• Frequently Asked Questions •
My number one question about doulas - Do you replace the support of my husband/partner?
Not at all. This was, in fact, my own husband's biggest concern about hiring a doula to work with us. What I do is work closely with both parents to ensure they have the support they BOTH need on this day. So much focus is on mom and baby - but I also realize that it's a big day for the whole family. I always make sure that both parents have water and food as needed, check in to see how they're feeling and get rest as they need it. I've also helped communicate with waiting grandparents when mom and dad's hands are full.
What area do you serve?
I take clients that live in and around Portland, Oregon and Vancouver, Washington.
How can I verify my doula's certification?
Contact your doula's certifying agency, or do a quick search on the website to see if you can't find a list of certified doulas that way. You can view my certification status here: http://www.stillbirthday.com/2015/07/13/kathy-sweet/
How do bereavement services work? Is there a fee?
If you are facing loss in any trimester, my services are free. I can attend your birth, assist with arrangements and provide invaluable resources to you during this precious time. If I'm unable to serve for any reason, I will do my best to find someone who will. There is never a charge for bereavement services provided through Rose City Doula. Love offerings are accepted, which are put directly toward the bereavement services portion of the company, assisting other families in their time of loss.
I want to take my placenta home, or have it encapsulated. Is that something you can help me with?
While I don't do placenta encapsulation myself, I have several people that I can refer you to. I'm more than happy to help with placenta arrangements on the birth day. It's not uncommon for the doula to become the person in charge of the placenta after delivery, ensuring that it's saved, placed on ice and then travels where it needs to.
Do I need a birth plan?
I always like to at least review your birth and newborn preferences with you prior to your birth. This can be in the form of a written birth plan, or we can go through a checklist together to discover what may work best to support you.
What if I don't want to have a "natural" birth?
I use the term natural loosely...because I believe that anytime a child is born, it's a very natural event that parents should be very proud of. But most people use the term natural to explain a med-free, epidural free or intervention free birth. If you want an epidural, or even a cesarean - that's YOUR call. I have absolutely no agenda to push anyone into doing something they don't want to do. I have very positive experiences with epidurals and equally positive experiences with non-intervention births. I find it really important to celebrate how meaningful your day is, regardless of the way your child enters the world. How you are made to feel on that day matters a lot more than how your child enters the world.
If I have a cesarean, do I still need a doula?
Yes! A million times, yes. Some of my busiest doula jobs have been supporting cesarean births. Whether scheduled or not, some parents feel an extra layer of anxiety going into major surgery to deliver their babies. I'm very comfortable in this setting, and can give you a step by step rundown of how things may happen before and during surgery.
What if we meet for a consultation and I don't end up hiring you?
That's perfectly fine. I believe it's more important for you to hire someone that you connect with. I have a wonderful network of colleagues that I'm happy to refer you to.