Frequently Asked Questions
What is a doula?
A doula is a professional that provides you with informational, physical and emotional support to help you prepare for a healthy & satisfying birth. Doulas give continuous support to parents before, during, and after birth.
What doesn't a doula do?
A doula does not do any medical or clinical tasks such as taking fetal heart tones, ultrasounds, exams, etc. A doula does not take the place of your primary caregiver. A doula is not a midwife. A doula does not make decisions for you. A doula does not speak for you.
What kind of births do you attend?
I will attend your birth no matter how or where you have it. Natural birth, planned cesarean, low-intervention, high-intervention, hospital, birth center, home birth, you name it!
How do you work with my partner?
As your doula, we will discuss the wants and needs of you and your partner to determine the ideal situation. Your partner may want to be your main support or may want to be more hands off. We will work as a team to make sure everyone's needs are met!
When are you on-call for me?
Once you choose me as your doula, I am available for you 24/7 via text, call or email. I am on-call for you starting at 36 weeks for in-person labor and birth support.
What if I use medication or have a cesarean?
I support your decision to have create your birth how you want it to be! Everyone has different needs and coping strategies. Every labor is different and every birth is different. I am here for you through any situations that you need support. Medicated births and cesarean births come with their own decisions and difficulties and having a support person can help boost your experience of your birth.
What if I have a really long labor?
I will stay with you through very long labors. In the case that you have an extremely long labor and I must leave, I have a back-up doula for every birth. You can arrange a meeting with my back-up doula ahead of time if you would like to get to know her!
How long do you stay after my baby is born?
I plan to stay two hours after your baby is born. In this time I can: get you something to eat or drink, help with breastfeeding, tidy up, & tell you how amazing you are!
How do I pay for services & when?
I ask a $400 deposit to save your due date in my calendar when you choose me as your doula. At your second prenatal vist, I ask a payment of $200. At your postpartum visit, I ask the rest of your payment (depends on which package you choose). I prefer payments in cash or check, but I can accept cards or Venmo as well.