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The Empowered Woman Christian Doula Services, LLC

Your Body, Your Baby, Your Birth - Gaela Fisher, LPN, CLD

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Doula Contact Information - When to Call Your Doula

IN THE DAYTIME – 9:00 A.M. - 11:00 P.M.

After 37 weeks, call or email ( after each prenatal appointment to update me on your physical and emotional state. If you have an internal exam please let me know how far dilated you are, how effaced, and the station of the baby’s head. Call or email me any time you have questions or concerns.


If you are in labor or think you might be in labor, if you lose your mucus plug or have bloody show, call me right away. Please call me if your bag of waters releases even if you are not having contractions or if you’re having contractions that require your full attention and you’re unable to talk through them!


IN THE NIGHT – 11:00 P.M. - 9:00 A.M.

If you’re able to handle the contractions easily, try to slow your labor by drinking a large glass of water and getting into a warm bath for about 40 minutes, then try to sleep between contractions. If you can fall asleep, even between contractions, that is the best thing to do! It will be your last opportunity to sleep for a long, long time.


Please only call in the middle of the night to let me know that labor is starting, if you are feeling scared, or if you feel that something is urgent! I don’t want you sitting at home worried about something and feeling like you can’t call.


If you are being induced, or feel that you are in labor, please give me a “heads up call” so that I can arrange childcare in advance.  If it’s the middle of the night, and your contraction have been regular for an hour, your water has broken or you have a "bloody show", I would still like for you to call me so that I can start preparing for your birth.  We will discuss signs to look for to know if you are in labor.


CALL FIRST Leave a brief message, wait 5 minutes (816)786-9532 cell phone

CALL SECOND Leave a brief message, wait 5 minutes (816) (number given to clients) home phone

CALL LAST If no response at the above numbers Call backup - number will be provided to you.


I’ll join you at home when your labor begins to get intense and you feel you need some help. Usually this is when the contractions are about 5 minutes apart, a minute long, and very strong. Although I won’t check you, most women are about 2-3 cm dilated at that point. Your emotional state is more important to me than the frequency of the contractions. I will come when you feel you really need help.


If I arrive at your home and you are still in early labor, I may go home or to my car to rest. You will want me to be well rested and fresh later on! If, for any reason, you go to the hospital before I have a chance to join you at home, I will meet you at the hospital. If your labor is being induced, I may stay with you until you are settled in and then go home or to my van until active labor contractions begin -- remember, if your labor is induced, it may be 12 to 24 hours before you have contractions that are strong enough to require labor support.