1. What is a birth doula? A birth doula is a person trained and experienced in childbirth who provides continuous physical, emotional and informational support to the mother before, during and just after childbirth.
2. Does a doula replace nursing staff? No. Doulas do not replace nurses or other medical staff. Doulas do not preform clinical or medical tasks.
3. What does a doula do? During your pregnancy we will work together on your birth plan and go through all of your options to weigh the risk and benefits so you can make an informed decision. We will discuss pain management, your previous birth experiences, try different laboring positions and talk over any fears or concerns you might have. During the birth I will suggest positions and work to help relieve any pain/pressure you might have. Through massage with essential oils, counter pressure, or the use of a rebozo, I will try to help you relax as much as possible.
4. What type of births do you attend? I attend births in hospitals, birth centers and at home. It is important to me that YOU feel comfortable in your birthspace, wherever that might be.
5. I plan to use medication; can I still benefit from having a doula? Absolutely! My role as a doula is to support you in all of your choices and work within them. I have attended medicated births and there are several things we can do to work together after an epidural has been administered.
6. My baby will be born by cesarean; can I still benefit from having a doula? Yes, we will meet before the scheduled time to talk over any fears you might be having. When the time comes to go back for surgery your hospital may allow a doula to be present. If so, I will accompany you and your husband through the operation. I will take birth notes for you to reflect back on later. Once baby is born, I will keep you company and help with the initial latching which may be difficult.
5. Does a doula replace the role of my husband or partner? I am there to help both the expecting mother and father. Often times labor can be a long process and your husband might want to eat, rest or use the restroom. I will offer a continuous presence so in his absence you are still being supported.
6. I feel like I would greatly benefit from hiring a doula, but my husband is still reluctant. This is a very common feeling amongst husbands or partners. I offer a free initial consultation and would be happy to talk over any concerns he might have. During the birth I will make a full effort to include your partner in every way possible. I can help enhance support by suggesting options for him to try to make labor easier on you.
7. Are doulas covered by insurance? Unfortunately, most medical insurance does not cover doula services. You can call your insurance provider to find out for sure. Some people have been reimbursed in using their insurance’s medical appeal process to get services covered.
8. I am limited on income but really want to hire a doula! I offer discounted rates that can be found under my services page. I am also open to bartering services and payment plans. I wholeheartedly share the DONA vision, “A doula for every woman who wants one.” If you cannot afford my fees, please call/email me and we’ll talk.
9. My religious/spiritual beliefs are very important to me; is that something you feel comfortable with? As your doula, this experience is not about me. It’s your story and i’ll play any part because I am here for you.
10. Can you tell me more about placenta encapsulation? Many mothers (including myself!) have encapsulated their placentas and reported increased milk production, increase of energy, decrease of iron deficiency and decrease of the baby blues. The encapsulation process will start shortly after birth once the prints are taken. It will take up to 48 hours for me to complete the process. I use the Raw Method and use vegetarian capsules. Every placenta is different, but the average yield is approximately 100-250 capsules.
Have any other questions? Email me!