FAQ

 

What are NEI Doula Services’ Fees?

Please see Doula Services for Antepartum, Postpartum, Labor & Birth, and Consultation Fees. Please see Bereavement for doula bereavement support fees.

Will you take Payment Plans?

Yes. NEIDS will work with you to set up a payment plan, and this plan can be included in your contract.

How do you accept payments?

Payments are accepted by cash, check made out to Lora Schnurr, Paypal to neidoula@gmail.com, or Venmo @Lora-Schnurr

Does a doula deliver babies?

A doula does not deliver babies. A doula is not a licensed medical professional and does not act in a clinical capacity. A certified doula provides professional support for the physical, emotional, and educational needs surrounding pregnancy, birth, and postpartum choices. Northeastern Indiana Doula Services provides professional certified doula support for Antepartum, Postpartum, Labor & Birth, and Bereavement, with consultations available.

What is the difference between a midwife and a doula?

A midwife is a health care provider, while a doula is more of a childbirth coach. You might choose to have a midwife instead of an OB for prenatal care and to deliver your baby. Midwives can deliver babies in hospitals, birthing centers or even in your home. A doula provides a different service and can work with a midwife, and/or your birth team, to make sure you will have the best possible experience and outcome you desire.

Can I hire a doula to be my advocate?

You can hire Northeast Indiana Doula Services to support you as you advocate for yourself. Part of the prenatal process with NEIDS is to educate you about your rights to informed consent. You will learn how to use the knowledge you gain along with your voice to speak for your own wants and needs. A doula does not advocate for you but is by your side to help you remember to advocate for yourself as well as remind you of your own desires and birth plan.

Can I only hire a doula if i’m planning a natural labor and birth?

Northeast Indiana Doula Services provides support for unmedicated, medicated, or caesarean section births. Women still need support, encouragement, education, comfort measures, etc. for all types of birth plans or unexpected circumstances.

Does a doula take the place of my spouse (or partner)?

NEIDS will work with a woman and her spouse/partner during doula prenatal appointments to assess the needs of both. Sometimes this means that the doula is hired to be the main support person, but usually it means that she is hired to work alongside the spouse to coach, and/or support the spouse so that the couple works together. In every case, the needs and relationship of the woman, spouse/partner come first.

What if I can’t afford a doula?

Northeast Indiana Doula Services has options for you. One of those options is consultation services to prepare for your Antepartum, Postpartum, Labor & Birth, or Loss. Consultation means that you can save a considerable amount of money just by taking the time to meet and be informed, assess your situation, and make a plan. You can still have the support of a doula through consultation and phone services alone. (See Services) You can opt to have consultation time and fees applied toward a contract. Another option is to ask family and friends to apply gift money to go toward doula services in place of a shower gift. Gift Certificates are available. There is also the option to purchase the Basic Birth Package. Payments plans are available.

Can I be Reimbursed by my Insurance?

It depends. If you have an HSA, it is often possible to use those funds for doula services. Christian share ministries will often cover the costs of a doula. Aside from these options, when your contract with NEIDS is complete, we can provide you with a letter for your insurance, a paid invoice, and our National Provider Identifier Number. We will work with you to provide what your insurance carrier needs for a claim.

Do you have a backup?

Yes. For all contracts, NEIDS will secure a backup doula in case of unforeseen circumstances, illness, or emergencies.

Can I hire NEI Doula Services to help me with my “unassisted” or “free” birth?

NEI Doula Services believes in a woman’s complete autonomy, but we will not contract with expectant clients who are not under the care of a midwife or doctor. To be a professional doula at an unassisted birth risks legal liability and medical malpractice. If you are planning an unassisted birth, and are under the care of a medical provider, you may inquire about our consultation or phone services only. We will not attend an unassisted birth.

What Does “Full Spectrum” Doula Services mean and does NEIDS provide them?

The term “full spectrum” in the doula realm is referring to the full spectrum of reproductive issues facing women. This can include infertility, surrogacy, contraception, miscarriages, adoption, personal traumas, and much more, but generally full-spectrum doulas are known to support abortion. Lora is not an abortion doula, aka “full-spectrum” doula. She believes life begins at conception and that every life has value in the eyes of God. In cases of loss, it is sometimes medically advised, for a variety of reasons, to terminate a pregnancy. If this is you, as a bereavement doula, Lora will work with loss clients on a case-by-case basis. Either way, if you are a woman facing something hard, and you are alone, no matter what’s going on, she is available to listen. If you have contemplated abortion, whether for loss or otherwise, or had an abortion, and need someone to hear you in confidence, Lora will hear you. For cases of infertility, natural family planning, surrogacy, adoption, or personal traumas, Lora will consider providing support on a case-by-case basis or refer you to someone who can. For more resources on any full spectrum topic, you can request them here.