Answers to your Questions
What is a Doula?
A Doula is a trained support person who is not a healthcare professional. Doulas support birth parents through childbirth, induced abortion, miscarriage, postpartum or non reproductive experiences.
Why should I hire a Doula?
Cut back time spent in labor
Reduce anxiety around labor/delivery
Less likely to experience postpartum depression
Lower rate of medical interventions (including C-sections)
Improve birthing parent and baby bonding post birth.
Feel more secure and cared for
Successful birth experience
When should I hire a Doula?
It is a good idea to search for a Doula as soon as possible, it is ideal to hire a Doula by week 20-25 of pregnancy. Some Doulas take on a limited amount of clients and can fill up quickly.
Does a Doula replace Midwife/OB/Nurse?
No. Doulas do not replace medical staff. Doulas do not perform clinical or medical task. Doulas are there to comfort and support you and your birth team and to enhance communication with medical professionals.
How does a Doula work with my partner?
As a Doula my role is to amplify support, and that goes for your partner as well. We work with your partner by encouraging them, offering guidance and suggestions when needed.
Will a Doula be useful if I need medication or if I have a cesarean?
Absolutely! Doulas support all types of birth. You may not require a lot of physical support, there are emotional and informational ways your Doula can guide you.
What happens if my baby arrives earlier or later than expected?
Birth can be unpredictable , but your Doula is committed to showing up for you no matter what! If baby comes before or after estimated due date, your Doula will be there.
Do you offer a payment plan?
Yes. Every family deserves an opportunity to be supported, I am happy to talk with you personally about spreading payments out into a plan that works for you.
Can I use HSA/FSA to pay for a Birth Doula services ?
Yes, if your doctor agrees that the care is medically necessary to treat a medical condition( pregnancy).
If you would like to be reimbursed from your HSA or FSA here are some steps to follow:
1. Pay your doula fee in full and receive an invoice stating the service and the cost of the service.
2. Get a "Letter of Medical Necessity" form. This letter can be retrieved from your insurance company.
3. Have your OB/Midwife sign the form confirming you have the medical condition of being pregnant.
4. File your invoice and "Letter of Medical Necessity" form with your HSA/FSA, which can be done online.