This is my favorite part!
I love working with expecting couples! Preparing them for childbirth and then actually being in the delivery room, helping them through this incredible rite of passage called childbirth...to me there is nothing more exhilarating!
What’s a Birth Doula and what does she do?
- Recognizes birth as a key experience the mother will remember all her life
- Understands the physiology of birth and the emotional needs of a woman in labor
- Assists the woman in preparing for and carrying out her plans for birth
- Provides information before, during labor and after childbirth
- Stays with the woman throughout the labor
- Provides emotional support, physical comfort measures and an objective viewpoint, as well as helping the couple get the information they need to make informed decisions, which in turn empowers them as a couple
- Facilitates communication between the laboring woman, her partner and her clinical care providers
- Perceives her role as nurturing and protecting the woman's memory of the birth experience
- Allows the woman's partner to participate at his/her comfort level
Numerous clinical studies have found that a doula’s presence at birth:
- Tends to result in shorter labors with fewer complications
- Reduces negative feelings about one’s childbirth experience
- Reduces the need for pitocin (a labor-inducing drug), forceps or vacuum extraction and cesareans
- Reduces the mother’s request for pain medication and/or epidurals
Doula and the Partner
Many partners are concerned about what their role will be when a doula is present. Don't worry, doulas never replace the partner. To answer some common concerns, Penny Simkins with Doulas Of North America (DONA) has written the following (used with permission). Please click here to learn more.
My Service Includes:
- Weekly phone conversations after 36 weeks. All my moms have lots of questions as their due date approaches. I'm there to answer questions and if I don't know something, I'll help you find the answer.
- Two pre-natal sessions (2 - 3 hours long). In session one - You'll have a tailored childbirth education class and planning for the actual day of labor and delivery. For example, you'll learn comfort measures, breathing techniques and the 3 essentials that a laboring woman must have. Session two - we will review comfort measures, watch videos, go over some exercises to prepare your relationship for the new baby (super important). We'll cover newborn baby care and how to communicate with them.
- Continuous labor support at home or the hospital. I meet you at your home or at the hospital when you are in active labor. I'll be there to give you constant emotional and physical support during labor and birth.
- Customized aromatherapy. I love using aromatherapy during labor, it really makes a difference. I change them up throughout labor and only use it when I think it will be beneficial to you and your baby. I have an anti-nausea, relaxation and an energizing/relaxing mix. They are mild and not offensive.
- Homeopathy. I have been trained in homeopathy and use homeopathy during labor if you would like that.
- 1 - 2 post-partum visits. This all depends on how you're doing. If you need extra support then I'm there for you.
- Borrow videos - Most of my couples really like this because once the baby arrives they feel they can watch the videos and instantly apply what they've learned at home with their newborn.
- Postpartum calls - You can still call me and e-mail me after the baby arrives about questions you may have. All my moms do. :-)
- Free gift - All my clients get a FREE relationship session with Whoistic Beginning’s relationship expert RHONA BERENS, PHD, CPCC PARENT ADVOCATE & MOM
- Access to a backup doula if I'm not able to attend the birth for some reason.
To learn more about me go to About Andrea
I charge $1800. I work in Los Angeles. (General areas: Glendale, Pasadena, Arcadia, Cedars Sinai Medical Center, Burbank etc.)
I require a 50% deposit once you decide to hire me and the rest the day of the birth. I only work with one couple per month so space is limited. I like to have a phone conversation first to see if we are a match and then meet to make sure we both feel right for each other.
For more questions or to schedule a phone conversation, please e-mail me at: Andrea@WholisticBeginnings.com
What About Insurance?
Over twenty insurance companies have begun paying for doula services and, now that there is a CPT code covering doula services, this is more of a possibility than ever before. (CPT stands for Current Procedural Terminology, and is a copyright of the American Medical Association.) The CPT code commonly used to claim doula services is 99499 for Evaluation and Management Services/Labor Support. You will have to do research on whether your insurance company will cover a doula or not.
I have my National Provider Identification (NPI) number which can be submitted to Medicare and third party insurance companies for reimbursement. You would still have to pay me in full and then attempt to get reimbursement from the insurance company. I can help guide you through the process.