Doulas provide emotional and physical support during pregnancy, labor, birth and postpartum. A doula does not speak for a couple or provide medical or clinical skills. A doula may provide :
– An explanation of medical procedures.
– Emotional support.
– Advice during pregnancy.
– Exercise and physical suggestions to make pregnancy more comfortable.
– Help with preparation of a birth plan.
– Massage and other non-pharmacological pain relief measures.
– Positioning suggestions during labor and birth.
– Help with breastfeeding preparation and beginnings.
– A written record of the birth.
The amount of work that your doula does for you, your geographic location and your doula’s certification and experience will all factor in to the amount she will charge you. In general, you should expect to pay anywhere from $200 to $1000 for a certified doula. There are many doulas working toward certification that may not charge you at all or ask you only to pay for expenses. Many doulas use a sliding scale to charge you based on income.
Most insurance companies do not cover the cost of a doula.