The Expense of Hiring a Birth Doula
I think every woman would opt to hire a doula if money was no object. But the expense of hiring a doula makes it an unaffordable option for many. Certified birth doulas typically charge between $700-$1100 for their services, and in big cities like Los Angeles and Manhattan, their rate is around $1500-$2000. That’s a big chunk of change; and insurance companies typically do not include doula coverage/reimbursement in their policies. But people spend thousands of dollars on their wedding day, so why not spend a fraction of that amount on the momentous occasion of giving birth to your child?
NOTE: All of the doula services I have contacted request that their fee be broken up into several payments. Some money is due at the signing of the contract, some is due at 36-38 weeks and the remainder is due at birth. This left me with the question, “What happens in the event of an unplanned C-section?” One service said if the doula did not provide labor support due to the mother having a C-section, that the money could be put toward postpartum doula care at a $25/hour rate. Another service said the money was non-refundable in this event, and that the doula would be present to provide support during or after the C-section, in the hospital. However, most hospitals only allow one other person to be present at the C-section, and typically a mother wants her partner with her. So even though the birth doula’s role may become obsolete in the event you have an unplanned C-section, you’ll still owe her money.