Doula Service Details and Fees
Fee: $400. Payment plans are accepted as well as reduced fees based on individual circumstances. FREE SERVICES may be available!! Email me to find out!! Also, find out about possible reimbursement from your insurance company!!
Here is a list of what that fee covers:
First prenatal visit (after the interview process is done) to discuss your medical history (only what is relevant to the pregnancy, of course), your ideal birth, and to answer questions about common medical procedures. (about 2hrs)
Second prenatal visit around 34 weeks to attend a doctor's/midwife appointment with you and/or meet to review everything you have learned in your childbirth classes. Using that info, we will work on your birth plan.
Third prenatal visit at your home to discuss and practice pain management techniques for labor. We will actually go through several specific birth scenarios and figure out what might work in each situation.
I am also on-call 24hrs a day for two weeks before and after your due date. That means, I am available to answer questions any time of day (especially when you're wondering if "this is it"), and I don't schedule anything out-of-town or make plans that can't be cancelled.
Once your labor starts and you need my help, I will come to your house and assist you for as long as you feel comfortable being home. If you are not delivering at home, I will then go with you to the hospital/birth center and stay for the remainder of the labor and delivery.
After the birth, I will stay with you until you are settled. If you are planning to breastfeed, I will help with the first feeding to make sure the baby is able to latch on well.
Two weeks after the birth, we will meet one more time (but I am available by phone or email anytime if you have any questions or concerns). At this meeting, we will discuss questions about caring for the infant and we will review the birth experience. I take a lot of notes during the labor and delivery, then type that up into a birth story for you to keep. I have found that most women have a hard time remembering some details of their labor while other details are overemphasized. (For instance, one mom felt like she pushed for an hour, when it was actually only six minutes.) Having the events of the birth written up for you helps to give perspective and is a great keepsake.