Ariel and Aubrey with www.birthtwincities.com/ Landon with www.haveheartdoula.com/ Ashley with www.crowningglorybirthco.com/ Rhonda with www.oilydoulamn.com/ I also really encourage you to consider three things in your doula search; 1. Talk to new doulas, they have to get experience some how, and they took the same training as a doula who has been around for a while. 2. Interviewing a doula is like a blind date, you know within a few minutes if you want to spend more time with that person. You are going to be extremely vulnerable, do you think you'll comfortable being naked in front of that person? Plus, consider how your partner feels, it is their journey too, they also will need doula support. 3. HIRE A POSTPARTUM DOULA. You can contact these ladies... Hallie and friends with www.betterbeginningsmn.com/ Kelly with positivelypostpartum.com/
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A resource for expectant parents from pregnancy through the first year of parenthood, www.childbirthcollective.org, a non-profit organization of birth professionals full of knowledge and experience. Check out their Parent Topic Nights
Do you have to be certified to attend a birth? No. It is highly recommended that you take a training before attending a birth. But you, as the expectant parent, can have anyone you like support you in your birth. A doula comes with extra knowledge, tricks, comfort measures, etc. Some organizations i.e. The Childbirth Collective, require a doula to have attended a training to be a member. Many doulas choose to certify through certain organizations over others, it's just up to the doula. As of May 2018, I am certified through DONA, Doulas of North America.
Do you take insurance? Unfortunately, no. But I can provide you a receipt to submit to insurance. I am an independent contractor, when you hire me, I work for you.
Do you work with other doulas or backups? Yes. I always have a backup for each birth. You, as my client, can pick the backup if you want and you have another doula you connected with. You can also request to meet the backup. Having a backup is a just-in-case thing, I want to be at your birth. I am currently not in a doula partnership.
How do I pay you? I take cash, check and card. I use the app Square or PayPal (there is a % added to the fee when using either of these apps), I can send you a link via email and you can pay before our first prenatal meeting, or we can swipe the card when we meet.