The revolution begins with empowered births.

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My passion, my calling, is offering

doula support + birth photography so that birthing people can

access + witness their power.

The saying goes that ‘Peace on Earth starts with Birth’ and I believe that very much. I believe that it is the right of every birthing human to receive the education and tools they need to achieve whatever birth they envision for themselves. One of the ways to seek, uphold and perpetuate social and reproductive justice is to ensure access to this kind of care for every birthing person and their families. Birth work is powerful and energetic, and the experience of it (yours and mine) stays with us forever.

Healthy and happy births happen when birth is viewed as the sacred right of passage that it is, when the person giving birth is heard and respected. Families working with me receive evidence based care, education and support that centers around the autonomy and empowerment of the person giving birth and the new little human entering the space. These are the elements that lead to an atraumatic birth. Every kind of birth (hospital birth, home birth, c-section, surrogate…) can be intuitive, trauma informed and empowering. These practices and beliefs are at the core of all the work I do. It was no surprise to me when photography began accompanying me on this journey. And as a dear friend reminded me, it’s just another way for me to hold space for the holiness of birth and for everyone present in that moment to say “you are seen and honored in this space.”

This is an investment, for sure. I fully recognize the value in the work I do and services I provide. In a world where birth and babyhood are highly commercialized, too often the mental/emotional health and wellbeing of the birthing people and their families is overlooked. I believe these tools for birth and beyond should be accessible to everyone. If necessary I offer a sliding scale and payment plans. I service all major Boston hospitals and births within 40 miles of Ashland, MA.

Birth Doula Fee : $2000

  • 2-3 Prenatal appointments. Here we will develop our relationship, talk about your hopes for your birth, postpartum care and lots more. These appointments vary in length but are typically about 2 hours long.

  • On call availability (24/7) two weeks leading up to and two weeks following your estimated due date. We also stay in close contact via text/email/phone

  • Attendance of your birth and some immediate postpartum hours

  • 2-3 Postpartum appointments. Here is where we hold space to process your birth and put practices in place that are healing for mind/body/soul. I nourish the family with food, wash dishes, play with older siblings, talk, listen. These can vary in length widely from 2-4 hours.

Birth Photography : $2000

  • 1-2 get togethers. These can vary. If you’re having a home birth, we might do two meetings. One where I meet the birthing couple and then another where I meet the home birth team. You can ask any questions, talk about photos you may want in particular, or may not want and so on.

  • On call availability (24/7) two weeks leading up to your estimated due date and two weeks following it.

  • Photo coverage of your birth from active labor til immediately postpartum.

  • Newborn Photos (optional) within the first 2-3 weeks postpartum.

  • All digital files from your labor/delivery/newborn photos.

Postpartum Doula Support : $80/hr

  • Light cooking

  • Light cleaning, includes folding laundry, tidying up, washing dishes, etc.

  • Baby holding

  • Mother care

  • Sibling care

 

: Benefits of having a doula and more info :

If you are considering having a doula attend your birth and still want more information on positive birth outcomes and evidence based statistics, click this link to read an article that is full of it all. My birth and postpartum work is centered around reproductive justice and birthing as a human right. Birth support sometimes becomes advocacy work. Work that I think this world desperately needs. A positive and atraumatic birth can have powerful ripple effects, for you and those present, and becomes a lifelong source of inner fire and confidence to draw from. In a way, what I do is so much more than what a doula checklist can hold. This is a lineal calling, a deeply rooted ceremony that has existed from the dawning of humanity. Much of the work, how I do what I do, comes from a place of intuition. From a deep respect for the sacred act of birth and my role as an active witness.

: Testimonials :

I love this photo because it captured the first moment that my son and I met each other. Having our birth photographed by Isabel was one of the best birth decisions that I made. My labor is a total blur in my mind, and having photos to look back on it allows me to experience it and remember it in a beautiful way. I tell people over and over again how incredibly grateful I am that you were there, not only to take the most breathtaking photos, but also as support. We didn't hire a doula because I didn't think I needed one, but you were there to help me through each contraction, and I realized during labor that I really needed that help. I don't know what I would have done without you! Seriously, so much love and thankfulness to you for everything you did to help me through those long hours!

Birth junkie. Trusted advisor. Courageous advocate.

Just some of the terms that come to mind when I think of Isabel, who partnered with us as our doula for the pregnancy and birth of our second child.

If you’re looking for someone to support you with excellence both in the run-up to, during and after birth you can do no better than Isabel. I have already recommended her to my closest friends and recommend her to others without hesitation.

As an experienced childbirth educator and birth doula, one of the things I consistently hear from the couples I work with is how they wished they had had more pictures (or any pictures!) taken during and directly after the birth of their baby. The birth of one’s child is a day they will remember for the rest of their lives. My husband and I have used Isabel as our photographer for the birth of our son, and when I found out I was expecting again, Isabel was one of the first people I contacted since I knew I wanted her to document another birth for us. It was an absolute no brainer! I cherish these pictures. Labor is such a blur and whirlwind, and I loved being able to see the birth of my child from a different angle. All of my students and clients who’ve hired Isabel to photograph their births have been beyond thrilled with the quality of her work and her ability to “fade into the background,” as one student put it, during the intimate moments of birth. I once showed a slideshow of Isabel’s birth photos to a class of mine and there wasn’t a single dry eye in the room. If you’re on the fence about having your birth documented, don’t be! You can only give birth to this baby once!

 
 

© 2019 Isabel Furie | Boston Doula and Photographer