I work in conjunction with a number of Doula colleagues who are back up for me should that become necessary. Because I have been a Doula in this area since 1998 and have many associates, I draw from a large group to select the best match for you. I am happy to have you meet your back up Doula if you wish, and you may wish to choose someone you have already met during your interviewing process. That said, I usually am able to attend to my clients personally.
In the unlikely event that labor support services are not provided: It is extremely important that you contact me immediately if you feel labor has begun or is imminent. I will make every attempt to arrive immediately if you feel labor is progressing rapidly. If the circumstances are extenuating (rapid labor) or you do not call me for whatever reasons, and I am unable to make it to your birth, I will keep the retaining fee and no further charges will be incurred. If I am unable to attend your birth, I will make every attempt to provide a back up Doula. If a back up Doula is provided, all fees and obligations remain the same. If I am unable to provide a back-up Doula, I will keep the retaining fee and no further charges will be incurred. Post partum support will continue to be provided.