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
  • Supplies
  • 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 $750, broken down as follows:

  • $250 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

Lactation Services


  • $35 per visit in the comfort of your home

I live on the Peninsula, but serve all of Hampton Roads.

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.