Beginning in January, Best of Both Worlds Doula Services will conduct virtual meetings only until further notice. Due to the rising number of COVID-19 cases in North Carolina, I will continue taking precautions by practicing social distancing from the general public through the winter months. Please note: contracts can be signed and sent electronically or by mail. Any and all payments (deposits or otherwise) means the client acknowledges and agrees to the doula contract and all stipulations. Certain policies and practices may be altered due to COVID-19 restrictions and mandates.
My Availability: I am currently taking birth clients due in April and beyond. Postpartum services will tentatively resume in Spring 2021. Travel doula services will tentatively resume in Summer 2021.
Adult and Infant CPR/First Aid/AED training will be available to clients, small businesses and birth workers in February 2021. Email me for more info and registration. Group rates available. Limited number of registrants for safety.
Zumba classes are still currently on hold for the time being since the community center is still closed to the public. I am working on an online format for my classes and I hope to start virtual classes in February. All other health and fitness services will be accommodated at my discrection depending on clients wants and needs. Check out my Fitness Momshell Facebook page for updates.
Best of Both Worlds Doula Services is committed to providing you quality, safe support as we navigate COVID-19. Thank you for understanding.
- Know your rights. Hospital policies are not law.
- Advocate for yourself and reiterate your birth vision when necessary.
- If you or someone you know has given birth during the COVID-19 pandemic, please feel free to participate in my Birth in 2020 project. Learn more here.
Below you can find all of the latest information from local hospitals regarding COVID-19 and visitor policies. These policies are changing every day so please be sure to confirm what is stated here and on their website by calling or emailing. I will try to keep this post updated as I receive new information from the hospitals and other local doulas.
*UNC Health Care/Rex Hospital
Update from UNC as of Monday, December 7, 2020: Laboring patients may designate two (2) support people, which could include a doula. After birth, patients may designate two (2) support people for the entire length of stay in the hospital, they may visit one at a time. There will be a screening process and a mask from the hospital will be required for the entire stay. The Operating Room (cesarean sections) policy allows one support person. *Doulas must have gone through the OR training at UNC to provide support there.
*WakeMed Health and Hospitals
Update for WakeMed as of Monday, December 7, 2020: One support person and a doula a day during labor; one support person a day postpartum. The Operating Room (cesarean sections) policy allows one support person and a doula at Wake Med Main. Doulas need to bring the proper training and certification documentation to the hospital with them.
Update for Duke as of Monday, December 7, 2020: Laboring patients may designate two support people, which could include a doula. After birth, patients may designate one support person for the entire length of stay in the hospital. Visiting hours do not apply to these visitors.
NICU visitation policies: Likely one parent at a time; Screening questions & temperature checks required. Please check with individual hospitals regarding COVID-19 testing for visitation.
Women's Birth and Wellness Center
*Wake County Health Department
*Durham County Health Department
*Johnston County Health Department
The * indicates the COVID-19 test sites.
Evidence Based Birth
EBB has a downloadable consent form that you can print off and discuss with your provider. You can find it here.
COVID-19 response updates & resources for North Carolina
North Carolina Department of Health & Human Services
Center for Disease Control (CDC)
World Health Organization (WHO)
National Institute of Health (NIH)
The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG)
Food & Drug Administration (FDA)
La Leche League International
Postpartum Support International