What is a doula?
The word “doula” is used to refer to a trained and experienced professional who provides continuous physical, emotional and informational support to the mother before, during and just after birth; or who provides emotional and practical support during the postpartum period. Research shows that the services of a doula can improve parental satisfaction in the birth experience and ease the transition that comes with the addition of a baby to a family.Read More
How much does a doula cost?
Fees can vary among doulas in the same area depending on the range of services offered and the doula’s experience. Doulas practicing in the greater Athens area typically charge from $500 to $800.
Many doulas accept special payment arrangements, including bartering for services! Feel free to ask a prospective doula what kinds of terms she would consider. Most doulas are happy to try and find a mutual working agreement.Read More
How to hire a doula
Finding a good fit for you and your family is critical. You will need to consider whether you and your partner feel comfortable with an individual doula. You will need to feel that this doula is supportive of your hopes and expectations about labor, childbirth and parenting, in addition to having a strong professional background and credentials. That is why we recommend the following steps hiring process when hiring a birth or postpartum doula . . .Read More