1. I encourage you to ask your Primary Healthcare
Provider for a prescription for a Certified Doula for pain management
in Labor. If doula care were a standard medical benefit covered
by third party payers, many more women would be able to take advantage
of doula services. While doula care is non-medical in nature, it has
medical and cost benefits that have been proven in numerous andomized
controlled trials. DONA believes it is in the best financial interests
of those who pay for health care to reimburse the cost of doula care.
In 1997, DONA formed a third party reimbursement committee to assist
members to successfully approach third party payers.
2. Ask your Insurance to Precertify your Certified
Doula, ask your Primary Healthcare Provider to do the same.
3. A receipt from your Doula with the proper codes
should be submitted by you to your insurer after full payment to your
Doula has been made by you.
4. Repeat this step up to
5 times if necessary, most insurers do not know what a Doula is and
a no from your insurer does not mean that you do not have a right to
be heard as a Consumer.
5. If you are offered a
hearing on this request for coverage, please accept, most Insurers allow
conference calling for convenience and you are able to have witnesses
testify on your behalf, also through conference calling.
6. Do not hesitate to write
local resources about your experience both with your birth and response
to your requests for reimbursement for Professional Labor or Postpartum
7. Most importantly, if
you care to have the choice for Professional Labor Support easily available
to your children when they care to give birth, the work you devote to
attaining coverage for yourself now will greatly contribute to this
Feedback from families I
Jenny T. Comments "Kathy
was an indispensable part of our natural birth experience. At every
turn, she had the perfect technique, and she protected our wishes in
a hospital setting with vigor & professionalism."
Paul and Mary Dainty Comments
"I could not have asked for a better support tool than a Doula. Kathy
is a wonderful person, caring, and calm natured. Our birth did not happen
as smoothly as planned and we were grateful to have Kathy helping us.
We would recommend her to anyone."
Natalie de La Giraudiere
Comments "Kathy helped me achieve the birth experience I wanted (successful
VBAC in a hospital w/o epidural). She was in tune with me physically
and emotionally throughout the labor and understood what I needed help
with at every stage. Kathy is awesome! "
Erin and Taylor Lincycomb
Comments "We just had Kathy serve us a 2nd time and again it was wonderful!
She is just what a family needs to get the kind of birth they want and
help with the transition of having a new baby. We highly recommnend
anyone having a baby to call her."
Debbie K Comments "I have
to admit that I was very skeptical at first about doulas. Kathy now
has me convinced that no woman should birth without one. Kathy was more
help to me than I could have imagined. I would definately recommend
Roni & Mike S. Comments
"Kathy is wonderful - a total support to us and a wealth of information
- we are blessed with a wonderful daughter and blessed Kathy was there
to welcome her into our lives."
Eric K. Comments "Kathy
is a top-of-the-line professional. My wife was able to go med-free for
the first time in four births. The experience has been incredible- more
than this skeptical husband could have hoped for. Hiring Kathy is an
investment that pays dividends!"
Cherish Comments "Went all
natural, no meds, and she was just the support that my husband and I
needed. I definitley recommend and if the occasion arises will want
her back. Made me feel very secure and safe."
Anne Shepler Comments "Kathy:
no-nonsense; CAPABLE; training and experience with variety of medical
situations and techniques; educated on latest research; extremely skilled
in pain management; professional and respectful at all times; boundless
support and encouragement"
Tonya & Darryl Tooley Comments
"Kathy was such a great support for me during my first childbirth experience...especially
when things didn't go as originally planned and I had to have a c-section.
She and our fabulous doctor worked well together and that meant the
world to us."
Isabel White Comments "Husband
calls Kathy the Jedi Doula! She was awesome at our daughter's birth,
we look forward to her attendance at the birth of our fourth in March.
She was really wonderful, highly recommended! Thanks Kathy! ;) ~Isabel"
Debbie Caballero Comments
"Kathy is absolutely fantastic! She really empowered me to have the
exact birth I wanted. I can't say enough about her. My friends and family
don't believe me when I tell them my birth story. Thank you Kathy!"
Douglas and Charlisa Scott
Comments "Kathy is bleesed with the gift of caring; and she does so
unselfishly! She was a gift to us figuratively and literally. Kathy
made our new parenting a smooth transition. We still lean on her throughout
Landon's developmental milestones!"
Michael & Nicole Tesoriero
Comments "Kathy is a phenomenal person! She made the brith of our first
child a very pleasant experience. Her positive attitude gave us the
inspiration we needed during the most stressful time in our lives. She
was just as helpful after the birth. Thank you !!!"
Taylor and Erin Lincycomb
Comments "Kathy is a Godsend! She is such an uplifting and positive
person to have during pregancy when you feel frustrated. Then, during
labor...priceless. She is perfect on physical and emotional support
for the mother and the father. I would use her 100 times."
Cheryl and Tim Grove Comments
"Kathy is most compassionate and intuitive. She offers constant support
and encouragement to both the birthing mother and the father, and has
been more than willing to offer wise advisement to us since our delivery.
Michele Basham May Comments
"Hiring Kathy was one of the best choices I made for my pregnancy. Her
help was indispensable. Kathy is very intuitive and nurturing; she knows
what is needed and how to give it."
Michael & Laura Edmondson
Comments "Kathy brought so much confidence to our birth that we were
able to go ALL NATURAL. She thoroughly educated us of our rights, so
we were able to effectively advocate for our wishes in a hospital setting.
We love Kathy and would recommend her services!!!!"
Orlando & Sarina Comments
"My husband and I had such a wonderful birth experience thanks to Kathy.
She supported both my husband and I beautifully during labor and we
both agree that we would not have had the incredible birth experience
that we had without her knowledge and support"
Nancy Wright Comments "Drugfree
VBAC delivery! I did it with Kathy's constant support, reassurance,
and confidence. Her love and enthusiasm embraced all of our family.
We couldn't have done it without you! "
Sigal Holdeman Comments
"Eitan came 4 weeks early and neither my husband nor I were mentally
prepared for his arrival so soon (the car seat was still in the box).
Kathey was absolutely wonderful. Twins are now on the way and we are
so excited to be able to work with her again."
Jane Fazi Comments "Kathy
came over to the house and worked on the phone with me to overcome nursing
problems. What a comforting person! Every new mom should be lucky enough
to meet Kathy."
Jack's Mom Comments "Kathy,
you are a blessing. Thank you so much for making Jack's birth so special
for me and David. Support and Education before during and after - best
decision we made regarding Jack's birth! We recommend you to anyone
expecting a child. "
Barbara & Joe Comments "Kathy
was everything I expected and more. She used alot of techniques to give
me the perfect birth."
Richard and Marla Kopesec
Comments "Absolutely wonderful!! We highly recommend her. Space too
small to list all of the good. Worth every penny and more! We will definitely
use her for our next child."
Koshi Dhingra Comments "Kathy's
care and knowledge made all the difference to our family when we brought
our premature twins home. She looked after the twins, taught us loads,
allowed us some much-needed rest, and generally built our confidence
in looking after Sonia ad Tej "
Michael and Andrea Lyons
Comments "Kathy made all of the difference in the world!!! Her loving
care and support allowed us to have the most wonderful birth experience.
Much better than we ever expected."
Laurie Campbell Comments
"Kathy was supportive from the first time we met and she still offers
support now as my daughter is 9 mo. old. She went above and beyond to