If rates for full doula care seem too high, please read on. There are many ways I can contribute to you being prepared and supported through your birth.
My current fees of $1200-1600 are a fair reflection of my extensive experience, skills and knowledge. Besides the often long and unpredictable hours, there are costs associated with being a professional doula. Some of these are monetary such as training, missing other work-shifts, association fees, parking and all the normal expenses related to self-employment. Other costs are not measurable, such as missed family events, being on-call (700+ hours per client), and recovery time from long births. Experienced doulas are worth the expense and in fact are the first to fill their client list.
If you wish to benefit from my expertise but the cost is out of your range, then you might be interested in attending prenatal classes or accessing other services such as Birth Plan Preparation, or working with me and one of the doulas I’m mentoring.
- Labour Prep Class for Couples (mother and her partner and/or birth companion)
- Prenatal Classes
- Placenta Encapsulation
- Contact me to set up private consultations for specific topics
- Work with me and one of the newer doulas I’m mentoring for $800. Prenatal preparation is vital for having your ideal birth. Therefore you’ll have all prenatal consultations, including creating a birth-plan and any questions answered along the way, with me and the new doula, who is fully and professionally trained, and meets the requirements of mentorship with me. She’s a professional doula who is building her birth experience. The newer doula will be your primary doula for your labour and birth. We both attend the postpartum visit. (I train Birth and Postpartum Doulas of excellence through Birth Ways International.)
To understand doula fees, please see http://www.cordmama.com/blog/2015/3/23/why-doulas-are-expensive-and-why-youre-glad-they-are
If you have a partner who doesn’t understand paying for extra support, please see http://goodmenproject.com/families/new-dads-advice-just-hire-a-damn-doula-jrmk/
- We can set up a payment plan.
- Gift certificates for my services.
- Raise funds e.g. a collection-box at your baby-shower or Mother-Blessing, or ask people to contribute to your doula rather than buying other gifts.
- Find a less experienced doula, as they usually have lower fees. See The Doulas of Regina for a listing of local doulas.
- If there’s no way you can pay for birth support, check out the Doulas of Regina Relief Fund. They pay for doulas to attend the births of women who qualify based on financial need.