What is a Doula, and why should I have one?

So what exactly is a Doula? By definition, it is simply a woman who serves. A more modern description is a professional who provides physical, educational and emotional support during pregnancy and labor. The services provided by Doulas are non-medical and focus on empowerment through education and offering a variety of supportive services. As a Doula, I offer an unbiased view of birth. I do not have an agenda for you and your family nor do I only serve certain clients. Doulas are for everyone.

Birth Services

Digital Doula Package: This package includes one face-to-face prenatal appointment and unlimited contact via phone, text, or email for anything related to pregnancy, labor, birth, postpartum, or breastfeeding beginning at 34 weeks gestation until 4 weeks postpartum. Included is one-30 minute session on pain management techniques for labor to be scheduled prior to 37 weeks. ($160.00)

Home-birth Chiropractic/Acupressure Package: Acupressure is a great way to manage discomfort and help labor progress. Dr. Leighton offers chiropractic and acupressure house-calls for women who are planning a home birth with a midwife. She will not attend an “unassisted” home-birth. This package includes all travel fees, chiropractic adjustments, and acupressure therapy over a 4 hour period of time. Patient must be evaluated at the Naperville office prior to her home-birth in order to receive chiropractic care. ($350).

*Maximum distance of 20 miles from Naperville.

Acupressure Package: This package is available for any home-birth, birthing center birth, or hospital birth. This package includes all travel fees and acupressure therapy over a 3 hour period of time. Chiropractic services not included. ($350)

*Maximum distance of 20 miles from Naperville.

***Due to the “by appointment” nature of Dr. Leighton’s chiropractic office, her attendance at your child’s birth is not 100% guaranteed. Every attempt will be made to arrive at your birthing facility/home promptly.

Webster Technique

The Webster Technique is a chiropractic technique specific for women during pregnancy. It is a safe and gentle way to adjust pelvic structures, muscles and ligaments that become tight and painful during various stages of pregnancy. Treating these areas decreases back and hip pain associated with pregnancy and also allows the baby to get into the best possible position for birth. Maintaining optimal movement of the lumbar spine and pelvis is essential to achieving a pain free pregnancy and optimal position of baby. Dr. Leighton is trained and certified in Webster Technique through the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association, and has completed additional training to safely care for pregnant women, children and newborns.
Prenatal Chiropractic Care

Chiropractic care has helped many women achieve a physically comfortable pregnancy. Nausea and morning sickness, reflux, neck pain, headaches, back pain, sciatica, and carpal tunnel syndrome are among the various conditions and symptom that can be alleviated with chiropractic care. Chiropractic care is a natural form of health care that uses spinal adjustments to restore proper movement in the spinal joints, pelvis, and extremities.

Postpartum Rehab

Dr. Leighton works with many women after delivery to help manage diastasis recti and pelvic floor dysfunctions that are commonly not treated or evaluated by their other primary health care professionals. Helping a woman nourish her body and heal following a pregnancy is of utmost importance. Even the easiest, healthiest pregnancy can leave a woman nutritionally depleted and in need of physical recovery.