Frequently Asked Questions
How long does a postpartum doula spend with a family?
The answer to this question really depends on the family's situation. What was the woman's birth experience like? Did she have twins or triplets? Are there older siblings in the family? Does the family have friends and family in town for support? There are a number of factors that influence how long a postpartum doula will work with a particular family. Each family has different needs and will experience the postpartum period in their own way.
How will I know if I need assistance after the birth of my baby? When should I hire a postpartum doula?
Will you have the support of family and friends nearby after the birth of your little one(s)? Having the support of a postpartum doula is beneficial because she is a trained professional who can assist you alongside relatives and close friends. Sometimes, special birth circumstances prompt families to hire a postpartum doula before the baby is born. For instance, those who plan to have a Cesarean section or are well aware they will be having twins may look for a postpartum doula ahead of time. It is not necessary that you hire a postpartum doula before the birth of your baby in order to receive the assistance you need; however, it is encouraged.
When kind of shifts do postpartum doulas work?
The purpose of the postpartum doula's support is to provide you with assistance when you need it most. Doulas can work standard day shifts (9A-5P), or they can work short, flexible shifts (3-5 hours at a time). Doulas may also come help out after school (2-6P, or whenever Dad gets home) or during the evenings (6-11P). Some doulas offer overnight assistance and may provide support from 10P-6A, for example.
How much does a postpartum doula cost?
The answer to this question is based on the doula's experience and location. Postpartum doulas typically charge around $25 dollars an hour for their services; however, those who are still working towards certification may charge a lesser amount. Postpartum doulas in Bloomington charge between $15-25/hr. and offer payment plans if needed.
How can I find a doula in my area?
Please check in with DONA International or Doula Match for birth or postpartum doula support.
How do I go about becoming a doula myself?
Feel free to browse the websites listed below to further research the steps you need to take in order to become a doula. These organizations offer various training workshops and conferences that provide education and networking opportunities and encourage professional advancement. Connect with other birth and postpartum professionals in your community to better understand what a doula does and how you can help new and expectant parents in your area.