FAQ's

What areas do your serve?

Being conviently located between Cincinnati and Dayton, Ohio as well as Northern Kenutcky. We have the opportunity to asssist families in both areas including:

Cincinnati Area:

Amberley Village / Blue Ash /  Centerville / Cheviot / Cincinnati / Clifton / Colerain /  Delhi / Elsmere / Erlanger / Evendale / Fairfax / Fairfield / Franklin / Hamilton / Harrison / 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?

Doulas work with many clients with different wants or needs and therefore support many birth plans including:

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?

Tamara works for you, not a hospital or doctors office.   Tamara 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 / Miami Valley Hospital / Southview Medical Center

 

What is a doula?

A 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 companian guiding you through your labor.  

 

Is Tamara certified?

Tamara is certified as a Birth Doula as well as a Postpartum Doula through Childbirth International.  In order to receive certification, Tamara had to complete numerous assignments.    From reading textbooks and tests to reading other books and writing reports, Tamara performed hours of "class work."  Tamara also completed numerous hours of hands on training in the delivery room with families assisting in various births in order to complete her certification.

What are the benefits of using a doula?

A 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.

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 and less likely to have a cesarean birth.

 

 

What does a doula not do?

A doula is not a medical professional, even though doulas have a lot of experience with birth.  A doula does not give medical advice, but 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 communicate your preferences, but will help you communicate them.  

Does a doula make decisions on my behalf?

Tamara does not make decisions for clients or interfer with the care they receive from their physician/midwife. Tamara provides informational and emotional support, while respecting a woman’s decisions.

Does a doula replace my partner?

Absolutely not.  Tamara know birth and 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 support in labor, the partner wants to help but doesn't know how.  Tamara 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, the 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.

When would you join me for my labor?

As soon as you're ready for support! It varies with each family, but as a general rule its once contractions have become constistant and they 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.

Do you have other clients due near my due date?

Stork Helpers does not take on more than four clients due in any one month. As a rule, we do not disclose the due dates of any of our clients. I will say that it always works out and I've never missed a birth yet, but I trust my backup doula and would feel comfortable with her at my own birth, so I know any of my clients would be in great hands.

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

This is YOUR birth. I am here to support you.  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. 

 

What is your fee?  What does this fee cover?

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