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CHERISHED MAMA HOLISTIC BIRTH DOULA SERVICES

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Thank you for everything. You are so gifted. Everyone that met you from my friend or family circle said the same thing. There’s something about you that is so radiant. Thank you for walking in your calling.

— Nakeita S.

I believe in compassionate, nonjudgmental birth support for all birthing people.

I believe birth is a sacred rite of passage, and that every birthing person deserves to make choices about birth from an empowered place.

I believe in informed consent, shared decision making, and client choice. I want what you want for your birth.

I am passionate about educating birthing people and their families on holistic practices in order to make informed decisions about their bodies and for their babies.

As a doula, I accompany you in labor to help ensure a safe and satisfying birth experience by providing emotional support, physical comfort, education, and advocacy.

I prefer to meet you and your birth partner three times before labor to become acquainted and to discuss your desires and priorities in addition to any concerns you may have.

As a doula...

I do not make decisions for you: I will help you get the information necessary to make an informed decision. I will also remind you if there is a departure from the “plans” you had prior to labor.

I do not give medical advice or perform clinical tasks: Such as blood pressure readings, fetal heart checks, or vaginal exams. I am there to provide only physical comfort, emotional support, education, and advocacy.

I do not speak to the staff on your behalf: I will discuss your concerns with you and suggest options, but you or your partner will speak on your behalf to the clinical staff.

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Cherished Mama Holistic Birth Doula Packages

Choose from 3 packages based on your needs. Each is carefully designed to provide you with the essential information and tools needed to feel prepared, supported, and uplifted in preparation for labor and birth.

LOVED

Offerings

- (3) 90 min. Doula Prenatal Sessions
-Nutrition and lifestyle tips for a healthy, holistic pregnancy
-(2) guided audio meditations
- Birth planning and preferences including considerations for a vaginal and family-centered cesarean birth
- Physical comfort measures & coping techniques
- Birth affirmations
- Birth partner guide
- Unlimited text and email support (2 weeks surrounding your EDD)
- Labor support (2 weeks surrounding your EDD)
- One postpartum visit within 2 weeks of your birth
- 3 month unlimited yoga pass

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Offerings

- (3) 90 min. Doula Prenatal Sessions
-Nutrition and lifestyle tips for a healthy, holistic pregnancy
-(2) guided audio meditations
- Birth planning and preferences including considerations for a vaginal and family-centered cesarean birth
- Physical comfort measures & coping techniques
- Birth affirmations
- Birth partner guide
- Unlimited text and email support (2 weeks surrounding your EDD)
- Labor support (2 weeks surrounding your EDD)
- One postpartum visit within 2 weeks of your birth
- 6 month unlimited yoga pass, good for pregnancy and postpartum

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CHERISHED

Offerings

- (3) 90 min. Doula Prenatal Sessions
-Nutrition and lifestyle tips for a healthy, holistic pregnancy
-(2) guided audio meditations
- Birth planning and preferences including considerations for a vaginal and family-centered cesarean birth
- Physical comfort measures & coping techniques
- Birth affirmations
- Birth partner guide
- Unlimited text and email support (2 weeks surrounding your EDD)
- Labor support (2 weeks surrounding your EDD)
- One postpartum visit within 2 weeks of your birth
- 6 month unlimited yoga pass, good for pregnancy and postpartum
- Blessingway

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A LA CARTE SERVICES

DOULA PRENATAL SESSIONS

Not sure you’re ready to commit to full doula services, but know you could benefit from focused and compassionate support, education, and preparation? Sign up for Cherished Life Doula Prenatal Sessions, (3) 90 min. sessions to help prepare your mind, body, and spirit for the journey of labor and birth.

