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Frequently Asked Questions

If you have a question that is not answered on this page, please feel free to ask me when you reach out!

What happens if I go into labor before the 37-week mark?

While I do not officially go on-call for clients until the 37-week mark, I will be available by text or phone call prior to that. I encourage you to keep me updated as frequently as possible; the more information I have, the more likely I will be able to accommodate you on short notice. If I am out of town or in a situation where I cannot leave, our assigned backup doula will accompany you during labor and birth and I will attend the postpartum visit(s).

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What are the differences between a postpartum doula, newborn care specialist, night nurse, babysitter, and nanny?

All of these professionals are valuable, but there are key distinctions between each one:

Postpartum doulas are responsible for nurturing the birthing parent and other members of the household, educating and instilling confidence in the family as they adjust to their new chapter. We also provide assistance with infant and child care, but our focus is holistic, supporting the entire family unit, and we are never home alone with the newborn and/or older children. This is what distinguishes us from some of the adjunctive in-home helping professionals. 

Newborn care specialists (NCS) can work during the day or night, depending on your preferences. There are multiple NCS practices that overlap with those of a postpartum doula, but an NCS is more focused on tending to the newborn, whereas a postpartum doula tends to the birthing parent, newborn, and the whole family. 

Despite the title, a night nurse does not hold a nursing degree or perform the medical tasks of a registered nurse (RN). They are responsible for all aspects of overnight newborn care while the parents are asleep, whereas an overnight postpartum doula helps the family establish a smooth overnight routine that optimizes both sleep and adequate care for the newborn and parents.

The terms “babysitter” and “nanny” are sometimes used synonymously, and their specific tasks are similar, but the difference is usually the length of time for which they assist the family. Babysitters typically work on a temporary, short-term, or occasional basis and may not have a set schedule as nannies do. Like babysitters, nannies are responsible for taking over child care while the parents are busy, but they typically work for the family on a regular basis, full-time or part-time, for several months to years.

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Can I get a reimbursement for your services through my insurance?

I am enrolled in the Medi-Cal program and have a National Provider Identifier (NPI) number which you may submit to your insurance (if different from Medi-Cal). While some insurance providers do offer reimbursement for doula services, each one's policies are different. I encourage you to reach out to your specific provider and ask about coverage for doula services. 

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Do you offer virtual support?

Depending on the circumstances, yes! Please let me know firsthand if this is your preference, and in our interview, we can discuss the possibility in more depth.

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