What are a doula's interactions with medical staff like?
A doula can help advocate for you to medical staff and ensure complete informed consent throughout the process. A doula is also helpful for setting the tone of respect. Nurses and doctors have many birthing people they are serving, but a doula is completely present only for you.
How do I pay for a doula?
Some insurances do cover a doula so you could try reaching out to them. It may be a good idea to add a doula to your registry to see if some people want to pitch in for the cost as well.
I fully believe that financials should not be a deterrent to receiving to true birthing support, so please reach out to me so we can discuss a sliding scale option and/ or resources.
My partner will be there during my birth, should I still use a doula?
Doulas don’t replace your partner. Part of what a doula does is to make it easier on your partner as well so they can take breaks and be more present in how they know how to best support you. We are part of your team in a similar way as a midwife, nurse, or doctor would be. It takes a village.