A Doula's Embrace

At A Doula’s Embrace we understand the importance of a great support system beginning in pregnancy and beyond.

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We provide emotional, physical and educational support to make your pregnancy, labor and postpartum period as empowering as possible. We want you to have your birth YOUR way and we have all the tools to help aid that process. We offer a variety of support services so whatever you need, we are here to assist! Let us advocate for you so you can focus on what’s important. Congratulations! We can’t wait to be a part of this incredible journey.

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Frequently Asked Questions

If you are birthing at home or in a birth center chances are nothing will change and we will still be able to provide you hands on care. Some hospitals are still allowing doulas to be present but some are not so please verify first with your planned place of birth. We are also offering virtual services that include a more intensive prenatal workshop where we teach your partner some helpful skills and we can then guide you all through on the day of your birth! If a partner is unavailable and your birth place allows a single support we will gladly come along.

Doula services are usually not covered by insurance. However, some insurance companies will reimburse for doula services as ‘out of network’ care services. Additionally, FSA or HSA may reimburse for doula services.  Please check with your insurance to see what your plan covers.

The most satisfying birth experiences happen when you, your partner, and your family are physically, emotionally and mindfully prepared for your pregnancy, labor, and postpartum period.

Most doulas limit the number of clients taken each month, in order to at your side during labor. In an emergency, a back-up doula will support you in the same professional and caring manner.

31% decrease in the use of Pitocin

28% decrease in the risk of C-section

12% increase in the likelihood of a spontaneous vaginal birth

9% decrease in the use of any medications for pain relief

14% decrease in the risk of newborns being admitted to a special care nursery

34% decrease in the risk of being dissatisfied with the birth experience

It is never too early to hire a doula, so it is best to start the interview process as early as possible. The ideal time to hire a doula is 5-6 months before your estimated due date, but it is never too late in your pregnancy to consider hiring a doula. Most doulas book early and quickly; repeat birthing families often book their doula on the day their pregnancy is confirmed.

It is never too early to hire a doula, so it is best to start the interview process as early as possible. The ideal time to hire a doula is 5-6 months before your estimated due date, but it is never too late in your pregnancy to consider hiring a doula. Most doulas book early and quickly; repeat birthing families often book their doula on the day their pregnancy is confirmed.

Whether your decision is to be under the care of a midwife, obstetrician, or general practitioner a plan to give birth in a hospital setting, a birth center, or at your home, a doula is an important member of your birth team. A birth doula offers continuous support regardless of your chosen environment, healthcare provider, or birth desires.

Yes. A doula is beneficial assisting with any and all births, including a medicated birth. Some expectant parents prefer no pain medications, others want to begin with no medications and reserve the right to change that decision, while others choose a planned medicated birth. A doula offers information on all procedures, including pain medications, potential side effects, and interventions. Your doula will discuss options with you and your partner, and facilitate a dialogue between you, your partner, and hospital staff.  The choice to use pain medication or not is completely up to you.

Yes. Even in a surgical setting, a doula is there to explain what is happening, guide you though the procedure, and even create personalized birth plan. Your doula will also be there during recovery to help with the first breastfeeding and bonding moments. There’s a possibility that your doula may accompany you into the operating room, unless it is an extreme emergency requiring general anesthesia.

Partners and doulas make the ultimate team! The role of the partner is elevated when a doula is involved. Studies show that partners most commonly report a higher satisfaction in birth when a doula is present. Your partner and family bring a loving, emotional connection and an intimate knowledge, while your doula provides knowledge, resources, and physical support. Everyone together creates your perfect team.