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Cincinnati & Dayton Doula FAQ's

Questions About Tamara

What areas do your serve?

Cincinnati and Dayton Doula

Being conviently located between Cincinnati and Dayton, I offer doula services to families across Cincinnati, Dayton, and Northern Kentucky up to about 1.5 to 2 hours away from our house in Lebanon, Ohio.

Cincinnati Area:

Amberley Village / Blue Ash /  Centerville / Cheviot / Cincinnati / Clifton / Colerain /  Delhi / Elsmere / Erlanger / Evendale / Fairfax / Fairfield / Franklin / Hamilton / Harrison / Highland County / Hillsoboro / Hyde Park / Indian Hill / Lawrenceburg / Lebanon / Loveland / Madeira / Madisonville / Maineville / Mariemont / Mason / Middletown / Milford / Monroe / Montgomery / Morrow / Mt Adams / Mt Healthy / Mt Lookout  / Northside / Norwood / Oakley / OTR / Reading / Sharonville / Springboro / Union / Union Township / Walnut Hills / Wayesville / West Chester / Wyoming

Dayton Area:

Beavercreek / Bellbrook / Carlisle / Centerville / Clayton / Fairborn / Germantown / Harrison Township / Huber Heights / Kettering / Miami Township / Miamisburg / Moraine / Oakwood / Riverside / Trotwood / Vandalia / Washington Township / West Carrollton / Woodburne-Hyde Park / Xenia

Northern Kentucky Area:

Alexandria / Bellevue / Cold Spring / Corinth / Covington / Crescent Springs / Crestview / Crittenden / Dry Ridge / Edgewood / Elsmere / Erlanger / Fairview / Falmouth / Florence / Ft. Mitchell / Ft. Thomas / Ft. Wright / Highland Heights / Independence / Kenton Vale / Lakeside Park / Ludlow / Newport / Owenton / Park Hills / Southgate / Sparta / Taylor Mill / Union / Villa Hills / Walton / Warsaw

What types of births and/or parenting styles to doulas suport?

I work with many clients with different wants or needs and therefore support many birth plans.  My role is provide non-judgmental support as this is your birth story.  There are many ways to give birth and you need to be confident that you have chosen the right method for you.  I support families regardless of the type of birth you are choosing:

unmedicated (natural) birth / epidural birth / cesarean birth / induction / planned cesarean birth / gentle (family centered) cesarean birth / multiples / VBAC / waterbirth / attachment parenting / babywearing / scheduled parenting / breastfeeding / bottle feeding / formula feeding and more. 

What hospitals do you work with?

I work for you, not a hospital or doctors office.  I will go to the hospital/birthing center of your choice in the Cincinnati or Dayton area including but not limited to:

Cincinnati Area:

Atrium Medical Center / Bethesda North Hospital / The Christ Hospital / The Christ Hospital Liberty Township / Cincinnati Childrens Hospital / Clinton Memorial Hospital / Good Samaritan Hospital /  Fort Hamilton Hospital / Mercy Health Anderson / Mercy Health Clermont Hospital / Mercy Health Fairfield / Mercy Health West Hospital / Natural Beginnings at Atrium Medical Center / University of Cincinnati Medical Center / UC West Chester Hospital

Dayton Area:

Family Beginnings at Miami Valley Hospital / Kettering Hospital / Mercy Health - Springfield / Miami Valley Hospital / Soin Medical Center / Southview Medical Center

Northern Kentucky:

St. Elizabeth

Is Tamara a certified doula?

I am certified as a Birth Doula as well as a Postpartum Doula through Childbirth International since 2018.

In order to receive certification, I had to complete numerous assignments over the course of a year; reading textbooks and completing tests to reading other books and writing reports.  I also completed numerous hours of hands on training in the delivery room with families assisting in various births in order to complete my certification. 

In addition, since becoming a doula, I have also completed certifications as a bereavement doula as well as Spinning Babies.

When would you join me for my labor?

