As the Birthing Days Doula, I:
Recognize childbirth as a key life experience that the woman will remember all her life.
Understand and trust the process of birth and the emotional needs of a woman in labor.
Offer my mind, my heart, and my hands, for the well being of the whole woman.
Help alleviate fear around birth, which will allow for gentler, smoother, more connected and relaxed birth.
Offer a variety of resources and evidence-based research to help educate women (+ partner) with the information they need to make informed decisions.
Offer continuous physical comfort and emotional encouragement throughout the birth experience.
Act as a liaison between the birthing woman and the medical staff to facilitate clear communication.
Provide an objective viewpoint should issues arise and aid the birthing woman (+ partner) in making informed decisions that are consistent with their values.
Always support the informed choices of the birthing woman.
Inspire confidence in a woman's ability to give birth in her own best way, so that she feels more connected and at peace with her birth choices.
Perceive my role as nurturing and protecting the woman's memory of her birth experience.
Am knowledgeable, supportive, compassionate, and open; and seek to ensure that the birth is a positive life affirming experience for all those involved.
I do not:
Perform clinical tasks, such as fetal heart tone checks or vaginal exams.
Give medical advice or diagnose conditions.
Make decisions for the birthing woman. I will help get the information necessary for the birthing woman to make an informed decision.
Speak to the medical staff instead of the laboring woman regarding matters where decisions are being made. I will discuss your concerns with you and the staff and suggest options, but you or your partner will have the ultimate voice and say.
Pressure the birthing woman into certain choices just because that’s what I prefer.
Replace the partner during labor. I support and encourage the partner, and enhance the support style between you both rather than replaces it.
Leave the birthing woman during labor and birth, unless asked.
Fees and Payment
There is a 50% non-refundable retainer fee due when the contract is signed. This fee ensures that I will book your estimated due date in my calendar and will consider myself your doula. From there, we can build a payment plan for the remaining balance. The remaining balance is to be paid no later than 36 weeks. If you pay after 36 weeks, there is a $100 late fee.
I accept cash, cards, and checks made out to Birthing Days.
In the event I am unable to attend your birth due to illness, I am with another mother who is in labor, or unforeseen circumstances, I will provide an experienced back up doula to attend your birth in my place. All fees remain the same.
If I nor a back up doula are unable to attend your birth, and this is due to my error, you will receive a 50% refund. I will make every effort to provide the services described in this agreement; however, sometimes this is impossible. Events such as natural disasters, dangerous driving conditions, immediate family emergencies, or something beyond anyone’s control, will be addressed on a case-by-case basis, and may or may not result in a partial or full refund.
If I am not called for the birth, the fees will not be refunded.
If you choose to cancel service before 36 weeks, no further fees would be required, but nothing would be refunded that had been paid up to that point.
If you choose to cancel service at or after 36 weeks, there is no refund for cancellation.
If you have a cesarean section, planned or emergency, all fees remain the same.
For Postpartum payment, you are expected to pay 50% of your fees at the time this contract is signed before or at our first appointment. From there, we can set up a payment plan. You will be expected to pay the remainder of your fees by the time that our service agreement has ended. This is only if you are exclusively receiving postpartum services.
For Build Your Own Doula payment, you are expected to pay 50% of your fees at the time this contract is signed. From there, we can set up a payment plan. You will be expected to pay the remainder of your fees by the time that our service agreement has ended.
Payment Options, I accept check, cash, checks or credit card via Square or Paypal. My fees are typically considered eligible for reimbursement through your flexible spending account, health savings account, or cafeteria plan.
For families who have a combined annual income of less than $20,000; single mamas, students on financial aid/low income, families experiencing unemployment, teen mamas with no support networks, or families referred to Birthing Days by their Community Health Nurse, Social Worker, or WIC, I offer volunteer birth support.
10% Discounts for all military families, first responders and educators.
**Birthing Days is committed to helping every woman find a doula to support her needs. Birthing Days never wants financial worries to stop a woman from hiring a doula. If you cannot afford the above suggested fee, I can offer a sliding fee scale and/ or payment plan. Contact me for more information and support.
If you refer someone to Birthing Days and they choose to hire me (signed contract), you will receive a $25 through my Referral Program. This can be applied to your balance or used for any other Birthing Days Services. This is valid for up to 4 referrals.
It is my desire that every women deserves a doula and the care that they provide. If you have a question or concern about the fees and payment, please do not hesitate to ask. There is usually a very good chance that I will be willing to work with you in spite of financial challenges.