Do I have to have a natural birth to have a doula?
No. While I do believe that interventions can alter the natural process of labor and birth, I support you in any informed decisions that you choose. The majority of interventions and medications do have their place and I can respect that. I have attended med-free vaginal births in both home and hospital settings and I have also attended medicated births and cesareans as well - all beautiful births!
Why do I need a doula if my partner is there?
As a doula, I am not there to replace your partner or take over his/her role. I am there as a professional experienced in childbirth and my job is not only to support you, but your partner as well. Think of a doula as an experienced trail guide to help you navigate all the ins and outs of pregnancy, labor, and birth. With the support of a doula, many partners feel more confident in their support role and can attend to his/her partner without interruption or hesitation.
Am I allowed to have my placenta?
Yes, you are allowed to do with your placenta as you wish. It might be a good idea to let your care provider know prior to your birth and have your partner remind them again once your baby is born. At that point, the placenta should not leave the room with any hospital staff.
How many placenta capsules will I receive?
It depends on the size of the placenta and if any other services are requested, such as salves, tinctures, or smoothies. Typically, you will receive somewhere between 120-200 capsules.
How do I know that what I'm getting back is my placenta?
I never process more than one placenta a time which means that from start to finish, there is only one placenta that I'm working with. If I happen to receive a call to pick up another placenta, it will remain packaged and clearly labeled until the capsules have been delivered to the first client and everything has been properly sanitized and sterilized.
Frequently Asked Questions
Just a few answers to the most common questions that I am asked. Have a question you don't see here? Don't hesitate to contact me.