A variety of services are offered to make your childbirth a positive, and empowering experience. A Birth Doula Service package includes services that will prepare you mentally, emotionally and physically for your birth. There is also a range of additional services are also available to aid you and your family before, during, and after your child’s birth.
Prenatal visit #1: 1 hour meeting face to face, to provide information about doula service and allow you to decide if we are a good match. As it is essential to know that you and your chosen doula are a good fit for one another, this initial consultation is always free of charge.
Prenatal Visit Two: 2 hour meeting in which we discover your fears/desires/hopes for your labor and birth with an intake and Birth Preferences assessment provided to you. We will discuss what it is like to labor at home and in the hospital. If you’d like to we may practice several pain management and coping techniques, and several pushing positions for birthing. We will review when to call your doula and when to call your doctor or midwife, and discuss specific signs of labor and its progression to help you know for sure when your birthing time has come.
24-Hour On-Call: Your doula is available to you any time day or night from the time you are 38 weeks pregnant until the time your baby is born. Should you have a pre-term birth, every effort will be made to provide services during that time as well.
All of Labor, Delivery and 1 Hour Postpartum: Your doula remains with you from the time labor has clearly begun (you will decide if she’ll be transporting to the hospital with you or meeting you at the hospital), and staying up to an hour after your birth to ensure bonding and a good start to breastfeeding.
Phone/e-mail/text Support: Your doula will be available by phone for you or your partner any time throughout pregnancy from the time you secure services up to 6 weeks postpartum. You are welcome to call after visits to your healthcare providers, call to ask questions about pregnancy or early labor, or call even if you just need emotional support.
Postpartum Follow-Up: This final home visit offers an opportunity for us to see one another one more time and talk about your birth experience and address any bf concerns or issues.
Breastfeeding Support: Your doula can aide with initial latch-on after birth and provide breastfeeding support via phone.
Insurance Reimbursement: You will be provided with service receipts, a letter verifying services rendered, and other documentation to assist you in filing for reimbursement of fees from your insurance company.
Basic service plus private childbirth class
Our enhanced package, plus 4 hours postpartum doula care and Infant massage book. (bonus)
Or customize a package to include any of the other services.
Our doulas are busy, whatever your need is, it's best to secure your space on their calendar as soon as possible. initial consultation is always free.
What’s a birth doula?
The term doula, originally from the Greek word meaning “woman’s servant”, is used today to describe a professional who provides women with emotional and physical support during pregnancy, labor, birth and the postpartum period. Doulas are known by many names, including: Childbirth Assistant, Labor Support Professional and Birth Companion.
What does a birth doula do?
A birth doula provides a listening ear for the emotional process of pregnancy, physical comfort suggestions during pregnancy and labor and informational support for both the laboring mom and her partner. The doula is knowledgeable about the entire birth process, possesses skills to help a laboring mom cope with the physical experience and emotions of labor and understands the importance of this event in the life of the couple. The doula will provide support for mom and baby by helping mom formulate questions, gather information, and discuss the options available with the medical staff. The doula will not perform clinical tasks, and will never make decisions on behalf of a woman. A Doula will always respect that it is up to the mother to make the informed choice that is best for her. Most importantly, the doula uses her skills to complement those of the woman’s partner and medical providers, helping to ensure safe and satisfying birth memory.
When should I look for a doula?
The earlier the better! Although the benefits of having a doula for your birth will be the same whether you contact her at 12 weeks or at 35 weeks, the difference in finding your doula early in pregnancy is that you’ll have someone you know that you can call on with questions you may have throughout your pregnancy. Besides, longer you have known your doula, the more of a relationship you will build. However, if you do start later, it’s alright. You will benefit from doula support, no matter how long you have known her. Just keep in mind that most birth professionals tend to book up very quickly, so it is a good idea to contact me soon, so that I can be sure to be available for you.
I have a great doctor or midwife, and will have a nurse. Do I really need a doula, too?
Doulas, doctors, midwives, and nurses all take on individual roles in supporting birth. Each one is an important part of the birth team, and all work together to help the laboring woman have a healthy and positive experience. While the other members of the team may come and go, a doula remains a constant presence throughout labor, focusing entirely on providing comfort and support for the laboring mom and her partner.
I am already taking childbirth classes. Why would I need a doula?
Doulas are intended to enhance – not replace – the services of your childbirth instructor. Your doula will be with you to remind you at appropriate times during labor of the things you have already learned in childbirth class.
Do I need a doula if I already have someone (my mom, my partner, my friend) to support during my labor and birth?
It is certainly wonderful for a laboring woman to have the presence of her loved ones as long as it does not cause her undue stress. A doula will enhance the support that others will provide, without being intrusive. Often, your doula has a level of knowledge and experience that your partner and others may not. Additionally, the loved ones have their own emotional response to seeing her experience labor. A doula will respect that this is a special moment for everyone and will gently provide encouragement, information and reassurance that will help a woman’s loved ones offer their support in a way that also respects the laboring woman’s needs.
I’m not sure that I want a “stranger” in the delivery room with me. Isn’t birth supposed to be private?
Birth is a very intimate experience, and the doula is a professional who will respect your wishes regarding privacy. Many women and their partners report feeling more safe and secure due to the presence of a doula.
I’m not sure yet what choices I’ll make in labor. Do I need a doula if I might have an epidural? What if I have to have a Cesarean birth?
A doula’s goal is to help you have the best possible birth experience, however you define it. If using pain medication is an option you are considering during labor, your doula will help you make an informed choice about what’s best for you and your baby in the moment. Your doula will support you and your partner in the early stages of labor before an epidural can be considered, continue to provide support in whatever way is needed throughout labor, and help you avoid further intervention. If your provider suggests a cesarean, your doula will be sure to inform you as much as possible about the surgery and the postpartum recovery. Your doula will guide you in asking questions that will help you gather all necessary information about the reasons your caregiver recommends a cesarean, the risks involved and benefits relative to your particular situation, and if there are any alternatives you may have. In this case, you will make an informed decision and will therefore be more satisfied with a surgical outcome. I will also help to reinforce that even though a cesarean may not have been your goal, you are still giving birth. We will celebrate with you, and facilitate bonding between the new family.
How much does it cost to have a doula?
This varies somewhat, based upon the services you desire and the going rate in your area. An average basic birth services package is from $800 to $1400.
When you hire a doula you are paying not only for her expertise, comfort and support but also her time “on call”, 24 hours a day, until the baby is born. For most doulas being on call means they drop whatever they are currently doing or any plans they have made to be at your birth. Once they arrive at your birth they do not leave until the baby is born. Other costs for the doula could include travel expenses (gas, valet parking or taxis), paying another doula for being her back up, baby-sitting and insurance costs to name a few.