If you are looking for a professional doula to help your family on the journey through family planning, pregnancy, childbirth, and parenthood, look no further than Anything Family! We specialize in assisting high risk moms, moms who have history of infertility or loss, multiples, preterm babies, and babies that need a little extra TLC-whether it be transitioning from NICU to home, or at home monitoring. Anything Family offers a variety of services and packages to accommodate every family. We are dedicated to you and your family to prepare for your little ones’ arrival. We welcome the opportunity to get to know you and answer any questions you may have in a complimentary interview.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is a Doula?
“Doula” is a Greek word meaning “woman-servant” or “a woman who serves”. She is a professional who is trained in childbirth and provides continuous support to a mother before, during, and just after childbirth. A doula does NOT replace the partner, but rather assists the partner so that they may participate at his or her comfort level (Read “The Doula and the Partner” by Penny Simkin to find how the doula and partner work TOGETHER)
Fertility Doula: A doula that provides fertility support is a resource guide for ¹women who are looking to get pregnant but have not been successful without intervention ²women who can achieve pregnancy but not carry to term ending in a live birth ³women who are using assisted reproductive technology. Anything Family understands fertility treatments are expensive, but our goal is to ensure your highest probability of success while keeping your financial plan in mind. Women who hire a doula during fertility treatments can reduce stress and anxiety and increase chances of success in treatment. We understand infertility is hard, but you don’t have to go through it alone.
Antepartum Doula: Antepartum doulas are specially trained to work with families who are facing pregnancy concerns such as bedrest or medical complications. They offer informational support to expecting families as well as physical and emotional support to mothers. Many women across the world experience high-risk pregnancies and require extra support before the arrival of their babies. This time in your life is already transformative and challenging enough in and of itself–having any complications can be understandably stressful and upsetting. Support and encouragement from a doula throughout pregnancy can help high-risk women feel more positively about their pregnancy and impending childbirth. When you work with Anything Family, the attention and compassion provided allow you to manage pregnancy & prepare for your new family member with a sense of calm and security. Our antepartum doula services are available for everyone, but especially for those with special circumstances.
Birth Doula: Doula support increases the likelihood of safer, healthier and more satisfying births while informing the mother about birth choices. By providing continuous emotional and hands-on physical support throughout labor and delivery, doulas help women experience healthy birth practices with less use of interventions. Labor support provided by doulas has consistently been found to be more beneficial than labor support provided by nurses and other members of the hospital staff and by a member of the woman’s social network. Doula provided labor support has been shown on average to involve a:
- 28% reduction in cesarean births
- 9% reduction in use of pain medications
- 31% reduction in use of synthetic oxytocin to speed up labor
- 34% reduction in reporting a negative birth experience
- 12% greater likelihood of having a spontaneous vaginal birth
Postpartum Doula: In the postpartum period, doulas may offer help with newborn feeding and other newborn care, emotional and physical recovery from birth, coping skills, mother-baby bonding, infant soothing and appropriate referral as necessary. Postpartum doulas can be very beneficial for mothers that have multiple babies, older children they are also caring for, helping mothers adjust to caring for a newborn with special needs, or if they are experiencing postpartum mood disorders.
Why would I use a doula instead of a housekeeper or nanny?
Just like housekeepers and nannies fulfill a need in the world, so do doulas. Because our doulas are trained professionals, they are sensitive to the specific needs of expectant women and new mothers alike. While a housekeeper may do an amazing job sanitizing your bathroom and cleaning out your refrigerator, she is not going to be attuned to the needs of a woman who is 34 weeks pregnant and on bed rest due to preeclampsia. Likewise, while a nanny may do a great job of bathing your newborn or playing with your toddler in the park, she has not been trained to assist a mother with breastfeeding techniques or incision care post-Cesarean section. What’s more, neither of these roles satisfies the main role of the doula, which is to nurture the mother’s relationship with her child, both before and after the child’s birth. So while you may need both a housekeeper and a nanny, neither one will replace the support you’ll receive from a trained doula.
Does insurance cover doula services?
We are happy to work with you to obtain insurance reimbursement for your doula services. You will need to file for reimbursement for doula services: ¹After services have been rendered and you have paid Anything Family in full, contact us to obtain an invoice with necessary information and coding ²Submit the invoice with a claim form to your insurance company; you will receive a reply letter telling you that they either a) need more information to process the claim, or b) this is not a covered expense ³If your insurance company does not immediately offer to file your claim, we can assist you further at an additional cost. Further steps might include obtaining more information from the doula, composing a letter to your insurance company or providing other such evidence.
What if I don’t think I can afford a doula?
Anything Family believes that every women should receive the support she wants. We have created a scholarship program for those who really NEED a doula but CANNOT afford one. You must submit and explain the detailed reason for your scholarship request and how much you can afford. Please do not simply put ‘large family’. Please keep in mind that while we strive to extend scholarship funds to as many requests as possible, our small-business budget is limited. Please think critically about your need and how much you can truly afford so that we can make the most of our funds for as many families as possible. We also want to value our doula’s time & energy. You may want to consider if you can also barter for services. Do you offer massage, house cleaning, child care, home/auto repair, photography, etc.? Submit scholarship request with all of the requested information to Candice@anythingfamily.com.