Your doula will be “on-call” for your birth during a period of two weeks before and two weeks after your estimated due date.
How is your estimated due date calculated?
Your estimated due date is the date on which you are considered to be 40 weeks pregnant counting from your last menstrual period, or 38 weeks counting from ovulation.
This is your estimated due date based on averages. Your baby and your body are unique, and it is very normal to go into labor in the weeks before or after this date. Your baby is not late or early at this point.
What does that mean?
I, as your doula, will be on-call for the period of time when you are expected to be 38-42 weeks pregnant.
When I am on-call, I will have my phone on me, unsilenced at all times, and be available to virtually attend your birth with short notice.
What if I go into labor before or after that time period?
I will do everything in my power to be available for you, and there may be times where I am out of cell phone range, unable to be reached right away, or supporting other families at the moment.
I will do my best to notify you if I am going to be out of cell phone range or have my phone off for an extended period of time, and will likely be reachable within a few hours at most other times.
If you are an experienced birther and regularly go into labor before or after that time period, or if you have other special circumstances, your “on-call” dates can be adjusted to accommodate your expected due date regardless of when you are considered to be 40 weeks along.
What if my doula misses my birth?
In most cases, the labor period is long enough that you have time to keep your doula in the loop, and your doula has time to prepare and be available for you. This is why it is important to contact me even if you think it might just be early or practice labor.
In the rare case that I miss your birth, due to an emergency on your part or hers, in cases of premature birth, sudden and unexpected delivery, or birth during a time when your doula is unreachable or attending another birth… Every accommodation will be made to offer the support you need.
That could mean things like being referred to a trusted backup doula when you are in labor, having extra postpartum support as soon as I am available, or even having support from me via text during labor instead of video.
I know it can feel scary, all the what ifs and worries of emergency scenarios. The truth is, birth is rarely an emergency. And in the event that things don’t go according to plan, I will have talked through your concerns with you ahead of time and have backup options for you when needed.