AS A DOULA, I DO NOT:
1. Perform clinical tasks, such as blood pressure, fetal heart checks, vaginal exams, and others. I am there to provide only physical comfort and emotional support.
2. Make decisions for you. I will help you get the information necessary to make an informed decision. I will also remind you if there is a departure from your birth plan.
3. Speak to the staff on your behalf. I will discuss your concerns with you and suggest options, but you or your partner will speak directly to the clinical staff.
FAILURE OF A DOULA TO PROVIDE SERVICE:
I will make every effort to provide the services described here. Sometimes this is impossible (for example, with a rapid labor). If my failure to attend your birth is due to my error, there will be no charge for my services and I will refund the retaining fee. If it is due to circumstances beyond anyone’s control or your failure to call me, I will keep the retaining fee, but there will be no further charges.
I work on a gratuity scale. In short that means I charge a base rate and then leave the final payment open for my clients to pay more if they found my services valuable. Often times, I have found, clients, especially first time couples, find doula services most valuable after they have experienced their labor and delivery. It can be challenging to truly value something you have not yet experienced and are unsure will benefit you. Taking payments on a gratuity scale allows for me to be paid according to the client’s value of my services and for the client to feel they compensated me according to my value in their birth experience.
50% of the negotiated fee is due as a non-refundable retainer.
One more payments at 30 weeks mtg.
Final Payment of the agreed upon base rate will be paid at the time of the first Postpartum Visit. An excess of the base rate (gratuity scale) can be paid at the client’s discretion if the client and partner feel they valued and appreciated the doula services they received.
Once the deposit is paid, it is non-refundable. If service is terminated after the 30 week payment that partial payment is also non-refundable. We understand there are always extenuating circumstances and will do our best to work with you. But, once the spot on the schedule has been secured and payment has been made the terms above are standard order of business.
I offer Placenta Encapsulation services for $150 for clients.
I offer Aroma Touch massage to clients for $50 between weeks 30-40 weeks.