frequently asked questions
why hire a doula?
A Doula is an investment in the birthing experience for both you and your baby. Studies show that hiring a Doula decreases the cesarean rate by 40%, the length of labor by 25%, the use of Pitocin by 40%, and epidural requests by 60%. Women who invest in a Doula report having an overall more positive view of childbirth and feel more confident, informed, and prepared for the entire labor process and their postpartum experience.
how will hiring you affect my partner’s role during the birth?
Your partner has a intimate understanding of you and I have an intimate understanding of birth. With us working together your emotional and physical needs can be met so you can bring your baby into this world feeling safe and supported! I am never there to replace your partner, but instead be a unique asset to your team. Anytime I can assist/demonstrate to your partner and then step away, I absolutely will. My guidance will help your partner feel confident and valuable when they may otherwise feel overwhelmed and unsure of how best to support you.
do you perform any physical procedures?
No. Doula's are not medical professionals. We are trained in the art of birth and provide unique physical, emotional, and educational support. I will never encourage you away from your provider's recommendations; rather, Doula's advocate for your bodily autonomy to ensure you have all of the information possible and time to make evidence-based decisions and avoid any unnecessary interventions. I help you understand any risks and benefits and ensure you giving full consent during every aspect of your pregnancy, labor, and postpartum journey.
are doula's only for unmedicated or out of hospital births?
Absolutely not! In fact, if you are planning to deliver in a hospital setting, your benefits to a Doula's support becomes even more invaluable. I will support all of your birth preferences, no matter where or how you choose to birth. Empowering and transformative birth happens when we feel safe, supported, and informed. The specific details of what that looks is different for everyone! That is where I come in- you have options in every birth setting, mama! You can never have too much support or knowledge on your birth team.
are doula's covered by insurance?
It depends entirely on your insurance. If you do file a claim, you are still responsible for paying for services. Once the claim is approved, you will be reimbursed by your insurance company.
do you offer payment plans?
Half of your contract balance is due at signing, but the rest can be paid out over time at a pace that works for you. Your full balance must be paid by 37 weeks gestation. Let's talk, I am sure we can come up with a plan that works for the both of us!
when should i hire a doula?
The earlier, the better but it's also never too late! The sooner we start working together, the more our relationship will grow and you will have more time to take advantage of my services.