The word "doula" comes from the ancient Greek meaning "a woman who serves" and is now used to refer to a trained and experienced professional who provides continuous physical, emotional and informational support to the mother before, during and just after birth; or who provides emotional and practical support during the postpartum period.
Studies have shown that when doulas attend birth, labors are shorter with fewer complications, babies are healthier and they breastfeed more easily.
Most doulas are willing to work with you to help afford the service, so always ask about payment options, and whether or not they offer a sliding scale fee.
"I think moms should find the doula that is right for them, because even experienced doulas are willing to work on a sliding scale if money is a concern," Megan explains. "If a new doula feels like a good fit for your personality, then they might be the best doula for you. I hate to see new doulas dismissed because a family thinks they can pay more, and I hate to see couples who want a doula go without because finances are tight."
When it comes down to it, though, don't let money stand in the way of hiring the doula that fits you and your family best. Childbirth is a special time in your life, and a once in a lifetime experience for you and this newborn. Your baby, your health, and your memories and experience of the birth are worth the price.
*Doula support is priceless is taken from doula.com*
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