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.

 

Why do you charge a doula fee of $899 (sometimes more/less)?

The right doula for you is priceless. Please interview several doulas you can afford so that you are comfortable with whomever you hire. In Atlanta, certified doulas who have attended 50+ births have fees ranging from $600 - 1,200. A trained, uncertified and less experienced doula may only charge $300-550. In NYC, the going rate for a doula with 100+ births under her belt costs more than $2,200. 

Figure the hours involved in setting a fee: training and certification, continuing education, time spent conducting interviews, prenatal appointments, postpartum visits, travel time, mileage, email and phone support, etc. The support 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! Even the most expensive doulas are a bargain. 

We charge $899* for birth support and accept credit card payments right from this website. If you prefer to pay in cash, please let us know.

*There is an additional fee of $199 per hypno couple that use the Hypnobabies at-home study program.  We charge an additional $100 for rush-clients that book services at 36 weeks gestation or later, and for clients who are out of the intown service area.

Service rates will increase June 1, 2014. 

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 and Emory Midtown, Piedmont and Northside Hospitals. We work with clients that live near our homes or the hospital so we can quickly get to them during labor.

Our service area is within the perimeter of Atlanta and an additional fee of $100 is applied if travel requires us to go beyond the area of Northside Hospital. If you live in Alpharetta, for example, and want to avoid the extra fee, we are happy to have you meet us halfway to conduct your prenatal meeting(s).

Unless a client is an employee at the hospital, we charge an additional fee of $100 if the hospital is not listed above.