Frequently asked questions

Doula

Is a doula the same thing as a Midwife?


No. A doula provides no medical or nursing care. Since they don't have these responsibilities, or other patients to attend to, they can give their complete attention to being by a woman’s side for the entire length of her labor. Things not included with doula support:

  • They do not perform clinical tasks such as vaginal exams or fetal heart monitoring
  • They do not give medical advice or diagnose conditions
  • They do not make decisions for the client (medical or otherwise)
  • They do not pressure the birthing person into certain choices just because that’s what they prefer
  • They do not take over the role of the partner
  • They do not catch the baby
  • They do not change shifts (although some doulas may call in their back-up after 12-24 hours)
https://evidencebasedbirth.com/the-evidence-for-doulas/




Can a doula attend a cesarean birth?


Yes, a woman having a C-section can still use a doula’s support. The doula may or may not be in the operating room, depending on the wishes of the family and the medical staff, but either way, the doula is still there for the new mother in the recovery room.




How do doulas provide pain relief during childbirth?


https://evidencebasedbirth.com/using-a-doula-for-pain-relief/




What is a doula?


“A doula is a professional trained in childbirth who provides emotional, physical, and educational support to a mother who is expecting, is experiencing labor, or has recently given birth. The doula’s purpose is to help a birthing person have a safe, memorable, and empowering birthing experience.” — American Pregnancy Association A birth doula is a companion who supports a birthing person during labor and birth. Someone who recognizes the woman’s birth experience as an important life event that will be remembered for the rest of her life; understanding the physiology of birth and the emotional needs of a someone in labor.




Why should I hire a doula?


Doulas can offer continuouse physical and emotional support. They don't take many break once they're on the clock for you. Your birth team (nurses, dr, etc) come and go, but your doula will stay by your side and be there through most of your labor. A doula is trained in birth and has taken the time to know their client, birth wishes, and any mental and emotion concerns that may arrise during labor and birth. They refer to their training, experience, and offer encouragement and incite as needed. For those with a partner, a doula is meant to hold space for the both of you. To support your partner in supporting you, not replace them in their role.




Can't my partner be my doula?


A doula is meant to hold space for the both of you. To support your partner in supporting you, not replace them in their role. While your partner is important to your birthing experience, they are not a Doula. They're having an experience of their own as they witness and process the birth through their eyes, and it can especially be difficult for a partner to see the one they love most go through a hard time and not know how to help. It can be a lot to take in. They can support a laboring person, but they deserve to have their own journey as well. Most importantly, a Doula and a partner work together to form her support team. A Doula can offer reassurance and advice on how to help. They will also need to be calmed at times, and can also step in however momentarily when the partner needs a moment. https://evidencebasedbirth.com/the-evidence-for-doulas/




I live outside of your travel zone. Can I still hire you?


Yes! I would be more than willing. I have a $50 travel fee for clients further than 60 miles away. I tell all my birth clients to keep me updated with pregnancy and labor, and to expect me within 2 hours of getting their call when labor begins (so I can secure childcare for my children). For clients further than 60 miles, I would leave earlier than usual to reach them. Contact me and we can discuss the details.




What happens if you miss my birth?


If I am already on my way but miss the birth, for reasons beyond either of our control, I will continue my journey to you and provide support as I would normally. I will stay until you are settled in your maternity suite in resting and recovering. You will still receive 1-2 postpartum visits if desired. If we discussed photography, I will photograph the "just after moment" of you with your fresh baby.





Photography

Do you deliver every image you shoot?


No, I do not. Duplicate images are eliminated, test shots, missed focused shots, shots with bad expressions and other images that may dilute the overall product delivery. A single moment can yield candid laughs and emotional tears and these are some of the best images to capture. Unfortunately, things can change so quickly in a single moment that they can also some unflattering facial expressions. This is why a few extras of any of these moments may be taken to make sure I've captured a great shot with the ideal expression for the moment.




Does you provide videography services?


No, not at this time but I would love to gain some experience and one day offer this service.




I live outside of your travel zone. Can I still hire you?


Yes! I would be more than willing. I have a $50 travel fee for clients further than 60 miles away. For birth photography specifically, I tell all my birth clients to keep me updated with pregnancy and labor, and to expect me within 2 hours of getting their call when labor begins (so I can secure childcare for my children). For clients further than 60 miles, I would leave earlier than usual to reach them. Contact me and we can discuss the details.




What camera do you use?


I use a Sony a65, Sony a7ii and various lenses. I also shoot film with an old Pentax ME Super.




What size will my images be?


I photograph in RAW format, allowing me to take large, high resolution images which I can then make saved copies in other formats such as jpeg or png. I always keep the originals in case duplicates or edits need to be made, or something has happened to your own copies and need replacing.




What happens if you miss my birth?


If I am already on my way but miss the birth, for reasons beyond either of our control, I will continue my journey to you and take photographs of the "just after" moments. In addition, I will credit you a session which you may use for Fresh 48, Newborn or a Motherhood session.




If I have a cesarean birth, can I still hire a photographer?


Yes! The birth photographer may or may not be in the operating room, depending on the wishes of the family and the medical staff, but either way, I can photograph during labor and the new mother and baby in the recovery room. Most hospitals do not allow photography in the OR or during surgery, but some do make exceptions. I recommend consulting with your birthing team. This being said, things happen! If I miss your birth completely, you will recieve a credit toward Fresh 48, Newborn or Motherhood session.