Hi everyone! I need some feedback please.
I have been hired by a couple expecting twins in early February to be their birth doula. I have a contract that I'm doing just as their birth doula as it might be that she has a c-section and then I'd be playing a different role.
They want me to be on-call starting now as she could deliver at any time. To give a little background, she has been in the hospital on bedrest for the last month and a half for a shortened cervix. There have been no other complications and she was released for home last night. They also want me to be on-call to ask questions and talk over any "issues" if they come up. They want me to charge a weekly fee for this service as no one knows how long it will last. What are your thoughts on what the fee should be?
I normally charge $1200 a birth which includes phone/email support once hired, pre-natal home visit to discuss birth wishes, on call 24 hours 2 weeks before due date, with couple once in active labor and until an hour or two after birth plus a post partum visit. I want to charge them a lower rate for birth as it will not cover the "on call 24 hours 2 weeks before due date" which will fall under the on call now contract.
I hope this makes sense and I look forward to hearing from you all.