It may be helpful to hire me within six weeks before your due date. During your last month, I can help you plan for the birth you want and help prepare you physically for your birth through relaxation practice and prenatal exercises.
No.I will never replace your partner. I am supportive to both you and your partner, after all, they are having a baby too! I can suggest ways for your partner to offer you comfort and support during labor to the limits of their comfort level and offer him/her much-needed breaks for food or rest. Birth partners may find the physically and emotionally intense nature of the birth experience overwhelming and always appreciate the support and experience of my presence.
I will not make decisions for you or intervene with your clinical care. I will however provide you with evidence-based information and emotional support, while respecting a your birthing decisions and advocating for your plans.
No. I will not replace nurses or other medical staff. As a doula, I do not perform clinical or medical tasks. I am available to comfort and support you both emotionally and physically. I will enhance the communication between you, your family, and medical professionals.
Some insurance companies are starting to partially and in some cases fully reimburse the cost of Doula services. As more insurers realize that women with Doulas have fewer interventions and therefore less expensive births they have become more and more responsive to reimbursement. I can give you the required forms and guidelines to request reimbursement from your insurance provider. Please email me for Medicaid rates.
Would I still benefit from having labor support even if I think I want an epidural or other pain medication?
Yes, If you plan to use pain medications you will also appreciate having labor support for many reasons:
- you and your partner need information and emotional support regardless of the outcome of your birth journey
- many women do not experience pain-free labor even with pain medications. You will still welcome comfort measures and encouragement to help with relaxation, breathing and position changes
- when a woman labors without an epidural, the sensations in her pelvic area are a powerful guide to help her know when and how to push; epidurals reduce or sometimes remove these sensations, making it harder to push effectively; having me as your labor support can be helpful as I guide you during the pushing phase of labor
- epidurals involve or increase the likelihood of using many other interventions to monitor, prevent, or treat adverse effects – this has been described as a cascade of intervention; I can help you cope with those experiences
- depending on your wishes, I can also help you avoid or delay medication, or use a smaller amount; this may help you avoid or limit some additional adverse effects.