Many more families are using doulas because they hear how valuable they are. The use of doulas are not relegated to “crunchy” or “natural” clients any more. However, if you’re new to the world of doulas, you may have some questions about the fee and payments. Rather than wonder about it — let’s talk frankly about it.
While I can’t speak for all doulas, I can tell you how my pricing and payment is set up.
- A complimentary, no obligation consultation is available for anyone curious about hiring me as their doula.
- A $200.00 non refundable deposit holds your spot. Why is it non refundable? Because I may refer out/turn away other clients near your estimated due date to ensure I do not have too many clients. It also helps me schedule any mentees or backups, prepare my birth bag, and helps you to have less than a full balance to pay in the coming months.
- The remainder of the package you purchased is due by 37 weeks. Why is it due before the birth? Because, simply put, I don’t want to ask you for a check on the way to the hospital or bring that energy transfer (money) into the birth. By 37 weeks our money transactions should not even enter into our energy exchanges, appointments, and interactions. We will have already had our prenatal appointments, classes, and gotten to know one another. My life will revolve fully on being on call for you at that point.
- Pay how you need up until the deadline of 37 weeks. It doesn’t matter to me if you pay something each month, the full fee at the beginning or the end, etc. What types of payments do I take? Cash, check, credit cards, and PayPal.
- Discounts are available for postpartum care if you have hired me as your birth doula or if you have purchased in advance a certain amount of hours. Why is this? Again, it helps me with planning and I can focus much more time on your family based on a suggested schedule.
- Postpartum services in smaller amounts or randomly are available but not at the discount. I usually ask for a weekly check for postpartum services rendered without a contract.
- Insurance is not yet happily reimbursing for doula clients. Can you file to your insurance and see? YES. I encourage it. I do have a NPI (national provider identification number) and can create an invoice for you to submit after the birth of your baby. Medical Savings Accounts are the easiest way to receive reimbursement, however, your insurance may attribute the charges to your deductible or out of pocket and submitting a form is worth your time.
- This is my career as a birth professional, not a hobby. My overhead includes rent for an office, class materials, doula materials- many of which are replaced at every birth, continuing education, a life on call not knowing when I could be supporting a client for days at a time, payment processing fees, lending library, self employment taxes, professional organization fees, and a cap on how many clients I can take per month.
I hope this answers some of your questions and if you have specific questions about package pricing, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Kimberly Sebeck, CLD, CCCE, HCHD “Knoxville Doula” 2016
Please enjoy this guest blog from a Pelvic Floor Therapist in the Knoxville, TN, area.
This does not have to be your current or future experience.
Hello! My name is Autumn Synowiez and I am a pelvic floor therapist.
A pelvic floor therapist (PFT) can help treat many different types of problems that women have such as:
- urinary incontinence (it is not normal to wet ourselves)
- stress incontinence (when we cough, laugh, exercise) or urge incontinence (always feeling a strong urge to go).
- pelvic organ prolapse (yes we can reduce prolapse without surgery by two stages!).
- perineal/episiotomy scars, cesarean scars.
- diastasis recti
- pelvic pain, pressure, dyspaurenia (painful sex)
- preparing your pelvic floor for birth to reduce these symptoms after birth and help coordinate your pelvic floor for optimal pushing.
- postpartum check ups to make sure you truly are ready for exercise and have sex again (if not we will set you up with all the exercises needed to get you on the right path, surprisingly most women are not ready for either).
Countries like France and Sweden have women going after their 6 week postpartum check up with their OB as the norm to make sure women are healing properly after child birth. These countries have much better outcomes for women long term (fewer women suffering from incontinence, pelvic pain, organ prolapse, etc).
Do you have to have had a baby to need pelvic floor therapy? No! Most of us are unaware of our pelvic floor and how it works with our everyday movement. A lot of women who run, heavy weight train, cross fitters, etc., are not coordinating their pelvic floor properly when exercising and actually causing injury and weakness in that area.
Having chronic pelvis or back pain? No one can fix it? Could be in your pelvic floor! We have success stories of people seeing multiple doctorss and physical therapists with no relief and sometimes after just one visit with PFT they have relief.
C section only? Yep! Pregnancy alone can weaken your pelvic floor muscles and with your abdominal muscles being cut into, that can lead to an even more weaker pelvic floor and core. They go hand in hand.
PFT is amazing cutting edge stuff that most women know nothing about. Women in our country have been neglected in this area or are ashamed/embarrassed to talk or look down there! It’s time to change that! You are not alone I can promise you that! There’s a whole set of muscles that are very important that we need to be exercising regardless of our age or whether we have had kids or not. These muscles are our center and help hold our organs in! Can’t wait to discuss more about this soon and offer awesome workshops with Kimberly! Please feel free to ask any questions! I’m sure I left a lot of info out!
Autumn Synowiez OTR/L
Women’s Health Pelvic Floor Therapist
All Rights Reserved, Knoxville Doula, Kimberly Sebeck, 2016
Knoxville Doula is growing! I will be joining a fantastic massage therapist and a fertility and pregnancy acupuncturist at our beautiful office in West Knoxville. I will still be at my current location through the end of this month. We look forward to serving the community as a whole for your fertility, pregnancy, birth, and postpartum needs! You can check out their info atTransformations Massage and Wellness Center and Tennessee Center for Reproductive Acupuncture. #knoxvilledoula #doula #knoxvilletn#professionalsworkingtogetherforyou #fertility #pregnancy #reproductive#massage #acupuncture #childbirthclasses
The next Comfort Measures Class is Saturday, May 7th at 9 – 12 pm at Knoxville Doula’s ofice — 1400 N 6th Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37917
Cost is $50.00 per couple. We discuss the stages and phases of birth and how to stay comfortable as well as how your partner and birth team can help.
Tickets available: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/comfort-measures-for-childbirthrefresher-course-may-2016-tickets-22819606056?aff=ehomecard
Monday, August 18 is the new and unique Sacred Pregnancy Childbirth Class Series. A 6 week series covering the physical and emotional aspects of pregnancy and childbirth. Taught by Kendra Smith. $125.00
Wednesday, August 20 has two events:
Vision Board Workshop at 11:00 a.m — Bring your dreams to life! $5.00 for materials. Facilitated by Kendra Smith and Kimberly Sebeck
Rice Sock/Pack Workshop at 6:00 p.m. — Learn how to make and use rice packs. $5.00 for materials. Hosted by Michelle Nobles.
Saturday, August 23 from 10 a.m to 11:30 a.m.– Meet and Greet with Personal Trainer and Martial Arts instructor, Derek Sebeck. Free with a $5 Body Fat Analysis if you choose.
August 29 at 6:15 pm — Sibling Class by Michelle Nobles. More details to be announced.
Go the FB Pagefor more details. Click the events tab for links to register and buy tickets.
Knoxville Birth Resource Center August Events
Stay tuned for more offerings.
KBRC (Knoxville Birth Resource Center) is located at 428 E. Scott Avenue, Suite 100, Knoxville, TN 37917. Phone (865)705-7734 (PREG)
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