The presence of a doula during your labor can reduce the need for a surgical birth (c-section) by 40-60%. Your copayment for a surgical birth may be less than the doula's fees, and you may be reimbursed for up to 70% of your doula's fees by your insurance company. Even without reimbursement, you can save money by hiring a doula to prevent unnecessary and costly procedures. These charges include the cost of the anesthesiologist, the additional days mother and baby spend in the hospital, additional tests and procedures required for a baby born via surgery and the cost of postpartum help while the new mother recovers from major abdominal surgery. Can you afford NOT to hire a doula for your baby's birth?
B*E*S*T includes a wonderful group of
birth and postpartum doulas --
qualified birth professionals who come
from a wide variety of backgrounds.
B*E*S*T doulas may be trained in Birth
Hypnosis (aka HypnoBirthing), Birthing
From Within, Bradley and/or Lamaze
B*E*S*T doulas provide the information
you need to make good decisions
about your pregnancy and birth and will
support you and your decisions
without judgment wherever and
however you give birth.
The owner and operator of Birth
Empowerment Support Team (B*E*S*T)
Doula Service, tracy hartley has
supported over 650 Los Angeles area
pregnant and childbearing women and
their families since 1996. She has been
quoted in The Doula Advantage by
Rachel Gurevich and Easy Labor:
Every Woman's Guide to Choosing
Less Pain and More Joy During
Childbirth by William Camann and
Kathryn Alexander. She has also been
seen on A Baby Story and featured on
Channel 7 Eyewitness News.
Birth doulas (also called childbirth
assistants, labor support
professionals, birth assistants, or
birth companions) provide
emotional, physical and
informational support during
pregnancy, labor, birth and immediate
A doula does not replace the partner.
Instead she helps support the partner
so that he or she can love and
encourage the laboring woman.
Doulas provide support in the hospital,
at home or at a birthing center --
wherever women give birth.