Do Doulas Do That?
As Doulas ourselves, we’ve heard it all. The questions, the concerns, the worries, the
jokes… Believe us- we know there’s plenty of confusion out there! Here are the most
commonly asked questions we get as Doulas:
Q: Whats the difference between a Midwife and a Doula?
A: We like to joke that Midwives work from the waist down, and Doulas work from
the Belly Button Up. But theres more to it than that!! Doulas at Wyld Birth &
Postpartum are a solid resource for education and information regarding
Pregnancy, Childbirth, and Postpartum. Beyond that, Wyld Birth & Postpartum
Doulas offer both Physical and Emotional Support to our clients. (That means
Pregnant/Birthing Person and a partner!) We pull out all the tricks to keep you
comfortable, at peace, and informed during your experiences. We’re also with you
continuously. You can hire a doula as early in your Pregnancy as you want, and we
stay in touch with you throughout your Pregnancy, on call to you 24/7. We attend
your birth the entire time you want us there. And we follow up Postpartum- we can
even stay with you through your Postpartum experience! Your midwife will have
appointments with you throughout your pregnancy and attend the latter part of
Q: Should I take Childbirth Ed at the Hospital?
A: We are huge proponents of Childbirth Education because we believe Knowledge
is Power! The more informed you are about the process of Childbirth, the more your
brain and body can relax and trust the process. Many people wonder if they should
be taking a Childbirth Ed class affiliated with their birth location. That’s completely
up to you- of course- however, we can tell you that we offer a customized Virtual
Childbirth Ed course that we tailor to your specific birth location. Planning to have a
baby at Hudson Valley Hospital? We can teach the course specific to their hospital
policies. Planning to have a homebirth with Susan or Birdie? We will make sure your
Childbirth Class is chock full of everything you need to know for a Homebirth, and
more. Planning to schedule a Cesarean Birth? Lets plan an express Childbirth Ed
Class to prepare you for your upcoming Belly Birth! So the short of it: Yes take a
Childbirth Ed class. No, it doesn’t matter if it’s at the hospital or not
Q: Can my doula advocate for me in the hospital?
A: Wyld Birth Doulas will do everything in our power to help you feel prepared
going into your Birth Experience. We will support you in asking questions to your
provider. We will support you in finding a safe location to birth your baby. And we
will stand with you and give you language to use in the hospital if necessary.
However, Wyld Doulas cannot be your voice. (Unless of course there was an
emergency situation, that is, and you needed that!!!) We will support you in self-
advocacy and work together to ensure you are in the safest possible position with
your providers and birth location. Our goal is that you feel empowered and
Q: Are doulas covered by Insurance?
A: Wyld Doulas are not covered by insurance however Doula Support can typically
be covered by your FSA account! Email us to learn more!
Q: Can you only have a doula if you have a homebirth?
A: Any pregnant person or postpartum person can hire a doula! Wyld Birth &
Postpartum Doulas support births in Hospitals, Birth Centers, and Homebirths. No
judgment is placed on your decision to birth where you feel safe. Your doula will
accompany you at the hospital of your choice or right in your living room. It’s your
Q:How long does a doula stay with you during Childbirth?
A: Wyld Birth & Postpartum Doulas offer continuous care during Childbirth. We will
arrive to your birth location or home beforehand, when you request us and we will
stay with you until 1-2 hours after birth. Then, we’ll stay in touch regularly and
come back to visit you in a week for a Postpartum follow up. Or, we can start up a
Postpartum Doula contract and stick with you continuously after childbirth! You’re
never on the clock with a Wyld Birth & Postpartum Doula. We stay with you when
you need us.
Have a question we missed? Email us at hello@wyldbirthandpostpartum to ask!
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