Why do you have a fee scale? How does this work?
I believe in accessibility. Finances should never be a barrier to accessing support, especially during the perinatal period. Additionally, I believe that those needing extra support should be able to access the amount of support they need without additional fees. Keeping this philosophy in mind, I've decoupled my fees from my services.
When you fill out your Service Agreement, each service will be listed with a fee range. You can then type your chosen fee from that range in the space provided, along with a deposit amount and the number of payments required. That’s it, that’s all. No questions asked, no awkward conversations. If our fees are still an issue, please get in touch and we will see how we can help. The quality of support we provide is never dependent on what you pay.
If I have a doula, do I need to have a care provider too?
Yes! As a doula, I do not do anything medical. Rather I am an advocate for birthing people and their families, acting as a resource, sounding board, spare hands and support person. I can provide support whether you are birthing at home or in the hospital, with a midwife, OB, or a family doctor.
I really want a doula, but the lower end of the fee scale is too high.
Give me a call or an email and we can work something out. No one should have to go without a doula because of cost.
What happens if you're sick or unavoidably busy when I go into labour?
I work with a back-up just for this reason. Clients can choose to meet their backup, have an integrated back-up (another doula who attends some of their sessions and is in the doula chat), have one that they don't know, or not have a backup at all.
What about my partner? I don't want my partner to feel replaced or unwanted.
As a doula, I support the whole family during the transition into parenthood. I can't replicate your partner's care for you. Instead I bring a deep familiarity with the sights, smells and sounds of birth to your support team along with a calm and reassuring presence. My knowledge and continual support allows your partner to care for you, without frantically trying to remember what was taught in the birthing class. Not only does my presence allow your partner to care for themselves, I also make sure that they feel supported so that you can both enter into parenthood well.