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 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”.
“Your presence was so calming, amazing and helpful. I am so grateful you were there during a very intense, very long labor. You were so encouraging and supportive, but also absolutely able to go with the flow when I made my decisions. I felt like I was constantly supported even when after the 40th hour (!) the labor involved medical intervention. You made me feel confident and in charge of the process, when I could see how easily it could have felt chaotic and out of my control. I am hoping to have you in my life again for future support!”
“Wonderful. Throughout my pregnancy you were supportive and provided such wonderful resources and information to me. I felt ready and at ease about having a natural childbirth prior to deciding to be induced. As you know, a lot happened during my induction prior to your arrival with the blood pressure scares. But you created a space for me to process all that had happened. A space that was calm, like a Japanese spa ;), and filled with love. It was the exact environment that I wanted my son to enter the world, with or without the interventions. I truly believe that this is why I have such a positive birth memory even with all the scares. Thank you Keya.”
“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 many different prenatal yoga classes when I was pregnant and my favorite by far was Keya’s classes. I love Keya and looked forward to her classes every week; I wish that she had daily classes! They felt soooo good on my pregnant body and helped keep my pregnant mind peaceful and at ease. Keya is also a doula and imparts knowledge that will help with birth and postpartum during class. She is an amazing spirit and force and you would be lucky to have her guidance and loving support for your birth.”
“Keya is excellent at providing detailed explanations about what to expect during pregnancy, labor, and after labor. It was so refreshing to have her as my doula because she obviously tailors services based on each family’s needs. Not to mention I found her yoga classes to be invaluable as she teaches with such care and wisdom. Keya is very confident, observant, and I feel she reads people well. It also helps that she has two children of her own and was so open to share what has and has not worked for her. During the birth, I honestly don’t know what I would have done without Keya! In fact, I vividly remember one moment when she stepped off to the side and I yelled ‘Keya, where are you!’ lol – labor was intense and there were moments I didn’t think I’d be able to continue. But there she was with that superwoman shirt, breathing and chanting with me, helping me ‘breathe my baby down’ and helping me understand I could do it. I remember another moment when we all first arrived at the birth center. I was sitting in the car waiting for a contraction to pass. Keya came up and greeted me in such a gentle way, it made me feel at ease. As intense as things became, I never felt like she was unsure of what to do. She’s extremely confident, yet humble and I believe that builds trust and confidence in clients. It’s obvious that Keya not only loves what she does but that she’s found her gift. And I thank her for blessing us mamas with that gift! After the birth of our beautiful baby boy, Keya observed my breastfeed latch and provided many helpful tips. I felt pretty clueless days after giving birth, so her follow-up after birth, the visit, the placenta pill delivery, and the phone calls really made me feel good. Each and every visit, phone conversation, and text exchange was so pleasant and enjoyable for me. I always felt comfortable sharing my challenges and happy moments with Keya. I never felt like I was just a ‘client’, but instead a good friend or family member. All of my questions and needs were met and she definitely exceeded my expectations of what I thought a doula would do (i.e., detailed overview of vaccines, actually practicing comfort measures, providing in-depth explanations, providing your amazon registry, recommending classes, following-up). If we decide to have another little one, Keya is my only choice!”
“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!”
“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!”