Doula FAQs


WHAT DO DOULAS PROVIDE?

We provide non-medical, judgment-free support. Our goal as your doula is to help you prepare for your birth, feel good about the choices you make, and for you to feel supported and satisfied with your birth experience.  We will strive to help you understand all of your options and provide a list of professional, reliable resources that are right for you.

Our clients can count on us to provide reliable and prompt service. Support any birth choices: whether you are wanting unmedicated, an epidural, at home or at a hospital, a planned cesarean or other choices. We look forward to building a positive relationship with you, your family, and your provider.

POSTPARTUM DOULA?

At this moment, I am not currently trained as a postpartum doula. However, I have the resources available to find you a postpartum doula that can serve you.

AREN'T DOULAS THE SAME AS MIDWIVES?

No, A midwife is a health care provider, and a doula offers physical and emotional support. 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 and even in your home.

DO DOULAS ATTEND HOME BIRTHS?

Yes! Many Doulas will attend a home birth. Some support only midwife-assisted home births. However, you can find a doula for an unassisted home birth as well.

WILL MY INSURANCE PAY FOR MY DOULA?

Some insurance companies offer reimbursements for Doula costs. You are more likely to be reimbursed for the cost of your Doula if your Doula has what is called an NPI number. She will have to supply you with a receipt with her number and the taxonomy code to submit to insurance. 

WILL A DOULA REPLACE MY PARTNER?

Absolutely not! Doulas provide non-medical, judgment-free support to help you prepare for your birth, feel good about the choices you make, and for you to feel supported and satisfied with your birth experience. They do not take the place of your partner, they can also help support your partner by reminding them to eat, rest, and hydrate as well. 


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Placenta Encapsulation FAQs

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WHAT ARE THE REPORTED BENEFITS?

Mothers have reported the following:

  • Increase in lactation
  • Increase in energy
  • Increase in overall mood
  • Decrease in pain
  • Decrease in lochia bleeding

 

WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE TRADITIONAL AND RAW START METHOD?

The traditional and raw start method has the same benefits. The placenta in the traditional method is steamed, dehydrated, and grounded into a powder. The raw start method skips the steaming and is only dehydrated and then ground into a powder. It has been reported that the raw start method has more of an effect on mothers because of the hormonal content. The raw start method also contains a higher bacterial count compared to the traditional method.

 

 

 

WHAT IF MY PLACENTA HAS TO BE SENT TO PATHOLOGY?

Unfortunately, if your physician feels your placenta needs to be sent off to pathology, I will not be able to continue with the encapsulation process. Placentas that are sent to pathology are often treated with formaldehyde or other solutions. You may discuss the option of sending only a small sample off for testing and keep the remainder of the placenta. If the placenta has to be sent off, we can discuss the option of a burial. But in most cases, they only need a small amount of the placenta to be tested and we can hold off on encapsulation until after the results come back. 

IF I HAD A MEDICATED BIRTH OR CESAREAN SECTION, MAY I STILL ENCAPSULATE MY PLACENTA?

You may absolutely still continue the process! As long as it has not been sent to pathology prior and was properly placed on ice within 1-2 hours.

ARE THERE ANY REASONS THAT ENCAPSULATION SHOULD NOT TAKE PLACE?

The following are some reasons that it is best to not encapsulate:

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  • Chorioamnionitis
  • Active GBS infection (Article here)
  • Improper storage  of the placenta
  • Not placed on ice within 2 hours of delivery
  • Refrigerated longer than 48 hours before being frozen
  • Placenta was not kept under 40° F for the entire storage
  • Other active infections that may be reacquired
  • Lyme Disease

 

WHERE DOES ENCAPSULATION TAKE PLACE?

Encapsulation happens in your home! APPA strongly encourages using a safe workplace and using your home will ensure this as my kitchen does not qualify under the regulations. While working in your own kitchen, I am able to give you a piece of mind knowing how your placenta is properly prepared and I am also able to give you postpartum support!

HOW MANY CAPSULES WILL I GET?

The amount of pills that are processed depends on the size of the placenta.

DO YOU ADD HERBS TO THE CAPSULES?

I am not regulated to add any herbs to your capsules as I am not a certified Herbalist.

WHEN SHOULD I BOOK FOR YOUR SERVICES?

It is best to contact me at least 6 weeks before your estimated due date so I can put you on my schedule.


Disclosure

**This service has not been evaluated by the FDA. Biehler Birth & Beyond makes no medical treatment claims. Services provided are not clinical, pharmaceutical, or intended to diagnose, treat, or cure any condition. Families who choose to utilize these services take full responsibility for their own health and product usage.**