Did you pay for a consultation with your midwife, doula, etc. before you started services with them?
I'm TTC and have a brief window of time at work to select an insurance plan, so I asked a local natural birth practice with good reviews for their input (would love to get anything reimbursed by insurance that can be). The childbirth educator there (not a midwife or doula) recommended a consultation with her in which this and other questions I have can be addressed. I figured I would wait until I'm actually pregnant to engage someone's services and most of the logistics are covered on the practice's website. This would be my first pregnancy and I'm wondering if this pre-pregnancy consultation is necessary and/or helpful, and if charging a fee is standard. This particular person charges $50 an hour with a 2-hour minimum for a consultation.
Would love to hear your experience and input!