Frequently asked questions
What is a Doula?
A doula is a labor companion that provides continuous labor support to the mother, no matter what decisions the mother makes or how she chooses to give birth. The word “doula” actually comes from ancient Greek and means “Woman’s Servant.” Doulas often act as a bridge in communication between medical staff and families, helping both parties understand the goals and priorities of everyone in the room. Doulas are full of information and helpful resources. It has been said that a Doula is the Google to pregnancy and birth. Doulas do not replace your significant other by any means but provide a professional level of support. Doulas promote a positive birth experience protecting its memory for both mom and spouse.
What are the differences between a Doula and a Midwife?
Doulas provide emotional, physical and informational support throughout pegnancy. This support becomes continuous during labor, birth and immediately after birth. Some doulas such as ours even provide overnight doula services to mom and baby.
Do doulas and midwives work together?
Absolutely! You can have one without the other although, they are both professionals, working together to make sure that you and baby are fully supported, throughout pregnancy, labor, birth and post partum.
If I have a doula, do I still need an OB/GYN?
Yes, they work as part of your team, but are not a replacement for either an OB/GYN or midwife.
What is the working relationship between a doula and an OB/GYN?
They are both part of the team supporting the birthing family. Doulas often help to bridge communication between the medical staff and the family. Doulas will be by your side thourought delivery to help you through.
Are doulas covered by insurance?
As of now, doulas are not generally covered by insurance, though many organizations are pushing to get coverage since we know that doulas can drastically lower health care costs with the support they provide prenatally and during birth! Many families have been able to use HSA or FSA funds for doula services. Some families even get some reimbursement for doula support after being persistent in contacting their insurance provider. Please see our steps on how to file for reimbursement. If your insurance will not pay for your doula, we do offer financial assistance to those who qualify.
When should I get a doula?
As soon or as late as you want one although hiring a doula earlier gives you more time to get aquainted. It is also best to search for a perfect match as soon as you can because many doulas are booked months in advance.
Do women who choose epidural anesthesia still benefit from a doula?
Will The Doula Take The Place Of The Partner or Husband?
What do doulas do that produce such amazing results?
Their most valuable tools are their hands and their loving patience. A doula does not speak for her client(s) but empowers the client to make informed decisions about labor and birth. A doula does not work against the better health wisdom for her client nor does she encourage or participate in creating a confrontational environment, either prenatally or during labor/birth. A doula does NO clinical tasks such as vaginal exams, monitoring/interpreting fetal heart rates or recommending certain modes of treatment. Doulas do not deliver babies.