As soon as you're ready for labor support! It varies with each family, but as a general rule its once contractions have become constistant and you feel it is nearing the time to go to the hospital or have arrived there. I often join families at their home and then we all move together to the hospital or birth center. If, for any reason, you are induced or have a cesarean, I will join you as soon as you would like me to be there.

What is your fee? What does this fee cover?

You can find more information about my packages and what is included here.  

Questions About Doulas

When should I hire a doula?

The earlier the better! I recommend to start looking as soon as you feel comfortable in your pregnancy to do so.  You deserve someone you feel an easy connection with as birth is an intimate moment and you want someone that fits your personality and your needs.  

I recommend interviewing a couple of doula's and securing the one you want as soon as possible.  Doula's typically do not reserve a space until they have a signed agreement and deposit, including Stork Helpers.  You never know how many others around your due date may be also looking at the same time.  

I have had clients hire me as early as 6 weeks into a pregnancy and as late as 38 weeks.  On average, many hire me during the early part of their second trimester.

To see my current availability, check out my birth availability page.

 

How much does a doula cost?

Many doulas around Cincinnati and Dayton typically range from $600-$1500 with the average at around $900.

I believe that all families should have a doula available if they want one and have aimed to make support as affordable as possible.   For more information on our current pricing, check out our birth doula package page.

I require a down payment of 50% up-front with the remainder due at 34 weeks. I do make payment arrangements available for families and can work with you to create a plan if you need one. If you are interested in having a doula, but need to make an alternative arrangement, contact Stork Helpers today to see what can be arranged. 

What is a doula?

birth doula is a person trained and experienced in childbirth who provides continuous physical, emotional and informational support to the family before, during and after childbirth. Doulas act a birth coach or support companion guiding you through your labor.  

Doula's do not replace the importance of your OBGYN, midwife or partner; we work with the rest of your birth team to help you through the journey to make sure your experience is what dreamed of.

 

What are the benefits of using a doula?

A birth doula is a person trained and experienced in childbirth and labor support who provides continuous physical, emotional and informational support to the family before, during and after childbirth.

Many studies have shown the benefits of having a doula present during labor. A recent Cochrane Review, Continuous Support for Women During Childbirth, showed a very high number of positive birth outcomes when a doula was present. With the support of a doula, women were less likely to have pain-relief medications administered,less likely to have a cesarean birth as well as have a shorter birth.

What doesn't a doula do?

A doula is not a medical professional, even though doulas have a lot of experience with labor support.  A doula does not give medical advice, but they are birth helpers that will help you ask the questions you need answers to.  A doula does not perform medical procedures.  A doula does not make any decisions on your behalf, but will help you understand your options. A doula does not push you towards one decision or another, but instead will help you communicate your plan.

Does a doula make decisions on my behalf?

I do not make decisions for clients or interfer with the care they receive from their physician/midwife.

I provide informational and emotional support including give you all the resources you need to make the decisions you feel most comfortable with.   This is your birth experience, my role is to empower you to take control of your birth and support you in each decision. 

What is the difference between a doula and a midwife?

A doula is a non-medical support person whose focus is on supporting you emotionally, mentally and physically through pregnancy, childbirth and postpartum, allowing you to feel informed and empowered.    

A midwife is a medical professional whose focus is on the health and safety for you and your baby.

Specifically during birth, doulas are often found doing hip squeezes, massage, providing guidance to you and your partner and empowering you to keep pushing through.   

Doulas and midwives make an incredible team support you in all ways possible. we have some great midwives across Cincinnati and Dayon that you can meet here.  

Does a doula replace my partner?

Absolutely not.  I am there to support you in the birth process.  Your partner knows you.  Together, we make a pretty awesome support team!  Doulas help partners as well. Many times, when a mama needs labor support, the partner wants to help but doesn't know how.  I can help the partner know what to do, so the partner also has confidence in their role during the birth.  As questions come up during labor, a doula can reassure the partner when things are normal, or when something needs attention. Doulas can also help partners navigate the confusing options that come up during birth and give them a break too.

Do you have other clients due near my due date?

As a general rule, I do not disclose the due dates of any of my other clients. On average, I take anywhere from four to six clients per months, depending on how due dates fall and a persons previous history with birth. 

