Birth Doula Service

What is a Doula?doulalogo

The word Doula means “a woman who serves women”. Today, the word is used to describe a woman who has been specifically trained to give physical, emotional & informational support to a pregnant couple during labour, birth and beyond.

A Doula…

  • offers (and/or demonstrates to birth partner) different physical comfort measures such as
    • massage
    • counter pressure
    • positions
    • movements
    • breathing techniques
    • heat & cold therapy
    • and much more
  • is present throughout the entire process, while medical staff come and go, giving continuity of care and thereby reducing stress
  • brings a sense of calm and safety during what can be an anxious time for couples
  • provides information, explains what is happening, and helps facilitate communication between the couple and medical staff
  • is there to support the birthing woman and her partner, thereby reducing anxiety in both
  • can greatly reduce the need for pain medications and interventions
  • offers reassurance, encouragement, praise, attentive listening and care
  • ensures that the parents’ privacy & dignity are protected
  • is an extra pair of hands
  • can take pictures, if the couple prefer to delegate this task
  • empowers the couple to have the birth they want
  • helps the couple have a positive labour and birth experience

Research shows that the COMBINATION of partner + doula gives the best outcomes


A Doula DOES NOT…

  • give medical advice
  • diagnose
  • perform any medical procedures
  • prescribe treatments
  • make decisions for her clients
  • speak on behalf of her clients
  • pressure her clients into any choices
  • take over partner’s role

SERVICES PROVIDED

Support for Vaginal Birth:

  • Introductory meeting (to see if we are a good fit; no obligation)
  • Prenatal consultation to discuss birth plan, preferences, comfort measures etc. (90 minutes)
  • Support during labour and birth (however long it takes)
  • Support initiating skin-to-skin and/or breastfeeding (60 minutes)
  • Postnatal consultation (90 minutes)
  • Support via WhatsApp before and after baby’s birth
  • If a caesarean section becomes necessary, I will accompany you to theater (if allowed) and assist with skin-to-skin/breastfeeding after the birth
  • Fee: R3750 all inclusive
  • Fee can be claimed back from some medical aids*

Support for Scheduled Caesarean Birth:

  • Introductory meeting (to see if we are a good fit; no obligation)
  • Support immediately before, during and after operation (if hospital allows)
  • Support initiating skin-to-skin and breastfeeding (60 minutes)
  • Postnatal consultation (90 minutes)
  • Support via WhatsApp before and after baby’s birth
  • Fee: R1500 all inclusive
  • Fee can be claimed back from some medical aids*

If you are interested in hiring a Doula, please WhatsApp me at 083 292 5252 or e-mail ericaneser@gmail.com.

*Medical Aid requirements:

Discovery Health

  • Please note that Discovery will cover my services from your available Medical Savings Account (MSA) and that these claims will not accumulate to your benefit limits.
  • Discovery Health will make this arrangement available to the other schemes under its administration. Such schemes will automatically be included in this arrangement if they elect to participate.
    • Participating plans and schemes:
      Discovery Health Medical Scheme (All plans with medical savings account)
      Quantum Comprehensive
      Quantum Essential Saver
      Tsogo Classic (All plans with medical savings account)
      UKZN Medical Scheme (All plans with medical savings account)
  • The member may submit my invoice to Discovery Health Medical Scheme or other scheme administered by Discovery Health for reimbursement if they have funds available in their MSA. 
  • The client must pay me directly and claim back from Discovery Health Medical Scheme or other scheme administered by Discovery Health.
  • For services provided before, during and/or after a normal vaginal delivery, the client can claim back R2064,00.
  • For services provided before, during and/or after a caesarean section (even if it is a normal vaginal delivery with complications, which then results in a caesarean section), the client can claim back R1376.32.

Momentum

Momentum Health will authorize the Doula Benefit for Members of Momentum only if all the following criteria are met:

  • Registration on the Maternity program within the specified 8-20 weeks of pregnancy.
  • If the Member is planning a natural delivery, using a WOMBS accredited Doula and a Momentum Associated Gynecologist. (Note: this does not include Midwife births.)
  • For services rendered prior to delivery, the client can claim back R1900,00.
  • For services rendered following delivery, the client can claim back R1900,00.

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