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"If we hope to create a non-violent world where respect
and kindness replace fear and hatred, we must begin with how we
treat each other at the beginning of life. For that is where out deepest
patterns are set. From these roots grow fear and alienation, or
love and trust." Suzanne Arms
"Debra was amazing! Every woman giving birth should have a
Doula present." MR
"Keep on doing what you do Debra! Pregnant women need exactly
the knowledge, love and support you give us and allow
us to give each other." FA
"Only about an hour after arriving our baby was with us,
in my arms! I was able to labor medication free and it was
the most powerful experience of my life. Thank you Debra
for the education, teachings and Doula Love!" DF
"Having a doula, and specifically Debra, for me was the best decision I could have made.
She helped me navigate through difficult decisions during my labor
but ultimately respected the choices I made and helped me feel at peace with them." LH
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In sharing so much time with prenatal yoga moms, working with couples together through childbirth education and preparation workshops, including breast feeding, newborn baby care and happiest baby on the block, for Debra, being able to provide physical, emotional, informational and non-judgmental support beginning in early labor, through birth and early postpartum is both an honor and blessing. I would like to thank each and every couple for honoring me in sharing this most amazing, intimate experience, the birth of your baby. I am proud to be part of the Miami-Dade & Broward Communities working closely with OB/GYN's, Hospital Staff and Midwives in all birth settings.
Debra is a certified labor, birth & postpartum companion (doula), certified with both DONA & CAPPA. Successfully birthing with couples at all Miami-Dade & Broward Hospitals, Birth Centers and attending home births. My belief is that a woman should have a connection with her doula, a one on one relationship which can be established through prenatal yoga classes, with couple's during workshops and childbirth classes. Sharing time together with mommy and daddy-to-be in order to feel comfortable in sharing this very intimate experience. If not attending classes, Debra will personally go to your home and meet with you, establish a connection/relationship, reviewing your birth plan, desires and go over any medical terminology explanations needed. This ONE on ONE is most important to relax and enjoy the birthing experience, knowing your birth companion and your doula are both there to love and support you all the way.
postpartum care, Debra is
there at your home either daytime or night, to help bridge the
beginnings of parenthood with newborn baby care, meal planning, gentle
massage, tea time, breast feeding support (together with a lactation
specialist on hand), light housekeeping and more. Postpartum
(below) will give the details.
Doula is a "Greek" word meaning "mothering the mother". Providing mothers and fathers to-be continual support throughout labor, birth and early postpartum. A wonderful way of achieving a more relaxed, natural birth using special comfort measures while supporting Mom 100% during each phase of labor. Assisting with the preparation and implementation of birth plans. Answering questions, offering educated information of risks and benefits to medications and supporting the choices of each client. Reassuring and helping couples to labor longer at home, avoiding potential medical interventions if requested by suggesting position changes, using breathing/relaxation techniques, music and massage. Working together with Dad so he can relax and enjoy this "Celebration of Life" without tension, frustration and fear, knowing mother and baby are calm, supported, focused and able to follow the "natural instincts" of her body. Letting go of the tension-fear-pain syndrome while relaxing & meditating during contractions, tapping into a deeper consciousness, saving energy needed to breathe while birthing your baby. No matter what turn your birth path takes, your Doula is there for you.
Studies have shown that having the support and care of another woman present during labor, the laboring woman is more likely to have a shorter, safer more satisfying birth experience. With doula support, allowing women to labor in the comfort of home through early labor, avoiding potential interventions that may take place when arriving too soon to the hospital setting. Fathers-to-be relax more with this caring doula support in knowing there is a professional advocate present to assist mother, physically, emotionally & spiritually.
John H. Kennell, M.D.
The Role of a Doula
doula is there to
help you through childbirth with love, physical, emotional and
informational support. Providing continuous reassurance emotionally
throughout this time. A doula specializes in non-medical skills, such
as massage, breathing techniques, position changes and perform no
clinical tasks, such as vaginal exams etc. A doula does not make
any decisions for her clients and does not project personal values
goals upon a laboring mother. With many possibilities
of how labor may begin, at home, with your fluid intact, or maybe
the membranes release and you have no contractions...what to do? There
are things to be aware of and questions your doula will go over with
you at the prenatal visit which takes place approximately three
weeks prior to the EDD (estimated due date).
