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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

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WHAT DOES A BIRTH DOULA DO?

A Birth Doula offers physical, emotional and informational support to a woman as she prepares to give birth. A Birth Doula does not perform clinical tasks, make decisions for you or speak on your behalf.

WHAT TYPE OF BIRTHS DO YOU ATTEND?

I have experience attending all kinds of births and would be comfortable in almost any setting. Whether it's your first baby or your 10th, a hospital or home birth, medicated or not, vaginal or Cesarean birth, I will give you the support that it is right for you.

WON'T MY NURSE/MIDWIFE/DOCTOR DO EVERYTHING I NEED?

Each member of the birth team provides an essential function during the birth of your baby. The role of the doula is unique as she has the sole duty to anticipate the birthing mother's emotional and physical needs and provide comfort and assurance without the distraction of other responsibilities. The doula is there for you Mama, and for no other reason.

WHAT ABOUT DADS, FAMILY AND FRIENDS SUPPORT?

Having a doula frees the laboring woman's family and friends to experience the birth without the pressure of taking care of her, which they may not be equipped to do. This freedom allows dads and others to participate in the event in a calm relaxed manner, which in turn benefits the birthing mother.

WILL MY HEALTH INSURANCE COVER THE COST OF A DOULA?

Maybe. Some insurance companies may reimburse for the cost of a doula or allow HSA resources to pay the doula fees. Check with your insurance carrier for more information regarding your specific plan coverage.

DO YOU PERFORM ANY PHYSICAL EXAMINATIONS?

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HOW ARE YOU DEALING WITH COVID-19 ISSUES?

As a birth doula I have always practiced strict hygiene protocol and will continue to do so. In addition I will have a mask and gloves available to wear as needed. While in your home or the hospital setting, your health and well being and that of your baby is of the utmost concern.

WHEN SHOULD WE INTERVIEW AND HIRE A DOULA?

The best answer is - as soon as you feel like you need one! The sooner you hire me, the more you are able to benefit from my support and expertise. On the fence? Consultations for any service is always free, lets sit down for a chat.

(509) 520-2975   mothersfriendchris@gmail.com