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All About Your Consultation

This page goes over the basic information pertaining to your consultation. Everything on this page will be discussed with your doula during the virtual meet. Any additional information on this page that is not listed on the public website should not be shared with outside parties. You can only access this page with the private link sent in your confirmation email. This is not a public page!

Services & Pricing

If you are paying for services via Medicaid or any health insurance plans or accounts, we will charge them directly excluding HSA/FSA/HRA. More details on these particular accounts are listed below. However, if you want additional services or your insurance lapse you may move forward with the following prices.

Birth or Postpartum Planning

This service is $105.00 for 1 hour.

Family Planning
(Birth & Postpartum)

This service is $140.00 for 1 hour and 30 minutes.

Advocacy Session

This service is $175.00 for 2 hours.

Family Assessment

This service is $175.00 for 2 hours.

Baby Preparation 

This service is $250.00 for 2 - 3 hours completed between 36 - 38 weeks.

Prenatal Visit

This service is $100.00 for 1 hour. This is ONLY for lapse coverage.

Postpartum Visit

This service is $200.00 for 2 hours. Postpartum package is separate. This is ONLY for lapse coverage.

Birth Support

This service is $750.00 for all births. Birth packages are separate. This is ONLY for lapse coverage.

More Benefits Available

Within certain packages as mentioned on the "doula packages" page we provide more benefits to you and your family. The additional benefits in some packages are as follows:

Home Cleaning

Total value of $150.00 per visit. Service included in the pregnancy, and cesarean support possibly postpartum.

Pre/Postnatal Massage

Total value of $150.00. Service included in the pregnancy, and cesarean support excluding insurance holders.

Cooking

Total value of $50.00 per visit. Service included in the pregnancy, and cesarean support possibly postpartum.

NBB Gift

Total value of $250.00. Service included in the pregnancy, and cesarean support.

Service Areas

At Nurturing BayBees there is only 1 primary doula. We do not run as an agency, we can only provide services within certain distances, time limits and areas. The areas and times are listed below.

New Jersey

We offer all services to families up to 45 minutes from Newark, NJ excluding in-person planned vaginal birth support which is limited to 30 minutes. If you need a starting point to determine your distance use:

2 Federal Square, Newark, NJ, 07101.

New York

We offer all services to families in Staten Island, NY excluding night or overnight care - no time or distance limits.

New York

We offer limited services to families in Manhattan/NYC area - all virtual services, cesarean support and meals only.

Virtual

We offer virtual services to all states including the ones above and countries.

The Scope Of A Doula

As Doulas are not licensed medical professionals, we want to be sure families fully understand the role of a doula.

Our Do's

Doulas provide:

  • Physical - Mental - Emotional - Communication Support

  • Evidence Based Education & Resources

  • Other miscellaneous support such as light cleaning, preparing small meals, etc

As a birth/labor doula, we provide full services around the pregnancy, labor and delivery with limited services around the postpartum period.

 

As a postpartum doula, we provide full services around the postpartum period immediately after birth up to 1 year, if needed.

 

As a bereavement doula, we provide full services after the death of the mom/birthing person or the infant up to 1 year, if needed.

Doulas are not licensed. They are trained or certified supporters to families surrounding the prenatal or postnatal period. 

Our Dont's

Doulas do not provide or conduct:

  • Any medical exams including vaginal or rectum checks to the birthing person or child

  • Prescribe or provide medications including over the counter or medical treatment outside of CPR

  • Perform clinical task such as taking blood pressures, collecting bodily fluids or fetal heart checks

  • Act as or replace any licensed medical providers such as doctors, nurses, etc

  • Catch the delivering baby, unless unforeseen circumstances

  • Make decisions for birthing persons or partners/support persons

  • Transport birthing persons and or their family in our personal vehicles 

Supporting The Client

The following information is regarding the services listed on the "doula packages" page. This is how Nurturing BayBees shows up.

Birth/Labor

If the client is receiving in-person labor support - we prefer laboring at home. Laboring at home should only be considered for birthing persons with no to low-risk labor factors. If you as the client was informed to go to the hospital immediately, are being induced, scheduled for a cesarean or labeled high risk - laboring at home is not a good option nor recommended. 

