FAQ

Labor Doula Services

Are there any circumstances that would prevent you from attending my birth?

Two circumstances would prevent me from supporting your birth: If I am at another client’s birth or experiencing a family emergency.  In this case, I will send a back up doula that will support you throughout your birth or until I am able to get to you.

Who are your back up labor doulas?

I work with a couple different back up doulas; when you hire me I will match you up with the back up doula that I feel is a good fit and also has availability around the time of your birth.

When is payment due?

To formally book me as your doula, I require a signed copy of the contract mailed to me along with the first half of my fee.  I will collect the second half of my fee at either one of the prenatal visits and always before 35 weeks pregnant.

Are there certain ways you cannot support me during my labor?

Please remember I am NOT a medical professional.  I cannot support a birth that is unassisted by a care provider such as a doctor or a midwife.  In addition, I do not perform vaginal exams, look for fetal heart tones, administer IV, read monitors, drive you or any member of your family or perform versions on breach babies.  This scope of practice is standard amongst all doulas.

How many doulas should I interview?

I would recommend that you interview 2-3 labor doulas before making your decision.  Inviting someone into your birth is very personal; both you and your partner should be comfortable with the doula you hire.  For additional doulas please check out: www.doulasofscv.com or email me at cali@tenderbeesdoula.com .

Will you photograph my birth?

Yes, I will photograph your birth for you.  Please have your camera with you and be prepared to show me how the settings work.  However, my role as your doula is my priority and if I see you are needing this support I will put down the camera and fulfill this role first.  Please know I am not a professional photographer; if you would like a hire a professional photographer I have many wonderful referrals.

Do you provide any additional services surrounding my birth?

Yes, I am also a placenta encapsulator.  I only provide this service as an add on for my clients, please email me: cali@tenderbeesdoula.com for more information about encapsulation.

Will my insurance cover the cost of a doula?

Each insurance company and policy is different, regardless of this I always recommend you file a claim for reimbursement.  I will provide you with an invoice with all the information required by your insurance company and I am happy to provide a letter detailing my qualifications as well as the service I provided to you.  It can take a bit of back and forth, but I have had clients find success with partial reimbursement of my fee.  For more information about submitting a claim for reimbursement for doula services, please check out:  http://anthrodoula.blogspot.com/2011/12/reimbursement-for-doula-services.html

Postpartum Doula Services

What happens if you experience a family emergency or get called to a birth before or during a postpartum shift?

In the rare instance I get called away before or during a shift, I will give you the option of rescheduling the shift or calling in a back up postpartum doula.

Who are your back up postpartum doulas?

I work with a couple different back up doulas; when you hire me I will match you up with the back up doula that I feel is a good fit and also has availability around the time we have scheduled shifts.

How many postpartum doulas should I interview?

I would recommend that you interview 2-3 postpartum doulas before making your decision.  Inviting someone into your postpartum is very personal; both you and your partner should be comfortable with the doula you hire.  For additional doulas please check out: www.doulasofscv.com or email me: cali@tenderbeesdoula.com .

Are there any ways you cannot support me postpartum?

I cannot drive you or any member of your family.  I also do not perform heavy housekeeping duties such as: cleaning bathrooms or showers, scrub floors, etc.  If feel that this type support is necessary, I am happy to pass along some housekeeping referrals.

Childbirth Education Classes

When is the ideal time to begin childbirth education classes?

Anytime is a great time to educate yourself on your options through evidence based websites and books.  Ideally, it is best to begin childbirth education classes around your second trimester and ensuring that classes will finish prior to your 36th week of pregnancy.  This will give you enough time to let the information sink, ask questions and practice some of the techniques learned.

What happens if you get called to a birth during a class?

In the rare instance I get called away to a birth before or during a class, I will reschedule the class to ensure everyone receives all of the information covered.

Where are group classes held?

Group classes are held either at my home or at a location within Santa Clarita Valley – depending on the size of the group.

Where are private classes held?

Private classes are conducted in your home.  I will arrange with you before hand to ensure you have access to a TV and DVD player.

What teaching strategies do you use in your classes?

Attendants of my childbirth education classes can expect the information to be delivered through a combination of lecture/handouts, video, powerpoint presentation and demonstration/return demonstration.

What happens if I miss a class?

If you miss a class I will do my best to catch you up through handouts however, there is no substitute for attending.  No refunds are given for missed classes.

Please email me: cali@tenderbeesdoula.com if you have any other questions or would like to set up a free consultation.