FAQs

Doula Questions:

What is a doula?

From DONA: “The word “doula” comes from the ancient Greek meaning “a woman who serves” and is now used to refer to a trained and experienced professional who provides continuous physical, emotional and informational support to the mother before, during and just after birth; or who provides emotional and practical support during the postpartum period.

Studies have shown that when doulas attend birth, labors are shorter with fewer complications, babies are healthier and they breastfeed more easily.” More…


Does the doula replace my husband or partner for labor support?
 In a word, no. A doula can never, and will never replace your partner. Your partner knows you intimately. They have a vested interest in your well being and safety during labor. Your partner fills an emotional need that a doula cannot. Doulas will help guide your partner through labor and give him tips on how to support you more fully.

Doulas do also support your partner. They make sure he eats and rests. The doula will address any questions or concerns your partner may have and help build his confidence during labor and birth.


Are doulas for natural birth only?

Doulas are for every birth. We will support you if your labor is induced. Will will support you if choose or need an epidural or other pain medications. We will support you if you want or need a cesarean birth.

We support births in hospital, at the Midwife Center and planned homebirths. We support births attended by obstetricians, family practice physicians and midwives.


Does a doula make decisions for me?

No. A doula offers support and guidance, but will never make a decision for you. Doulas respect your autonomy and wishes and will support you emotionally and physically.


If I'm a single mom, without a partner, would a doula be beneficial?

Yes, absolutely. Good labor support is an important factor for being confident during your labor. Our doulas would be happy to assist you.


Do doulas support LGBQT families?

Yes. Our Shining Light Doulas support all families and family structures.

The Fine Print:

What is your refund and exchange policy for your doula services?

Once your contract is signed and payment is made, all monies are non-refundable. If you cancel before your 36 week payment is due, you will not owe the balance. Why no refunds? Our doulas reserve the time surrounding your estimated due date just for you and can therefore only take a limited number of clients. Your reserved space means that the doula cannot take another client for the same time frame.


How do the working hours break down for the doula?
Your three prenatal visits are about 2 hours each, for a total of 6 hours. Your birth, 15 hrs plus 2 hrs postpartum immediately after birth. 2 hour postpartum visit in your home… for a grand total of 25 hours. Once you add in all your phone call and email time with her, we can round up to about 30 hours of work.

Do you take insurance?

Not at this time. The local insurance companies do not cover doulas. You may be able to be reimbursed from your HSA or FSA for a doula. We encourage you to contact your plan to see what they do or do not cover.


What type of payments do you take?

Cash, check or credit card