Post # 1
The midwife practice I am receiving my prenatal care with requires a registered birth assisstant (doula) present throughout labor and delivery. I am completely cool with this and actually really looking forward to it! We received a list of doulas in our area of acceptable doulas that are already registered and work in sync with the birth center. We chose the best looking candidate, a doula that happens to live about 5 minutes away from our house- talk about convenient.
She sent me the contract and paperwork and I was taken aback by the prenatal care involved. The doula costs $850, but the contract lays out the services only covering one optional meet-up and then being on call 24/7 from 37 weeks on. If you go into labor before 37 weeks there is an additional fee and since it is a doula partnership you have no clue who you will have the day you go into labor.
I envisioned the doula as one person who you saw throughout the pregnancy to get to know them and become comfortable with them. The price is within what I expected for a doula, but I expected more than just one optional face-to-face and then not seeing them again until labor. The whole thing makes me uncomfortable.
What was your experience with a doula?
ETA: There is a way to have an outside doula become registered with the midwife practice but that is more money and hassle for the doula.
Post # 3
My doula was $500 and included in that were two meet-ups with us beforehand, answering questions by email and phone, and presence at the birth. What you’re describing sounds a bit steep….
Post # 4
I got the fist time mother birth package from our midwife and it included a doula. I got to meet with her whenever I wanted before and until 6 weeks after birth. Plus the fact that she told me to call/email her whenever I had a question or if I just needed someone to talk to. She even took me shopping for some things that I would need for baby. I loved my doula 🙂
Post # 5
One of my good friends is a doula and we used her for the birth of our son. What you are describing is how she operates her business too. I think her fee is 600 and she works with a group of other doulas and they are on call for each other if something were to come up. They do offer a meet the doulas night so that you can meet the other doulas that could be at your birth. I think she offers one meeting before the birth to discuss your birth plan and then she is on call for your birth. She also makes a follow up house call after your baby is born. Does your doula offer childbirth classes? That could be another way to get to know her before the birth.
Post # 6
My doula was $500 but they range from around that to $800 around here depending on experience. If you go with a doula in training that is working in getting all her ‘births’ in you can end up with great care for discount. Usually they are mentored by an experienced certified doula.
We met with her about 3 times before and she was always availalbe by email or phone. Because she had 2 clients due within 10 days… I was well aware there would be a slight chance her back up (Her doula mentor) would be who we got if both moms went into labor at the same time. I agreed to this before I gave her any money and had met the other doula as well.
She also dropped in to visit the week after Warren was born to check in on us and was available for support after birth as well.
Post # 7
My doula was $600 and included only one meeting before the birth. And she also had a back-up person that we met once, who we would have to use if we went into labor on a Thursday since our doula teaches classes on Thursdays. I think your contract is pretty normal, really. Most doulas are very empathetic, so I think they would probably be fine with you meeting both of them beforehand anyway if you ask.
Post # 8
Thanks everyone for the experiences! I guess I had this completely different vision in my mind and to hear that everything seems normal I fee a lot better about it! Thanks 🙂