How Much Do Doulas Cost? Just how much should you spend for doula services? Learn how much a doula costs, what that price includes, and how to budget for it. By Dina Roth Port

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Having someone attending to your every need during labor and delivery and after the baby arrives home sounds awesome, but will hiring a doula break the bank? Not necessarily. It’s a matter of doing your homework and finding the doula who’s not only right for you but will also fit in your budget. Here’s a look into the important financial matters related to doulas.

How Much Does a Doula Cost?

Regardless of where you live, almost anyone who wants a doula can hire one, though the price of doula services varies greatly depending on your location, the doula’s experience, and the specific services you’re seeking. For instance, in large cities such as New York and Los Angeles, a birth doula (one who’s hired to assist you with labor and delivery only) can cost $3,500 or more. In other parts of the country, though, you can find a doula for an average price of $500. If you’re looking to hire a postpartum doula (one who’s hired to assist you after delivery with lactation support and recovery), the average price can be $25 to $35 an hour, with possible room for negotiation, depending on how many hours are needed. Some doulas may even be willing to work for a nominal fee, or even for free. Read more https://www.parents.com/pregnancy/giving-birth/doula/how-much-do-doulas-cost/

How to Avoid a C-Section (Or at Least to Try) – Dr. Harvey Karp’s Tips –

Want to learn how to avoid a C-section? Dr. Harvey Karp shares advice on reducing your risk of having a cesarean delivery.

Many pregnant moms hope to deliver vaginally and seek advice on how to avoid a C-section. However, as new parents often come to learn, things don’t always go as planned. Even if you’re planning a vaginal birth, it’s smart to pen a separate birth plan for a cesarean delivery, just in case.

If your baby has distress, you have a history of herpes, or you’re having premature labor or bleeding, having a C-section can be a life-saving grace. 

The most important advice I can give is that the best birth memory is always delivering a healthy baby. So, make sure you pick a great team and tell them exactly what you want…then put yourself in their hands. You deserve to experience the full joy of welcoming your baby, however, he or she arrives!

But if you want to try to avoid a c-section, there are a few things you do to stack the deck in your favor!

Hire a Birth Doula

A doula’s job is to comfort and support you during labor. That special encouragement can be so reassuring and de-stressing that it can lower the risk of a C-section by up to 25%.
— Read on www.happiestbaby.com/blogs/pregnancy/how-to-avoid-c-section