Doula FAQs

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What is a Doula?

The word doula is a Greek word meaning “woman servant”. Doulas are trained and experienced in Childbirth and the Post Partum period. The role of the Doula is to provide non-medical, emotional, physical, and informational support before, during, and after childbirth. We feel that giving birth is one of the most memorable and transformational events in a family’s lifetime. We want your experience to be as close to your ideal vision of what you want it to be as possible.

What does a Doula do?

A birth doula provides continuous non-medical support during labor and childbirth. This support comes in many forms including emotional support, physical comfort, and helping you advocate for the birth you want. At our prenatal visits we can discuss in further detail what sort of support you want for your birth. We can be with you as early in labor as you feel we are needed, we will stay with you throughout labor and birth, and for about an hour after the birth of the baby to help establish breastfeeding and get you settled in with your new baby.

A postpartum doula supports the family after the birth of their new baby. They provide non-medical care in your home after the birth of your baby. This may include, but is not limited to, emotional support, breastfeeding help, newborn care, assistance cooking, and light house keeping. As a postpartum doula we are there to help you with whatever you need at the time.

Does a Doula take the place of my Partner?

NO! We are there to support both the mother and her partner. We will help a partner become involved in the birth to the extent that they feel comfortable.  A new dad shares his point of view HERE.

Does a Doula take the place of my care provider?

No. Doulas do not perform clinical or medical tasks. They are there to comfort and support the Mother and enhance communication between the mother and the medical professionals.  In our area, the hospital staff is used to the presence of doulas in the labor room and we get along very well.  Some care providers are relieved by the presence of a doula when a mother plans to labor with low-interventions, sine they are able to focus on the more clinical tasks.

Will my insurance cover Doula Services?
Certified Doulas may now apply for an NPI number which allows them to be reimbursed from some insurance companies! Check with your insurance provider to see if they cover our services and we can work out an arrangement. Typically, we will still require payment in full as designated, your insurance company will reimburse you if the claim is approved.