Frequently Asked Questions
Whether you're family planning or waist deep in the postpartum period, the birthing journey can be an overwhelming time. Below you can find the answers to some of the question you may have as it relates to what securing a doula really means.
What is a doula?
A doula is a trained professional who provides emotional, physical and informational support to expectant parents before, during and after birth, and in the early postpartum period. The ultimate goal of a doula is act as a bridge between the client and medical team in order assist in providing a safe, healthy and positive birthing experience. A doula is NOT an OB/GYN or midwife, meaning a doula does NOT have medical training. They are there solely to provide support to the birther and to act as an advocate on the client's behalf.
Why do I need a doula?
Doulas provide many benefits when added to a client's birthing team. Research has shown that birthers who have the support of a doula have decreased laboring times, lower rates of medical interventions, improved birther-baby bonding post-birth and reduced anxiety during the birthing journey. A major benefit is having a doula is having a dedicated person within your birthing team who's sole focus is supporting YOU.
Who typically uses a doula?
ANYONE! A common misconception is that only those that want to have a "natural birth" at home need a doula. This is so far from the truth. Doulas can provide support to anyone in whatever phase of the birthing journey they may be in. Whether one is undergoing IVF or preparing for labor and delivery, a doula can provide support whether it be simply emotional support during the process or more hands on support as with delivering a baby. There are doulas who specialize in different areas of support such as prenatal and birthing doulas or postpartum doulas; however, Faith to Fruition offers full spectrum services, meaning support can be provided at any stage.
How do you offer support?
Faith to Fruition employs a tailor made support experience, meaning the level of support provided will differ from client to client. On a base level, clients can expect to be provided with informational and emotional support that will prepare them to be an informed, confident and active participate in their birthing experience. Clients can also expect for Faith to Fruition to "hold space" for them, or create an environment that allows for their voice to be heard and desires and concerns to be taken seriously.
What kind of training do doulas have?
Doulas can be trained through a variety of programs and in differing areas. Allysa Singer of Faith to Fruition is a DTI trained full spectrum doula. The training received included a variety of educational courses and coursework, required reading completions, professional mentorship, and hands on experience requirements. Doulas are expected to stay abreast of changes within the field.
Why is a consultation important when choosing a doula?
Ensuring that you can establish and maintain a good rapport with your doula is essential. The consultation allows time to determine if the ways you want to be supported can be facilitated by the doula. It is also a great opportunity to make sure that the client(s) and the doula are a good "fit" for each other.
Will my insurance cover doula services?
While there are some states that have legislation on the books to include doula services as part of insurance coverage, currently these services are not covered by insurance. However, Flexible Spending Account (FSA) funds can be used to pay for doula services.
What if I can't afford to hire a doula?
If you're worried about the cost of hiring a doula, there are many options available. Contact me and we can discuss your options.
Have some questions that weren't covered in this section? Please reach out to me and I will try my best to provide you with any answers you may be looking for.