I offer a free introductory meeting for those considering hiring a doula. At this meeting, we can get acquainted and I can answer any questions you may have about using a doula.
I offer two prenatal meetings to talk through your desires for your labor and birth. Through my work as a doula and an Evansville Birthnetwork leader, I am familiar with a variety of birth options in the Evansville area. I have worked with many doctors and midwives and have experience at most hospitals within an hour's drive of Evansville. I can give you information on birth options you may not be aware of.
I incorporate Lamaze's Six Steps to a Safer Birth into the prenatal visits. I encourage you to look at what research says about any interventions you are considering. By understanding risks and benefits of any course of action, you are better able to make a good decision. Once you make a decision, I will support you in it.
I can help you write a birth plan if you wish. During the prenatal visits, we will also discuss any concerns you may have about birth. We will discuss what techniques may work best for you to help you relax during labor. I have a collection of books and handouts that you may use to help you prepare for labor.
I am available by phone or through email to answer questions or to provide a listening ear.
My fee for these services is $500. A $150 deposit is due when you sign the contract and the remainder is due three weeks before your due date. If you are unable to afford the full amount, please contact me and we will try to work something out.
In the last couple of years, more insurance companies have started covering the cost of a birth doula. I can provide you with paperwork to submit to your insurance company to apply to be reimbursed for the fee. You may also use money from a Flexible Spending Account to pay for the doula fee.
This video is one of Lamaze's 6 Steps for a Safer Birth: Have Continuous Support. It shows ways a doula supports moms during labor.
Contact me if you have questions or would like to schedule a free consultation.