Every doula sets an individual fee for services. Typically this depends on the certification, training and experience of the doula. I base my current doula fees on the following:
- I am a Certified DONA Birth Doula and a Certified CAPPA Childbirth Educator. This means that I am a member of professional organizations and must maintain my membership annually and in order to remain certified I must fulfill continuing education credits for both organizations.
- I currently only take on one to two clients per month. This allows me to be fully committed to each client and their needs. When I commit to working with the families that I do, it means that I am unavailable to work with another who might be interested.
- The working hours of a birth doula are unpredictable. Typically I spend approximately 6-8 hours prenatally with clients, 2-4 hours postnatally and an additional 1-2 hours for phonecalls, responding to emails and research into individual questions and concerns. While the average time spent with a woman in labor and birth is about 12 hours, it can last longer or it may be shorter.
- It is important to me that I continue to learn as much as I can as a doula and childbirth educator so that I can stay up to date with new information. Therefore, part of my doula fee goes towards attending conferences, purchasing books and additional training.
- Expenses for a doula can be high. When I am on call, I always carry my cell phone. I also have travel costs such as gas and hospital parking fees. I also have supplies that I have with me and give clients at meetings or at the hospital.
Birth is not only about making babies. Birth is about making mothers ~ strong, competent, capable mothers who trust themselves and know their inner strength.
~Barbara Katz Rothman