Doula Services

img_5771What I can offer for you and your family

My doula services are inclusive and open to all types of families!

Prenatal support, including but not limited to:
– Assistance in choosing childbirth classes and other education
– Assistance in writing a birth preference list
– Discussing comfort measures to achieve the birth you want
– Providing current, non-biased, evidence-based information
– Access to my lending library
– Providing resources as needed

Continuous labor support, both physical and emotional
– Physical support may include “massage”, rebozo work, application of heat/cold, etc.
– Emotional support may include distraction, encouragement, affirmations, making noise with you, etc.
– Informational support in the event of unplanned changes
– Support for the support person(s) so he/she can be involved in the way they would like to be, plus offering a break so they can rest

An objective viewpoint when faced with decisions
– I can facilitate conversation with your care provider to help you make informed decisions at any point before, during and after the birth
– Not being affiliated with your place of birth, or as emotionally invested as a partner, I can be an objective sounding board for you to arrive at decisions that work for you

Armature photography and/or videography
– I have a good camera for photos, or I can use yours.
– If a video is requested, please provide the equipment.

Immediate postpartum support for bonding and feeding for about 2-3 hours after birth
– As a CLEC, I can help with the first breastfeeding session
– I can remember and help you achieve any postpartum wishes you have
– I can get you and your partner/support person something to eat, take informal baby/family photos and get you any information/resources you need right away

Continued postpartum support
-1 follow up visit within the first several days to check in.  Lactation support if needed.
-1 follow up visit after 2-6 weeks to process the birth and provide additional resources as needed.

My Fee

I currently charge $750 ($350 due at or before our first meeting and $400 due at our final prenatal visit or at 38 weeks).

Fees include:

  • 2 prenatal visits in you home
  • 24-hour availability from 38 weeks until birth
  • A reliable back up
  • Continuous support during labor and delivery
  • Amateur photography during the birth, if desired
  • 2-3 hours of immediate postpartum support following delivery
  • 2 postpartum visits in your home
  • Unlimited email & phone support from hire date until our final visit
  • Access to my list of resources and lending library as needed

*Discounts are available for families interested in both doula services and education, contact me for more information*

Insurance Coverage?

Unless you have Medicaid, insurance coverage is not a guarantee.  Even with coverage, you will need to pay your doula upfront and then seek reimbursement from your insurance company.  In any case, I urge you to call your insurance company and ask!  You might get someone who doesn’t know what a doula is, or they might just say no.  Keep calling!  If you get someone who says yes, ask for that in writing and ask what information they require for reimbursement.  You may get some, all or none.  If you have an FSA (flex spending account) or an HSA (health savings account), you can almost always use those dollars to pay a doula, or at least get reimbursed from your HSA or FSA.  Keep calling anyway, the more they hear about how great doulas are, the more likely they are to offer coverage in the future!