Birth Doula Services and Fees

Basic Doula Package Includes:
  • Complimentary Consultation or Doula information night (Consult the Collective)

I offer a complimentary consultation where we meet informally and chat about what exactly a doula does.  I answer any questions you or your partner may have; as well, it gives us a chance to get to know one another a little so you can decide if we are a good fit.

  •  Two Prenatal Visits

After that, if you select me as your doula, we would have 2 more prenatal visits. During the first visit we talk in depth about what you would like your birth experience to be like.  We would address any concerns or fears that may come up and discuss your expectations of my role as your doula.  We prepare a detailed birth plan and I can direct you to any information you may need to help you make informed decisions along the way.  If you are having a hospital birth, you will be well informed about what to expect while you are there by the end of our visit.

During the second prenatal visit (approximately 3-4 weeks before your due date) we prepare for the big day by discussing, in detail, the various ways to stay calm, confident and relaxed to enable you to have the birth experience you envision.  I’ll give you and your birth partner many practical tips to help you through every phase of your labour as well as reviewing the different positions and comfort measures that we can use.  I will help you understand how the natural birth process can play out and how fear factors into it all, helping you eliminate any fears you may have at the same time.  We also discuss breastfeeding and the postpartum period and I will share with you some practical tips on how to make your transition into motherhood easy and peaceful.

These two visits would take place in the comfort of your own home if that works for you.

  •  Optional Third Prenatal Body/Mind Balancing Appointment – in my home

At an optional third prenatal appointment I will offer you a complimentary Reiki session or a hypnosis fear clearing session at no extra charge.  I can also guide you through some pelvic floor and body balancing techniques to encourage baby into the optimal position for birth.  This appointment can be scheduled any time in the last few weeks of your pregnancy (preferably during a weekday) and I would ask that you come to my home for this visit.

  •  I’m here for you! – (prenatally and on the big day)

I am available via email or phone for any questions or issues you may have throughout your pregnancy and I’m on call 24/7 two weeks prior to your due date and for 2 weeks after your baby is born.

I am a  reliable resource for you throughout your pregnancy.  I will send you evidence based information on various topics related to pregnancy, labour, birth, post-partum, breastfeeding, and baby care for you to have at your fingertips.  As well, I am always available to answer any questions that come up or will refer you to the appropriate professional who can help you.

I attend births in all Edmonton and area hospitals, the lovely Lucina Birth Center or your home along with your chosen midwife.

I will stay with you throughout your labour and the birth of your child from the time you request my presence until about an hour or two after the baby is born to help you get settled and to assist you with breastfeeding if needed.

I will provide you with a brief written timeline of the birth (if you are opting out of the Birth Story add-on listed below).

If not choosing the Birth Photography add-on below, I will take pictures with your camera throughout your labour, if I am able and if you would like me to, capturing those precious moments after your baby is born.  I have a silent love of photography and clients are always grateful for the pictures I’ve taken that they would not have had otherwise.

  • Postpartum Visit

I also come and see you and your little miracle for a postpartum visit once you’re settled in at home.  You call me when you’re ready.  This is when we review your birth experience and my role as your doula.  I will answer any questions you have and fill in any missing pieces.  If needed, I am able to help you with breastfeeding as well.

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  • Basic Doula package fee

$900  ($450 as a retainer fee once hired & $450 due 3 weeks before baby’s due date) –  Includes all of the above services and GST.

  • Hypnobabies  Doula Package fee

I take $50 off my basic doula package fee if you are also taking my Hypnobabies Group Prenatal Classes.

$850 ($450 retainer, $400 due 3 weeks before due date) – Includes all of the above services and GST with the exception of our 2nd prenatal visit.  This visit usually isn’t required as we cover all of the information I would usually share (and then some) in our Hypnobabies classes.  I leave this up to my clients though and if you feel that you would still like me to come for that prenatal visit then I certainly will.

Plus $425 (or $405 if registered early) Hypnobabies group class fee.  (See Hypnobabies page for more details)

  • Repeat Clients

I love to support families that I was a doula for previously and will charge you the same fee you paid the first time around.

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Doula Package Add-on’s:

  • Written Birth Story ($40)

A very detailed, written account of the birth (from the time leading up to when birthing began all the way through to the immediate postpartum).  Depending on how long the labour is, the birth story is usually anywhere from 2 – 5 pages long.  I pour my heart and soul into my writing and it is a cherished keepsake you will look back on fondly.

  • Birth Pool Rental ($50)

As my doula client, if you are interested in a water birth, you will have the use my birth pool.  The $50 fee covers everything (supplies, set-up & clean up).  For additional information see my Water Birth page.  If you are renting my pool and we are unable to use it (ie. I don’t even set it up and the supplies remain unused), you will receive a full refund for the service.

  • Birth Photography ($60)

Birth photography is becoming more and more popular these days and couples can spend hundreds of dollars on that wonderful service.  I don’t claim to be a professional photographer, but I have a pretty decent camera and I know how to use it.  I really enjoy capturing the emotions and story of the birth and all who are involved if I am able.  Of course my first priority is to be your doula so I can’t guarantee that I’ll even be able to take pictures, but if you would like I can certainly do my best.   If pictures of the birth are super important to you and you can afford to hire a professional, then please do!  I can certainly pass along some names of some great birth photographers in the area.  If, however, you’re just hoping for some pretty great shots and to possibly have the story of your birth captured in pictures, then I’m your gal.  All images will be provided to you on disc either edited or unedited (depending on what you choose).  If you are opting for the birth photography add on and I am unable to take pictures, you will receive a full refund for the service.  Check out my Birth Photography page to see some of my work.

  • TENS Machine (free)

TENS (transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation) has been used very successfully for non-medical pain relief in labour.  When we experience pain, messages are sent along the nerves to the brain and then pain is felt.  The TENS unit produces tiny electrical impulses which are sent through the skin to the nerves.  This electrical stimulation of the nerves blocks those pain messages from reaching the brain.  The brain then registers the tingling sensation produced by the TENS unit rather than the pain.  TENS also increases your body’s production of endorphins – these are your body’s natural painkillers.  As a doula client, you have access to my Elle TENS machine for free.

  • Birth Ball & Peanut Ball (free)

I always carry my big birth ball with me and it is used a lot during labour for comfort and different positions.  I also have a peanut ball to utilize when you are resting to help keep your pelvis open and encourage a faster birth.

 

*Please contact me with any questions about my doula services.  I charge a small additional distance fee if I am coming more than 35 km for our prenatal appointments and early labour support.

*Payment plans available on request*

A receipt will be provided for insurance coverage.  There are some insurance plans that will cover doula fees.