BirthWise Doula Services
We are a growing network of Certified Birth, Postpartum and Fertility doulas and educators with a mission to help expecting mothers have safe, healthy and wonderful birth experiences! We believe that “safe birth” is a basic human right, and that an uncompromising focus on evidence-based, holistic and person-centered care is vital to improving birth outcomes.
What is a doula?
Toni Curtis, CD(DONA), LCCE, CVD(TVL), CHW, SpBCPE, SpBAP
Founder, BirthWise Doula Services
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Featured Birth Story
Twan imparts insight and perspective into her childbirth and postpartum experiences during this discussion with BirthWise doula, Toni Curtis. She goes on to share why, and how, she selected her doula, and why the presence of a doula throughout labor and delivery was essential.
Twan also expresses amazement at what she refers to as a "doula's intuition," and why more doulas are needed who understand how to leverage both their knowledge and intuition for the good of their clients.
What Our Clients Say
BirthWise is focused on evidence-based recommendations, physiology in relation to mother and baby. We also provide historical context for modern practices and implicit bias training. Our practices are also specifically tailored to proactively address evidence-based and anecdotal shortcomings in the healthcare system. Personalized care is focused around your specific beliefs, values, and requirements. We don’t leave any part of care out of scope (education, nutrition, bodily mechanics) — we treat you as a WHOLE person. We believe in “continuity of care” and don’t commonly reassign doulas (unless requested by our client).
We also educate and prepare our clients to understand the meaning and context of the various advisory sessions and consultations with their healthcare providers.
Look for doulas that have either completed, or are in the midst of, training with reputable doula certifying organizations, such as DONA International (DONA), International Childbirth Education Association (ICEA), Childbirth and Postpartum Professional Association (CAPPA), among several other institutions. An appropriately trained and qualified doula should have undergone in-person training, given the very physical, hands-on experience generally required to effectively work with clients leading up to, and in the midst of labor and delivery.
If a doula’s qualifications do not include in-person training, an acceptable alternative is if the doula has worked, or is working, with a mentor to gain hands-on practitioner experience.
Doulas should be actively engaged in continuing education, and be able to articulate how, and why, what they’re learning provides benefit to you.
If your insurance company covers “professional labor support” and/or doula services, BirthWise can provide “insurance-accepted” invoicing that will allow you to file a claim with your insurance company for reimbursement.
We do accept payment via FSA/HSA (Flexible Spending Account/Healthcare Savings Account) and provide documentation and receipts for your reimbursement process.
For all questions regarding insurances, payments and billing, please contact us directly.
Yes! We typically travel in, and around, the Charlotte metro area in North Carolina. Travel outside of the Charlotte metro area will first need to be discussed to determine if services can be performed in your area.
If you have questions about where we travel in areas outside of the Charlotte metro area, please contact us.