UPCOMING EVENTS

Free Community Childbirth Class

Saturday, August 31, 1:00-4:00pm at Northwest Branch Library 
(11355 Regency Green Dr., Cypress, TX 77429)

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CHILDBIRTH CLASS REGISTRATION

You are capable of making good decisions for you and your baby.

Leigh Ann Sharp

Birth Doula

Birthing From Within Mentor

Birth Story Listener

My mission as your doula is to:

Cultivate an
Atmosphere of
Respect and
Empowerment

as I walk alongside you on your birth journey.

I am a birth doula and Birth Story Listener in the Houston, TX area. I offer in-person and virtual support options to meet a variety of family circumstances and budgets. 

 

There is power in making informed choices, and I am committed to supporting the decisions that you make for yourself and your family.

About Me

I am a birth doula and birth story listener serving families in Houston, TX, and beyond. I am passionate about assisting new parents as they wade through the endless flood of information about birth, and prepare for the challenges that a new baby brings. I have two children and have personally experienced both medicated and unmedicated births. I also have extensive experience with breastfeeding, formula feeding, babywearing, cloth diapering, disposable diapering, and lack of sleep, and am happy to share knowledge in any of these areas. Parenthood is a journey like nothing else! I believe strongly in unconditional support, and that is what I pledge to my clients.

 

Whether or not you and I end up on this journey together, I wish you the very best as you embrace this new step in your life!

 

Qualifications: 

  • Graduated from DoulAcademy (Houston Doula Cooperative doula training, 2018)
  • Apprenticed under Catrice Harris (2017) and Cole Deelah (2017-2018)
  • Founding member and admin for the Northwest Houston Breastfeeding Support Group (2011)
  • Attended Spinning Babies workshop (2017)
  • Attended Birth Story Listening Skills workshop with Pam England and Nikki Shaheed (2018)
  • Completed Birth Listening Skills Refresher and Birth Story Listening II courses through Birthing From Within (2018)
  • Completed Stillbirthday birth and bereavement doula certification (2018)
  • Completed Birthing From Within Crossing the Threshold and Heart of Mentoring (2019)

WHAT IS A DOULA?

The word doula comes from the Greek word meaning servant. A birth doula provides emotional and physical support for labor and birth. She is a constant presence by your side, helping to make sure you understand your options so you can make decisions regarding your care. Studies have shown that doula-supported births have lower c-section rates, a reduced desire for pain medications, fewer interventions, and an improved birth experience overall.

WHAT DOES A DOULA DO? 

  • Helps you think about your options and preferences before labor begins
  • Uses comfort techniques to help you cope with labor - massage, guided relaxation, encouragement, heat/cold, & more
  • Assists your partner in supporting you in labor
  • Supports your decisions for birth, and assists you in achieving the best possible birth experience for you
  • Helps you adjust to necessary or unexpected changes in your birth plan
  • Helps initiate breastfeeding
  • Helps you process the birth experience afterwards

WHAT DOES A DOULA NOT DO?

  • A doula does NOT make decisions for you, or judge you for the decisions that you make
  • A doula does NOT give medical advice
  • A doula does NOT do cervical checks or vaginal exams
  • A doula does NOT speak for you
  • A doula does NOT shut your partner out or take his/her place
  • A doula does NOT leave you alone at any time; any breaks she does take are very brief
  • A doula does NOT guarantee a particular outcome, but she will help you navigate any unexpected changes or difficult circumstances with evidence-based options

SERVICES & PRICING

BIRTH DOULA

BIRTH DOULA PACKAGE: $950
  • Free consultation
  • Two 1-hour prenatal visits
  • "Preparing for Birth" packet
  • Access to my lending library
  • Evidence-based resources and information for labor, birth, postpartum, and breastfeeding
  • Resources for partner in how to best support during labor
  • Assistance writing a birth plan
  • Phone/email support (unlimited)
  • On-call commitment from 38 weeks
  • In-person support from active labor through 2-4 hours after birth
  • Initial breastfeeding assistance
  • Postpartum visit (1)

VIRTUAL DOULA

A virtual doula is a great option for families who may not want the physical presence of another person in the birth room but still want access to the kind of support and resources that a doula provides, or for families who live in an area where it's difficult to find a doula. I offer these services at a fraction of my in-person doula fee, so it can also be a good option for families who are on a tight budget and can't afford the full fee for in-person doula support.

 

While there is strong evidence for having a doula physically by your side during labor, this is not always feasible for every family and situation. Your preparation ahead of time and the work we do together during pregnancy goes a long way towards setting you up for the best possible birth outcome!

VIRTUAL DOULA PACKAGE: $350
  • Free phone consultation
  • Two 1-hour virtual prenatal visits (phone, Skype, FaceTime, etc.)
  • Phone/email support (unlimited, day or night)
  • "Preparing for Birth" packet
  • Regular emails with evidence-based resources and information for labor, birth, postpartum, and breastfeeding
  • Resources for partner in how to best support during labor
  • Assistance writing a birth plan
  • Availability during labor by phone for questions, encouragement, ideas, and support
  • Ability to upgrade to in-person support if desired for an additional fee - highly dependent on my availability
  • One 1-hour virtual postpartum visit (phone, Skype, FaceTime, etc.)
JUST THE BASICS: $150
  • Free phone consultation
  • Phone/email support between 8am-9pm
  • "Preparing for Birth" packet
  • Regular emails with evidence-based resources and information for labor, birth, postpartum, and breastfeeding
  • Resources for partner in how to best support during labor
  • Assistance writing a birth plan
  • Availability during labor by phone for questions, encouragement, ideas, and support

BIRTH STORY LISTENING

INDIVIDUAL SESSION (1 HOUR): $25

While your birth may have resulted in a healthy baby and a physically healthy mother, the impact of emotional birth trauma can affect bonding, self-confidence, and day-to-day living. Sometimes the birth story veered far from the birth plan, but even positive birth experiences can result in emotional trauma - maybe it was a certain look, maybe something that was said in the birth room, maybe an expectation that wasn't met. This healing session takes about one hour and is designed to help you process your birth experience in a positive, healthy way.

 
GROUP SESSIONS

From time to time I offer group processing sessions based on the Birth Story Listening model. Contact me to let me know you're interested and find out about upcoming sessions.

CONTACT

I book a limited number of clients per month to ensure that I am able to give each client my full attention. Once I've received your deposit, you will be reserved on my calendar.

 

Contact me to schedule a free consultation! I would love to talk about supporting you on your  journey.

 

Leigh Ann Sharp

leighann@carebirth.com

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