I strongly believe that every person who wants to have a doula should be able to have one. I understand that there are lots of aspects to consider when thinking about your reproductive experiences. Paying for a doula along with everything else can get expensive!
As of 2020, all of my services are offered on a sliding scale. I also offer options like payment plans, in order to keep the work sustainable for me and accessible for you. I believe that providing options for payment is a tool for economic justice.
Sliding Scale & Guide
These guidelines are here to help you determine where you are on the sliding scale (wording by Alexis J. Cunningfolk from her blog).
The top price is the actual cost. If you choose a price below the top tier, you are receiving a discount.
The middle range is for those who are able to meet their basic needs but have little-to-no expendable income. Paying for the service may qualify as a sacrifice but it would not create hardship.
The bottom price is for those who struggle to meet basic needs, and paying for the service would still be a significant hardship.
Being honest with yourself about your financial situation when engaging with sliding scale practices grows strong and sustainable communities.
Once you decide where you fall on the scale, you let me know what you’re going to pay, I make a contract, we sign, and we’re good to go. I will not ask you about the price you chose. I trust you to be honest and fair.
Other Payment Options
After an initial deposit, we can work together to make a monthly or bimonthly payment plan that fits your budget and lifestyle. I’m totally open to payment in installments, as long as we have an agreement in writing.
Family & Friends Contributions
I can assist you in setting up a site so your friends and family can contribute towards your doula support. Put a doula on your registry, and ask friends and family to contribute what they can. No amount is too small!
Baby Shower Gifts
Doula services make great shower gifts. Ask me about gift certificates!
It is possible to apply for insurance reimbursement for birth doula services from your insurance company, although reimbursement is not guaranteed. Cigna and Aetna both allow for doula services in their HSA and other insurance companies/providers can, too. I can work with you if you want to get reimbursed or use HSA money to pay for doula services.
Barter & Trade
I am open to trade or barter for some services. Please feel free to inquire if you have a good or service you are interested in offering.
Other ideas? Contact me and we can chat!