FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
WHAT DOES A DOULA DO?
We provide complete and unbiased educational, emotional, and physical support to our clients throughout their pregnancy and birth. Educating the birthing person leads to them feeling empowered to know their options, voice their preferences and feel prepared for this life-changing experience.
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DO DOULAS ONLY SUPPORT NATURAL BIRTHS?
CAN I HAVE A DOULA FOR A HOSPITAL BIRTH?
DO YOU TAKE THE PLACE OF MY PARTNER DURING LABOR?
Absolutely not! Birth doulas work with partners, as an addition to the birth team. Providing support and guidance for both you AND your partner allows partners to eat and rest if needed without leaving you alone. In many ways, doulas enhance the role of your partner by giving them ways to support you while also maintain a calm confidence that can help ease their minds. Doulas can bridge the gap in your care and help you facilitate open and honest conversations with not only each other but your doctor and facility staff.
DOES INSURANCE COVER DOULAS?
Unfortunately, traditional health insurance does not readily cover doula services. There are some exceptions to this and we always recommend calling your specific health insurance company and asking about reimbursement. We do accept payment from Health Savings Accounts (HSA) and Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA.) These are common with high deductible plans which would allow you to pay for a doula with pre-tax dollars and perhaps use employer contributed funds as well. In addition, most health share plans, such as Samaritans or Christian Healthcare Ministries will cover doula services.
HOW LONG WOULD YOU SUPPORT ME?
DO YOU HELP WITH BREASTFEEDING?
DO YOU HAVE BACKUP DOULAS IN CASE YOU’RE UNAVAILABLE FOR MY BIRTH?
DO YOU PROVIDE CHILDBIRTH EDUCATION?
WHAT HAPPENS IF I NEED TO HAVE A CESAREAN?
Whether your cesarean is planned or unplanned there can be fear about the unknown. As a doula, our job is to provide emotional, informational and physical SUPPORT, regardless of the type of delivery. We can help you prepare your cesarean birth plan and go over the variety of options you have during the procedure. Your doula can help you with relaxation techniques to stay calm or comfortable before, during or after the cesarean.
We can also help your birthing partner(s) remain calm, help them to understand what to expect during the birthing and newborn process. If your partner would like to stay with baby after the birth for pictures or to accompany baby to the nursery or NICU, your doula will remain by your side at all times.Your doula will remain with you until you are comfortable and your family is ready for quiet time together.