How We Work + FAQ
Q: What is the Braving Doula Collective & how does it work?
The Braving Doula Collective is a group of four doulas: two full time birth doulas, one full time postpartum doula, and one doula who floats around and does lots of other magic depending on our clients' needs. All of us in BDC identify on the LGBTQIA+ spectrum, which is super important for us as practitioners to be creating a queer owned, operated & inclusive space. Each member of the BDC brings their own specialized set of skills to the table. By combining our expertise, you get access to a huge range of services right under one roof. Learn more about the doulas here.
Q: Why did you join the collective?
Did you hear? Luna Doulas very own Sierra Shaffer is off learning how to become a Certified Nurse Midwife & Women's Health Nurse Practitioner -- which means that she isn't here in Colorado to continue taking clients as a doula (#crying). By merging Luna Doulas with Braving Doula Collective, Skylar could continue using a team model and share a call schedule. Being a solo doula is tough y'all, so we stick together to offer you the very best support imaginable. It's a win-win!
Q: I'm not sure how I feel about a man doula... can you talk to me about that?
We will always respect your boundaries around who you want in your birthing space, however, hiring Luna Doulas now means that you get a dude-la as well. Mac is a highly skilled, empathetic and all around incredible doula, and we wouldn't have made this choice unless we fully believed in the power of our combined expertise. In addition to being a Certified Doula through DTI, Mac holds a Masters in Social Work, is a Certified Lactation Education Counselor (CLEC), is a Certified Sleep Consultant, and is currently in training to become a Childbirth Educator (DTI). WOAH Credentials! Learn more about Mac at his website, That Doula Guy.
Q: But isn't birth a feminine space?
For some people, it is. For other people, it isn't. We believe that when you feel supported, nurtured, safe, listened to, and honored in your decisions, the gender of your doula becomes a lot less relevant. Part of what we are doing in this work is to include folks who have been historically left out of the traditional birth space. Still have questions? Let's set up a time to meet!
Q: How does a shared on-call schedule work?
Each of the three birth doula is on call certain days of the week. We do this to preserve our mental & emotional health, as well as ensure that no matter what, you get a bright-eyed & bushy-tailed doula to support you when you're in labor. We never work births back to back, we never overload our schedule, and we never are so exhausted that our ability to support you suffers. Having all three of us on rotation means that we are on-call for your birth 24/7 from the moment you sign the contract, and you will never be left high & dry when you need support most.
Q: What if I just want to work with one of you?
Let't talk about it!
Q: Woah! Why is hiring a doula so expensive?
We get it! There are so many costs that add up when you are bringing home a new baby. We have currently set our rates at price points that reflect the number of hours we spend with clients (on average, 6-10hrs prenatally and 10-20hrs birth-postpartum) and ensure that we are each being paid a living wage for our work. However, if you want to work with us and finances are the only obstacle in your way, let's chat about it! We offer payment plans and other solutions to make it work for all of us. Learn more about our packages here.