- Is Homebirth legal in China?
- Do you have a midwife service?
- What can doula’s do while supporting women and couples in labour?
Doulas do not provide medical advice, perform medical procedures (listening to fetal heartbeats or performing cervical exams during labour), and we do not deliver babies.
- Does Shanghai Doula have a private hospital or birth center?
- Do we offer Fapiaos?
- Do we provide ‘yue sao’ services?
- When do you join the clients in labour?
- Can I attend only one day of the two-day Childbirth Preparation Workshop?
- Should I bother attending the Childbirth Preparation Workshop if I am going to hire you as a birth doula
- Do I get a refund if we need a cesarean section?
- Can we convert to the Cesarean Birth Package if we need a cesarean section
- Can my kids attend the birth:
- Why do you charge 8,500rmb for the Birth Doula Support Package when you’re only with us for one day?
There is much work and expense on our part that goes on outside of simply the approximately 12 hours (obviously this is a guesstimate and it's different with every client and labor) that we spend with our clients during their labor.
We spend time preparing for our meetings. We've put hundreds of hours into self-research and study so that we can answer your questions and/or send you a source of credible information, as apposed to you doing the work yourself and gleaning all of your information from potentially non-credible sources and websites. We frequently take classes and attend lectures so that we can stay up-to-date on newest and best practice, so that we can offer our clients the latest information so they can make informed decisions about their birth. We offer knowledge and experience. We have attended countless births including natural birth and cesareans that gives us vast experience to help you.
Aside from the time we have put and continuously put into study, we have expenses just like any other self-owned business. We pay for advertising spaces, maintaining and updating a website, printed material resources for our clients, renting spaces for classes and workshops; we each have a library of books to share with clients, and a number of educational tools for teaching about birth and breastfeeding.
However one of the largest factors our pricing is that our current policy is to not take more than 3 birth clients per calendar month (per doula). We do this to ensure that
1) we will be there at your birth rather than at another couples birth instead,
2) we can maintain a flexible schedule around your due date,
3) we will be well-rested between births so that we can ensure quality care for you.
Our on-call time is significant. We expect that you may go into labour anything from 37 to 42 weeks duration, and we consider ourselves on-call during that time. This means that we cannot book weekends away or vacations with our families. We are aware that during any event (weddings, Christmas dinners, spouse or children’s birthday parties) we may be called away at any moment. This takes a big toll on ourselves and our families and a big part of our charges are compensating for this commitment to you as the birthing couple.
We don't take the responsibility entrusted to us as a birth support person lightly as we realize that we are invited into one of the most intimate, special, and empowering experiences a woman can ever have. We are passionate about our jobs and we aim to offer you the support that you need as you enter the incredible journey of motherhood!