The purpose for laboring at home is to give the birthing person control over their wants and desires while listening to their bodies. At home families are most comfortable, free and don't have the mental stressors of having the medical staff continuously coming into the room or being offered medications. Laboring at home is ideal for families who seek no to low medical interventions.

For this type of service, the doula does not arrive immediately. Families are expected to self-manage the 1st half of labor at home. Once the birthing person feels it's time to head to the hospital the doula will meet them there and head up together. If there's an emergency, families are advised to not wait for the doula and seek medical treatment immediately. The doula will head up to family once they arrive at the hospital. Emergencies could be bleeding/hemorrhaging, passing out, no fetal movement, etc.

Cesarean

If the client is receiving planned cesarean support the doula will meet the birthing person or family at the hospital and they will go up together. If there's an emergency, families are advised to not wait for the doula and seek medical treatment immediately. The doula will head up to family once they arrive at the hospital. Emergencies could be bleeding/hemorrhaging, passing out, no fetal movement, etc.

Postpartum,
& Newborn

If the client is receiving these services, it should be booked by 36 weeks no later than 38 weeks preferably. This allows for the family and doula to build an early relationship. This service is completed in the client's home and booked as needed with 4 hours minimum. 

Bereavement 

If the client is receiving this service, it comes after or before the transition of a birthing person or baby. Service might be booked after a stillborn, at the diagnosis of a terminal baby, to care for a birthing person receiving an abortion, the passing of the mother or another unfortunate event.

Family Coaching, Mood Support
Or Meals

If the client is receiving any of these services, it is booked as needed pending availability. 

Health & Wellness

Vaccines

The staff, mentees or contractors of Nurturing BayBees may not be vaccinated. If this is a need for the client or family, we highly advise to seek services with another doula or agency.

Mask

If the doula comes in close contact with the family like at births a mask will be worn. If the doula is not around family or not within close distance the doula may have maskless moments.

Sickness

If the client or doula test positive or is sick prior to any home visits, they must be rescheduled. If the client or doula test positive prior to the doula arrival at the hospital the services will transition to virtual support. Our goal is to protect the client, families and baby coming earth side. 

Back Ups

Nurturing BayBees is a solo practice and rarely has a need for backups as we only provide limited planned vaginal birth support which is about 6 - 8 per year. All other support is scheduled or has the ability to be rescheduled excluding planned cesareans. Backups may be used if the doula is under the weather longer than 3 - 5 days or a client needs birth coverage.

Illnesses

If the client has any known illnesses that could be transferred by blood or any bodily fluids, it is important they must disclose this to the doula. This helps the doula wear the appropriate PPE.

Security & Safety

Touch

Touch is only used as a comfort measure and should not make the client feel uneasy. Touch is never on or in the vaginal and vulva area nor rectum.

Photos & Videos

Photos and videos may be taken for marketing purposes. The client is not obligated to partake in photos or videos. Photos and videos will capture the world of birth. Most photos and videos will be taken from angles to avoid direct face shots, unless stated otherwise. 

Safety Word

We like to establish a safety word for all parties. The word can be used if the doula sees a teachable moment, a lack or forced medical care or even an uneasy birthing person. The word can be used by the client if they feel confused or need to speak with the doula without the presence of medical staff.

Safety word: “Cherries or Cherry”

Rides & Files

The person who would have immediate access to files, and aware of client addresses for visits would be my fiance. He assists with my calendar and providing emergent care for families. My location is shared with him at all times.

Domestic Abuse

If the client has or had a partner who may be abusive or irrational, the client should disclose this information. This includes the potential to be armed, stalking, or places the family and doula is harms way.

Pets

We all love pets! However, if your pet has the ability to be vicious or trained not to welcome strangers in the home, please put them away before visits. To date, we do not have any known allergies to animals. 

Payment Methods

Insurance

If the client is paying under the health insurance, we charge the MCO's directly. The client will not receive a bill unless the client purchases additional services not covered by the health provider.

Cash

If the client is paying in cash, they have the option to pay upfront or pay in parts.

