Birth Doula FAQs
1. What's the difference between a doula and a midwife?
A midwife is a medical professional who is in charge of the health and safety of you and your baby. A doula supports the mother and family through informational, emotional, and physical support. A doula will not take your blood pressure, check heart tones, do cervical checks, or deliver your baby.
2. What if I don't want a "natural" birth?
Your birth, your choice! You doula supports all birth options from natural home births to planned cesareans and everything in between!
3. How will my doula support me throughout my pregnancy?
- Prenatal Visit One: The first prenatal visit will take place in a local coffee shop or your home and will go over all of the options you have for your birth. Your doula will give you the pros and cons of each option and you and your partner will decide what is best for your family. She will then take all of your choices and make them into a birth plan for you to go over with your medical provider.
- Prenatal Visit Two: The second prenatal visit will take place in your home and your doula will go over what postpartum looks like, essential oils for labor, comfort measures with you and your partner, and birthing positions. You should wear comfortable clothes that you can move easily in.
- Phone, Text, and Email Support: Your doula will be available to you to answer questions from the time you sign your contract and pay your deposit until 6 weeks postpartum.
4. When will my doula join me in labor?
When you think you are in labor, give your doula a call. She'll talk to you about what you are feeling and give you some coaching over the phone. She will stay in contact with you via phone or text throughout early labor for support. When you feel like you need physical support, call and she will meet you at either your house or your birthing place, whichever you are more comfortable with.
5. Will my doula take the place of my partner?
No! Your doula is not there to take the place of your partner, she is there to support the two of you together as a unit. She is there to support your partner as much as she is there to support the birthing mother. Your partner knows you better than anyone else and your doula knows birth so they will be able to work together to create your perfect birth team!
6. Can I use a payment plans?
Yes! A $200 deposit is due when you sign your contract to hold your due date. The rest of the payment is due at the end of 37 weeks so your doula can go on-call for you at 38 weeks. However you pay the remaining amount between then is up to you!
7. What will my doula bring to my birth?
Your doula will bring a rebozo, honey sticks, essential oils, a diffuser, massage tools, and lots of love and support!