Certified Doula, Mandy Reimer, answers questions about her profession.
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Learn about Doulas Role and Cost Do Doulas take the place of partners in the birthing process? Mandy Reimer: I do not take the place of partners in pregnancy, labor, postpartum. I want to encourage them to be an active participant in the pregnancy labor and newborn experience. My goal is to empower them in being better partners, better fathers and supporting their wives through this transition. Are you present in the birthing room? Or do you help before and after labor? Mandy Reimer: I've never been hired just for a prenatal experience. I'm certainly open to it but I am with the laboring couple from pretty much the onset of labor through baby’s birth. So, it could be three hours, it could be 36 hours. I'm there the whole time and that is something that’s unique about the doula profession because in healthcare, you may be in a practice and see a variety of doctors. If you're in labor long enough, you're going to several nurses potentially a couple of doctors. And in your postpartum experience, you're really not seeing anybody. So, having a doula provides that one thread that is going to be there throughout the entire pregnancy birth and newborn experience. Are Doula services covered by the insurance? Mandy Reimer: Doula services right now are not typically covered. What will happen is to have this change in the healthcare industry is for more and more people to be requesting that it be covered. There are stories of doulas around the country who have found insurance to cover their services that in general, it is an out of pocket expense. How much do Doula services cost? Mandy Reimer: In Charleston, our community here, the doulas have formed a group where we sort of try to get our prices in line. So, the doulas in Charleston are charging anywhere between say 350 and 600 and that is all encompassing. So, that would be your prenatal visit, the birth, the postpartum experience. We’re on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week, for phone calls, emails, so that is a package price. In major metropolitan areas, you're probably going to see that price increase because of the cost of living.