Q. Describe the most common types of jobs you do for your clients.
A. The most common types of jobs I do for my clients:
Birthing Doula-I work directly with mother to be/partner
preparing them/educating them on comfort measures to use during labor and birth, empowering them to ask questions, educating them on the risks/benefits of medical interventions, provide extremely important assurance to the mother to be that what she is feeling and how she is handling contractions are all natural, she is doing well & to help her stay focused, help mother to be/partner regarding how to work together as a team through labor/birthing of baby. I will also help with writing their birth preference and breastfeeding if needed.
Postpartum Doula- Help new family adjust to one another, educate/help with breastfeeding if necessary, help with light household chores so new mother may rest, prepare meals, childcare, errands if needed. Basically help new mother with whatever questions/concerns she may have & with her family/household.
Q. Describe three recent jobs you've completed.
A. Three recent jobs I have completed were all postpartum doula work.
Client One: Was a single mother with an older child whom needed help with her newborn so she was able to sleep at night, and help with her daily household duties.
Client Two: A family with 3 year old twins, newborn with health issues & new mother heading for depression. This family needed help with the new baby so mother could rest, help with the household chores, cooking, help with laundry and someone whom was non judgmental to listen to the mother about her fears, concerns & help direct into easier methods of coping with all the changes.
Client Three: A family with many issues going on, four year old, infant 6 months, father working full time at home business while taking care of wife/family and new mother suffering from Postpartum Psychosis. This family needed a full time postpartum doula for 3 months. I did all infant care (except for the nursing), housework, cooking, laundry, bathing of children, made sure/writing down when new mother took her medications, listened to mother and her concerns, made sure new mother ate, bathed/dressed when able, made sure she was ready for all counseling sessions and stayed over night a few times.
Q. What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A. My advice for someone looking to hire a provider like me would be: Don't hire someone strictly by what she charges, but choose someone you feel comfortable with, someone whom shares your beliefs in childbirth and someone you can trust as this provider will be working with you at your most intimate.
Q. If you were a customer, what do you wish you knew about your trade? Any inside secrets to share?
A. I wish people truly knew how much we care for the mothers to be, babies, their families. Also that most of the doulas honestly do love this profession they have chosen, I feel such a great honor when asked to become a doula for a family, weather it's a birth doula or a postpartum doula. We are always educating ourselves, by reading, attending classes, lectures, articles, visiting with doctors, midwives and learning from other doulas.
Q. What questions should a consumer ask to hire the right service professional?
A. Questions I feel of importance to ask would be:
Does it bother you I am not of the same race as you?
How do you feel others whom may be in the same situation as me/us?
When do we contact you and how?
May I/we contact you if I have any questions/concerns?
Will you stay with me/us through out the birthing?
Would you be willing to spend a night or few nights while helping with our postpartum care?
Would you be willing to transport new mother/baby to any dr. appointments?
Q. What important information should buyers have thought through before seeking you out?
A. I feel it is of great importance for the mother to be/partner to have thought about what type of birth mother is wanting, where they would like the birthing to take place, whom would be present during the birthing, what sort of provider will they be working with (physician/midwife) how may a doula either birthing or postpartum help them and finally what does their budget allow them to spend for this professional care.
Q. Why does your work stand out from others who do what you do?
A. I feel my work as a birthing and postpartum stands out from other is: I truly get to know the mother to be and she gets to know me. I take her out for lunch (my expense) and let her ask any question(s) she may have as I feel we both need to trust one another as I will be working with her during her most intimate time of her life.
I honestly concentrate on being the best birthing doula/postpartum doula for my clients and always continuing to update my education is these fields.
Q. What do you like most about your job?
A. What do I like the most about my job? I have to say a number of things actually.
Working with the mother to be/partner, I think pregnant women are beautiful and to know they are actually making and caring another human is fantastic!
I love the fact that I am able to teach the mother to be/partner what can/may happen during labor/birthing, educating them regarding all the choices they have again during labor/birthing either with or without medication, what could or could not happen if they opt not to choose certain testing. To see the empowerment I have given them to discuss with their provider and medical staff what options they would like to take place and the decisions they made with the education/training we made together as a team.
Q. What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A. Questions commonly asked of me.
What do you charge:
I do have a regular fee in which I charge but have referred to the sliding scale when the need arises.
How far do you travel:
I am willing to travel between 50-75 miles, I would travel farther if the need arises but then again I would need to increase my feel and charge extra for travel/expenses.
Q. What do you wish customers knew about you or your profession?
A. I would like my clients to know I am a certified Birthing doula and a Postpartum doula, now working on my recertification of both birthing/postpartum doula. I am certified in Infant/Adult CPR and First Aid.CPR and First Aid. I DO NOT TAKE MORE THAN TWO (2) BIRTHING CLIENTS PER MONTH.
How honored I feel each and every time I'm chosen to become their doula, to participate in the actual birthing and to become an actual part of their family for however long I am needed.