Due dates are just an estimated date of birth and rarely does someone give birth on the day they were due.  With over 140 births over the last four years, I have only missed one birth and it was actually due to me helping out another doula who could not make a birth due to COVID.  

While the risk is low of me being unavailable to come to your birth, I do have a team of three other doulas in the Cincinnati and Dayton areas that I completely trust that I can call should the situation arise.   Having a backup doula at your birth does not cost you anything extra, I work out the payment between the backup doula and myself with the funds that you have paid.  

What if I want an epidural and/or pain medication for birth?

This is YOUR birth. I am here to be your birth helper.  Knowing what you want by having a birth plan in place is a great first step.  An epidural will help to relive some of the intense sensations you feel during labor, it doesnt relax your mind.  My job during labor is to assist you with comfort measures like different positioning and finding a good rhythm that keeps labor moving.   

You do what you need to do to get through the labor.  If that includes pain medication, I support you and your decisions. 

 

Questions About Placenta Encapsulation

What areas do your serve?

Cincinnati and Dayton Placenta Encapsulation

Being conviently located between Cincinnati and Dayton, I offer placenta encapsulation services to families across Cincinnati, Dayton, and Northern Kentucky up to about 1.5 to 2 hours away from our house in Lebanon, Ohio. 

For families that have pickup and drop off locations that are further than 30 miles from my home, there will be a travel fee added.

Cincinnati Area:

Amberley Village / Blue Ash /  Centerville / Cheviot / Cincinnati / Clifton / Colerain /  Delhi / Elsmere / Erlanger / Evendale / Fairfax / Fairfield / Franklin / Hamilton / Harrison / Highland County / Hillsoboro / Hyde Park / Indian Hill / Lawrenceburg / Lebanon / Loveland / Madeira / Madisonville / Maineville / Mariemont / Mason / Middletown / Milford / Monroe / Montgomery / Morrow / Mt Adams / Mt Healthy / Mt Lookout  / Northside / Norwood / Oakley / OTR / Reading / Sharonville / Springboro / Union / Union Township / Walnut Hills / Wayesville / West Chester / Wyoming

Dayton Area:

Beavercreek / Bellbrook / Carlisle / Centerville / Clayton / Fairborn / Germantown / Harrison Township / Huber Heights / Kettering / Miami Township / Miamisburg / Moraine / Oakwood / Riverside / Trotwood / Vandalia / Washington Township / West Carrollton / Woodburne-Hyde Park / Xenia

Northern Kentucky Area:

Alexandria / Bellevue / Cold Spring / Corinth / Covington / Crescent Springs / Crestview / Crittenden / Dry Ridge / Edgewood / Elsmere / Erlanger / Fairview / Falmouth / Florence / Ft. Mitchell / Ft. Thomas / Ft. Wright / Highland Heights / Independence / Kenton Vale / Lakeside Park / Ludlow / Newport / Owenton / Park Hills / Southgate / Sparta / Taylor Mill / Union / Villa Hills / Walton / Warsaw

How much does placenta encapsulation cost?

The cost of placenta encapsulationn averages around $200-$350 dollars across Cincinnati and Dayon based on research I did as of June 2022.

I strive to keep my prices as low as I can; most recently I have elected to not raise prices, but to add a travel fee for families that have drop off/pick up locations more than 30 miles away from my home.

I also offer discounted pricing on placenta encapsulation to families who are using my birth doula services.

For my current placenta encapsulatoin pricing, check out my information page

What is placenta encapsulation?

Placenta Encapsulation refers to the processing of your raw placenta in order to receive capsules which the mama can take after birth for postpartum support.   

Your placenta can be processed by a certified placenta encapsulator, I received my certification from Childbirth International in 2020.

To learn more about the placenta encapsulation process, check out my informational page.

What can you do with the placenta after birth?

The placenta is an amazing organ and has many uses post birth. 

The placenta can be encapsulated into pills for mama to take during postpartum and can also be used for salves (great for diaper rashes) and tinctures which can be great for extended, long term use.

What are the benefits of placenta encapsulation?

