Answering Your Questions
What does a doula do?
As a doula, I help with informational, physical, and emotional support throughout your pregnancy, labor, delivery, and postpartum. For informational support, I help you ask the right questions of your care providers, so you can make the best decisions for you and your family. I provide physical support in providing recommendations for position changes to help speed labor, manage pain, and also offer other pain coping measures, such as acupressure, to help you during your labor. For emotional support, I facilitate communication between you and your spouse/partner to serve as a continual support person for BOTH of you, as well as helping you preparing for and carrying out your plans for birth. Additionally, I will be with you throughout your labor process. Sometimes when a woman arrives woman arrives at the hospital, she may not have continual support from her nurse if there are many women in labor at the same time she is. In these situations, a doula is the ONLY continuous caregiver who is with you from beginning to end instead of a rotating staff of nurses and a doctor that comes in a couple of times to check on you.
What are the benefits of having a doula?
Studies have shown that women supported by a doula in labor have a 50% reduction in C-section rate, 25% shorter labor, 60% reduction in epidural requests, 40% reduction in Pitocin use, 30% reduction in analgesia use, and 40% reduction in forceps delivery. Additionally at six weeks postpartum, women who had a doula had a higher incidence of breastfeeding, were less anxious, had higher self-esteem, were less likely to be depressed, reported more satisfaction with their partners, and regarded both themselves and their babies in a positive light.
How is a doula different than a doctor, midwife, or nurse?
As a doula, I do not do anything medical. For example, I will not deliver your baby, provide vaginal exams to check cervical dilation, listen to the baby's heart tones, monitor the mother's vitals, or provide prenatal medical care or medical exams of any kind.
What are your fees?
My fee is $900 - $1200. Please contact me to schedule a FREE consult to meet and discuss my fees and any discounts you may qualify for. Ultimately I want ALL women who want a doula at their birth to have one, so if you are interested, please reach out!
Do you accept health insurance?
I do not accept health insurance, but some med share programs provide money towards a doula.
Are there any available discounts?
YES! As a former teacher, I offer discounts for teachers/school district employees, emergency response workers, and active/veteran military OR their spouses. (Must provide provide proof of current employment/staff ID to receive this discount.) As of 2022, I am also extending my teacher discount to any teachers who have exited education since March 2020 (due to Covid) OR their spouses. I know how difficult the last two years have been and I want to honor you. I also offer other discounts. Please contact me to schedule your FREE consult to meet and discuss discounts!
Do you accept payment plans?
Absolutely! I require a $100 deposit to secure your spot on my calendar and hire me as your doula. $600 is due by your 37 weeks gestation, and any remaining balance is due by the postpartum visit. If further assistance is needed, please contact me to schedule your FREE consult and discuss payment plan options.
Are you against women using pain relieving drugs such as epidurals?
No! I fully support the compassionate use of epidurals and other pain relieving drugs if that is what you desire. My job as a doula is to make sure you know all of the possible risks and benefits associated with ANY intervention (including pain relieving drugs). I do, however, believe it is important to request the epidural at the right time for it to be the most beneficial and that women should be familiar with other pain coping techniques until that time. Ultimately I support YOU in how YOU want to birth your baby.
Can I have a doula if I end up having a C-section or if I choose to have an elective C-section?
If you are my client and you end up having to have a C-section, I will absolutely support you and your family however I am able. If you are choosing to have an elective C-section for medical reasons or otherwise, I will absolutely support you. However, it is your responsibility to check with your doctor and their policies about who is allowed to be with you during your C-section.
Can I have a doula while Covid is happening?
Absolutely! I work closely with my clients during our prenatal visits to provide them with the tools they need to be educated on risks and benefits BEFORE their labor even starts; however, it is the client's responsibility to check with their doctor and/or hospital to find out their policies on doulas/support people. If a hospital does allow doulas, I am prepared to show my certification, if requested. In the event a hospital does not allow more than one support person due to their own Covid policies, I am prepared to offer virtual doula services through apps like GoogleDuo, GoogleMeets, or Zoom, as technology allows. If that doesn't work, I am always available by phone and/or text to assist you and your partner with strategies to help your labor be more effective. Additionally, I am fully vaccinated and boosted for Covid-19 and and am also willing to wear a mask during any meetings or at your birth, if requested.
What areas do you serve?
I serve women and their families primarily in the Southeast Houston area including, but not limited to: Baytown, Clear Lake, Deer Park, Friendswood, Kemah, La Porte, League City, Pasadena, Pearland, and the Greater Houston Area. Contact me to schedule a FREE consult to meet me and determine how I can meet your needs for your pregnancy and birth!