I will provide virtual support for your pregnancy and birth at home or in the hospital, and provide you with ongoing labor support until baby arrives.
What to expect
This package combines the Doula Essentials Package with (3) ADDITIONAL Private Birth Prep Classes + (1) Additional Bonus Class (as shown below)
In our FIRST visit, we will review your intake forms and get to know you and your partner. Your strengths. Your fears. Your birth wishes. We will discuss nutrition and how to cultivate a holistic pregnancy.
In our SECOND visit, we will discuss all of your birth options and create Your BIRTH PREFERENCES. A shared google doc will be created shortly after this visit, for you and your partner to edit and review.
In our THIRD visit, we will extensively review the ANATOMY of Labor and Childbirth BASICS (includes 75 page childbirth education manual.) Partner Present if possible.
In our FOURTH VISIT, we will have a RESTORATIVE PRIVATE PRENATAL YOGA (Partner Optional) session tailored to your needs - to address any discomfort in your body as your pregnancy continues.
Our FIFTH visit (Partner Optional around week 34 or 35) we will learn basic BREATHING and SOUNDING techniques, CREATE your BIRTH ANCHORS and BIRTH AFFIRMATION (SELF HYPNOSIS).
In our BIRTH REHEARSAL Visit (around week 34 or 35 - with Partner present if possible) we briefly review the Stages of Labor and practice a variety of comfort measures, hand adjustments, massage, and labor rehearsal. We will discover your best ways of coping with pain and fatigue and learn the best ways for your partner and I to support you.
In our last prenatal visit, we will meet with your OB/Midwife to discuss your BIRTH PREFERENCES (around week 36 or 37).
I will attend your birth at home or in the hospital, and provide you with ongoing labor support during the Active Phase of your labor.
After your birth, I will come to your home for (1) Postnatal Visit (75-90 minutes). In our POSTPARTUM VISIT, we will check in on how you are feeling, review the birth, admire your baby, and I will provide you with education/resources/support, and get feedback from you about my role as your Doula.
Our last private visit will be (1) Private Postpartum Yoga session via Zoom around 6-8 weeks postpartum (w/ clearance from your OB/Midwife).
A TOTAL OF 10 VISITS (7 prenatal visits + 3 postpartum visits)
*This Package eliminates the need for signing up for any other childbirth education.*
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Birth Doula Consultation (phone/video)
This consultation is for couples curious about having a doula. Recommend watching the "Do You Doula" video on the Home page prior to our meeting. We will meet and discuss your birth preferences, answer any questions, and see if we are a good fit for each other.
“Keya Merah Nkonoki is the most knowledgeable, loving pregnancy and postpartum yoga teacher I’ve encountered. Being a mother two times over, her instincts with pregnancy yoga are incredible. As a result of my yoga practice with Keya during my pregnancy, my baby’s natural birth was quick, smooth and without complications. I highly recommend Keya Merah Nkonoki!”
“We loved the Partners At Om Playshop! I think my husband Evan was a little uncertain about coming since we’d already done a childbirth prep class at UCLA Santa Monica, but afterwards he said that he loved it and thought it was more fun and informative than the hospital class. We plan to use the “birth cave” meditation, assisted lunges, birthing ball techniques, hip pressure, and rebozo sifting. It felt great to move in sync with one another, especially with our due date so soon on the horizon.”
“Keya is an amazing instructor! I am currently 27 weeks pregnant and I have taken prenatal yoga with several instructors and Keya is by far my favorite! I go to her classes in Culver City and Mar Vista and enjoy every minute of the experience! She is very hands on and helps you with the poses, her classes are perfect for any level of fitness and at any stage of pregnancy. She is great about modifying the poses so you don’t feel intimidated if you’re not quite the yogi you used to be pre-pregnancy. Friendly and relaxed atmosphere.“
“Keya was both my doula for the birth of my first child 8 days ago, as well as my prenatal yoga teacher in Mar Vista (which is how I initially met her). I also took her Partners At Om PLAYSHOP! She is a luminous person, incredibly talented doula, engaging educator, and just an overall badass. I took Keya’s prenatal yoga class starting at my 18th week of pregnancy through my due date and loved her teaching style – every class was different and she would put together yoga sequences on the fly depending on the feedback of the class. She also cultivated community amongst the mamas in the class that I found very valuable and reassuring. As a doula, Keya was a critical part of the success of my baby’s birth. My 18 hour labor was incredibly painful for multiple reasons, including having a very large baby. I was also committed to delivering my child naturally. I truly could not have navigated the contractions without Keya’s guidance and coaching. She is a pain shaman. I was able to get through the most painful experience of my life without drugs because of her skills. Also, my labor would have been longer if not for her carefully working in tandem with my midwife to understand the progression of the baby’s movement downward as well as my dilation, and strategizing labor positions and exercises to help keep my labor progressing. Coming away from my birth with both a healthy, happy baby AND the feeling of empowerment and satisfaction of giving birth on my own terms is everything to me; a completely transformative experience. I’m so grateful to Keya and I recommend her passionately!”
