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Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Will you support my birth if I have an epidural?

Of course!! There is a common misconception that doulas only support unmedicated home births. I will attend most birthing locations, including a home birth attended by a nurse midwife, and supports any birth you have. There is never any judgement.

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Q: I want a postpartum massage, but I’m not sure what to do with my baby while I relax!

No problem! I happen to have a knack for baby wearing while massaging. So both you and your little one will be well cared for and pampered.

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Q: How do you determine your rates?

All rates (birth, postpartum, massage and lactation support) have been carefully chosen based on experience, advanced certifications and many hours of continuing education. My rates are comparable for Westchester County, NY.

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Q: Is a doula like a midwife?

A midwife in New York State is a registered nurse (RN) who has had additional trainings in labor and delivery, who replaces an ob/gyn. A doula is a non-medical support person who is experienced and specially trained in the perinatal phase of life. Doulas work in hospitals, home births and birthing centers, with both midwives and obstetricians. We are hired by the client/parent directly, working for you, not your provider.

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Q: My partner will be at the birth with me. Do I really need a doula if they are present?

A doula will never replace your partner as your primary support person, but will support both of you. ACOG (American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology) recommends all pregnant people hire a doula. Together, your doula, partner and provider will serve you and ensure you have a fully supported, positive and safe birthing experience.

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Q: How do I book you for my birth/postpartum?

Click on the Contact tab, and send me a message! Please include your location, EDD, birthing location and a bit about yourself and overall birth or postpartum goals. Together we will determine availability and set up a complementary 20 minute consultation on Zoom.

  

Q: How do you become a Doula?

Start by researching various certifying bodies (DONA, CAPPA, The Matrona, DTI, ICEA and more) and find which values follow your own; they each differ slightly. Head over to DONA.org and click the “become a doula” tab! I have been trained and certified by DONA, DTI and most recently by BEST Doula Trainings. Each certifiying body varies and its important for birth workers to find one that aligns with their values and goals.

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Q: What is the ‘tier system’?

This system is often used by doula collectives or agencies, rather than solo practices or partnerships. The system is based solely on hands on experience, which determines a set rate for birth support. Being that Harding Hatchlings is a solo practice (with additional hire to back-up doulas), the tier system does not apply..

 

Q: How long will you stay with me postpartum?

My postpartum doula contracts are typically just for the first 12 weeks of life, or 3 months postpartum. My goal is to work myself out of a job and foster maximum confidence and knowledge in the new parents and family unit. If necessary, and when availability allows, my clients and I may collectively choose to work together longer, or sign a new contract for nanny/babysitting work.

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Q: What does a postpartum doula do?

Postpartum doula's are trained in the normal course of the postpartum period and specialize in newborn care. As your doula I might:

  • Prepare small meals for the family

  • Provide newborn education by showing you how to bathe, feed or care for baby

  • Assist in light household chores (wash dishes or laundry, prepare bottles, tidy the nursery, etc.)

  • Provide up-to-date evidence based information about newborn sleep, infant feeding and lactation

  • Offer Sibling support

Doula's companion new families through education, support and comfort. A doula is a walking/talking resource who can provide referrals to trusted practitioners and answer questions you may have regarding your newborn or postpartum period.

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