You are wanting to have a natural birth? Fantastic! You have already spent money on a childbirth class. That’s a great first step! But you also really want to hire a birth doula, and are not sure how you can afford one. I totally understand! Here are some things to consider, to help you get that doula.
Use a FSA or HSA account
Hiring a doula is for medical purposes, and many doulas do accept either flex spending accounts or health savings account cards, just like credit cards.
Get a Doula as a Gift
Ask your family and friends to purchase a gift certificate from the doula you are interested in hiring, for your baby shower.
Ask your doula if she offers a payment plan. Especially if you hire a doula in your first trimester, you’ll have many months to slowly pay your doula. Most doulas ask for the payment to be paid in full by 36-38 weeks.
Cut Out Unnecessary Spending
Remove non-essential items such as Starbucks coffee, take-out food, or theater trips from your budget to save up during your pregnancy.
Ask your doula if she is interested in bartering services. Many times doulas are interested in trading for services like photography, web design, or home repair work.
Doulas Save You Money
Remember that hiring a doula may save you costs in the long run. Statistics show that doulas reduce interventions and cesareans.