What does a doula cost?
Doula fees vary by geographic area, level of experience, and additional skills that may be offered (such as lactation consultation, photography, or massage therapy). Doula fees in the Denver metro area range from $700 (newly certified doulas) to over $1800 for doulas with extensive experience and service packages including additional skills.
Doulas in process of certification (having completed a training workshop and working on obtaining evaluations and completing certification process) often have flexible fees that are lower than certified and more experienced doulas. Click here to find out more about working with a certifying doula.
I’ve been providing labor doula services and perinatal education in the Denver metro area since 1998, and am also a lactation consultant (IBCLC). I’ve worked extensively with families desiring natural (unmedicated) birth and families open to pain medication. I’ve also supported families through cesarean births, and the special joy of walking alongside families planning to have a VBAC. I have extensive experience with hospital and home birth, as well as having attended births at our free-standing birth center, Mountain Midwifery.
All these experiences have led me to create several service packages to meet a variety of needs, with packages from $650 through $1750. Contact me for more information about Doula Services.
You may be asking yourself why it’s good investment to hire a doula. You might think, “My partner/sister/mother/BFF is going to be with me. Isn’t that the same thing?”
Actually, no, it’s not. While the loving support of your family and friends, and the skilled attentions of a labor nurse if you’re birthing in a hospital or birth center are incredibly important, none of those people are qualified to do what a labor doula can do for you.
Studies have shown conclusively that the benefits of having a labor doula are not duplicated by either family/friends or nursing staff. (CAPPA has a great position paper outlining some of these results).
- C-sections reduced by 26% – 50%
- Length of labor reduced by 25%
- Oxytocin use reduced by 40%
- Use of narcotics reduced by 30%
- Forceps reduced by 30%
- Epidurals reduced by 60%
- Long-term benefits
- Improved breastfeeding
- Increased time spent with baby
- Decreased postpartum depression
Women attended by a labor doula are:
- Significantly more likely to have a spontaneous vaginal birth
- Less likely to have intrapartum analgesia (narcotics)
- More likely to have shorter labors
- Less likely to have a cesarean
- Less likely to need instrumental delivery
- Less likely to have an epidural
- Less likely to have babies with APGARs of 5 or lower
- 27% less likely to be dissatisfied with their births
- Significantly less likely to feel a loss of control in labor