Questions to Ask your Doula
✓What kind of training do you have?
35 hours doula training including breastfeeding, labor, birth and delivery. Prerequisites for Masters of Nursing Program, pending admittances to MN Program, and prerequisites for Midwifery Program from the University of Minnesota. Additional DONA Breastfeeding class.
✓What are your doula fees?
The average cost of a doula varies by region, but they often range from $800 to $2,500, with the average
cost around $1,200. My fee for a basic birth package is $700. This includes two prenatal visits, unlimited text support, continuous labor support, delivery, up to two hours post birth support, and a post-delivery follow-up. Some insurance companies/FSA/HSA will cover some or all of the cost of a doula, depending on your plan. My fees are on a sliding scale depending on client’s ability to pay and/or package selection.
✓Do you have a backup doula?
Absolutely. Emergencies and unexpected client births are the only reason I will not attend your birth. Vacations will not be planned around your special day. I will connect you with a backup doula once contract is secured.
✓Do you do any visits before birth?
YES! As many as you’d like, depending on cost and time. I’d be happy to work it out. Two prenatal visits are with the basic birth package.
✓Do you do any postpartum care/follow up? Does that cost more?
I would love to help you settle into your new role, help with daily tasks or errands, and support you
through the changes. Again, depending on cost and time, we can schedule some postpartum visits. I’d be happy to do dishes, do laundry, light cleaning, light shopping, massaging, bathing, or watching the baby so that you can do it yourself if you prefer.
✓Can I email, text or call you with questions?
YES. View my contact info for numbers and emails, we can talk any time.
✓Do you have experience with birth complications?
Yes. I know enough to soothe the mother and her birthing partner through pain and nerves and I know when a doctor knows best. I have attended high risk births and births that have lasted more than 4 days.
✓Have you attended a birth that ended in Caesarian?
Yes. Some planned, some unplanned. But if you and your provider decide it is what’s best for both you and the baby, we will work with what we are given, while staying as close to your birthing plan as possible.
✓Have you attended home births?
Not yet. But I cannot wait to try!
✓Why did you become a doula?
I became a doula because I wanted to give support to women when they needed it most. I wanted to be able to help women through one of the hardest and most beautiful experiences life has to offer and remind them that this is what their body was made to do.
✓Are you certified?
YES! Woot Woot! DONA International trained and certified.
✓When do I first call you? Is it OK if it’s in the middle of the night?
When you are headed to the hospital or when your water breaks, give me a text or call, and I’ll arrange my schedule. You can call/text day or night.
✓When do you come to the birth?
I can come right away or wait, depending on how things are progressing and how you’re feeling. When contractions are 3-5 minutes apart or you are 3-5 centimeters dilated, I will be there asap.
✓How long will you stay?
I will stay until up to 2 hours after birth.
✓Will you come to my home or meet at the birth place?
I will meet you at the birth place.
✓Do you have a time limit for long births?
Long births may require some short breaks for bathroom or food. Remember that those supporting the mother need to eat in order to have the energy to get through the birth together and to give you what you need! After 24 hours, we will assess the situation and call the backup doula so they are prepared to come in, should they be needed.
✓How do you work with the birthing person’s partner?
I can give massages, get food, take over so that they can nap, and help remind them how they can help you. Reminding you of your plan, helping to stay an active and supportive person for the one giving birth.
✓How do you work with midwife or doctor?
I can remind you of your questions or feelings, but I will try to stay out of their way and will not speak on your behalf. I cannot answer medical questions, give medical exams, or give medical advice.
✓If you don’t make the birth, do I get a refund?
If I don’t make it to your birth (emergencies only), you will have a backup doula present and their payment will come from the original payment to the primary doula. If the backup is not available, you may receive a partial refund depending on prenatal visits, postpartum visits, and birth planning.
✓Do you meet with us after the birth to review the labor and answer questions?
Yes, I’d love to review your birth experience and celebrate with you!
✓Do you offer any additional services?
I can photograph or videotape. I also do belly casting, maternity shoots, labor photography, newborn photos, before and after sessions, etc. Additional services may be an additional cost.
✓How do you approach birth?
I am a sucker for natural, holistic birthing techniques, but I know when medical intervention is a better choice. I can be gentle and encouraging, or I can be your enthusiastic cheerleader, I will follow your lead and emotional cues to take your birthing experiences to a joyful, peaceful, and loving place.
✓Do you have experience with breastfeeding instruction?
Yes, and together we will look for a beautiful latch through skin to skin contact and thoughtful interaction. If further lactation support is needed, I can refer you to a lactation consultant in your area.