor and delivery, it can be very beneficial to have an experienced, professional person with you whose primary task is to provide you with information and support. Sometimes suggestions, positions changes or a comforting face can make all the difference. These questions are great starting points for conversations that can help educate parents, not only about the role of support for labor, but also can lead to conversations about pain management options, what labor is like as it progresses, what to expect at their birth place, how to find support following the birth and so much more.

 

 

Pure Births is a midwifery practice based in Santa Clarita, CA. We serve families in Santa Clarita, Antelope Valley, San Fernando Valley, Simi Valley and all surrounding Los Angeles cities. 

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I was lucky enough to have Tiffany’s support for the births of all three of my babies, and I can honestly say that I could not have had the amazing birth experiences that I did without her. All three of my births were birth center/home births with long labors, and she was with me every step of the way. Tiffany is incredibly intuitive to a laboring mother and always knows exactly what is needed, whether it is gentle guidance through contractions, back massage, or soothing essential oils. It was an amazing experience to be at home in such a relaxing environment, where we could bond and nurse with our new baby without any interruption. It was wonderful to have the older siblings come in shortly after the birth and enjoy those precious moments together as a family. I feel incredibly blessed to have had such an amazing experience with all three births, and so grateful for all of Tiffany’s support.
Katie S, Castaic
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I had my first baby November 4th and it was a beautiful empowering experience!
Tiffany was AMAZING!!!! I labored in different positions to ease the contractions and used a birthing ball in the shower (this really works!), she massaged me and used aromatherapy for relaxation. My birth team was like a super woman birthing team.  I only pushed for about 30 mins max and (no vaginal tears!).
My birthing experience was magical and I thank Tiffany for this wonderful experience and memory.
Alicia, Los Feliz

Back labor! ugh! Doula suppport..yay!

Daddy, skin to skin meeting his new baby!

Yes you can!!!