• Two prenatal meetings
• Phone and e-mail support leading up to your birth
• Loans of books, DVDs and other resources
• Birth plan assistance
• On-call availability 24/7, beginning at 38 weeks
• Attendance at your birth, however long it lasts
• Breastfeeding assistance immediately after the birth
• A written timeline of the birth from your doula's perspective
(our clients love these timelines!)
• Photos of the birth, if our hands and attention aren't needed elsewhere
• One postpartum visit to celebrate your baby, process the birth and discuss parenting
The investment in an experienced birth doula is $850 - $1500, depending on the doula's level of experience. We sometimes also have new doulas available at a lower rate for their first few births. Ask and we'll let you know who is available for your birth!
Thanks to the generosity of local businesses and our former clients and students, Birth Kalamazoo's "Fund for All" provides financial assistance for women who are WIC-eligible, and other low-income families with special financial circumstances. We also offer gift certificates so that grandparents, aunts and uncles, or others who love you can help pay for your doula services. This makes a wonderful shower gift, and the benefits of a supported, centered birth last forever. Past clients have even funded their doula fees with a "GoFundMe" campaign or by selling items on eBay or Craig's List. You can also make payments over a stretch of time leading up to the birth.
Check out our Packages page for information on discounts for multiple services. Our most popular package includes a birth doula, postpartum doula, childbirth classes and massage!
“As a doula, Jessica was amazing in her support and guidance throughout our labor and into postpartum. It was a blessing to have her with us, supporting us each step of the way. Her presence at the hospital and her kind words to us and the staff helped to create a calm and supportive atmosphere. She made it possible to focus solely on the birth of our daughter. Throughout my labor Jessica kept a timeline of events and took photographs; these helped Matt and I reflect on our birth afterwards, when the fog of labor had set in. In times of uncertainty she was able to help Matt support me by reminding him of tips from class that were eluding him in the excitement, and by taking over when he needed time to rest through 17 hours of labor. Jessica continued to help us after Emma’s birth by calling to check in and stopping by to help with breastfeeding. We’re lucky she doesn’t charge what her help is worth!”
~ Sarah, mom to Emma, born at Borgess Hospital