Frequently Asked Questions
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1. How often do your childbirth classes meet?
Once/week for 6 weeks, lasting approximately 2 hours/class.
2. Are your classes appropriate for home births or just hospital births?
Our classes are not "geared for the hospital." What we teach can be implemented in any birthing situation: home, birthing center, or hospital. The teachers have been doulas in all three settings, as well as having personal experience giving birth in both home and hospital settings.
3. What's the difference between your classes and other childbirth classes?
Our classes are a fusion of principles taught in Bradley and Lamaze classes. We believe birth is a natural process, which may require help at times. We also believe every medical intervention has its proper place and time. Learning to work with your body's natural knowledge of birth helps you surrender to the process, allowing for better progression as well as less discomfort. Acquiring tools to work together with your coach provides a safe and supportive atmosphere. Implementing the hallmarks of balance, gravity, and movement from Spinning Babies also promotes better fetal positioning which can result in more comfort for mom as well as increasing the chances of experiencing a more physiologic labor and birth. Gaining confidence to ask appropriate questions helps you advocate for yourself and make decisions that commonly arise.
4. Why should I PAY for classes when the hospital offers them free of charge?
This is one of those situations where “you get what you pay for.” Sometimes “free” isn’t worth the price! Our classes are intentionally kept small, with no more than 7 couples per class. This way we can give individual attention, having time to answer any questions you might have, while making sure you are incorporating enough protein into your diet, doing the exercises properly, and becoming comfortable with the relaxation techniques that will be used in labor.
While we teach relaxation and how to effectively work with your labor throughout
every class, the following topics are also covered:
the importance of good nutrition and prenatal exercises during pregnancy
birth physiology (what happens when during labor and birth)
the “good, the bad, and the ugly” about medical interventions
how to prepare a birth "plan" that reflects your desires
building the foundations for successful breastfeeding
the post-partum period for mom, newborn, and family
We talk about everything you might need to know during labor, encouraging you to ask questions if anything unexpected happens to arise. Our goal is for you to learn to relax and effectively work with your labor together, as well as to be well-informed about your options, thereby being an active part of any decision making to be made during pregnancy, labor or birth.
5. Does health insurance pay for doulas?
Currently, health insurance doesn't 'technically' pay for doulas. Sometimes families have been reimbursed for doula care when they are persistently hounding the insurance company with calls and letters. This is often successful because the family illustrates that doulas can decrease the cost that insurance companies owe the hospital because of doula care. Doulas cannot bill insurance companies for their services.
6. Do you accept any forms of health insurance?
We provide receipts for pre-tax medical savings accounts when requested.
Currently, however, health insurance doesn't 'technically' pay for doula services, even though there is an insurance code for them. Sometimes families have been reimbursed for doula care when they have persistently hounded the insurance company with calls and letters. This is often successful because the family illustrates that doulas can decrease the cost that insurance companies owe the hospital as a result of doula care. Doulas cannot bill insurance companies for their services.
7. Do I have to pay all fees up front for your doula services or childbirth classes?
If you can do so, that’s great! However, we offer payments plans as long as you talk to us about this ahead of time. We want your birth experience to be a positive one, so we are willing to work with you to make it financially feasible.
8. Do you offer any kind of discounts?
If you and a friend sign up and attend a class together, we will take $20 off for each of your class fees. We also offer payment plans, as well as taking credit cards online. We are willing to barter for partial payment of services. However, we only barter for services that we actually need. If you are truly motivated to take the classes or use our birth doula services, we are usually able to work something out. Feel free to call and talk to us for details.