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Frequently Asked Questions

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Please take a moment to read through my most frequently asked questions, and know that I'm always here to support you - don't hesitate to reach out with any other questions you may have on your journey.

  • Can a doula replace my partner or spouse during labor?
    I understand that childbirth is a deeply personal experience, and you may have questions about who should be present during this special moment. One common concern is whether a doula can replace your partner or spouse during labor. It's important to note that while doulas provide emotional and physical support, their role is never to replace the love and support of your loved ones. Doulas are trained to offer continuous support, help you understand your options, and provide comfort measures. While a doula brings knowledge and experience, the presence of your partner or spouse is invaluable, providing a unique emotional connection and love. Ultimately, deciding who to have by your side during labor is personal, and open communication with your partner and doula is crucial to ensure everyone's role is understood. Always be aware of hospital visitor policies. I am here to support you and your loved ones along the way.
  • What is your philosophy and approach to childbirth?
    I share a lot about my philosophy and approach to childbirth in my story. Learn more about me here.
  • What kind of training and certification do you have as a doula?
    I have over 14 years of combined experience as a former labor and delivery nurse, certified doula and childbirth educator. Please see my education and experience page here.
  • How many births have you attended as a doula?
    Since I started my business as a doula and childbirth educator I have supported 23 combined home and hospital births. As a former labor and delivery nurse I have estimated supporting over 600 births.
  • How do you work with my healthcare provider during my pregnancy and birth?
    As a doula and childbirth educator, I work hand in hand with your healthcare provider to ensure a collaborative and holistic approach to your pregnancy and birth experience. I encourage open communication between you and your provider, helping you navigate discussions about your birth preferences. During labor, I support your choices while following your provider's guidance, providing continuous physical and emotional support. By fostering teamwork and effective communication, we create a harmonious environment where your needs and desires are respected, resulting in a positive and empowered birth experience.
  • What is the difference between an RN and a doula?
    While both registered nurses (RNs) and doulas play vital roles in supporting expecting parents, there are key differences in their scope of practice. RNs are healthcare professionals who provide medical care, administer medication, and monitor the health of both the birthing person and the baby. Doulas, on the other hand, offer continuous emotional, physical, and informational support throughout pregnancy, birth, and postpartum, focusing on comfort measures, advocacy, and education. Doulas complement the medical care provided by RNs by offering personalized support and empowering individuals through their birthing journey.
  • What is the scope of a doula?
    See CAPPA statement
  • What to expect during doula interview?
    During a doula interview, you can expect an opportunity to get to know each other better and determine if we are a good fit for your birth experience. We will discuss your birth preferences, desires, and concerns. I will explain my approach, services, and experience as a doula and childbirth educator. This interview is a chance for you to ask questions, understand how I can support you and your support/birth team, and gain a sense of comfort and trust in our potential partnership.
  • Do I accept insurance?
    At this time I do not accept insurance. I am working towards becoming a Cencal/Medi-cal provider. In the meantime, I do accept HSA/FSA cards. Learn more payment options below.
  • What if I am experiencing financial hardship?
    I believe everyone deserves access to childbirth education and doula services. I am more than happy to work with you and together discover what works best for you and your family. Here are some ways childbirth education and doula services can be more affordable: +Payment Plans +Sliding Scales +Barter +Request donations from family and friends +Request a Gift Certificate from family and friends +HSA/FSA Cards +Add these services to your baby registry +Gift cards
  • Do I work with other doulas?
    Yes, as a doula, I believe in providing the best possible support for you during your birth journey. In certain circumstances, such as if I am already attending another birth, due to sickness or circumstances beyond my control, I may have a backup doula who can step in to provide continuous care and support. Rest assured, the backup doula is someone I trust and has experience supporting families, ensuring you receive seamless support throughout your labor and birth until I can be with you. Your comfort and well-being are always my top priority.
  • Do I have to live on the Central Coast to receive your services?
    Great question! I am located on the Central Coast in California, however I am able to provide virtual and in-person support. Virtual Childbirth Classes, Workshops, and Doula Services are available to you, wherever you are. Currently, in-person support is only available in SLO and Northern Santa Barbara Counties.
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