Your Joyful Birth
Birth Doula, Placenta Encapsulation, Natural Childbirth Classes
St. Louis Area
Dr. Alicia Brooks, DC

1. Do you have a back-up doula?
I actually have two that I regularly assign to my client's. In addition, I know many other doula's who have agreed to back me up if needed. A requirement for me to accept your birth is for you to be comfortable with a back-up in the rare event one may be needed. You will have an opportunity to meet with that back-up prior to see if she is a good fit. My two back ups are:

Jen Jester- Jen received her doula training through DONA in 2004.  She took some time off to be with her children and started to get back into birth work in 2009. She had both of her children at home. She is also a Informed Beginnings Certified Childbirth Educator. You can check out her website at

Lety Murphy- CAPPA trained and a post third cesarean VBAC mom. 

2. How many client's do you typically take on per month?
My availability for doula births at the moment is limited, but I hope to take on more clients in 2016 and will limit the number of clients I do accept.  Please inquire about availability. 

3. Once I am in labor how long does it take before you can get to me?
    I do ask that you call me as soon as you think you are in labor. This way I can make appropriate arrangements to get to you sooner. I make every effort to get to you within 1.5-2.5 hours depending on your distance from me. During early labor we stay in very close contact until you feel that you need in person support.

4. Can you get insurance reimbursement for doula services?
     I have an EIN number for my business as well as a NPI number (National Provider ID number) and can provide you with the form necessary to submit to your insurance company for reimbursement. I can not guarantee reimbursement from your insurance company, however.

5. How many births have you attended?
Well over 100 

6. Can you take video/pictures?
    Of course! Just make sure to show me how to use your equipment prior.

7. What can you NOT do?
    Under the doula scope of practice I can not do any clinical tasks (cervical exams, fetal heart checks, etc) nor can I make decisions for you. I can act as an advocate and answer any questions you have, but medical decisions are you and your partner's responsibility.

Picture above taken by Linda KeiserĀ 
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