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What is a doula?
What areas do you serve?
The word "doula" comes from the ancient Greek meaning "a woman who serves" and is now used to refer to a trained and experienced professional who provides continuous physical, emotional and informational support to the mother before, during and just after birth; or who provides emotional and practical support during the postpartum period. Learn more about pregnancy loss and bereavement services here.
Studies have shown that when doulas attend birth, labors are shorter with fewer complications, babies are healthier and they breastfeed more easily.
I serve any home birth within a 40 mile radius of Lilburn, Ga. I attend births at Dekalb Medical, North Fulton, Gwinnett Medical, Atlanta Medical, Piedmont, Northside and Emory Hospital.
I am a DONA certified birth doula, and holds a certificate as a Hypnobabies®Childbirth Hypnosis-Doula and Stillbirthday Birth and Bereavement Doula.
What is a Hypnobabies® childbirth Hypno-Doula?
A Hypnobabies® Childbirth Hypno-Doula is a doula who has been trained as a doula, and then taken the necessary steps to receive specialized training from Hypnobabies® in order to learn how to assist the Hypnobabies® mom and birth partner who are interesting in birthing their baby using hypnosis techniques learned through the Hypnobabies® Childbirth class or Hypnobabies® Home Study kit. The Hypnobabies® techniques prepare a woman to have a comfortable and relaxing birth and introduces you to a new way of viewing your childbirth experience. A woman who give birth using Hypnobabies® is able to have an easier and more comfortable childbirth, she is are able to relax and focus on her hypnosis throughout her birthing time. Please contact me for more information, or to find a Hypnobabies® childbirth class near you!
Why do I need a doula if I will have a labor and delivery nurse?
The labor and delivery nurse is a great resource to have around when you are having your baby. However, the labor and delivery nurse has other clinical duties to perform, paperwork, as well as other patients to attend to. These other duties limits the amount of time the nurse can stay with you. A doula provides continuous care through nursing staff changes and only has the mother's emotional and physical needs in mind, suggesting ways to progress in labor and addressing any issues that may arise.
Do you only attend drug free births or home births?
No, I have been trained to support you and your partner through the delivery of your baby and immediate postpartum recovery period. Whether you are scheduled for a cesarean, have chosen to deliver in a hospital with pain medication or you have chosen a water birth at home, I am here to support you in the decisions you have made where ever that may take you.
What is the difference between a birth doula and a postpartum doula?
A birth doula accompanies a woman in childbirth and helps her through the delivery of her baby. The birth doula also offers support in the immediate postpartum recovery period. You will have had access to the birth doula prior to delivery and may have met a few times to discuss your options and birth wishes. A postpartum doula helps you makes the transition into parenthood at home by offering assistance with newborn care, breastfeeding support, soothing techniques and more. A postpartum doula may be hired for a few days up to several weeks after you bring your baby home.
Will my insurance company cover a doula?
Not likely, some insurance companies will reimburse the cost of doula care. Please talk with your health insurance provider. There are forms available to submit if this is an option for you. If you have a flexible spending account used for non-covered medical expenses, doula care may be considered an appropriate expense for reimbursement from a pretax / health savings account.
What are your fees, and do you accept credit cards?
Standard Doula Package is $850.00, Hypnobabies Doula package is $900.00. I require a $400.00 deposit to retain my services and reserve your due date. To learn more about my fees you can click here, and for your convenience you may purchase packages from my website! All major credit cards are accepted (Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Debit cards and Discover).