Interior health hospitals allow 1 support person and a doula (must be a member of the Doula Services Association of BC) at the birth. Some restrictions apply. Communicate with Interior Health or call your local hospital for more information. The restrictions and guidelines are subject to change. I would suggest mentioning to your health care provider your wish to have a doula at your birth ahead of time as the situation is constantly changing.
For homebirth, communicate with your midwife to find out about their expectations regarding PPE for the doula and partner if applicable.
The current province wide COVID-19 restrictions do not restrict access to in-home essential services including postpartum support.
I do my part to protect you and your family from COVID-19. I cannot eliminate risks entirely but I have adjusted my services including but not limited to:
Wearing a mask during in-person visit
Offering virtual support
This can be a challenging time and I encourage you to reach out if you need support more than ever. Stay safe !
No, a midwife is a medical professional that make sure the baby and person giving birth are safe and healthy. A doula cannot perform any medical tasks such as pelvic exams or administering medications. A doula can physically support someone with nonmedical comfort measures only.
Do you offer your services only in Golden, BC?Kat Miller2021-04-17T22:07:10+00:00
I accept to travel to offer in-person doula services in Invermere, Revelstoke, Banff and Canmore. If your location isn’t included, please contact me to discuss the possibility of me traveling there. A traveling fee could be charged for support too far outside of Golden.
I also can support people worldwide virtually (Yay for technology!)
Why should I hire a doula?admin2021-02-15T00:00:43+00:00
This is a personal decision and only you know how much support you need. That being said, research shows that there is benefits to having continuous support from a doula during childbirth. Some of those benefits are:
39% decrease in the risk of Cesarean*
15% increase in the likelihood of a spontaneous vaginal birth*
10% decrease in the use of any medications for pain relief*
I would also like to add that needing and asking for support at any point during your journey to parenthood shouldn’t be seen as a weakness or you not being a good parent. We forget that there was a time when an entire village used to raise every children and support families. It is normal to need help and support and you should not let modern society reinforce the belief that it is bad to ask for help.
The answer is quite simple: as early as you can! Here are a few reasons to book earlier than later:
More time to get to know each other and form a relationship.
One of the key to a positive birth or postpartum experience lies in preparation.
It gives you an opportunity to spread the cost on a longer period.
Pregnancy also requires emotional and physical support
I only accept a few clients each months – Your spot is only secured once you paid the deposit
If you are worried about possibly changing your mind, I offer a full refund of the deposit if you cancel before the end of your first trimester (12 weeks).
When you book a postpartum support package, you also have to pay a deposit to make sure I have sufficient availability for the period you expect to receive support for. I suggest meeting at least once during the pregnancy to create a postpartum plan. After your baby is born, you can contact me to start receiving the support when you need it. I will send you my availability and you can pick when you want me to come. This can be done weekly or monthly depending on your needs until all the hours included in your package are used.
I also accept last minute bookings if my availability allows. Price will be discussed on a case by case basis depending on how much prenatal support can be provided.
How much does a doula cost ?Kat Miller2021-05-04T04:07:55+00:00
My prices are listed on thispage! All my services are either on a sliding scale or a pay what you can format. I believe in serving every families regardless of their financial situation because this is not just a luxury service and everyone deserves to feel heard, seen and supported. I simply ask that any financial challenges be discussed prior to signing a contract with me so that we can come to an agreement that suits both of us. These conversations will always remain confidential and judgement free.
If, on the other hand, you have the capacity and want to pay more, that would be lovely and allow me to offer more discounted services to other families in need. I also donate 5% of the birth and postpartum packages purchased to charities or local initiatives that encourage the betterment of our communities and society. Talk about a win-win situation ! Thank you so much for paying it forward!
GIFT CERTIFICATES AVAILABLE: If you’d like to cover a portion of the cost or purchase a package to gift someone, message me about gift certificates. They can be printed or delivered electronically and make for amazing baby shower gifts !
You can also check out this video I made with Jena from Jena Lee Photographs about 4 creative ways to afford a doula and/or a birth photographer !
Will a doula replace my partner?admin2021-02-15T00:05:26+00:00
No, the doula is there to support both the person giving birth and her partner. The partner will most likely also be on a roller coaster of emotions during the birth. The doula can take some of the pressure off the partner and allow them to fully sink in and enjoy the experience. The doula can also guide the partner to support the person giving birth by showing them how to perform comfort techniques or how to get involved in caring for their partner while they birth.
I wrote a full blog article about this : click here.
Does a doula only attend home birth?admin2020-08-11T18:43:54+00:00
No, I do not believe ”breast is best”. You are encouraged to make the decisions that work best for your family and I will support you in that. Though there is much benefits to body feeding, I do not believe there is a way of nourishing your child that will make you a better parent or is the definition of success. A successful feeding story is whatever you feel is working for you and that you feel informed and supported.
What is a TENS machine ?Kat Miller2021-03-18T03:04:07+00:00
Were you just on my service page and wondered what the TENS machine included with the birth package is ? It stands for Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation. You place electrodes on your back and the pulses act as a pain relief. It is a very effective and versatile drug-free pain management tool. The best part is you are in control of it and can play with the intensity of the pulses as you please. It’s safe for the baby and the one I lend is specific for labour. It’s the Elle Tens+ 3-in-1 .I provide new electrode pads for each client.
You don’t mention Rebozo in your services. Is this something you offer?Kat Miller2021-03-18T02:58:19+00:00
I do not use a rebozo for support pregnancy and birth or for postpartum ceremonies and practices. It isn’t part of my culture or traditions. I don’t believe it is my place to use one or that at this point I would be able to do it in a way that respects and honour its traditional origin fully.
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