Doula FAQS

How do Doulas compare to other forms of continuous support?

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decrease in the use of Pitocin
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decrease in the risk of cesarean
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increase in the likelihood of a spontaneous vaginal birth
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decrease in the use of pain medication
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decrease in the risk of NICU stay
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decrease in the risk of being dissatisfied with the birth experience
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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.

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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. 

Do Doulas attend home births?

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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. 

Biehler Birth and Beyond is located in Portageville, NY, and serves the surrounding counties: Allegany, Cattaraugus, Erie, Genesee, Monroe, Livingston, Ontario (F.F. Thompson), Wyoming, McKean (Bradford Regional Medical Center)