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A doula is a person who provides continuous emotional, informational and physical support before, during and just after birth. Doulas provide non-medical support by providing encouragement, information and a variety of comfort measures to help a person throughout their birthing process. There have been multiple clinical studies that show the presence of a doula at birth tends to result in shorter labors with fewer complications, less interventions, a greater success with breast-feeding and an overall feeling of a more positive birth
As your Doula, we provide you with continuous physical, mental, spiritual, and emotional support to all of our clients. We understand that this can look different for every family, so we do our best at personalizing and customizing all services rendered to fit each and every family perfectly, according to their wants, needs, fears, and our in depth conversations. In addition to this support provided, clinical studies have proven multiple times that having a doula gives you a:
39% Decrease in C-Sections
15% Increase in spontaneous vaginal birth
10% Decrease in the use of narcotic pain relief
Average length of labor decreased by 1 hour
38% Decrease in the risk for a baby having a low 5 minute APGAR score
31% Decrease of the risk of the birthing person being dissatisfied with birth experience
I have been professionally trained in multiple different specialties. The short term word for it is called a Full-Spectrum Doula. This means I have been trained in Birth, Postpartum, Stillborn, Abortion, Fertility, Miscarriage, Adoption, LGBTQ+, and so much more. I am continuously expanding my knowledge and trainings so that we may serve all families of Richmond regardless of reproductive plans, and outcomes!
Great question! A Birth Doula is more specifically supportive more during the pregnancy, and childbirth process They usually stay a few hours after delivery to help parents transition into the recovery process.
A Postpartum Doula is not present during the pregnancy or childbirth phase. Although they are not present during delivery, they are able to come start supporting you immediately after baby is born. Most doulas will come the first 1-3 nights you are home, to help you adjust. Most often postpartum services are about 2-3 times a week, for about 4-12 weeks. This of course varies on the needs of each individual family.
Each package has its own perks. There is a base of care and support that is included in ALL packages/services rendered.
These include but are not limited to:
Unlimited communication through duration of pregnancy
Health & Wellness Tips
Reassurance & Guidance throughout pregnancy and postpartum
Education on counter pressure, pain relief methods, & relaxation techniques
Unlimited help with Resources and referrals
An Advocate for you and your family during stressful times
Encouragement to use your voice to ask questions, say no, & always reminding you of your worth, and birth goals
My genuine friendship and blessings throughout all of your parenting career
A list of questions to ask your Doctor to assure they are right for you Breastfeeding/Latching/Lactation Support
Support building a Birth plan & A Birth bag checklist
Resources and referrals
If you have any questions about what is/isn't included in packages, please reach out to us via email!
Some partners are concerned that a doula will be a “third wheel” or will exclude the partner from being active or supportive in the birth. When you talk to parents who have had a doula present for their birth, this is usually not the case.
Doulas are not supposed to replace the partner or dad. We help the partner to learn and to be more productive, and helpful to the birthing person. Often times, the dad or birthing partner can feel discouraged about being present for the birth, simply because they feel they are not being useful, or being productive. As your Doula, I dedicate some time to spend with the birthing partner for this exact reason. We go over worries or concerns the birthing partner has, and how we can overcome them, while still remaining supportive to the birthing person.
If you or your birthing partner feel uneasy or worried about the position of a Doula, talk it over together.
On the other hand, if your partner feels maybe a little uncomfortable about being present at the birth, a doula’s presence means you have continuous support while your partner is free to come and go throughout labor & delivery, without risking the support, care and advocacy you deserve!
When hiring and looking for a Doula, it is imperative you find one that has a backup on call 24/7. As your Doula, we offer 24/7 support to all clients. Depending on your package, we also offer 24/7 In-Person On-Call Support. At RoseMoon Birth, anytime you have a contract with us, a backup Doula in included for no extra cost! You will meet the backup doula briefly, so that everyone is at least acquainted. We have not had to utilize our backup doulas as of yet, but we always have them on call just incase!
We are working on it! Right now, most insurance companies will reimburse their clients the amount it costs to hire a Doula. Insurance companies do not pay Doulas directly. If you would like more information on this, please reach out!
If a client does not have insurance, no worries! Reach out to discuss payment plans.
YES! We refuse to deny any client due to lack of funds, or income. We promise to work with each client/family closely to develop a price/package we can both agree on and be happy with! EVERY FAMILY DESERVES A DOULA. NO MATTER WHAT! We also offer special pricing to those that qualify. Please see the Special Pricing page to see details.
Yes we do! Because we make sure to never turn a client away, we accept donations so that we can continue to do this and expand our services to all families in need. Please see our Special Pricing page for more information on Donations.
We accept a wide variety of payment methods. We accept Credit/Debit Cards with a 2% fee. Zelle, Venmo, Cash app, Apple Pay, Check, & Cash are all ways you can pay, without any added fees.
Unfortunately taxes are not included in the prices. A 5% tax will be added to all services and packages purchased.
unfortunately not right now! We are currently working on getting the certification to be able to accept medicaid clients, and get paid from medicaid for my services. With the help of my clients, hopefully this process will be over soon and we can start helping more families in need.