Common Questions and Concerns about Doula Services
I strive to provide the highest quality doula care, birth photography, and doula services in the Bozeman area. Along with my birth doula services and birth photography, I offer placenta encapsulation and prenatal education courses discussing both out-of-hospital birth and preparing for the postpartum period.
As a birth doula and a mother myself, I fully understand how many questions and concerns can arise during pregnancy, birth, and postpartum periods. I want to answer every questions fully so that you and the rest of your birth team are as comfortable as possible. Being a doula and a birth photographer are my passions. I hope these answer a few of your questions and we can get together soon.
Photo credit: Lilly Photography
Will you be in my way during labor?
-.Birth Photography Services: As your birth photographer my job is to capture your birth without bothering you. I stay out of your way and out of the way of all of your care providers. My goal is that you won't even realize I am present. I want you to be fully aware of your birth and be paying attention to the job at hand and not at me. I am the silent part of your birth team. I am there to capture your birth process in a artistic documentary style photography.
-Birth Doula Services:: I am on your team to support you and your partner. I am not there to take over for your partner. I am also on your team to empower you to make the right decisions for you. I walk you through a an extensive prenatal process so that you can go into your birth feeling informed and in control of your process. I will never get in your birth space if I am not invited. I will be the kind of support you need and not a hindrance in your experience. My birth doula services are beneficial for every kind of birth.... hospital, birth center, or home birth.
Will you travel?
Yes, I base my Bozeman birth photography and Bozeman birth doula services out of Bozeman, MT. I charge an extra fee for any birth 30 miles outside of Bozeman, MT. Please see the page below corresponding to your city for detailed travel expenses.
There are no extra travel fees for Bozeman, Livingston, Belgrade, or Manhattan. If you live more than 30 miles outside of Bozeman, the prenatal meetings, postpartum meetings, and pickups can be done in Bozeman to avoid extra travel expenses.
Three Forks services
Big Sky services
Doula literally means "woman's servant". I am a non-medical person on your birth team that provides informational support, emotional support, and physical assistance during labor and delivery. I specialize in the prenatal, birth and early postpartum support. I do not give medical advice, and I do not perform any medical procedures. I am trained in natural pain relieving techniques and other comprehensive comfort measures. I make sure that your birth is as comfortable as possible.
Will you miss my birth?
I will do everything in my power to be at your birth. In the very, very rare event there is some act of God that keeps me from your birth I will have someone as my backup that can fill my shoes with the same respect and experience that you are getting from me.
I only accept a maximum of 4 births per month so that I am not overbooked. If for some reason neither myself nor my backup can make it (and we were called at least an hour before you deliver) you will receive a full refund.
What are your qualifications?
My doula services covered by most insurances...
As an added benefit to my clients, I offer the added service of preparing a packet for you to submit to your insurance company. I am a Bozeman doula that has been covered by insurance. Depending on the insurance, coverage varies.. I find that clients get better refunds if they submit the paperwork themselves. If you have insurance, I always suggest that you add on this service to your regular doula services. Many clients have been pleasantly surprised by the response of their insurance companies and how much of their doula services the insurance companies actually cover.
There is a small added fee for this services since I provide you all of the documentation, with the correct coding, for you to submit. This paperwork has been submitted in the past and has worked beautifully. Each client has different codes required for the insurance companies to cooperate. There is never a guarantee of any return from your insurance company, and the fee for preparing the paperwork is non-refundable (it is just a service not a guarantee). If you choose to submit to your insurance company, then you would pay me in full by 36 weeks and then you will submit all of the insurance paperwork after baby has arrived. You will then be responsible for contacting your insurance company and staying on the updates and any work that needs to be handled regarding your claim. I provide you with the tools and the correct coding to submit a powerful claim to your insurance company, and nothing beyond that.