Session 1: Visioning
- Prenatal Intake
- Intimacy Assessment with Partner
- Fears, Concerns & Perceptions of Pain
- Envisioning Your Birth

hOMework: Holistic Pregnancy Nutrition & Lifestyle Tips, Partner & Flower Blooming Guided Audio Meditations, Vaginal & Cesarean Birth Preference Sheets

Session 2: Planning
- Vaginal & Cesarean Birth - Preference Sheets
- Ecstatic Hormones of Birth
- Effacement, Dilation & Fetal Station
- Clinical Stages of Labor

hOMework: Holistic Stages of Labor, Birth Affirmations

Session 3: Preparing
- Comfort Measures
- Coping Techniques
- Labor Positions

hOMework: Birth Partner Guide, Postpartum Planning, Infant Feeding

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BLESSINGWAY

Many people are familiar with baby showers, a celebration of the new baby to come. Another celebration that some women partake in is often referred to as a Blessingway, or Mother’s Blessing. It is a gathering to honor and nurture the expecting Mother, usually held intimately with her closest loved ones. 

The Blessingway has its origin from the Navajo (Diné) ceremonies. Blessingways, or Hózhójí, are used for positivity and good health and can be performed for numerous reasons. One way is to celebrate an expecting mother on her journey towards birth. 

There are many different ways to honor an expecting mother during a Mother’s Blessing ceremony like: 

- Offering words of wisdom 
- Painting the Mother’s belly
- Washing the Mother’s feet
- Wearing the same ribbon until birth
- Lighting a candle when the Mother goes into labor

While each Mother’s Blessing is unique, the intent is the same: to honor, nurture, and uplift the Mother on her journey into motherhood!

What’s Included:

- 2 hr Blessingway ceremony
- Vanya as the Blessingway Guide
- Ceremony planning session with ceremony overview
- Invitation Template 

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UNLIMITED YOGA

Yoga is one of the best ways to sustain an optimal pregnancy while preparing your mind, body and spirit for the journey of labor and birth. With this in mind, Cherished Life offers a monthly membership to help ensure your commitment to your best self and baby during this important time in life.  

What’s included?

- (4) live-virtual Prenatal Yoga classes per month 
- Unlimited access to a growing library of on-demand Pre/Postnatal yoga classes
- New Mama Meet-Up & Meditations
- Special workshops and events centering your motherhood journey 

Please visit our Online Yoga + Wellness Community page for more information.

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Vanya Francis was a perfect doula match for our second child. I met her through her prenatal yoga class, which helped my body get through pregnancy comfortably. I knew through her yoga teaching that her calm, aware and engaged approach would put me at ease during birth. Vanya showed up for us in just the right ways, from meeting with my family before the birth to assisting me during birth. Between her gentle guidance of breath and hands-on support of my body, Vanya was exactly what I needed in a doula for the remarkably smooth transition of my baby into this world. I highly recommend her!

— Kyla V.

Having Vanya as our doula was one of the best decisions we could have made for ourselves and our daughter, Zara. She's knowledgeable, intuitive, and possesses the type of energy that brings ease even in moments of challenge. I am so grateful that Vanya was a resource and was with us every step of the way as we approached Zara's arrival.

We could not have anticipated that we'd be having our first child during a pandemic, which limited the support we could have in the birthing process. However, my partner and I were able to have Vanya present as a part of our birthing team in the delivery room. She was encouraging, patient, supportive, and helped me through moments where I thought I was unable to push through having Zara naturally. Vanya was also empathetic to my partner and his experience as a new father, which is different from the journey of a mother. We both are deeply grateful to have had Vanya journey with us and celebrate the healthy arrival of our daughter Zara Eléwa Daniel-Duncan.

— Kimberly D.

Vanya was truly fantastic! It was such a comfort to both my wife and I to have her with us. It was definitely a much longer and more challenging labor than I expected so we were so grateful she was there to support us through the process. I think her support, knowledge and experience was a critical factor in helping us bring our daughter earth side. Vanya was an essential part of our postpartum recovery and her support and encouragement was hugely beneficial.  She made us feel very comfortable and fit right in with our family.  She surpassed our expectations and I would recommend her services to anyone!

— Jewryl R.

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