Photo Credit: Michelle Lynn, Hampton Roads Birth Photographer
Many factors determine the cost of a doula’s services. Some of these are:
- Being available to provide continuous labor support, which sometimes lasts more than 24 hours
- Time spent with clients at prenatal and postpartum visits, and phone consults.
- Covering the cost of gas going to and from appointments, as well as travel time.
- Paying for childcare.
- Providing a lending library
- Experience – In general, the more experience a doula has, the more it costs.
- Being on call – a doula is on call 24 / 7 the last few weeks of pregnancy. We don’t travel far or make plans that would make us unavailable for a birth. Our lives revolve around being available for you.
- Self-employment expenses
Investment for doula services is $700, broken down as follows:
- $200 deposit to retain my services
- $500 due by 36 weeks, unless other arrangements are made (made in payments, if desired)
- Disount for military families, homebirth clients, previous clients, teen or single moms facing unplanned pregnancy, and clergy
- $35 per visit in the comfort of your home
I live on the Peninsula, in Northern Hampton Roads, but am happy to serve clients in the South Hampton Roads area for an additional $25 travel fee.
Read this article entitled The Economics of a Doula’s Fees by Debbie Redwine, CLD, CD(DONA) to further understand the cost of a doula’s services.