Frequently Asked Questions
What is a doula? Is that different from a midwife?
Why do I need a doula when I have my spouse/partner for support?
As a doula, my job is not to replace your partner. I want to work in conjunction with your partner to make your birth the best it can be. Birth can be very intimate and I don’t want to get in the way of these special moments. My job is to help facilitate a birthing environment that allows you both to have a memorable experience . Your partner knows you best. I work with your partner to support you and I support your partner. They also need to be reminded to rest, hydrate and breathe.
I want an epidural or c-section. Can I still have a doula?
When is the best time to hire a doula?
Anytime. Doulas provide a variety of services for pregnant folks, folks looking to get pregnant and folks who have recently, or not, given birth. I provide a range of services for pregnant and birthing people. You can hire me as soon as you get a positive pregnancy test or as late as 40 weeks pregnant.
Does health insurance cover doula services?
In most cases, no. However, there are some instances where you might be able to get doula services covered. I am happy to create a superbill for you to submit to your insurance for reimbursement. You can also use your FSA or HSA to cover birth doula services.
What are the benefits of a doula?
Can I set up a payment plan?
What is a lactation professional?
When should I hire a lactation professional?
Anytime, but the sooner the better. Establishing a relationship with a lactation professional during pregnancy is a good idea. You can take a lactation class as well get a general idea of what to expect in the early days of feeding your baby. If your baby is already born, reach out as soon as any issues arise. Don’t wait until you are feeling too overwhelmed to get help. Early support is important to securing a positive breast/chest feeding relationship.
What can I expect during a lactation appointment?
Before your appointment, I’ll request that you complete a thorough (and I mean thorough) intake form so I can truly assess what your issues might be. You’ll also get plenty of instructions on what to do before we meet so that we can get the most out of the session. I’ll do a complete lactation assessment for you and your baby. I’ll watch you latch and nurse your baby (and/or pump) and I’ll offer suggestions on how to correct any problems. After our appointment, I’ll create a care plan with the details we discussed and next steps.
Does health insurance cover lactation services?
They are supposed to. However, not all insurances do and not all insurance covers all lactation professionals and their services. I am happy to create a superbill for you to submit to your insurance for reimbursement and I can work with you if you get a denial. You can also use your FSA or HSA to cover lactation services.
I want to combo feed both human milk and formula. Can I still get help from a lactation professional?
Yes! As a lactation professional, I want to help you be successful and reach your goals, whatever those are. If you want to provide human milk in a bottle only by pumping exclusively, great, let’s chat! If you want to nurse your baby for 3 months and switch to formula, great, let’s chat! If you want to provide human milk during the night and formula during the day, great, let’s chat. If you want to nurse for 2+ years, great, let’s chat! Whatever your goals are, I want to help you reach those.