“I took prenatal yoga with Keya and had her help me after the birth of my baby as a postpartum doula. Keya is a fantastic yoga teacher and is always sharing tips/movements/poses to help during labor. I used a lot of what she talked about during my labor. Keya is also a wonderful postpartum doula. It was great to have her help. I don’t know how I would have made it through those first few weeks without it!”
“At our prenatal visits you were very warm and easy to talk to also very informative. As far as Birth goes, I could not have done it without you nor do I even want to imagine not having you there! You just made it all better. I had full trust in you and your abilities to sooth me during contractions and the standing with bent knees with you was a definite tool that helped me. I loved the aromatherapy and all the other extras as well. Your very nurturing and a true professional. Thank you for staying as long as you did to make sure our little wild man was ok.“
“Keya was my doula for the delivery of my first child. Having a positive and ideally natural hospital birth was very important to me and so we decided we needed a doula to be there with us through the process. We could not be more happy with Keya or more willing to recommend her services. With Keya I was able to deliver my son naturally. She helped make it possible for me to labor 24 hrs in the comfort of my own home. After we went to the hospital he was born just 3 hours later. Keya provides comforting and powerful support throughout the birth process. She helped us create an informed birth plan and prepare for labor and delivery. She is very knowledgeable and has all kinds of great tricks up her sleeve to help during labor. She helped me stay calm and grounded, made sure I stayed hydrated, and as comfortable as possible. My husband also loved her. She was there so he could rest when needed but also made sure he was always included and able to help support me. Keya also provided great postpartum support for our family. It did not stop after our baby was born and her insights and experience were very helpful and appreciated. I also cannot recommend her pregnancy yoga classes enough. I started the classes early and went throughout my pregnancy. I always felt great after class. Keya would find out our discomforts and specifically focus on those areas during class. I feel that regularly attending her yoga helped me stay more comfortable and healthy during my pregnancy and labor. Once at the hospital my baby was born pretty fast. The doctors and nurses were amazed and I believe it was all that pelvic floor work, breathing and yoga strength from her class. If we have another child I would definitely be back in her prenatal yoga and be using her doula services again”.
“I attended Keya’s pre-natal yoga classes once a week for almost my entire pregnancy. She has such a great energy and I would have gone everyday if I could. I credit her classes with putting me in the right mind space to give birth and to help me work through all my anxieties. Plus, as my mobility decreased in trimester three, and everything started to hurt, I felt so much better after each class. After a lot of discussion, my husband and I decided against a doula, but for anyone looking for one, I think Keya would be the perfect choice.”
“I had the privilege of attending Keya’s prenatal Yoga classes from week 13 through the end of my pregnancy. Attending class with her was such a blessing for my spirit and my body. She’s a great resource not just for Yoga, but for pregnancy in general. In her Yoga classes she allows space for expecting mothers to connect with one another and feel safe in discussing concerns with their pregnancies. She is very knowledgeable and is constantly educating herself about the pregnant body and labor and birth management. My body felt great throughout my pregnancy. I was able to apply what I learned in class to help support my growing body. This carried through to labor. During labor I felt grounded and I was really able to focus my mind and breath with each contraction and with my baby. For me, her yoga class made me feel strong and in turn empowered me during labor and birth. She was an invaluable part of my birth dream team.”
“Really great experience! The couples yoga was a treat and not something we have ever done before. To be honest, my husband thought it was going to be super long and boring, but he ended up enjoying it a lot. We plan to use the Lunging (together), rebozo scarf, hip squeeze, tailbone push, ball rolling, and heating pad for our labors. We had a small flood in our house before the workshop, so we came into the class frazzled, but were pretty happy and connected by the end of it. Everything that was presented was really valuable!”
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