|View Poll Results: What did you pay for a doula to attend your baby's birth?|
|$301 to $400||10||21.74%|
|$401 to $500||12||26.09%|
|$501 to $600||8||17.39%|
|$601 and higher||8||17.39%|
|nothing, insurance covered it||1||2.17%|
|Voters: 46. You may not vote on this poll|
I paid $600 for a doula to attend our DD's birth, indluding 2 post-natal visits. I live in Hawaii.
Sorry, got kind of OT. I guess I am saying that doula services are very valuable and they should be compensated for their worth.
Mama to Aaron, 1/26/03
This was in 1998 and 2000 -- I believe she charges over $400 now.
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wife - mother - midwife
The more you know, the worse it gets.
But again - I'm not paying ehr , she is attending as a gift to me.
Shane - living the open life
Do you ladies find that your doulas come to your house, or meet you at the hospital? Perhaps it's of your choosing? Does this affect price? I go where I am asked for. I give foot massages at my prenatals, and little gifts like rice packs and massage oil. I know there are other ladies in MN who charge much more. I also know some who charge less. I feel that getting the word out and making this vital aspect to birthing more readily available financially really makes a difference in women's lives! But hey, I love this job so much, I'd do it for free! LOL
Blessings to all you ladies who are expecting your own little miracles to arrive soon. Hope you're able to find and afford the doula you desire!
Chris Anne Johnson
|Originally posted by Serena
Wow, looks like NYC is the most expensive place possible to hire a doula. My doula was $1000 and that was in the middle of her sliding scale ($750-1250) and she has since raised her scale to $1000-1600! Being a doula in NYC pays well, if you can get the clients.
OK here is the story... when I hired her she said she was a HypnoBirthing instructor... Once she was hired it comes out she is brand new at this and not charging her first 10 clients because she is still "practicing." She handed me a tape of her own voice (lousy, lousy, lousy recording) of her own voice doing the audio tape recordings that I'm supposed to practice with. We had 2? Hypnobirthing sessions and they were awful. No wonder her clients weren't having much success with it. I desperatedly wanted a med free birth, and I was giving birth in a hospital, so I was searching and searching for alternatives. Thankfully, I found a local HypnoBirthing practioner (who taught a real class) and when I told her what my Doula was doing, she was horrified. That is no way to "teach" it.
Well, I took the HypnoBirthing class and went on to have a painfree 20 hour labor in the hospital. I was soooo determined and I practiced the relaxation everyday. I credit taking the class (reading the book alone/tapes alone would not have worked for me) with my success... up to the birth, my confidence grew and grew. Although I was terrified at the beginning of my pg about giving birth, by the end I was looking forward to it and even felt confident about doing it "unassisted."
Well I was on the fence about videotaping it. On the one hand I wanted to, and on the other I did not. DH did not want it videotaped. The Doula thought videotaping it would be a great idea. She was trying to convince me to convince DH. I got the very strong feeling that she would video tape it, get a copy and say "This mom was one of MY first Hypnobirthing client." A white lie, but a deception. At that point, I didn't feel so great about having her attend my birth. DH didn't either.
My insurance may not have paid for it, but Flexplan did (money set aside from DH's paycheck that is not taxed specifically for medical purposes.)
5.5 - girl