Planceta encapsulation offers many benefits including helping with giving mama important vitamins and minerals after birth as well as helping with reducing the crash of hormones that typically follows after birth.  

You can learn more here with a more in-depth list I have put together about the benefits of placenta encapsulation.  I have also put together information about the benefits of placenta consumption.  

Can I encapsulate my placenta if I test positive for Group B Strep (GBS)?

Yes, you can still have your placenta encapsulated if you test positive for GBS.  

For those who have tested positive for GBS, Stork Helpers would use the Traditional Chinese Method (TCM) to prepare the placenta.   This method involves steaming the planceta to 220° Farenheit for a minimum of 30 minutes followed by dehydrating the placenta for a minimum of 12 hours.  Any potential bacteria or virus is killed during the process as they cannot survive at temperatures higher than 131° Farenheit.  

 

Is placenta encapsulation safe with a waterbirth?

Yes, placenta encapsulation is still safe if you have had a waterbirth.

However, it is important that the placenta is delivered onto a clean surface and NOT into the birthing tub.  

The temperature and condition of the water makes it the perfect breeding ground for bacteria to thrive.  

Most likely you will want to move from the tub shortly after birth for skin to skin contact or your birth team will encourage you to step out of the tub so they can properly gauge any potential blood loss.  

If you are planning a waterbirth and would like to do placenta encapsulation, talk to your birth team ahead of time so they can help make arrangements with you. 

What if there is meconium on the placenta?

Yes, it is still safe to encapsulate your placenta if there is some meconium on your placenta.

The bacteria in meconium is from your own body, but we will thoroughly wash the placenta and then stream the planceta to 220° Farenheit for a minimum of 30 minutes followed by dehydrating the placenta for a minimum of 12 hours.  Any potential bacteria or virus is killed during the process as they cannot survive at temperatures higher than 131° Farenheit.  

How long are placenta pills good for?

If you used the raw method for your placenta encapsulation, your pills should be consumed within 12 weeks. 

If you used the Traditional Chinese Medicine method, you pills should be good for up to 6 months. 

In both cases you should be storing the pills in a cool, dark place.  

 

Are there time that it is not safe to encapsulate my placenta?

Yes, if you have HIV, Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, or Hepatitis C, we cannot encpasulate your placenta.  

Is it safe to take placenta pills with other medications?

Absolutely!  Since your placenta is all natural, it should not interfere wih any other medications you have to take. 

If you any concerns, you should consult with your OBGYN or midwife for more information.  

Is placenta encapsulation safe if I am induced or have an epidural?

Yes, it is safe to have your placenta encapsulated if you have been induced or have an epidural. 

Questions About Childbirth Education

Why should I take a childbirth class?

Childbirth classes have been shown to increase confidence for the soon to be parents.   There are many options that birthing couples have whether you are having a home birth or a hospital birth.   

Childbirth classes can help provide detailed information on options you have including where you give birth, positions for labor, information about pain medication and much more.  

Since all of my classes are private classes, you will be able to cater the topics of the class specific to what concerns you the most.  

What topics are covered in a childbirth class?

The great thing about offering private childbirth classes, is that the topics are up to you.

I will coordinate with you to see if you have anything you would like to cover specifically, but some of the most common topics include:

how your body prepares for labor, the four stages of labor, how to create your birth preferences, relaxation techniques during childbirth, pain management, optimal positions for labor, delivery methods, newborn hospital care, feeding your newborn baby and information about postpartum life.  

I am planning to have pain medication; should I still take a class?

Yes, whether you are having an epidural or any other pain medication during childbirth, I support your decisions.

I spend time during all my classes to discuss pain management options as well as the beneifits and risks of interventions, including epidurals.  

With having a private class, we can discuss this more in depth if you like.  

I am not local to Cincinnati, can I take a virtual class?

Absolutely, while I am based in the Cincinnati area, I am happy to work with you on a virtual childbirth class.

We can schedule a class to take place trhough Zoom or Microsoft Teams.   Through the benefits of technology, much of the class remains the same as an in-person class. 

If you are interested in a virtual childbirth class, reach out today.

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