FAQs

Answering Your Questions

Here are some frequently asked questions about New Life Birth Services and the birthing process.  We are here to give you the answers you need to all of your questions and concerns.  If you still have something you’d like to know, feel free to contact us for more details.  We want to ensure you get all the information you need.

Does a doula replace nursing staff or midwife?

Doulas are considered birth workers and do not replace the role of nursing staff/ Midwife/ OB.  Midwives and Doctors are medically trained to provide care like prenatal care, vaginal checks, and birthing babies.  Doulas, focus on the needs of the mother, offering mental, physical, and emotional support

Can a doula help if a woman has an epidural or c-section?

Yes.  A doula's presence is helpful during early labor and during the epidural placement process.  The doula then continues to care for the woman and her family, offering emotional and informational support.  When it is time to deliver the baby, the doula's assistance can be invaluable.

Yes, a woman having a c-section can still use a doula's support.  The doula may or may not be in the operating room, depending on the wishes of the family and the medical staff, but either way, the doula is still there for the new mother in the recovery room.

Does a doula replace a partner or father?

A doula doesn't replace anyone.  A doula is another member of the birth team and supports everyone in their own role.  A doula's presence helps fathers or partners participate at their own comfort level, showing them how and when to use various comfort techniques, providing information, and in some cases looking after them as well.  Partners are often grateful to be able to share the "coaching" responsibility with someone more experienced and can therefore enjoy the birth experience more.

When is the right time to hire a doula? /How early should I hire a doula?

It's never too early or too late to hire a doula.  Of course, earlier is better if you want to guarantee your spot with us.  That said, if you're nearing the end of your pregnancy and feel like you want extra support, contact us!  We certainly hope we're able to work together!

Will my health insurance pay for or reimburse the birth doula services?

While having a doula may be an out-of-pocket expense for you, some insurance companies will reimburse some or all of doula services as 'out of network' care services. Currently, approximately 30 health insurance carriers in the U.S. offer partial or complete third-party reimbursement for doula services.  Check with your provider if this is something you would be interested in looking into. Please know that it is the client’s responsibility to pay fully for doula services, and then seek reimbursement from the health insurance carrier.

Does a doula make decisions on my behalf ?

No.  A doula does not make decisions for the client or intervene in their clinical care.  A doula provides information and support, while respecting the woman's decisions.

Can I purchase doula services for someone else?

Yes!  We would be happy to provide you with a gift certificate to cover our full or partial fee.