What is a Doula?

The role and meaning of a doula has changed over time. In essence, a doula works with your support team to help usher you through life’s most important transitions, birth and death. From the very moment that I am privileged to be invited on your journey, I help you navigate how to care for yourself, your baby/loved one, how to sit within the sacredness of this life event, and how to advocate for yourself within the medical system. I work to empower your partner, family, and support team to be your primary sources of support. As your doula, I work for you, not your caregivers and not the hospital.

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What is a Doula?

The role and meaning of a doula has changed over time. In essence, a doula works with your support team to help usher you through life’s most important transitions, birth and death. From the very moment that I am privileged to be invited on your journey, I help you navigate how to care for yourself, your baby/loved one, how to sit within the sacredness of this life event, and how to advocate for yourself within the medical system. I work to empower your partner, family, and support team to be your primary sources of support. As your doula, I work for you, not your caregivers and not the hospital.

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Luna Doula Services

I also offer Virtual Doula, Travel Doula, and Reiki Services. I am happy to create a custom doula package for you that includes any combinations of the services that I provide. Prices are subject to change. Contact me here to learn more.

Birth Doula

Supporting individuals and couples through the birth process.

Educating individuals and couples to advocate for the birth that they want and supporting them through the birthing process. This service includes at least 2 prenatal visits where I provide childbirth education, birth preference planning, and accompany you to meet with your birth provider; continuous labor support at the birth; immediate postpartum support after birth and at least 1 postpartum visit at home.

Pregnancy Loss, Termination, and Stillbirth- Providing compassionate support, comforting presence, and advocacy for individuals and couples whose pregnancy has ended in loss. If a procedure has been scheduled, we can discuss a customized support plan and payment options.

Postpartum Doula

Helping parents navigate their emotional, physical, and logistical needs after the baby is born. 

(Overnight 8pm-6am)- Helping parents navigate the emotional, physical, and logistical needs after baby is born. This service includes feeding support, infant care and education, healthy sleeping strategies, meal prep, light cleaning, sibling care, and overnight support for parents’ rest and recovery.

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Fèt de Fanmi

A traditional Family Celebration!!!!

Haitian Kreyol meaning “Family Celebration”. Inspired by the traditional Navajo Blessingway, West African naming ceremonies, and also known as Mother Blessings in the birthing world, this is an alternative to a Baby Shower. Allowing for a broader, less gendered celebration and focusing less on the consumerism of gift registries, your Fèt offers you, your partner, and your supportive community the opportunity to collectively reflect on and celebrate this important new chapter in your life. Your invited guests, celebrate you, share stories about parenting, offer advice and affirmations, and commit to being a source of support, accountability, guidance, and love for your child and for you as parents. And of course, it wouldn’t be a Fèt without music, dancing, and food! Some folks organize this smaller, intimate event in addition to a Shower or sometimes in lieu of a Shower.

End of Life Doula

Coming Soon!!

One of the newest services that I am excited to roll out. What constitutes a “good death”? Whether you choose a home or hospital death, I help walk you through the logistics of what to expect and how to prepare in ways that are meaningful for you and your family. This service includes help with creating an end-of-life plan; resource coordination; psychosocial support; education about various end-of-life arrangements (burials, cremation, home wakes, natural burials, body/organ donation, transporting remains).

Accessible for Every Family. 

A sliding scale is a tool for building economic justice, and it requires your active participation. For a sliding scale to work, it relies on the principles of truthfulness, respect for complexity, and accountability. I do not ask for income verification because I trust my clients to be honest. Please be mindful that if you pay for my service at the lowest end of the scale when you can truthfully afford the higher prices, you are limiting access to those who truly need the gift of financial flexibility and truly need access to this service and vital resources.

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Luna Doula Families

“She was so supportive and calm even when I was practically losing my mind”

JoAn was not only our doula but she became family. She supported us from the very beginning of the pregnancy and is still a major part of our son’s life. Words cannot describe how thankful we are. She was so supportive and calm even when I was practically losing my mind. She offered so many options to help us through both false labor and eventually through the real thing; from the use of essential oils to playing music and trying new positions to get my body prepared for delivery. Just writing this I can feel my eyes filling with tears. She was also a great support to my husband and my family as a whole. She carried the burden for us for three days until our blessing came and she supported us even more by coming to our home to help care for him and bringing us dinner as we adjusted to being first time parents. We are so filled with gratitude; we will never be able to repay her. JoAn is truly an angel and any family that has the chance to have her as their doula will be blessed as well.

