Eden's Garden Birth

Birth Education and Doula Support by Amy Rollogas

I offer doula support for your labor and private childbirth education in your home in the Richmond, Va metro area and west to Charlottesville, Va. I also offer instruction in acupressure for labor and moxibustion for breech. 

Theodore's Birth

For what it's worth: after having a 5 hour labor and a 2.5 hour labor I am requesting a good 7-8 hours for the next one. Faster is not necessarily better in matters of bodily function (baby making and baby birthing, for example). This birth tried me in ways I can't explain and I know I haven't done the story justice because, 6 months later, I am still reeling from the experience. Here is my best recollection (after talking with my husband and watching the video).

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Eden's Birth

After 3 weeks of sitting around the house waiting for baby, having tons of contractions every day and trying to keep my blood pressure down, I had gone 4 days past my due date. My husband and I stayed home from church on Sunday because I thought that if I heard even one remark like, “You haven’t had that baby yet?” I might have an emotional breakdown.
 

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The Role of the Doula

Doula: δούλη From the ancient Koine Greek 

Definition: a slave, bondman, person of servile condition; devoted to another to the disregard of one's own interests;  a servant, attendant

Today we use the word “doula” to refer to one who assists women (and families) around the time of birth. For the purposes of this post, I will be referring to the labor doula.

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Doulas and Insurance

I have great news!  I now have a National Provider Identifier number. 

What is that, you ask? The NPI is the identifier that identifies me as a health care provider and allows you to file for reimbursement from your health insurance  plan.  Yes, you read that correctly!  You may be able to get some or all of my fee back from your insurance company!

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