 

Upfront fees are only to secure due dates for vaginal or cesarean births. Other services need to be paid at least 1 week prior to requested or booked services. 

HSA/FSA/HRA

If the client would like to use any of these medical accounts, they must contact their insurance provider to see if funds may be used. The client will need to pay for services upfront and if eligible they will be reimbursed by their insurance company.

Payment Plan

If the client books within an appropriate time frame they could be eligible for a payment plan. Payment plans are only available to birthing clients (vaginal and cesareans). Payment plans are set depending on when the client books services.

 

If the booking date overlaps your next payment date both must be paid at the same time. This will be outlined upfront so you all parties are aware. 

For example: Client is 25 weeks. They will be under option 1. Paying $150 and 25% of service.

For example: Client is 17 weeks. They will be under option 1. Paying $150 then 25% at 24 weeks.

  • Option 1: $150 deposit at booking, 20% at 20 weeks, 20% at 24 weeks, 20% at 28 weeks, 20% at 32 weeks and final balance at 36 weeks.

  • Option 2: $150 deposit at booking, 30% at 28 weeks, 30% at 32 weeks and final balance at 36 weeks.

  • Option 3: $150 deposit at booking, 35% at 32 weeks and final balance at 36 weeks.

Clients have the option to pay services in full before 36 weeks.

Cancellation & Payments

Client Rights

The client has the FULL right to cancel services and end their contract at any time for any reason. Services should be cancelled 24 hours before a visit. Services cancelled the same day of an appointment will be billed or charged. If a client is paying using insurance, not refunds or adjustments will occur. If a client is paying using cash and has paid upfront - a refund will occur minus any performed services including the non-refundable fee. If a client is paying using cash and has done partial payments - a refund will occur if there is any balance minus any performed services including the non-refundable fee. A cancellation form must be completed by the client.

Doula Rights

The doula has the FULL right to cancel services and end their contract at any time. Reasons for cancellation may be:

  • Abusive language or treatment

  • Too many cancellations or not taking the doula/service seriously

  • Dangerous environment or threats by client, partner or persons of the client

  • Unrealistic expectations or treatment as a maid

Services cancelled by the doula will not be billed or charged. If a client is paying using insurance, not refunds or adjustments will occur. If a client is paying using cash and has paid upfront - a refund will occur minus any performed services including the non-refundable fee. If a client is paying using cash and has done partial payments - a refund will occur if there is any balance minus any performed services including the non-refundable fee. A cancellation form will be sent to the client.

Respect

Respect should be given by all parties. Without respect we will not have a professional and easy flowing doula client relationship.

Open Minded

Being open minded is how the doula will be able to help the client. Recommendations by the doula should be considered whenever possible.

Non-Refundable Fee

This fee is only for pregnancy and cesarean support which is known as birth services.

The $150 non-refundable booking fee is required to hold the client due date. This fee goes towards the package price.

This fee is only for postpartum and newborn support which is known as after birth services.

The $350.00 non-refundable booking fee is required to provide listed service prior to physical support. This will change if a family is requesting services after the baby is born. If services are requested after baby is born the $350 non-refundable booking fee is not required. If services are requested before the baby is born the $350 non-refundable fee is required in addition to the 10 service hours.

HIPAA/PHI

The Privacy Rule protects all "individually identifiable health information" held or transmitted by a covered entity or its business associate, in any form or media, whether electronic, paper, or oral. The Privacy Rule calls this information "protected health information (PHI)." The HIPAA Privacy Rule establishes national standards to protect individuals’ medical records and other personal health information. Medical information as the information provided in this contract shall not be disclosed to any other parties outside the named doula. For educational purposes a client situation may be discussed for educational purposes excluding stating the client’s name or any identifying factors.

End Of Consultation

We have reached the end of your consultation. Please follow and use the link below:

https://www.honeybook.com/widget/nurturing_bay_bees_250835/cf_id/621d30dae10b5b107c60dd26

This is the basic form for Honey Book. All communication after our consultation including payments (if applicable) as well as the contract will be sent via Honey Book.

Thank you for considering Nurturing BayBees to provide doula services.

 

Booked or not, we wish you well on your pregnancy journey and CONGRATULATIONS!

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