Here are some frequently asked questions about Holistic Renegade Birth & Postpartum Services. I am 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 me for more details. I want you to ensure you get all the information you need.
Is a birthkeeper(aka doula) the same thing as a midwife? What's the difference?
No, they are actually two completely different roles, but they work great together. A midwife is a healthcare provider who has medical training and is focused on the technical aspects during the birth process such as fetal heart tones and the mother's vitals, etc.
As a birthkeeper(aka doula) I do not perform any medical tasks but instead offer mental, physical, and emotional support during the birthing journey to the birthing mother and her partner. I can focus on the needs and support of the birthing person at all times without the interruptions of having to do the medical tasks. This is why a birthkeeper can be a great addition to your birth support team, even if you're birthing with a midwife.
How can hiring a birthkeeper/doula be beneficial to my birth?
As a birthkeeper, my primary responsibility is the birthing person and I am focused solely on your agenda. My physical support can help you maintain control, comfort, and confidence. Emotional support helps you feel cared for and helps you feel empowerment in your birth. Informational support helps keep you informed during labor and provides you with evidence-based information on your birth options. A birthkeeper's advocacy can help you be heard and supported in your right to make decisions for yourself and your baby. In 2017, a study proved that a person having continuous support during labor experienced:- 25% decreased risk of a c-section, the largest effect was seen with a doula (39% decrease)- 8% increased likelihood of a spontaneous vaginal birth, the largest effect was seen with a doula (15% increase)- 10% decreased use of any pain relief medications- shorter labors by an average of 41 minutes - 38% decreased risk of low APGAR scores for baby - 31% decreased risk of being dissatisfied with the birth experience
Aren't birthkeepers/doulas only for those planning unmedicated births?
A common misconception about doulas is that they are only for people who want an unmedicated birth. All births settings will benefit from hiring a birthkeeper. The support I provide throughout pregnancy, labor, and immediate postpartum are beneficial regardless of the type of birth you have. Before, during, and after receiving pain medication, I can provide you with support and comfort measures such as helping you with position changes so you can feel more comfortable. This support and comfort can also be more than just physical, since many times anxiety and other feelings can come with bringing new life into the world. Informational support and advocacy are also always available regardless of the type of birth you have, and can be the bridge to communication between you and your provider. Being provided with that continuous support and encouragement has been proven to help with a positive birth experience in all birth settings
Does a birthkeeper replace a dad's or partner's role at the birth?
A common fear is that hiring a birthkeeper will regate the partner to minor role, but birthkeepers can actually can support the couple by meeting their needs with snacks, reassuring words, and encouragement so the couple can work more intimately together. The birthkeeper may be the only other person beside the partner who is there solely for the emotional well-being of the birthing person. The partner may feel unsure or shy if this is uncharted territory, and I can offer encouragement and ideas of how the partners can participate at their level of comfort by suggesting useful tasks, supporting her in a particular position, or massaging her. I may be an expert about birth support, but the partner knows the birthing person's personality, likes/dislikes, and needs more deeply and intimately than I ever could.
Does insurance cover the cost of a birthkeeper?
This depends mostly on the insurance company as well as the doula/birthkeeper. Unfortunately, most insurance companies do not cover doulas at this time. There are, however, rare occasions where a person might be able to talk with their insurance company and get some of the cost reimbursed. I have dealt with clients that had a healthcare and were able to have my service fee partially covered.