Working with a Doula
“A Mother’s love is the fuel that enables a normal human to do the impossible…”
Marion C. Garretty
What is a Doula?
The original meaning of doula is women’s servant. Women have been serving others in childbirth for centuries. A doula is a professional trained in childbirth who will provide emotional, physical, and educational support throughout the pregnancy, birth, and postpartum.
What should I expect?
My doula service includes a complimentary meet and greet, a prenatal visit, support through text and phone calls, 24/7 on call commitment starting at 38 weeks until birth and one postpartum visit.
I would like to have at least one prenatal visit where I can get to know you and your hopes, concerns, and preferences for your labor and birth.
I will be on call during your early labor. When you reach active labor, I will support you at the hospital, home, or birth center. I will stay with you until you and your baby are settled comfortably after birth. During the first few weeks after birth I will offer a postpartum visit where I can give support, practical help and mentoring.
Did you Know?
People are often surprised to hear that you can pay for birth doula care using your Health Savings Account (HSA) or your Flexible Spending Account (FSA). In fact, under the IRS regulations, you can pay for 100% of a doula’s fee out of your HSA or FSA account!
To be legally compliant, you must receive a receipt/invoice from your doula and have your doctor sign a “Letter of Medical Necessity.” You can find this letter of medical necessity here.
Another suggestion to help pay for your Doula expenses is to list this under your birth registry and give your friends and family the opportunity to give towards your birth support.
What Client's Have to Say
I’m so grateful to Helen for helping to make my recent birthing experience a positive one. Helen’s professionalism, caring and calm demeanor, and supportive and encouraging nature was essential to my experience. I did not have a doula for my first birth experience and found that having Helen’s comforting presence and helpful knowledge made all the difference.
She was amazing. She always responded to my text right away when I had questions or updates, showed up to the hospital when she said she was when I was getting evaluated. She showed up before I did when I was in labor, she helped me with my birth plan as well, I ended up getting a doula when I was thirtyish weeks. She always gave me tips on what I can do to help my contractions and progress them I tried them all, when I was actually in labor she followed my birth plan despite me screaming in pain and saying no, she was sooooo patient and comfort me like I asked her too. She reminded me to take breaths and moan the way it would relax then even if it was hard for me to do. Reminded the nurses the visitors I did not want. After I had baby my leg was painfully cramping and my foot she massaged it out for me and asked the nurses to bring me socks as well because I was really cold and it was one leg and foot the other one was fine. She made sure I didn't need anything else before I left. Constantly checking in on me after I had baby. She is amazing! I couldn't recommend her enough. If you're pregnant and thinking of a doula ,you should do it. She will not disappoint you.
Our doula Helen Martin was absolutely wonderful! At our first meeting with Helen, we felt immediately at ease and heard. Helen's passion for birth and the journey leading up to it is so evident! Helen was very intentional about taking the time to get to know our hopes and desires for our birth experience. With this being our first birth experience, we were eager to learn from Helen and glean from her experience to help guide us as we prepared for this journey. Helen was available to answer questions throughout my pregnancy and would go out of her way to send articles, links, and helpful information pertaining to questions we had. Helen also joined us for two birth classes, which was a lot of fun and showed her committment to our birth journey.
On the day of our birth, Helen was sick and unable to attend our daughter's birth. However, Helen had already planned ahead in the event of an unexpected sickness or emergency like this. She had a back-up doula ready and had made sure that we had met her back-up doula prior to the event of our birth. This brought my husband and I great assurance knowing that a plan was in place. Though Helen was unable to attend our birth, she was nevertheless a huge part of our overall birth experience. Her involvement and investment both before and after the birth of our daughter was immensely valuable and made us feel incredibly supported, empowered, and encouraged.
Helen is very kind, assuring, and personable; everything we hoped for in a doula and now a dear friend!
I first met Helen later on in my pregnancy and she was so willinging to help me along my journey as well the birth of my son. She came to my house to get to know more about me and about what I was looking for in a doula and how I wanted my birth plan to go. She was so supportive in every decision that my partner and I made and had some great advice and tools that I can use during labor and delivery. I ended up having an emergency c section and she stayed the whole time and even after when I was in recovery. I am so thankful I had her by my side to help me in really hard decision making and staying calm.
My experience working with Helen was absolutely amazing. She was such a huge support before, during, and after giving birth. Especially for a first time mom not knowing what to expect or what is normal Helen really was informative. She was with me every step of the way and was open for phone calls and chats any time of the day or night. My birth was really hard because I had to be induced and it wasn't anything like I thought it would be. She held my hand and gave me soo much support. She was wonderful for both me and my husband. Helen is friendly and laid back. I never felt pressured to do or except anything I didn't want. I really felt like Helen truly listened to me and spoke up for what I wanted. She showed me ways to relax my body and mind. I definitely will be giving Helen a call when I get blessed with my next baby.