As a doula I believe that families deserve all the support they need to make informed decisions, have access to evidence based information on pregnancy, birth, and child rearing. I also believe in the evidence based studies that show families and mothers who are supported throughout their labor and birth have better birth outcomes, lower c-sections rates, and their baby’s have better APGAR scores.
Is a Virtual Doula Right For Me?
As a doula I believe that the physical support that a doula provides has immeasurable value. But I believe the greatest value of a doula is empowering their clients and their communities through education and resources. So whereas having full doula support is optimal I believe that through a virtual doula you can have access to that most important aspect of their service.
Some circumstances that make virtual doula support perfect for you:
– You are unable to afford a full doula service.
– You do not have access to a doula in person in your area.
– You had a doula for a previous labor and want some support but not the full support you had last time.
– You desire your labor and birth to be as private as possible but would still like some informational support to aid your decision making.
– You looked into having an in person doula but didn’t find one that fit your needs or personality.
– You know the options and how a full doula service can help you but decided that you do not desire the physical support during labor or prenatally.
These are just a few possible reasons that a virtual doula is great for you.
What A Virtual Doula Service Looks Like:
1. Two video/phone call prenatal visits at some point during your pregnancy. These calls will be to help create your birth plan, discuss your desires for you birth, I can also help provide resources for any of your needs. These calls will be around an hour each.
2. You will have text, e-mail, call, and/or video support throughout your pregnancy during normal business hours for pregnancy and during all hours during the on call period beginning at 39 weeks and until your baby is born.
3. Text and/or video call labor support throughout labor, birth, and for 1 hour after birth. This aspect can be structured to fit your personality and desires. It can be constant or intermittent. And you can choose whichever method of communication that is easiest for you and your support team. With any method that uses audio your doula will keep her microphone on mute unless she is actively communicating with you to avoid any sounds in her environment interfering with the birthing space.
– Text: Abbey will respond to all texts promptly and will send periodical “checking in” texts every 1-2 hours depending on the specific circumstances and your desires.
– Video: Can be constant or for occasional periods during your labor. This method can also use any mode you desire for instance face-time or zoom conference call. the benefit of doing a zoom call is you can also include other family members if you desire and since your doula will be hosting she can field any questions they might have about what is going on.
– Voice Call: Also has the option of being constant or intermittent the down side to this option is your doula will only have what she can hear to go on as far as supporting and that might necessitate her asking more questions throughout the process.
4. One Video Postpartum Visit. This visit will be to process your birth and discuss how you and your baby are doing and recieve resources if needed. It can take place at any point during your pregnancy.
5. Your doula will be on call for your labor beginning at one week before your due date until your baby is born. Your doula is available before then if your baby comes early but she may not be as quick to respond outside the on call period. During the on call period her phone will stay on and with the ringer on loud.
6. Free digital Birth Plan!
* No matter which method of communication you choose with your doula know that she is on the clock. She will not be running errands or driving while she is communicating with you (barring emergency circumstances). You are her focus while she is supporting you in labor.
What does a Virtual Doula Cost?
Cost break down:
1. Two video call prenatal visit = $30
2. Text and video call labor support throughout labor, for up to 12 hours (an additional 12 hours will add $50) and for two hours after birth = $120
3. Text and phone support throughout pregnancy = $50
4. Video Postpartum Visit = FREE!
5. Digital Birth Plan = $10
Brings your total cost to $210
* If you are unable to receive any of these support elements because of fault on your doula’s part you will be refunded the appropriate portion of the fee. But as long as your doula made every effort to provide these services the full cost will be owed.
Optional Add Ons:
With your services you will always have the option to add on to your package at no extra cost beyond the cost of the service itself. Here are some possible extra services:
– Extra Prenatal Visit: : $80
– Extra week on call: $50 per extra week
– Extra hour after birth: $15 per hour
– On call for birth photography or sibling doula: $50
– Back up doula on call: $150
– Back up doula at prenatal visit: $50
Optional Discount Options
– Go paperless: Saves $5
– Choose Video Prenatal or Postpartum Visits: Saves $15 each
– Refer a friend: Saves $25 for each friend that signs with Voices of Eve