Welcome to My Sunshine Birth Services
As a trained and professional birth doula, I provide continuous physical & emotional support for your whole family during the entire birth process. I will be your friend and ally, fully supporting your individual birth plan (that I am happy to help you construct). My ultimate goal is to ensure you have a personalized and positive birth experience.
As a Lamaze® Certified Childbirth Educator, I will help you prepare for your birth through prenatal education. As an experienced Doula, I support mothers of all ages through home birth, unmedicated or medicated birth, hospital birth, cesareans, postpartum care, breastfeeding and more. Father centered care ensures dads feel supported just as much as moms, as I guide them to be the best support person possible.
I am proud to provide a variety of caring and professional services for all birthing environments (I’m not just a home birth doula) and can also refer you to my friendly network of professional providers.
What is a Doula? A Birth Doula is a professional, trained labor support person. We do not provide clinical care (i.e. cervical checks, medical exams or catch babies), but we do provide continuous physical and emotional support. Doulas serve mom, dad and siblings starting in late pregnancy and into postpartum. Think of a Doula as your personal guide through this incredible journey.
My Sunshine Birth Services is here to help you prepare for your pregnancy, childbirth, postpartum and breastfeeding, while providing the supportive care you deserve during every step of your journey.
As a trained professional birth Doula, Mary Duke, LCCE provides continuous physical & emotional support for your whole family during the entire birth process. My ultimate goal is to ensure you have a personalized and positive birth experience. Mary supports mothers of all ages through home birth, unmedicated/medicated birth, hospital birth, cesareans, postpartum care, breastfeeding and more while still ensuring dads feel supported and well prepared to support their laboring partner.
You Will Receive:
Two prenatal in-home visits.
Mary will be on call 24/7 from week 37 to birth with backup Doulas ready to serve.
Continuous labor support at home, hospital of birth center.
One postpartum assessment visit.
One in-home visit from a network Certified Lactation Counselor.
$1800 (deposit of $600 due at contract signing, remainder due by 37 weeks). If you prefer to pay 'offline' using cash or a check, contact Mary to register. For questions regarding payments, refunds and other relevant information, visit the Store Policies page.
Private, in-home childbirth education and planning for personalized support in the privacy and comfort of home. These 6hrs of education are great for busy professionals without the time in their schedule for a full group class, for families to include siblings in their education, or if you just need a refresher course. Busy schedule?? Hours can be broken down to (3) 2hr or (2) 3hr classes.
Your placenta, professionally encapsulated. Price includes capsules and umbilical keepsake.
Add a tincture and print for $50.
Meet once a week, for 8 weeks (16hrs), in a group with other local expectant families. This class is led by a Lamaze® Certified Childbirth Educator who will prepare you for pregnancy, birth and postpartum. You will learn about a wide variety of topics including:
Prenatal & Postpartum nutrition
Relaxation and mindfulness practices
Meet Doulas in-person who serve our area
The normal, natural process of labor and birth, and health-care practices that support it
The rights of childbearing woman
Anatomy and Physiology of Labor
Changes during late pregnancy and the stages of labor
The important role that pain plays in labor and a wide variety of coping strategies for managing it
The importance of labor support (Doula/Partner)
Partner’s role in labor, breastfeeding and postpartum care
Movement and positioning during labor and birth
Medical interventions and their indications, risks and alternatives
Cesarean awareness and how to plan for a gentle cesarean
How to communicate with your healthcare provider
Developing a birth plan
Postpartum expectations and self care
Baby Blues & Postpartum Depression
Birth Control options and Natural Family Planning (Fertility Awareness)
Car seat safety
Local resources to support you during and after pregnancy
You will also receive:
A canvas tote filled with learning materials and all the information we cover for you to take home with you
Access to a Network of Birth Professionals, Lactation Support, a resource library, parenting advocates and volunteers.
Access to a private facebook group only for my students, so you can ask questions of each other, gather support and hear birth stories.
Date/Time: Classes are 6-8pm CST for 8 weeks (16hrs of education).
Class size is limited to a maximum of 12 couples. There is a minimum of 3 couples required.
Jan 3rd to Feb 28th (Thursday 6p-8p)
March 12th to April 30th (Tuesday 6p-8p)
May 7th to June 25th (Tuesday 6p-8p)
July 2nd to Aug 27th (Tuesday 6p-8p)
Sept 17th to Nov 5th (Tuesdays 6p-8p)