We receive a lot of questions about what we do, how we can help, and what you can expect in your relationship with one of our amazing Doulas. Here are the answers to some of our most frequently asked questions.
What does a doula do?
We provide complete and unbiased educational, emotional, and physical support to our clients throughout their pregnancy and birth. Educating the birthing person leads to them feeling empowered to know their options, voice their preferences and feel prepared for this life-changing experience.
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Do doulas only support natural births?
Doulas support those who labor unmedicated, who choose to have an epidural, who deliver via cesarean and who deliver at home. We support all birthing persons and all types of births. We are knowledgeable in the options that present themselves within a hospital, birthing center, and home birth and prepared to help you navigate your way through them. Each prenatal meeting is customized to your birth plan.
Can I have a doula for a hospital birth?
Hospital births are actually a specialty of ours! About 75% of our clients birth in the hospital. We take time during our prenatal meetings to discuss providers, facilities, hospital routines, test and policies in detail so you know exactly what to expect. We have relationships and experience with many of the hospitals in the Metroplex. We also provide you with a list of questions we recommend asking your provider and facility so you have a clear picture of the care you’ll receive on the big day!
Do you take the place of my partner during labor?
Absolutely not! Birth doulas work with partners, as an addition to the birth team. Providing support and guidance for both you AND your partner allows partners to eat and rest if needed without leaving you alone. In many ways, doulas enhance the role of your partner by giving them ways to support you while also maintain a calm confidence that can help ease their minds. Doulas can bridge the gap in your care and help you facilitate open and honest conversations with not only each other but your doctor and facility staff.
Does insurance cover doulas?
Unfortunately, traditional health insurance does not readily cover doula services. There are some exceptions to this and we always recommend calling your specific health insurance company and asking about reimbursement. We do accept payment from Health Savings Accounts (HSA) and Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA.) These are common with high deductible plans which would allow you to pay for a doula with pre-tax dollars and perhaps use employer contributed funds as well. In addition, most health share plans, such as Samaritans or Christian Healthcare Ministries will cover doula services.
How long would you support me?
Supporting you is our number one priority! We don’t have an hourly limit on our labor support because birth is unpredictable, even for the most experienced professionals. Whether you labor 3 hours or 40 hours, we will make sure you are taken care of. Birth cannot be rushed and we know that! In rare cases, such as especially prolonged labors, we might call in a backup doula who will cover us while we rest. Doulas perform their best when they’ve had a *little bit* of sleep. 😛
Do you help with breastfeeding?
Absolutely! We remain with you for one or two hours after your birth, until you are comfortable and your family is ready for quiet time together. During this time we can help you initiate the beginning of your breastfeeding journey. We also follow up with a home visit within 3 days following your birth. This is a great time to further assist you with questions, latch assessment and referrals that can benefit your breastfeeding relationship. We have a wonderful network of providers that we can connect you with, from IBCLCs to pediatric dentists and bodyworkers.
Do you have backup doulas in case you’re unavailable for my birth?
As your doula we are committed to making it to your big day, but let’s face it, sometimes life happens and emergencies arise. For this reason, there will always be a backup doula available. DFW Birth Resource is a collective of doulas who serve as backups to one another. If a case should arise where the backup is not available, we have a trusted network of doulas in which we could rely on.
Do you provide childbirth education?
We provide several options for childbirth education! During these classes, we’re able to deepen our relationship with our clients while also helping them prepare for their best birth possible. Whether you’re looking for an in depth class, HypnoBirthing® or a quick refresher, you’ll find our CBE provisions are fun, modern, and up to date. We include partners in all of our classes so they can learn too! Many couples report feeling closer during their pregnancy and partners felt more involved in the birth after learning how to best support the laboring person.
What happens if I need to have a cesarean?
Whether your cesarean is planned or unplanned there can be fear about the unknown. As a doula, our job is to provide emotional, informational and physical SUPPORT, regardless of the type of delivery. We can help you prepare your cesarean birth plan and go over the variety of options you have during the procedure. Your doula can help you with relaxation techniques to stay calm or comfortable before, during or after the cesarean.
We can also help your birthing partner(s) remain calm, help them to understand what to expect during the birthing and newborn process. If your partner would like to stay with baby after the birth for pictures or to accompany baby to the nursery or NICU, your doula will remain by your side at all times.Your doula will remain with you until you are comfortable and your family is ready for quiet time together.