Post # 1
I’m due in December and am considering hiring a doula to come to the hospital for the birth. My husband will be there but it will be nice to have some extra help, especially if he passes out during the delivery haha.
I’m wondering what others have paid for their doula services?
Post # 4
- Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast
Not pregnant yet, but the practice I am looking at is $900. I am sure that those prices will rise by the time I need them.
Post # 5
The ones I interviewed were in the $400-$500 range. I also know of some who are working on getting their certification and need to attend X number of births to earn it, so you can sometimes find a doula who will work with you for free or reduced cost (with the caveat that she will be less experienced).
Post # 6
- Wedding: November 2011 - Florida Aquarium
I’m also due in December and was doing similar research. In the DC area, they run $1000. …I haven’t decided if that’s worth the services yet.
Post # 7
Mine was free because she was still in training! I bought her a gift card though. See if you can’t find someone in training….my midwife gave me her number.
Post # 8
@nickels: Ours is $500. That includes two prenatal visits, along with being on call 24/7 for questions or concerns up until delivery. It will cover the entire duration of the delivery and she will not leave until the baby has successfully breastfed. She will also be on call for us for 2 weeks afterward for postpartum and newborn questions and concerns. $500 is considered very cheap for a Doula, but it is the standard for our area (military town) and she is actually one of the best around here. We are so thrilled to have her! Up in Raleigh (the nearest big city to us) they charge around $1000-$1200.
Post # 9
I looked but haven’t hired yet. The one I would want has several price options. The most expensive is $895 but that includes two prenatal visits, 24/7 on call for questions, labor & delivery, two post natal visits, 1 hour of lactation consulting, and 1 prenatal massage–she’s a licensed prenatal massage therapist. It’s a pretty good deal in my opinion.
I want to hire her but my husband is against it. He feels he’ll be pushed out of the way and it’ll be me and my doula. 🙁
Post # 10
@future_mrs_sommer: There is a research study on this that you might want to check out and share with your husband, actually. It was an RCT (randomized controlled trial) that looked at how the combination of doula + father compared with father + nurse in providing support to women in labor. It suggested that doulas complement and enhance labor support by fathers, and don’t supplant them. It also found that many fathers appreciated having someone who was very experienced and knowledgeable about labor continuously present, so that they had someone to turn to in a situation unfamiliar to them.
The article is by E.D. Hodnett and R.W. Osborn, “A randomized trial of the effects of monitrice support during labor: mothers’ views two and four weeks postpartum,” published in Birth (1989), Vol. 16, issue 4, pp. 177-183, followed by a discussion on pp. 183-184.