It’s been a minute since I’ve written. I didn’t even realize it’s been since July-YIKES! Time flies when you’re having fun that’s for sure and I am having all the fun. For those of you who are just getting here…I began accepting clients in June and things just kinda took off from there. It has been a busy busy start to this journey but I am ever grateful to the families who invited me to join them on their journeys. I am also grateful to those of you considering me for your journey or that of a dear friend or relative. Way to take care of yourself and your loved ones!
While I love answering questions ( I can sit and talk all day long about being a doula), I wanted to put this FAQ list together so that you don’t have to wait for me to reply to your email or DM. However, feel free at anytime to reach out to me. Just know…if it’s a good day (and most are) you might get trapped in my DoulaJOY!
Q: Do I have to give birth at my house or a birthing center to hire you?
A: No. I will go wherever you choose to have your baby (hospital, birth center, or home with a midwife). I LOVE assisting in hospital births. So far all my clients have given or are planning to give birth in hospitals.
Q: I already know I want an epidural. Can I still have an epidural with a doula?
A: Absolutely! It is your right to make the decisions that are best for you during your birth experience. My job is to help you understand your choices. I don’t make them for you. I have no agenda other than you making informed decisions and having the birth experience you wish to have.
Q: Do you replace my husband/partner/family member?
A: First of all- I could never! Second of all- no because they have work to do! All jokes aside, I also support your support team as they support you. I will teach them some techniques for assisting you during your birth. This is a team/village effort. All hands on deck!
Q: Do I really need a doula if I’m giving birth in a hospital?
A: Choosing to hire a doula is a very personal choice. I personally feel that everyone who delivers at a hospital should have a doula. A doula not only serves as a birth companion for pain relief techniques, but as your advocate. I will make sure you are informed in order to make the best decisions for yourself and your baby. I will ensure that your voice is heard and respected.
Q: Do you accept insurance?
A: If I could I absolutely would. Unfortunately since doulas are not medical providers, we don’t have that option. Now, there are some insurance companies who reimburse for doula services. I will be happy to provide an invoice and/or other required documents if your insurance company reimburses you. You will have to contact them to find out if they do. Also, many FSA/HSA plans allow for doula services to be paid from those accounts.
Q: Do you provide baby nurse or night nurse services?
A: At this time I do not. You can check out my services page for a list of the services I provide.
Q: What if I want doula services but not to give birth? Can you help me?
A: I am happy to have a conversation with you about the services you need. If I cannot help you myself, I will help you find the resources you need. You can send an inquiry here. I am the only person who reads these inquiries. Your privacy is guaranteed.
Q: Do you only accept African-American clients?
A: No. I serve all women from every walk of life regardless of her background, race, ethnicity, nationality, color… you can fill in all the blanks. Cultural competence and inclusion are part of my core values . I emphasize care of African-American women because of the staggering rates of maternal and infant mortality that we face. I want to make it easy for African-American women to find me and know that I offer them a safe space. That does not mean that I exclude women of any other race, ethnicity, nationality, color…you can fill in all the blanks ;) Please don’t hesitate. Set up a free consultation. I can’t wait to meet you!
Q: Do you travel or offer virtual doula services?
A: Not yet but soon. Like real real soon. Like 2019 soon.