Wright, Erin Luben
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Why do I need a doula if I
have my partner or husband with me at the birth?
doula does not take the place of your partner or husband. In fact, a
doula enhances that role by making sure that the partner is taken care
of and encouraged, too. A doula can help make the birth experience
positive for mothers and partners and make them
both feel good about themselves.
What if I plan on getting
Doulas are not only for people planning an unmedicated birth. They are
for everyone. I have served clients who planned on getting epidurals,
who weren't sure, and who were planning not to. My goal is to help you
goals for your birth experience, which may or may not
include pain medication. Sometimes people want to delay an epidural
until later in labor so they know they will need physical support
before they accept pain medication. Sometimes epidurals don't work
completely and a women wants to make sure she has support with any
discomfort she might be having even with pain medication.
Does insurance cover
the services of a doula?
I have a national
provider identification number
(NPI) but there is no procedure code for doula services. Clients can
check with their insurance companies in regards to doula services but
they are usually not covered. I've had several clients use
from their Flexible Spending Accounts for doula services with no issue.
Why not use a family
member or friend as a doula?
A friend or family
member can certainly act as your doula since they know you
well. However, some people are not completely comfortable
with those people being present. Or some people want a more objective
person present since births are so emotional for you, your partner, and
your family and friends. Also, birth doulas have extensive
training in the birth process and are familiar with local birth