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Frequently Asked Questions

Whether you're curious about the role of a doula in your journey or exploring the benefits of Hypnobirthing techniques, we're here to address your inquiries. If you have specific questions not covered here, please don't hesitate to contact us – we're honored to be part of your birthing experience.

  • If I know I'm getting an epidural, should I still hire a doula?
    Yes! I tailor my support to your unique needs. For some that means navigating a completely unmedicated birth and for others that means a planned induction. An epidural can be a great tool to use throughout labor for some women. Even with an epidural, you can still benefit from position changes (which can be done in the hospital bed), encouragement, emotional support, reassurance, and continuous presence. My role is to help support your choices while giving you the resources to make the best decisions for you and your family, without coercion.
  • What is the difference between a doula and a midwife?
    Doulas are non-medical support partners. There are a variety of different styles of midwives but typically midwives are clinically trained medical professionals. Think of a doula as your support partner, like hiring your best friend to help you navigate pregnancy and birth while midwives tend to assist in the physical nature of delivering your baby.
  • What does a birth doula do?
    A birth doula is like your personal cheerleader and guide. We're here to provide emotional and physical support, from the moment you start thinking about your birth plan until you're holding your little one in your arms. We're not medical professionals, but we're experts in creating a calm and supportive environment. Whether it's suggesting different birthing positions, providing massage or counter pressure, or just being a reassuring presence, our role is all about making you feel heard, supported, and confident in your birthing choices.
  • Can you share success stories or testimonials from families you've supported as a doula in the Greater Philadelphia Area?
    Yes! My clients have been so gracious in sharing their testimonials. One of my favorite qutoes from a past client is, "I thought natural birth was for only certain, very dedicated people. She suggested I look into HypnoBirthing, as she said it did wonders for her, and I am so incredibly happy that we found Julia Marcel to teach the course to us and guide us along the way." You can read more client testimonials here!
  • Are your services available for home births in the Greater Philadelphia area?
    I love love love home births, they are so powerful and a beauty to witness! Yes, I'll gladly support your home birth.
  • At what point do you come support me when I'm in labor?
    I typically come to you when you are in active labor but that looks different for everyone. Depending on your location, I am happy to come to you home and support you in your home and on the transition to your birthing location. I typically spend between 17-19 hours with you for continuous support, and that time starts when I physically arrive.
  • Are there hospitals or birthing centers in Philadelphia where you are experienced or have established relationships as a doula?
    I work at a variety of hospitals in the Greater Philadelphia area! It really depends on where my clients are located and choose to birth. I have a full list of hospitals and birth centers I have attended on my service area page.
  • Can I use HypnoBirthing even if I'm birthing at a hospital?
    Absolutely! You sure can use HypnoBirthing, even if you're planning to birth at a hospital. HypnoBirthing teaches you relaxation techniques that can be applied anywhere, including a hospital room. There are specific relaxation tracks you can listen to, you'll learn specific breathes to carry you through your surges and so much more!
  • How effective are HypnoBirthing techniques for pain relief?
    The more you practice HypnoBirthing, the more effective the techniques will be. The HypnoBirthing approach is all about shifting our mindsets and choosing to trust our bodies, regardless of how are birth unfolds. It's also helpful to shift the concept of 'pain relief' to 'comfort measures,' this simple switch can make all the difference.
  • Are your birth doula services in Philadelphia covered by insurance?
    My birth doula services may not be covered by insurance, I recommend checking with your provider. I can provide the necessary documentation to assist you in seeking reimbursement if your insurance plan allows.

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