What is a birth doula?
A birth doula is a person trained and experienced in childbirth who provides continuous physical, emotional and informational support to the mother before, during and just after childbirth. For more on doula benefits, click here.
Does Medical Insurance cover the cost of your sevices?
That is a question to ask your insurance company. I do have an NPI, (National Provider Identification) and there are some insurance companies that do cover part of the cost of doula services. Either way, I offer very flexible payment plans.
How far will you travel to provide doula services?
I generally practice in the NY Metropolitan area. If you are outside of my practice area, I will be happy to help you find another doula.
Does a doula support me in my home?
Absolutely! Doula support begins when a doula is hired. A good doula will provide support when the mom needs help, not just when the baby is ready to come out.
Does a doula make decisions on my behalf?
A doula does not make decisions for clients or intervene in their clinical care. She provides informational and emotional support, while respecting a womans decisions.
I am a very private person; will hiring a doula be an infringement to my privacy?
A doula will actually help assure your privacy is protected by helping you to create a safe zone. She will know your preferences and work to make sure they are respected.
Do doulas only attend homebirths or drug-free births?
Doulas are trained to support women and their partners through a variety of birthing situations and outcomes. Whether you birth at home, in a hospital, or a birthing center - with or without drugs - doulas are there to support you no matter what your decision.
Will a doula's presence invade our privacy during the birth?
Can we ask her to leave for a few moments without offending her?
The role of the doula is to offer complete support to women and the birthing family. You cannot offend me. If your wish is to have a moment alone, all you need to do is ask.