1st Client Meeting–Interview to comfortably
At this meeting, we will essentially interview each other to see if we are a good fit. It is always my preference to have both mom and her partner at this meeting. I will tell you about my services and answer any questions or concerns you may have. We check dates. I leave you with 2 copies of contract (and some other helpful materials) for you to read over and consider. Typically, this will take us about an hour or so.
Make Hiring Decision
Sign both contracts and send deposit to hold dates
- Client keeps one (pretty one with bees on it)
- Send 2nd copy to me with a check for 1st payment (50%) OR
- Contract may also be scanned/emailed. Payment via Pay Pal (add 3%)
- Next payment of 50% is due by week 37
You are now a client of Honeybee Doula Services, LLC
I will set you up in my system/calendar (2 weeks before your EDD to birth)
Next, we schedule our 1st prenatal meeting. This should take place in your 3rd trimester so that it will be the most meaningful for you.
Prior to this meeting, I will email you a “Prenatal Interview Form” with lots of questions on it! Please complete this and email or snail mail it back to me prior to our meeting. It will pose questions and stir thoughts helping me to understand you and your partner’s expectations and goals. I want to hear about how you foresee us working together and how I can best support you. When I better comprehend how you manage pain and fatigue, where you hold tension; I can best provide reassurance and assistance.
Having open conversations during these visits about expectations, goals, and even fears—well before the onset of labor—can go a long way toward building self-confidence and harmony.
1st Prenatal— ~2 hours. We have flexibility so depending upon needs/desires we may review responses on the interview form, discuss stages of labor, what to expect during each stage and corresponding coping and comfort measures. As we discuss expectations we can start to formulate a birth plan. This won’t be a full-blown childbirth class, but more of an overview. I typically teach relaxation and breathing techniques so you can begin practicing right away.
Also, let’s plan to meet in your home where you are comfortable and likely to be during the early part of your labor. It also gives me an opportunity to drive to your house so I am sure to know the route, timing, where to park, what door to go in, etc. before I come when you are in labor.
2nd Prenatal— ~2 hours. We could start with questions generated from our last meeting or discuss you most recent prenatal appointment. But as you continue to prepare for labor, we will need to talk about when to leave for the hospital, common procedures you might encounter there during labor, delivery or used on your newborn.
This is an important time to discuss breast feeding, self-care and your recuperation and of course, coming home with your new baby.
You are welcome to text and email me between times, (call too)—if something comes up or you have specific questions. I always love to hear updates and especially to stay “in the loop” when you have those last “weekly” appointments.
Labor—Call me. Not sure? Call me. Text me too if you want, but definitely, call me.
We will have already discussed this and will have a plan in place; now we enact it.
After Baby Arrives-–When baby is born, I will be with you, encouraging bonding and family intimacy. I can assist with initial breast-feeding efforts if desired and generally hold space around your new family for that golden hour (or two). Typically, I withdraw as I see you are comfortably tucked in and ready for some rest.
Postpartum-–One postpartum visit is included with your birth doula package. Ideally, this would be a few days or a week after your birth. This should be a super easy, no-frills visit of an hour or two. It is a time to check in and see how things are going. I’d love to talk through your birth; to hear your story as seen through your eyes! Sometimes there are even gaps that I could help you fill in as you continue to process all of it.
On the other hand, you may appreciate me just holding the baby while you jump through the shower, or maybe making you a bite to eat.
Want to get started? contact me.
“My husband is so happy we had a doula…Cindy supported him so that he could support me!” —Nary, remembering the birth of Hannah
How It Works – Postpartum Doula
At this meeting, we will essentially interview each other to see if we are a good fit. It is always my preference to have both mom and her partner at this meeting. I will tell you about my services and answer any questions or concerns you may have. Typically, this will take us about an hour or so. If you and your partner are comfortable with me and with my role in supporting both of you through this time, we would sign a Letter of Agreement. Then, we would set up another time to get together for a more in-depth prenatal meeting.
For antepartum or postpartum clients, we generally need to meet only once after our initial interview meeting. At this meeting, we will have a chance to discuss what your anticipated needs will be – how often and for how long each time you will need my help. During this visit we can also talk about what might be needed for baby’s homecoming – little suggestions to ease the transition. This is a good opportunity to familiarize me with your household. If I am somewhat familiar with your family’s habits and schedule, it will help to optimize the time I’m scheduled to be with you after your baby arrives.
Prior to this meeting I will email you a questionnaire. As you complete this, it may bring up questions or thoughts you’d like to discuss. It will help me to better understand your needs and your expectations for me. Each home has different traditions and a different make up of people for me to be attuned to.
Availability and Timing
Although we will tentatively schedule some dates for postpartum visits prior to your baby’s birth, once the baby arrives, you will need to contact me so that we can fine-tune specific times that you would like me to come.
There is no charge for our initial meeting.
The first half of agreed upon fees will be due at our prenatal meeting.
The second and final payment is due on or before your 37th week of pregnancy.
Be sure to check the guidelines for your specific health insurance plan. Payment for postpartum doulas can sometimes be made using either FSA (Flexible Spending Accounts) or HSA (Health Savings Accounts).
Want to get started? contact me.