How will a doula help me? Your doula will listen and give you the space to process what is happening to you and around you. Deep in your soul, you know how to leave your earthly body when the time comes, but it can be unsettling for you and your loved ones. Your doula will companion you and your family through these last days. Your doula will walk with you during the end of life process, for as much or as little time as you desire.
Do I need a doula if I have hospice care? Doulas do not replace hospice; a doula is an excellent addition to the care team. Your doula does not make decisions that would conflict with hospice orders or treatment plans.
When is the best time to start with a doula? This is entirely up to you and depends on the services the doula will provide based on your needs and wishes. Your doula can be involved as soon as you hear a terminal diagnosis. For some, a doula will be called when death is imminent. The decision is up to you and what you feel will be most helpful during this final journey.
Do doulas have medical training? Some doulas have medical background, but the role of a doula is non-medical. Medical training can be helpful, but it is not required.
How are doulas trained? There are many programs available for training doulas and most have incorporated an internal certification process.
Are doulas nationally certified or licensed? At this time, there is not a governing body to certify or license end of life doulas. There is voluntary competency badge that is awarded upon completion of a comprehensive test by an independent group.
Are doulas paid by insurance? Because doula work is non-medical, it is not covered by health insurance or Medicare. Every doula offers unique services and will discuss fees with you in advance.
Please feel free to call me at 612-499-4155 with your questions. There is no charge for an initial phone consult to determine if doula services would be helpful.
If you are wondering if the time is right, it probably is.