If there is no medical reason for rushing to the hospital, establishing labor contractions and a labor pattern may benefit a mother so the body and baby have a chance to "start the journey". Even if a mother knows that she may want medication during her labor, spending early labor in the comfort of your own home, with your doula and birth companion, allows mom to relax, rest in between contractions, establish a good labor pattern, be comfortable, eat and drink. This helps her to avoid pitocin (artificial oxytocin) to re-establish or augment her labor pattern once at the hospital. Early labor does not necessarily bear the need for medication, so comfort measures work great during this time instead of pain medication if this is your choice. Your doula will work with you using relaxed breathing techniques, comfort positions, her loving touch, energy and more...
Once at the hospital, having your doula with you allows for constant support. Nurses can be very supportive; yet it is unusual for you to be her only patient. Her time spent in your room is used to assess and document your well being and that of your baby. Some nurses are not trained in alternative techniques and hands-on support for comfort so are more likely to suggest medication instead of trying alternative, non-medicated techniques for discomfort. Also, nurses change shifts so during a long labor you may see several nurses, but knowing that your doula will remain with you constantly through all of those changes can be very reassuring to mother. You may even see a different caregiver from the one that was on call when you began your labor! The doctor/ midwife is called in on occasion and usually is there when mother is ready to actually bring baby into the world.
Do health insurance companies pay for doula services?
Some insurance companies cover doula services, and the numbers are increasing gradually as providers are beginning to recognize the benefits of improving parental satisfaction and the savings when parents employ a doula for their birth. Insurance companies are more likely to pay if the OB/Midwife writes a prescription for professional labor support and/or postpartum home health care. Also, if a doula provides doula care/services with a birth center and midwife, together as a reimbursable service, this can increase the chance for coverage. If your doula is also a childbirth educator providing both services the insurance companies may reimbursement for either the doula care service, childbirth education provided or both.
Also, postpartum home
health care is something covered by insurance companies so
ask Debra for more information if you are interested in postpartum
Cost of Doula care: Some Insurance
have been reimbursing 60-75% of Doula Care
Service, and now Doula Care Service is more acknowledged than ever,
them thousands of dollars. Please ask Debra about
the form to submit to your insurance company.
Ultimately, it is most important that
Any mother has the support she wants during labor and birth so I am
happy to work with each family, client individually and adjust pricing
if necessary. Please feel free to call Debra to discuss.
$750.00 includes: prenatal home visit
approximately (3) weeks prior to EDD, constant
telephone communication, early at home support continuing care at home,
birth center or hospital throughout birth of your baby and one-hour
postpartum, assisting with breast-feeding and comfort. Also includes
follow-up postpartum visit within two weeks after birth. If Postpartum
Doula Care is requested, will be there when needed.
Please feel free to
contact Debra with any
questions. (305) 498-6722.
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What is the typical salary range for a
Newborn Specialist/Postpartum Doula?
What fees can I expect to pay?
Care Preparation & Packages
Postpartum Care at Home
As your postpartum
doula, Debra will help during these 3 days which
include the services described above, as well as run some errands,
prepare a meal or two, perform light house work and entertain siblings,
if necessary. Mom will get her well-deserved rest without worrying
about all of the usual "daily life" duties. Taking this time to
heal and enjoy your new baby. This is a great gift for
a mother-to-be and can also be extremely helpful if your
partner has to return to work shortly following the birth! This service includes 12 hours of care and
is charged by day or night fee rates. Both day and night hours may be
combined according to the family's necessity.
As your postpartum
doula, Debra can arrange to spend the night at your home, helping with
night time care such as changing, burping, swaddling, waking mom
to breast feed, so mom is able to sleep more soundly, without worrying
about all the typical noises baby makes. Don't forget some
special care for Mom & Dad, which includes foot massages,
tea and your cuddle time alone...Overnight
care is based on a (6-8) hour scale.
Overnight care can help profoundly following a surgical birth.
6 am to 6 pm - day time hour rate
provides INSURANCE CLAIM FORMS FOR
REIMBURSEMENT NOW WITH BETTER QUALIFICATIONS TO HAVE YOUR
POSTPARTUM DOULA CARE SERVICE COVERED.
Please feel free to
contact Debra with any questions. Debra works on a lower fee scale with
Check or Money Order
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