Frequently Asked Questions

How has your practice changed during COVID?

Due to the changing circumstances of the current COVID-19 pandemic, I am taking extra precautions by further limiting my exposure, by seeing far fewer clients, offering virtual services in place of in-person visits and the flexibility for myself and clients to decide how to procede with services, as restrictions and levels of comfort change. 

* I will not be providing in-hospital support until May 2021, unless an agreement has been made stating otherwise. 

Can I encapsulate my placenta, if I am GBS positive? Can I encapsulate my placenta, if I have a C-section?

In short, yes! During our consultation, we have a preliminary discussion on eligibility requirements for placenta encapsulation. 

For clients having a C-section, they will need to make sure that they notify staff and their OB of their choice to keep their placenta. IF a placenta needs to go to pathology, you may request to have a piece of your placenta sent to the lab and the rest packaged to take home. 

Do you support births by medical induction and Cesarean Section? 

My services are not limited to any one method of giving birth. I support my client's decisions for the type of birth they choose and/or need. For clients having a C-section, whether planned or emergency, I still offer similar services regarding birth planning, emotional, physical and educational preparation, and immediate postpartum support. 

Does insurance cover your services?

At this time, Doulas are still largely considered out-of-network service providers. I still encourage my clients to submit invoices for possible reimbursement. Some companies will reimburse you for care that falls under postpartum services.  

I do , however, accept payment plans and some forms of bartering if applicable. 

How does your role differ from a Midwife's?

The key difference is that a Doula is not a medical provider. While your Midwife will provide medical care during prenatal and postpartum visits, as your Doula I will provide educational, emotional and physical support prenatally, during labor and postpartum. My role is to be by your side and act as a resource for holistic care throughout our time together. 

Do you provide lactation support?

For birth clients, lactation support is provided immediately following delivery.  This is not limited to in-person support, but can also be provided to virtual clients as well. I also provide lactation support during postpartum sessions, as desired and within my scope. 

How will hiring you affect my partner’s role during the birth?

I l like to highlight that your partner cannot be replaced. As your Doula, I am there as a member of your support team. My goal is to provide care and support to you as the  birthing person and your family, which usually includes your partner. I, also, offer space and guidance to partners who would like to take a more active role in supporting their birth partner without added pressure. 

Why hire a Doula?

I Recent studies show that hiring a Doula tends to have a positive impact on labor and delivery outcomes for birthing people. Having a Doula has been associated with a lower  need for medically inducing drugs such as Pitocin,  drugs for pain management such as an epidural, assistance via vacuum extraction and ultimately fewer unnecessary cesarean deliveries.  

My commitment as a Doula is to support my clients  from our first meeting and on, with information that allows you to make informed decisions, while knowing that you are not on this journey alone. 

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