What is a Doula?
Doula – n. An individual who assists a birthing person during labor and provides support to them, the infant, and the family after childbirth.
Historically, the responsibility of “doula” was that of sisters, mothers, aunties; women who were part of the community and experienced in the journey of pregnancy, birth, and baby care. At The Gathering Place, we are honored to continue that tradition. Before we knew that some choose being a doula as a career, we were doulas to our friends and sisters. We were doulas in service to our community. It is our greatest hope that the families we work with feel the spirit of that intention.
Our doulas offer support for birthing families in Miami-Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach counties. We attend births in a variety of settings: hospitals, birth centers, and at home. Our services include prenatal care provider consultation, birth doula support and postpartum doula services. Our staff doulas are professionally trained and receive additional education and mentoring to ensure a consistent philosophy and standard of practice. Additionally, the variety of Doulas we offer allows clients to find a perfect match for their individual needs.
Advantages of using our Doulas
- Ease of Selection: With a no cost interview appointment and a large staff, we simplify the hiring process.
- Strong referral network: Our doulas have access to a wide ranging professional staff at The Gathering Place.
- Automatic “back up”: No need to look for reinforcements. The Gathering Place provides back-up staff to ensure coverage for your labor.
- Cross training: To provide a more holistic approach, our doulas train in other modalities such as massage, aromatherapy, yoga and photography.
Cost OF DOULA CARE
Our Doula service is made up of Doulas that have been trained through local and/or national organizations and are either working towards certification or are certified. We believe strongly that every person who wants a doula deserves a doula and are proud to offer a range of fees for our doula services. We are committed to supporting women in ALL financial situations. If you have a specific financial need or meet a doula whom you LOVE but can't afford, please let us know and we can discuss options. We can also arrange payment plans if necessary.
Our fees for birth doula services are based on the experience of the doula. All doulas provide the same service and work within the DONA International Standards of Practice. Our doulas are contracted through The Gathering Place and do not work for hospitals, birth centers, or other health care professionals.
Level I - 700-900 10-30 births
Level II - 900-1200 31-50 births
Level III - 1200-1500 51-85 births
Level IV - 1501-1800 86-350 births
Level V - 1801-3000 Over 351 Births (Concierge)
Our fees for postpartum doula services range from $25.00-$55.00 dollars per hour. We require a minimum of 15 hours. Hours can be purchased in 4 hour blocks for additional time; unless you have made other arrangements. We provide a 5% discount on packages over 40 hours.
Daytime (7 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.) | $25.00-$45.00 per hour
Evening (6 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.) / weekend (Saturday – Sunday) | $35.00-$55.00 per hour
Overnight (11:00 p.m. – 7:00 a.m.) | $300.00-450.00 per night
Our Program Director offers ongoing mentoring to all our doulas. We provide continuous education and advanced training for our staff with a focus on enhancing the skills needed to provide emotional support, physical support, and informational guidance.
Some of Our Staff Doulas
Our team approach
When meeting doulas please keep in mind that we offer a team approach and ask that you hire a primary doula and a backup doula within the same category. Although we pride ourselves on having our primary doulas attend your birth we are also aware that, at times, there are situations that arise in everyone’s life and in these cases we have a backup doula to attend your birth. Please see our staff bios for more information on individual doulas.
If you are considering utilizing the services of a doula of your birth or postpartum, or would like to learn more about the practice of doulas, we invite you to join us for one of our “All About Doulas” classes which happen on the on the second Wednesday of each month. We discuss everything you need to know including benefits of doula care in South Florida, how to find and interview a doula and the types of services you can expect with doulas. Our birth and postpartum doulas sometimes sit in on these classes. Come with your questions and join other parents as they explore the options available. This is a free class.
To view our calendar and register for this month’s class click here.