Phone:  (651) 353-4606

St. Paul, MN, USA

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Cancer Doula FAQs
Commonly Asked Questions About Cancer Doula Support

What is a doula?


A doula is a professional who provides support and assistance to individuals or families, especially during a medical or emotional crisis. A doula supports people through BIG life-changing experiences.

NOTE:  Doula services are eligible for reimbursement with flexible spending accounts (FSA), health savings accounts (HSA), and health reimbursement accounts (HRA) with a letter of medical necessity. They are not eligible for reimbursement with dependent care flexible spending accounts and limited care flexible spending accounts (LCFSA).


What is a cancer doula?

A cancer doula is someone who bridges the gap between the medical and emotional side of cancer. They provide support and walk with you through your cancer journey. 

What does a cancer doula do?

A cancer doula can help empower you to take control of your treatment and care, acknowledge and face your fears, cope with the changes (physical, emotional, personal) associated with cancer, help you through the healing process and focus on your new life that lies ahead after cancer. They can provide guidance, help you gain clarity and get out of being overwhelmed and reduce stress so you can experience a good quality of life again. A cancer doula should listen carefully, contribute observations and questions, assist clients in developing action plans and provide resources, and support them through accountability and affirmation, in order to help them achieve their goals to get well and stay well. 

Why should I partner with a cancer doula?

I have been through cancer myself and I have survived it and thrived! I know about the shock of diagnosis and the resulting stress. I have experienced firsthand the anxiety for the future and what it may hold, and what may lie ahead. Through my personal experiences, I have acquired skills to help others through the battlefield that cancer can be. 

 Each doula support session is individualized for a client’s specific needs and personal goals. While not an exhaustive list, below are some ways I can help:

  1. Be an experienced and skilled support person for my clients.

  2. Assist my clients through the shock of the diagnosis.

  3. Save my clients the time and effort of doing research.

  4. Help my clients reduce the feeling of isolation and fear.

  5. Help my clients develop coping skills that can help them push through their tough times.

  6. Help my clients communicate more effectively and form good relationships with their oncologists and others who are apart of their medical care team.

  7. Help my clients to enhance their personal relationships.

  8. Help my clients cope with treatments and offer remedies for side effects.

  9. Help my clients work through changing body images.

  10. Help educate my clients on how to minimize the chance of cancer recurrence and/or progression of the disease.

What do you need to be a successful client?

  • Believe you are worthy of the best that life has to offer.

  • Know that you need a solid team to help you through this tough time.

  • The willingness and determination to fight and beat cancer.

  • The willingness to change or improve your mindset.

  • The willingness to be flexible and open.

  • The willingness to take ACTION!

  • The willingness to see yourself on the other side of cancer so you can plan for life after cancer.

How is the doula support done? Do I have to live in the same location as my doula?

My doula support can be done over the telephone from anywhere that is convenient for you. I am also available via Skype, Zoom, text, Facebook messaging, and email.

No. You do not have to live in the same city as me in order for me to be your doula.

What are the steps to getting started with On the Other Side cancer doula support?

  1. Fill out the contact form below to request a complimentary 45-minute discovery session. During the session, you can ask me any questions that you may have. I would also like to learn a little bit about you by gathering background information to help identify your primary needs, concerns, and goals. Think of it as a non-judgmental conversation with someone who has been in your shoes.

  2. If, after the 45-minute complimentary discovery session, you decide to pursue my doula support services, I offer several options to meet your needs. I will provide a detailed explanation of the doula services I provide and my expectations of you as a client. 

  3. We will set up your first doula session and I will officially become a part of your cancer care team! I look forward to being there for you!

Click here to read an article by CURE magazine: Hiring a Cancer Coach: What You Should Know