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WHAT IS A DOULA?
What's a doula, really?Doulas aren't only for births. They're non-medical professionally trained support people that can help during any life transition like, end of life, abortion/loss, fertility, relationships, sex, etc. A birth doula is a trained professional who supports, advocates, educates, coaches, and nurtures new parents through the pregnancy, birth, & postpartum period. Medical professionals will come and go but a doula is a familiar trusted person to have on your side that can help you birth your baby.
Will you deliver my child?Nope, but I can and will support you throughout your journey in more ways than one, including offering advice based on current observations & suggesting non-medical care options that have a holistic approach to your wellbeing. I cannot make any medical diagnosis, perform any treatments, or deliver a baby. As your doula, it's my responsibility to be a part of your team alongside your medical providers as they take care of your medical/physical health be it for childbirth, postpartum, miscarriage/stillbirth, induced abortion, etc. I've got your back no matter what, but I'm there to coach and not catch.
Will you replace my spouse/partner?Nope again! As your doula, I'm there for your family as a whole as it grows and this means that I'm also there to encourage and help your partner as they support you. Birthing people have a lot of work to do and it can be overwhelming at times, but it can also be overwhelming mentally and physically for the partner. Spouses/partners don't have to carry the pressure of everything on their shoulders with a doula on the scene because there's more communication and balance overall. Here's an interesting article about the point of view from birth partners during labor.
So, what will you do?I will work with you and for you to ensure that you are continuously supported physically, mentally, and emotionally. I will respect your personal values, your goals, your choices, and your decisions. I will assist you in ensuring that you and your partner are informed about all your options. I will provide help with comforting techniques for childbirth like breathing, relaxation, movement, positioning and other supportive measures, no matter what your choices for medication are. I will provide resources and suggestions on how to best support yourself nutritionally, preconception, during pregnancy, and after birth. If you're not up to cooking, I can step in and do that, too! Essentially, I'm there to assist in making you comfortable along with encouraging and empowering you to embrace how powerful you are in this moment no matter where you are in your current journey of parenthood.
Do you support home births?Yes! Whether it's a birthing center, at your home, or in a hospital setting - you'll have the support you need.
Do you support LGBTQIA+ families?Most definitely! Your family's chosen lifestyle is your choice, I fully respect that, and I believe that you deserve to feel empowered, be educated, and have love/support no matter what. Love is love.
Do you offer payment plans?Yes! I believe that doulas should be afforded to every birthing person and their families, no matter what their finances look like. I'm more than happy to talk with you and find a payment plan that fits your needs.
Do you accept payments via FSA/HSA?I sure do! You can use your FSA/HSA card to pay for 100% of the doula service fee and will receive a detailed reciept for your insurance company.
We're in a COVID-19 pandemic. How are you doing the doula thang?All sessions are held virtually. Labor and delivery support is virtual as well but can be provided in-person (depending on hospital policies, etc.) I'm fully vaccinated/boosted & exhibiting great precaution with everything that I do to reduce my risk of exposure by practicing strict social distancing & wearing masks when in public to keep my family and others safe. Please do your best to prevent exposure by following precautions such as social distancing and wearing a mask while in public and reducing the amount of time you spend in places with groups of 10 or more people. Please be safe out here!
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