Postpartum doula services. Open Arms contracts with a variety of postpartum doulas of varying backgrounds and experience levels. Postpartum doula contracts are negotiated based on your needs for the first three months after birth, and may be booked for the full term of contract or month by month. Fees are by the hour, and vary from $20/hour to $35/hour.
Breastfeeding support. Breastfeeding support is provided by Melissa Yeager, D. Ph., a Certified Lactation Educator. In-home visits are $75/first visit and $50/per visit thereafter.
Herbs. Kelsey Irvin, M.S., makes herbal teas, tinctures, and tonics to order to address a variety of physical and emotional issues faced in the postpartum period. $25/tea (one month's supply), $35/tincture, $25/tonic
Placenta Encapsulation. Placenta encapsulation, placenta prints, and umbilical cord keepsakes are provided through our contractor, Richmond Placenta Encapsulation & Postpartum Support. Mention Open Arms when you talk to Nicole and receive 5% off on any placenta encapsulation package!
Postpartum Preparation Class. Learn how to survive and thrive in the days after baby's arrival! This two-hour discussion-style class will help families plan for the rigorous transition to new parenthood while recovering from birth. Led by professional postpartum doula Nicole Link-Troen, parents will be well versed in what to expect and how to prepare for their greatest adventure.
- Babywearing and Kangaroo Care Basics for New Parents.This 90-minute group class focuses on safe and confident newborn babywearing. We will discuss the many benefits of babywearing and kangaroo (or skin-to-skin) care for both babies and adults. You will leave with the knowledge and resources to select an appropriate carrier for your needs, perform kangaroo care in the hospital and at home, and wear your new baby during the important "fourth trimester."
- Babywearing Consult. Need a little guidance using your carrier now that your baby has arrived? Curious to try something new before making a purchase? Want help adjusting your carrier for perfect fit? Prefer one-on-one help with your newborn in a quiet environment? 30 minute mini consultations are the perfect solution! We provide private, hands-on assistance with your babywearing questions during your appointment slot.
Massage. Massage services are offered through our contractor Abigail Winter-Lewis. Mention Open Arms when you contact Abigail and get a 5% discount!
- Infant Massage Instruction. One-on-one infant massage instruction gives you the tools to connect with and soothe your baby. Infant massage improves digestion, facilitates bonding, and improves sleep. This class is available for individuals or groups and is appropriate for both expecting and new parents.
Newborn & family photography.