doula angela

Angela Konin (she/her)

CAPPA-trained labor doula serving central NJ

 

about me

While I have spent time working in several birth-related capacities - as a childbirth educator, a massage therapist specializing in pregnancy, fertility, and postpartum, and a postpartum doula, labor support holds a special place in my heart. To be invited in to bear witness to a birth is an indescribable privilege. When I attended my first births as labor support in about 2010, I wasn't sure it was for me - but once I knew the intensity and beauty, strength and love that can be present in a birth, I was fairly well hooked. For the past few years, I was unable to attend births, as my family at home was young and did not do well with my sudden departures to help at births, but I am so happy to finally be able to come back to the work I love, while pursuing another long-time calling, becoming a social worker specializing in sexuality and sexual health.

While not working on my MSW, I enjoy reading, hanging out with my family, and my pets - a couple of mis-matched cats, a doofy pug and a guinea pig. 


I believe that all who want doula support should have access to it. As such, I am committed to working with a limited number of clients on a sliding scale.

I support all kinds of families.  

 

labor doula support

comprehensive | skilled | loving

prenatal

  • 1 or 2 in-person visits  (as needed/desired) to discuss your wishes and options for labor and birth

  • Check-ins following appointments with your care provider

  • As needed communication prior to on-call period through phone calls, texts, or emails

  • 24 hours a day on-call window beginning 2 weeks prior to your due date and ending when baby is born

labor and birth

  • Hourly communication once labor has begun and until you decide you'd like me to join you

  • Continuous loving support throughout the labor and birth - physical, emotional, and informational

  • Partner support - food, rest, connection, tips on preventing back pain and tired arms

postpartum

  • Remaining with you until you are all settled in together, about an hour following birth

  • Daily check-ins for the first week and assistance with minor problem solving

  • Access to resources as needed

  • Optional in-person visit within 10 days of birth to review, check in on postpartum adjustment, high fives and baby squeezes

 

fees and details

 

service package details

Once we enter into contract together, we will have up to two in-person prenatal visits together to review your wishes and plans for birth. You may contact me anytime with questions and I love to hear how your appointments with your care provider are going. I will be on call for you 24 hours a day beginning 2 weeks prior to your due date and ending once the baby is born. Once labor has begun, I will join you once you decide you need me. I will remain by your side until you are settled in as a new family. We will check in daily for the first week and we can meet for a postpartum visit within 10 days of the baby's birth.


fees

I charge $1000 for the services described - half is due at the time we sign the contract and the balance is due by the first day of our on-call period. 

For more about doula fees, please see this helpful post.

For a limited number of clients, I am happy to offer my services on a sliding scale. A minimum fee applies and communication about need should occur early on in our work together so that I may plan accordingly.

scope of practice

As a doula, I provide informational, emotional, and physical support. I cheer you on and help you remain as comfortable as possible through some of the hardest work you will ever do. I will do my best to ensure that you feel empowered and surrounded by loving support as you give birth. I will never speak to the medical staff on your behalf, I will never judge you for your choices, and I will only ever lay comforting hands on you.

Learn more about the CAPPA Scope of Practice.

sliding scale

For a limited number of clients, I am happy to offer my services on a sliding scale. A minimum fee applies and communication about need should occur early on in our work together so that I may plan accordingly.

COVID-19 details and considerations

At this time, doulas are permitted to accompany birthing parents in the hospital in NJ and we do not count toward the hospital limit on support people (per the Office of the Governor, June 29). Meeitng outdoors, wearing masks, and distancing will be practiced by all as much as possible during interviews and prenatal meetings. Once I join you in labor, at home or hospital, masks and gloves will be used at all times. While I fully intend to attend in person, my ability to do so will depend on changing COVID-related restrictions, the health status of the birthing person and their support person/s and the health status of myself and the members of my household. In the event we are uinable to be together in person during labor for COVID-19 related reasons, I will remain available to you for virtual support throughout labor and delivery. Please note there will be no refunds if virtual support is needed, as it is beyond the control of all members of the birth team and service will still be provided as contracted.

working with midwives

Doulas and midwives typically compliment each other very well! Because a doula focuses entirely on your support needs, you will receive continuous emotional, physical, and informational care. A midwife, while often well-equipped for support, is primarily concerned with the medical well-being of the birthing person and baby, and so their focus will naturally be divided. Further, the continuous nature of doula support is not something that midwives are regularly able to provide, as, in a hospital setting, their time may be spent between one or more additional laboring people. In a home birth, a doula may arrive earlier than the midwife, and they can prepare food, run a bath, or perform other kinds of support they are not typically able to do in a hospital setting. 

service area

While the majority of births I attend take place at Capital Health - Hopewell or Princeton Medical Center, I am happy to travel up to about an hour form Princeton, NJ.

contact

Please reach out to explore the possibility of working together.

 

609-477-0401

©2020 by Angela Konin. Proudly created with Wix.com