2. What effects does the presence of a doula have on the mother?
When a doula is present during and after childbirth, women report greater satisfaction with their birth experience, make more positive assessments of their babies, have fewer cesareans and requests for medical intervention, and less postpartum depression.
3. What effects do the presence of doulas have on babies?
Studies have shown that babies born with doulas present tend to have shorter hospital stays with fewer admissions to special care nurseries, breastfeed more easily and have more affectionate mothers in the postpartum period.
4. Does a doula replace nursing staff?
No. Doulas do not replace nurses or other medical staff. Doulas do not perform clinical or medical tasks such as taking blood pressure or temperature, monitoring fetal heart rate, doing vaginal examinations or providing postpartum clinical care. They are there to comfort and support the mother and to enhance communication between the mother and medical professionals.
5. 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 woman’s decisions.
6. Will a doula make my partner feel unnecessary?
No, a doula is supportive to both the mother and her partner, and plays a crucial role in helping a partner become involved in the birth to the extent he/she feels comfortable.
7. Do you take insurance?
At this time we do not, however we are happy to give you an invoice so that you may send it to your insurance to see if they will cover it. Some women have been able to get insurance to help pay for their doula. This is something that varies from insurance provider to insurance provider. You can ask your insurance company, or, better yet, the human resources' contact at your company who deals with insurance benefits. Most of the time, you'll need to hire and pay for the doula yourself, and then later approach your insurance company for reimbursement. If your insurance company turns down your claim, appeal it. This may or may not get your doula covered, but you'll make clear to the company your interest in having doula services part of the benefit's package. They may include the benefit in the future.
Another option is to use your flexible spending account, if you have one. Check with your employer for more information.
8. Do you take payment plans?
Yes we do, but you will have to pay full price and forego any discounts along with signing a payment arrangement.
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Studies have shown that when doulas attend birth, labors are shorter with fewer complications, babies are healthier and they breastfeeding more easily.