The following amounts are based on a birth professional working in a
city in a developed country. Birth professionals living in remote areas
or developing countries may have very different payment schedules.
As a general guideline a Birth Doula who
provides 2 prenatal visits, support during labor and 2
postpartum visits could expect to earn between US$300 and
US$700. If the women you are working with are of low income
or experiencing financial difficulties, you may charge a
lower rate or offer alternative forms of payment, such as
reduced fees, sliding scale or barter of services.
Postpartum Doulas generally charge an hourly rate of
between $10-$35 an hour. If you are working overnight with a family, or
providing support for older siblings or twins you may charge a higher
Childbirth Educators usually charge around $150-$350 for
a full course. If you are providing private classes, or specialist
classes, you may be charging more.
A Breastfeeding Counselor will typically
charge per consultation which may range from $50-$100 per
hour. If you are providing long term breastfeeding support
for a mother you may offer a package fee for a fixed number
Combining services such as offering Birth Doula support
and childbirth classes means you can offer package prices for clients
requesting more than one service. If you live in a large city where
Birth Doulas are in high demand you may charge a higher fee. If you live
in an area where Birth Doulas are a relatively new concept, you may find
you have to charge a lower amount until your business is established.
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