Having someone attending to your every need during labor and delivery and after the baby arrives home sounds awesome, but will hiring a doula break the bank? Not necessarily. It’s a matter of doing your homework and finding the doula who’s not only right for you but will also fit in your budget. Here’s a look into the important financial matters related to doulas.
How Much Does a Doula Cost?
Regardless of where you live, almost anyone who wants a doula can hire one, though the price of doula services varies greatly depending on your location, the doula’s experience, and the specific services you’re seeking. For instance, in large cities such as New York and Los Angeles, a birth doula (one who’s hired to assist you with labor and delivery only) can cost $3,500 or more. In other parts of the country, though, you can find a doula for an average price of $500. If you’re looking to hire a postpartum doula (one who’s hired to assist you after delivery with lactation support and recovery), the average price can be $25 to $35 an hour, with possible room for negotiation, depending on how many hours are needed. Some doulas may even be willing to work for a nominal fee, or even for free. Read more https://www.parents.com/pregnancy/giving-birth/doula/how-much-do-doulas-cost/