Frequently Asked Questions

❣️ Full Spectrum Doulas

A full spectrum doula supports individuals at all phases of reproduction. This includes abortions, birth, postpartum, in the event of a miscarriage or stillbirth.

Our full spectrum services are rooted in a reproductive justice framework which supports “the human right to maintain personal bodily autonomy, have children, not have children, and parent the children we have in safe and sustainable communities”.- SisterSong Women of Color Reproductive Justice Collective

In this we find and promote reproductive peace or the absence of ‘war’ against our bodies and our choices.

A doula’s main concern is for your physical and emotional comfort. If at any point you would prefer to be alone,we will respect your wishes and will rejoin you whenever you would like.

We do everything we can to work as a team with the hospital staff. Our goal is to help you to communicate your preferences and ensure that you have all the information needed to make informed choices. We do not speak your wishes directly to the staff or make any medical decisions for you.

Yes. Your choices and desires will always be supported and respected. Full spectrum doulas are trained to support expectant persons in their reproductive choices, whatever they may be. Should you choose to use an epidural during your birth, a doula will still play an incredibly valuable role. She will help you at home while you are in labor, support you physically and emotionally until the anesthesiologist becomes available, help you manage any side effects of the medication, suggest the positions that will best help facilitate birth in conjunction with an epidural, help you push your baby out with encouragement and position suggestions and help with initial breastfeeding. Your doula will maintain her role in helping you to advocate for yourself and help you seek any information you need during the process.

The presence of a doula during an abortion has been shown to decrease rates of intervention. Doula support is a rather new field of exploration. However, some studies have shown that nearly 15% of women who did not receive doula support during first‐trimester aspiration abortion required an additional staff member (intervention) to come to the procedure room for patient support, compared to only 3% for women who received doula support.1

As with other reported benefits, doulas can assist with alternative pain management and comfort techniques. A national survey of National Abortion Federation members found that 46% of clinics provide local cervical block with or without oral pre-medication, 33% combine local anesthesia with intravenous sedation, and 21% use deep sedation or general anesthesia for first-trimester abortions.2 Therefore, alternative pain management and comfort techniques are likely to improve the individual’s overall experience.

Also, doulas help increased emotional well-being and processing of the experience.

References:
Chor J, Goyal V, Roston A, Keith L, Patel A. Doulas as facilitators: The role of doulas in abortion care. J Fam Plann Reprod Health Care. 2012; 38(2): 123‐124.
Chor, Julie & Goyal, Vinay & Roston, Alicia & Keith, Lewis & Patel, Ashlesha. (2012). Doulas as facilitators: The expanded role of doulas into abortion care. The journal of family planning and reproductive health care / Faculty of Family Planning & Reproductive Health Care, Royal College of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists. 38. 123-4. 10.1136/jfprhc-2011-100278.

Midwives will spend a bit more time with you during your birth than a doctor in most cases. If you are using a birth center, but you will still spend a bit of time laboring at home, having a Doula really helps you to feel supported for the entirety of your labor. Birth-center midwives could have other patients to tend to and may have to go back and forth between you. On the other hand, your Doula will be with you always. If any medical issues arise during your labor, your midwife’s primary responsibility is for your safety and the safety of the baby.  During that time your midwife will not be able to provide the same level of emotional care and support you may need. A Doula complements the midwife precisely by providing that nurturing and extra support.

No, partners often feel reassured and comforted by the presence of an experienced support person. Most often doulas help partners stay more involved, because their tendency could be to retreat if they feel scared, and because we can show your partner more ways to help. The partner’s role is not replaced, it is simply different. This is in the same way that your sister, mother, midwife, or doctor could never take the place of your partner.

Yes! A big part of having the support of a doula is having that support at home before leaving for the birth center or hospital. You and your doula will decide the best time for her to join you; this may be at your home or at the hospital, depending upon the situation.

❣️Chilbirth Education

While you can take a childbirth education class at any point during your pregnancy, most couples chose to take a class at some point in their third trimester. We recommend the class finishing by the time you are 36 weeks pregnant.

We offer our childbirth education classes in several formats, 6-week, weekend mini, hospital course, or home-birth course. The most popular is our 6-week class which meets 6 consecutive weeks for private in home sessions on the day that works best for you. For those with busier schedules, our weekend intensive and mini courses meets on a Saturday and Sunday.

All classes are currently held privately within the comfort of your home.

There is no one right way to labor. We stand by the philosophy that birth is a normal process and hope to inspire confidence in the individuals/couples that are taught with our comprehensive program. It is our goal to teach the full array of options one has when preparing for birth, and then to support those decisions unconditionally.

The classes offered are extremely comprehensive and engaging. Our instructor has worked diligently to create a full-scope and interactive class that students love. Our classes were created by highly experienced doulas, mothers, and medical professionals.

Yes! We are dedicated to empowering individuals from all walks of life throughout their reproductive journeys, including single parents, LGBTQIA+ families, non-traditional familial structures, teen parents, and gender non-conforming birthing persons.

The maximum for our group classes is 5 couples. However, all classes are currently being held privately.

Yes! Please contact us to schedule the home-birth or hospital course. During a consultation, we can discuss which areas are of most concern to you and/or your partner and tailor the session to fit those needs.

No. The content provided is for informational purposes only. We are not medical providers, and any information, advice, or recommendations provided may not be considered medical advice or relied upon as such. Any and all medical concerns or questions should be directed to your physician, midwife, pediatrician, or other certified medical provider who is licensed to practice medicine and dispense medical advice.

❣️Cancellations & Refunds

Cancellation Policy:

If you cancel your class for any reason:

  • 30 + days in advance, you receive 80% refund
  • 30-15 days in advance, you receive 40% refund
  • 14 days or less in advance, there are no refunds

Rescheduling Policy:

If you need to reschedule a class:

  • 30 + days in advance, no fee, as long as there’s availability
  • 30 – 15 days in advance, $30 rescheduling fee, as long as there’s availability
  • 14 days or less in advance, $30 rescheduling fee + up to cost of class if the opening you leave does not fill

It is highly recommend that you schedule any  classes or workshops to end at least 30 days before your expected due date. If bed rest or delivery occurs while you are in the middle of a course series (and you would have completed your classes 30 days before your expected due date), you may apply the remaining fees from the unused portion  toward another class or service at BEarth Peace.

BEarth Peace offers one complementary make-up class for our 6-week course via online podcast. We do not provide any credit for classes missed as a result of scheduling conflicts, emergencies, vacations, illness, or other conditions beyond our control.

BEarth Peace reserves the right to alter class times due to low enrollment for group sessions. Every effort will be made to work with students’ schedules to ensure that the student receives the instruction she signed up for. If we cannot place you in another class or schedule a private session comparable to what you signed up for, a full refund will be given.

If you are not 100% satisfied with your purchase, you can exchange the product for another similar item. You can return a product for up to 30 days from the date you purchased it.