Will you work holidays?

Yes. Many doulas choose not to work major holidays leaving many pregnant couples seeking support from a limited amount of local professionals. Although, some of our own group's birth doulas do not accept clients with estimated due dates near holidays, we are able to help you secure coverage of both a primary and secondary doula.

We apply a holiday fee to all Birth Support & Prenatal Packages for estimated due dates one week before and after Thanksgiving (11/27), Christmas, and New Year's. A $150 cost applies to EDDs between 11/20-12/4, and 12/18-1/8.

When do you arrive to support my labor?

We'll be talking over the phone during the stages of labor so that we can give you extra support prior to our arrival, which we determine based on what's happening, where you live, and the time of day (traffic!).

If we are not yet with you and you believe labor is progressing quickly or that you might be transitioning, then we would advise to meet at the hospital. After your exam, if you are in early labor and not as close as anticipated (it happens), we can walk around the hospital together to keep progress moving forward and decide on a new plan, if necessary. Sometimes, clients who live more than 45 minutes from the hospital choose to check into a hotel and labor in luxury! 

How do you help Dad or my partner during labor?

Let me count the ways....we can reassure him or her that everything is normal and right on time. We calmly explain what's happening if there has been a thrown curve ball and a medical intervention must take place. We provide information about interventions if one is suggested by your maternity care provider to "speed things along". We will remind your partner to ask your care provider for any known risks and possible benefits of the suggested procedure or medicine (since you may not be able to speak or think clearly). This allows time for informed consent and consideration of your original birth plan and all the available options.  

Our presence at a labor allows the partner to take breaks, make phone calls, use the bathroom and catch a quick nap. If your partner wants to be your main support person and actively involved, we support him by showing where to apply counter pressure, massage, etc. We provide an extra pair of loving hands during labor and help to relieve the load of stress on the shoulders of your partner. Here is a Dad's point of view.

Are you familiar with HypnoBirthing or Hypnobabies?

Definitely. Many of The Happiest Doulas are trained Hypnobabies Hypno-doulas and love supporting clients who choose this method of childbirth. We've seen women snore through transition / transformation and breathe their babies out gently. It is truly remarkable but leaves the OB speechless!

We believe to effectively use hypnosis during childbirth, mamas need to practice regularly and have a trained hypno-doula present to assist during the birthing time.

Do you support clients that plan to use an epidural?

Yes, we most certainly do! The point of the birthday party is to welcome your baby with joy and love and if you are upset, in pain, or exhausted, you probably aren't having an enjoyable time. Birth is wonderful and beautiful however you choose to celebrate it! We've got "special tricks" for epidural clients and encourage you to choose what is right for your labor. We won't judge you.

Do you accept insurance?

No. It would be wonderful if your insurance provider covered our service fees, and we encourage you to file a claim with your insurance company. Go ahead and stir the pot a bit, make some calls, write some letters and request changes. Doulas are proven to lower c-section rates and postpartum depression and hopefully your efforts will make a much needed difference!

The Happiest Doula, LLC has the required National Provider Identification number and taxonomy information if you require it for filing for benefits - just ask.

 

The advantage of hiring a group of doulas...

Our team is well known throughout Atlanta and our reputation is positive. Our clients have the distinct advantage of working with a group of dedicated professionals that support each other and provide back-up help when needed, which is not a guarantee when working with a doula who is an independent contractor. We encourage you to make sure you will have dedicated support for your birthday celebration and have hired the best choice to meet your needs. 

In Atlanta, certified doulas who have attended 50+ births charge a fee ranging from $600 - 1,200. A trained, uncertified and less experienced doula may only charge $300-600. In NYC, the going rate for a doula who has attended 100+ births is more than $2,200. Some doulas even charge $10,000 per birth. 

The amount of support time you might receive for labor and delivery could be anywhere from 5 to 50 hours, plus on-call support 24/7 for several weeks in a row! When you factor this, even the most expensive doulas are a bargain! The right doula for you is priceless. We strongly suggest you interview several doulas you can afford to work with so you are comfortable with whomever you hire.

The Happiest Doulas offer three tiers of birth doula support; Basic for $599, Deluxe for $899, and Premium for $1199. We accept credit card payments right from this website and encourage you to submit your order confirmation for insurance reimbursement.

What is your birth philosophy?

It is your body, baby, and birthday party, so you should decide how we will support you during labor! Specifically, The Happiest Doulas support whatever decisions you make and feel are best for your family. Our job is to make sure your wishes are heard by your care provider and the hospital staff and that you have pertinent information to give informed consent at all times. This helps you achieve your goals and heart's desire!

With which hospitals do you work?

Our doulas attend births at Atlanta Medical Center, Emory Midtown, Piedmont Atlanta, Northside Atlanta, Kennestone, DeKalb Medical Center, and North Fulton Hospital. We work with clients that live near our homes or the hospital so we can quickly get to them during labor. 

Some members of our group live outside the perimeter and are close to hospitals listed below.

  • Gwinnett Medical Center (Emily)
  • Piedmont Fayette (Julie)
  • Southern Regional (Jenny B.)
  • Kennestone (Lauren)
  • Cobb General (Lauren)
  • Northside Forsythe (Lauren)