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Do you have a question that isn't answered here?  I'd love to talk with you.

What does a doula do, exactly?

A doula is a non-medical support person who gives emotional, physical, and informational support to an expectant mother and her birth partner. 

She's not a midwife...she doesn't do any clinical assessments like checking blood pressure, checking your baby's heart tones, or checking your dilation.

Doulas do a lot of things!  During pregnancy, your doula:

  • Helps you explore all of your options

  • Helps you identify your priorities--what's most important to you?

  • Reassures you about what's normal

  • Points you towards evidence-based information for your birth

  • Helps you learn and practice skills for communicating effectively with your healthcare team

  • Helps you answer all the questions that come up along the way

  • Listens to you when you have concerns

  • Helps you and your partner learn skills that will increase your comfort and progress in labor

  • Supports you in your decisions


Then when you're in labor your doula:

  • Reminds you about the questions you wanted to ask

  • Squeezes your hips, rubs your back, wipes your face

  • Sits still and holds your hand

  • Helps your partner know how to support you

  • Keeps the environment the way you like it (lighting, music, etc.)

  • Helps keep you grounded

  • Gives your partner a chance to grab some food or use the restroom without leaving you all alone

  • Uses tools and her two hands to comfort you and help your labor progress

  • Bears witness to your power

  • Supports you in your decisions

After your baby is born, your doula:

  • Helps you with breastfeeding if you need it

  • Helps you get settled in with your baby

  • Keeps her focus on you, if you and baby are separated

  • Helps you process your birth

  • Supports you in your decisions

Doulas do all of this and more. They are a tour guide, a mentor, a facilitator.

They are what you need them to be!

I'm planning to have an epidural.  Will having a doula still help me?

It's understandable to think of doula support as the soothing, comforting work of helping a woman manage the power of each contraction as it comes.  That's one of the things a doula does.  But doulas do a lot more than that, too! About half of my clients so far have had epidurals, some planned and some unplanned.  A lot of a doula's work comes before you go into labor, helping you to explore all of your options, plan for your birth, and find your voice, so that you're prepared to navigate your birthing environment. Once your labor begins, I can help you manage your labor before you get your epidural. After your epidural, I can help you change positions to aid the progress of your labor. I can help you navigate any decisions you have to make during your labor. I can support your breastfeeding efforts after your baby is born, and much more!

I am here to support ALL kinds of births.

Will having a doula make my partner feel left out?

This is a common concern for people thinking about hiring a doula.  The short answer is that I serve both partners during pregnancy and birth.  My hope is to help your partner give you excellent support.  Many times after a birth I have been given an emotional "Thank you so much!" by partners after a birth because they were so grateful for my help supporting their loved one through the birth experience.


A few ways I support partners:

  • suggest ways to support mom

  • ask timely questions to prompt discussion at important moments

  • encourage self-care so that the partner can continue to provide good support for the long haul

  • allow respite when the partner needs a quick break--Mom never has to be alone

  • reassure about aspects of labor that may seem worrisome but are actually normal or even a positive sign of progress

  • help interpret what is going on medically if there is confusion


If your partner is concerned about having a doula present, I encourage them to speak to other partners of mothers who have used a doula and ask how they felt about the experience.

Doulas seem kind of expensive. How can I afford one?

In a perfect world, everyone who wanted one would have a doula, covered by her insurance. I believe that in the future, insurance companies will realize that doula support lowers their costs by reducing the number of medical procedures that laboring women need. Some insurance companies already recognize this and will cover the cost of a doula if you provide the proper documents.  Call your insurance company and ask!

One of the best and most popular ways to pay for a doula is to use a Flexible Spending Account (FSA) or a Healthcare Savings Account (HSA), if you have one set up through your insurance.  Doula support is an eligible expense!  You will need your doula to provide a detailed invoice in order to receive reimbursement. If you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant, you may want to open a FSA or HSA during your insurance company's open enrollment in November.

If it will help, I can also set up a payment plan for you so that your fees are divided into monthly payments, rather than just a deposit and final payment.

At the end of the day, you may have to get creative to come up with the funds for a doula's fee, but her services are worth it!

Will you try to talk me into doing my birth the way you think I should?

Absolutely NOT.  What I try to do for each of my clients is to help them explore all of their options and to provide evidence-based information. Then they can make informed choices, and whatever those are, I am there to support them and help them meet their goals.  My hope for you is that in the process you will find your own power and hold on tight to it.  What I would do in your place is irrelevant.  This is YOUR birth.

What is your service area?

I mostly serve families who live in and near the Opelika/Auburn, Alabama area, but these families may choose to give birth in a variety of locations, generally within about a 2-hour radius.  Some of the places I may attend births with my families include (but are not limited to):

  • East Alabama Medical Center (Opelika, AL)

  • St. Francis Hospital (Columbus, GA)

  • Piedmont Midtown Hospital (Columbus, GA

  • Wellstar West Georgia Medical Center (LaGrange, GA)

  • Baptist East Medical Center (Montgomery, AL)

  • Regional Medical Center (Anniston, AL)


I have the most experience at EAMC in Opelika.

I will also attend home births as a doula if a Licensed Midwife is also in attendance. (Since I work as a midwife assistant for Christine Litas, I can't function as a doula at her births.)

Are you religious?

I include this question because I'm asked it a lot by prospective clients.

The short answer is that I am a Bible believing Christian.

I love working with Christian families, but I also have many clients who are not Christians, and I love working with them too!


Give me a call or send me a message!  I would love to chat with you and answer your questions if I can.  I look forward to connecting with you!

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