“I heard your voice at my side say “let it go”. That was all the permission I needed…”

(Dad) JoAn, with a strong spirit, wonderful heart, and a contagious laugh, was a perfect fit at the birth. She was so full of love and support that she was even willing to fly to Kasama, Zambia to help us. It was an incredibly spiritual time, in the company of such powerful, focused women. It was a rare and special time as a man to participate and glimpse women’s profound power of creation. I was grateful for the strong spiritual presence of JoAn, who helped bathe Claire in the early hours of the morning after a long night of labor.

(Mom) JoAn, you were such a major strength for me. Most memorable moment in the operating room was when I tried to hold in sounds expressing my discomfort, I heard your voice at my side say “let it go”. That was all the permission I needed to get my groan on! Love you. Thank you.

“JoAn was there to be a support and help me deliver in every capacity, even in loss…. [She] helped me articulate the unjust treatment I faced minutes after giving birth”

JoAn was the balm to the horror of NYC doctors’ callous treatment of me and my daughter. At our 20 week scan, our dreams and faith were challenged when doctors warned that our baby would not survive pregnancy. Joan was there to be a support and help me deliver in every capacity, even in loss. I was ready. The magic of Joan is her ability to give us the confidence in ourselves and believe in our inherent strength of being/becoming a mother. I felt like wonder woman. She assured me that whatever came, I would be ready. JoAn became our social worker and helped me articulate the unjust treatment I faced minutes after giving birth. She witnessed when I was denied help and reminded staff of their obligation to honor our human dignity. We need and deserve this type of service. It takes a village to survive the rampant intolerance, bigotry, and callousness of the modern medical establishment towards mothers of color. JoAn thank you for helping me find and believe in my strength as a mother.

“As a new mother, I was nervous and felt like I had no clue what I was doing, but JoAn was right there, guiding me and providing information and suggestions in a non-judgmental manner.”

JoAn was our postpartum doula when our baby was a few months old. My husband and I had just moved to Philadelphia where we had no family support. The exhaustion from breastfeeding and sleep deprivation was starting to set in, and I was starting to feel extremely anxious as a new mother. I call JoAn my fairy godmother because she came and helped with whatever was needed; from picking up groceries, bringing prepared meals, doing the dishes, bottles, folding any laundry, and caring for our baby so my husband and I could step away for a little. She was very gentle and nurturing with our son and we could tell that he liked her a lot. JoAn allows a new mother the space to heal and learn about this new chapter. Whenever JoAn paid a visit, I always felt a sense of peace and confidence in myself that “I can do this”. I highly recommend JoAn to any new mama to be! She is an excellent combination of empathy, compassion, and knowledge.

“Although my birth didn’t go as planned, as soon as I delivered the baby, JoAn was there to talk through it with me and provided grief support as I grieved my birth experience.”

(Mom) JoAn provided resources and scheduled meetings with us to discuss our vision and expectations for the birth. She also provided recommendations on how to take care of myself and baby during the “home stretch”. JoAn spent time demonstrating techniques and “rehearsing” unique positions that would aid in managing and enduring labor. Although my birth didn’t go as planned, as soon as I delivered the baby, JoAn was there to talk through it with me and provided grief support as I grieved my birth experience. She visited me in the hospital on two separate occasions to make sure I was alright and adjusting well. At home JoAn stayed with us for 3 months postpartum! She took care of any and every small task that kept us away from the baby. On occasion, JoAn allowed us to sleep while she performed overnight shifts with tremendous love and care. Our daughter responded to her so well. I can honestly say that I didn’t suffer sleep deprivation because of all the support that she provided.

(Dad) JoAn provided a lot of educational material that covered the birthing process. She discussed how my wife and I could prepare before delivery, and ways that I could support my wife during labor. JoAn was a tremendous support during the delivery process. My wife and I do not believe we would’ve had such a successful birth without her. As a first time dad, I am truly grateful for JoAn’s postpartum support. She provided overnight infant care so my wife and I could get much needed sleep. She also provided counseling, meal prep, and infant care so my wife and I could spend quiet time together.