Frequently Asked Questions
What is a doula?
A doula is a person trained and experienced in childbirth and the postpartum period.
The most important role of the doula is providing consistent, continuous emotional reassurance, encouragement, and comfort to the woman during childbirth. That includes informing you and your partner about your labor, advising on and offering comfort measures to ease labor pain, and collaborating with other health professionals.
A doula can also support the partner and the family through the childbirth and postpartum adjustment.
Who should hire a doula?
Every pregnant woman, especially first time mothers-to-be, should hire a doula for their childbirth.
Why should I hire a doula for my birth?
Giving birth to a child is one of the most challenging journeys and rewarding experiences you will go through in your life. You may be experiencing doubts about your pregnancy, you may have anxiety or fear about labor pain during childbirth, and you may feel overwhelmed with how to deal with the changes in your body.
When you hire a doula, you have continuous support throughout your pregnancy. Your doula can help and coach you through the overwhelming and confusing world of pregnancy and childbirth.
Hiring a doula means having 24/7 access to someone experienced in pregnancy and childbirth. Included in my services is your unlimited access to me before, during, and after childbirth. You can call, email, or text whenever you need.
What don’t doulas do?
As a doula, I do not perform clinical tasks such as blood pressure monitoring, fetal heart checks, vaginal exams, and other medical interventions. I do not make diagnoses. I am there to provide only physical comfort and emotional support.
I also do not make decisions for you. Rather, I advocate for you and help you get the information necessary to make an informed decision.
What is the difference between a doula and a midwife?
Midwives are medically-trained professionals who are primarily responsible for the health and well-being of the mother and baby. They assess the condition of the mother and the fetus, make diagnoses and treat complications as they arise, and focus on the safe delivery of the baby.
Doulas are professionals who primarily focus on providing a positive outlook and physical comfort to the laboring mothers. They help to ensure these needs are met through communication and understanding between the woman, her partner, and the staff.
My partner and I don’t speak English, do you provide translating services?
I am fluent in Cantonese, Mandarin and English, and conversational in Vietnamese. My translation services are included in my doula services. I can be an intermediary between yourself and the medical system.
However, if you would like me to accompany you to your doctor appointments from pregnancy to childbirth (ex. ultrasound, NST assessment, etc.), there would be an extra charge. Please see my services page for more details.
How do I pay for your service?
When you decide to hire me, a deposit of 50% non-refundable service cost is due. The other non-refundable half would be paid one month prior to your due date.