Costs and benefits

No matter what your birth plan is,

a doula can improve it!

the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine have this to say about Doulas:

Published data indicate that one of the most effective tools to improve labor and delivery outcomes is the continuous presence of support personnel, such as a doula.”

A Cochrane meta-analysis of 12 trials and more than 15,000 women demonstrated that the presence of continuous one-on-one support during labor and delivery was associated with improved patient satisfaction and a statistically significant reduction in the rate of cesarean delivery.”

Compared with women who have no support in labor, women who have support from a companion who is neither a member of the hospital staff nor a friend or family member have:*

*These statistics appear in Hodnett E, Gates S, Hofmeyr G, Sakala C. Continuous support for women during childbirth. The Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2003. Issue 3, Art. No. CD003766. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD003766., and Hodnett ED, Gates S, Hofmeyr GJ, Sakala C, Weston J. Continuous support for women during childbirth. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2011, Issue 2. Art. No.: CD003766. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD003766.pub3.
*Potential Benefits of Increased Access to Doula Support During Childbirth | Page
  • 60-80% reduction in Cesarean rate

  • 31% less use of synthetic oxytocin to speed labor

  • 25% shorter labors

  • 9% less use of any pain medication

  • 41% reduction in forceps or vacuum extractor delivery

  • 34% less dissatisfaction with their birth experience

  • Babies with better 5 minute APGAR scores.

  • Less anxiety and depression

  • More confidence with their baby

  • More satisfaction with their partner

  • Improved breastfeeding

  • Increased time spent with baby

  • Decreased postpartum depression


With evidence like this behind Doula Care,

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how can you afford NOT to make Hound Hill Doula part of your birth plan?

Wondering how to afford doula support?

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Manage your costs with gift certificates, and add Hound Hill Doula to your baby registry.

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Your baby’s birth will likely be the highlight of your life. 

Placing the appropriate value on its importance may help you understand the importance of investing in a good experience.  Compared to what people spend on their weddings, doula care is a bargain! And while a great wedding doesn’t actually improve your marriage, doula care WILL improve your birth outcome!

Most people are able to find ways to cut other costs to afford doula care. Do you really need that fancy stroller?  Or the coordinated bedding for the crib?    If you have a baby registry make sure doula care is on it and encourage your friends and family to help with your costs by purchasing gift certificates.   How about exploring your insurance coverage? A few companies are beginning to offer reimbursement for doula care; especially if you have a flex spending health care account.  When you look at the costs of interventions that a doula may help you avoid, even the copays on some are more than your doula’s fee.  If a doula helps you avoid a cesarean (studies have shown they do!)  you may save nearly $20, 000.  If you skip the epidural – save $1000.    You can see why insurance companies may be motivated to  cover doula care.

If you already need help meeting your day to day expenses, then you may qualify for discounted doula care.

Internship Program

Occasionally I may have a doula interning with me who’s rates are lower than mine.  I hand select these interns based on my perception of their reliability, ability to seek out and retain knowledge, and interpersonal skills. My interns are always warm, bright and eager to learn.  Although less experienced;  these doulas-in-training or newly certified doulas are supported by me in their learning process.

Free or Reduced Price Doula Care

Occasionally  I  may offer an opportunity for an expectant or new mom to receive free or reduced price Doula Services.

Moms who may be eligible for this reduced price doula service will meet the following qualifications:

1. Financial Need.  -You will need to demonstrate a lack of ability to meet my fees.

2. Eligible candidates must agree to allow the doula to take photographs at the birth (always tasteful and without identifying faces if you prefer) that may be used in the promotion of the Doula’s business.  The doula agrees to destroy any images that you find offensive, and retains the copyright to any remaining images. Copies of all photos will also be made available to the client in digital format for their own personal use.

3. Eligible candidates will fit into one of the  following categories:

Military Family – you or the father of your baby is active duty military in harm’s way.

Special Birth Circumstance – I always welcome opportunities to gain new experience.
If you are planning home birth, a multiple birth, preterm delivery,  vaginal breech, special needs, or other less common circumstances you may qualify.

Family or Personal Issues –  I understand that sometimes people who need doula care the most are not in a position to afford it. If you are a single or teen mom, or if other social, emotional or physical circumstance present a need for additional support  and your finances are limited; please feel free to discuss it with me.

Learn more about your options

Whether you are looking for an intern or a free or reduced price birth, I am always happy to chat.

Discounted doula services are limited, and based on availability of the doula and circumstances of the family.  Please ask if you are in need.

Gift Certificates

The perfect shower gift!

Gift certificates are available to purchase online in several denominations, and may be used toward any service or consultation that Hound Hill Doula offers. Once payment has been received,  your gift certificate will be emailed to you.

If you prefer to pay by check please email me to order.

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