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Frequently Asked Questions

Why hire a doula?

The benefits of having a doula have been well-documented.

Women with continuous support from a doula are more likely to

  • have spontaneous vaginal births,

  • have shorter labors.

Women with continuous support from a doula were less likely to

  • have negative birth experiences,

  • use pain medication,

  • need epidural/spinal analgesia,

  • have instrumental vaginal births,

  • have cesarean births,

  • have infants with low 5 minute Apgar scores

The most benefits were seen when continuous support was provided by someone in a doula role versus a member of the hospital staff or the woman’s social network.

2017 Cochrane Review

What are your prices?

For my full, in-person doula package, I charge $700. For virtual support, I charge $500. I also have a birth plan consult available for $50. See Pricing and Doula Service for more information.

Do you have any discounts available?

Yes. I provide discounts for people who enroll in a birthing class, referrals, and repeat clients. I also offer sliding scale fees for those who cannot afford to hire a doula.

How will hiring you affect my partner’s role during the birth?

A doula provides support for both the laboring mother and her partner. If your partner is feeling nervous about what to expect in the birthing space, I can help with suggestions for how he can help. A doula does not take the place of a loving partner; rather, a doula helps provide practical and emotional support to both parties.

What are your interactions with medical staff like?

I am your advocate in the birthing space. I do not take the place of a medical provider, nor do I try to. My role is to make sure that you, the patient, feel informed and in control. My concern is you and your partner, and my actions will uphold your dignity and decisions.

Do you perform any physical examinations?

No. I am not a medical provider, and I do not function as a medical professional in the role of a doula.

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