This is the second entry in a series about how things are changing in the Houston Birthworld. Read the first in the series on setting doula fees here.
Does experience factor into Doula Fees, and what about their training?
Once a doula has finished her initial training, she is experienced. It is likely that she has more knowledge on birth, hospital procedures and comfort measures than almost any family member or friend that you would choose to invite to your birth. Her “starting out” prices should reflect that. Some organizations “require” that their trainees offer free births in order to gain the amount needed to certify.
This is not furthering the doulas career, or boosting their confidence.
How can one recognize their own value when they aren’t even being compensated for their time, research, or family sacrifices?
Charging a living wage is so important and a lot of thought is given when fees are being set. How does a working professional birth doula know what to charge?
Houston area doula, Lisa Johnston wrote a lovely and informative piece on how she came up with her doula fees. I know that many birthworkers have looked to this information when planning their packages and costs of services. Its a fantastic resource that is terrific for explaining not only how, but why its important to charge a living wage.
Thank you so much Lisa!
I shared my thoughts on using alternative methods for paying doulas in a recent post. Insurance, FSA/HSA and payment plans are all discussed there.
Anyone can afford to hire a Doula.
Doulas are worth only what they ask for in compensation.
Doulas are not a need, nor are they a luxury.
We just want you to have the birth you want to have.