The Prenatal Visits
a) Birth | Fort Worth will provide one visit prior to the birth during which we will discuss your birth plan and details such as when to call your doula, what to do when you think you are in labor, and a quick review of comfort measures.
b) It is the client’s responsibility to schedule this appointment with Birth | Fort Worth in a manner that is agreeable for both parties.
a) The doula works for the mother and partner.
b) The doula will support the decisions of the mother and partner within the limits of the doula’s expertise.
c) The doula will join the client in labor as requested by the client.
d) The doula will not perform any medical procedures or make decisions regarding medical care for the mother and/or baby.
e) birth | Fort Worth will be on call 24 hours a day from the signing of this contract.
f) The doula that is on call will attend the birth. If the on-call doula cannot attend, a backup doula will attend.
g) The doula shall strive to create a calm and peaceful environment within the circumstances allowed by the birth location of the mother’s choice.
h) The doula may take pumping breaks, not to exceed 30 minutes in length, as needed.
i) The doula will remain with the mother until at least one hour after the birth of the baby, as requested and as appropriate.
j) The doula can provide a follow-up of up to 2 hours within 10 days of the birth of the baby. At this meeting, the doula will answer any questions regarding the birth and care of the newborn. Additional postpartum services can be arranged through birth | Fort Worth, if desired. Please contact the doula when you would like to schedule this meeting.
Client and Partner
a) The client agrees to contact the doula at the onset of labor. The client will advise where the doula should report to begin labor support. The doula will report within 2 hours of the client's request. In the event the doula or backup doula cannot attend the birth, we will provide you with an alternate Labor Support Doula.
b) We, as clients, must call birth | Fort Worth when we are ready for our doula to join us in labor. Our doula will not join us in labor unless we specifically request her presence.
c) It is our responsibility to ensure that our doula is allowed to attend us at all times while at the place of birth.
d) Any amount paid in excess of the non-refundable $500 retainer fee will be refunded if the doula misses the birth of the child as a result of reporting to the birth more than three hours after the client's request.
Fees for Services
a) The fee for labor support is $1050, unless other arrangements have been made. This payment includes 1 prenatal visit, one postpartum follow up visit (not to exceed 2 hours), phone, text and email support and the 18 contracted hours of face-to-face labor support.
b) Additional labor support beyond the 18 contracted face to face hours will be billed at the rate of $25.00 per hour. This fee will be billed after the delivery and payment is expected within 14 days of delivery date.
c) If we decide not to use birth | Fort Worth after signing this contract, we will forfeit the $500 retainer fee. Cancellation within four (4) weeks of our EDD requires payment in full.
d) We, as clients, will pay the total amount due by four (4) weeks prior to the EDD as indicated below, unless special arrangements are made in advance.
e) At the signing of this contract, it is assumed that none of us can anticipate the type of labor or birth a client will have. As a business, we can only contract with a small number of clients in any particular time frame in order to best meet our clients’ needs. We cannot fill our calendar and then change fees according to how births turn out. We are as committed to short laboring clients as we are to long laboring clients, and have been considered a tremendous asset to families that are in need of a cesarean section as recovery, bonding, and breastfeeding can be challenging in this case.
f) In the event of a scheduled (non-emergency) labor induction or cesarean section, we will take our doula’s schedule into consideration prior to scheduling.
g) Should the mother or husband/partner fail to notify the doula 3 hours prior to the requested report time, and the doula misses the birth, birth | Fort Worth will keep the retainer fee and any remaining balance will be due immediately. No refund will be issued.
h) In the case of a weather emergency or act of God, it may be impossible for birth | Fort Worth to provide these services. The remaining balance is still due. No refund will be issued.