To many moms and families the answer is Yes. But you and your partner need to discuss and decide that for yourselves. Can you put a price on stress reduction? Can you put a price on joyful birthing memories? Can you put a price on the many hours of research your doula can save you by giving you go-to evidence based information related to all of your questions? Have you calculated the extra fees you could receive on your hospital bill if you end up needing a cesarean or other birth interventions? How do those costs compare to hiring a doula that can reduce your risk of needing those medical interventions? On financial analyst Suze Orman’s show Can I Afford It?she covered doulas one day when a caller askedif she could afford a doula. Suze’s response was ‘You cannot afford to not get a doula, it is a need not a want.’ If you are thinking about breastfeeding keep this in mind - since it’s been proven in a 2009 study in the Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic, and Neonatal Nursing, that doula assisted mothers are more likely to have milk in within 72 hours of birth and to still be breastfeeding at six weeks postpartum you are likely to save money on formula. Since the cost of formula for a baby can run from $600-$2,000+ a year that right there could cover the cost of your doula.You can absolutely have a baby without the support of a doula. But if mom or her partner are fearful of the process, if the partner may not be able to provide the support role mom desires, and if either or both would feel more secure and confident enough to travel this journey with the guidance and support of someone like a doula please try to hire one. Most doulas will work with families to create payment plan options and some doulas may even barter services.
The Benefits of Hiring a Doula
There are so many benefits available to moms and families by hiring a doula. Since no two moms or families are the same what you perceive as benefits, or the biggest benefits, will vary from others. Below is a list of some benefits mom and family may experience by hiring a doula. ‘Continuous support during labour has clinically meaningful benefits for women and infants and no known harm. All women should have support throughout labour and birth.’ 2•Doula-supported women have almost 60% lower odds of cesarean compared to those without doula support. This study also concluded that the most effective continuous support for a woman in labor was when the provider was not hospital staff and not someone from the woman’s social network of family or friends. 1•Women with continuous support, like that of a doula, were less likely to have analgesia (pain relief), 27% less likely to report dissatisfaction with their birth experience, and their labors were shorter. Doula support was also linked in the study to better 5 minute Apgar scores in babies. 2•According to a 2009 study in the Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic, and Neonatal Nursing, moms who hire doulas are more likely to have their breast milk come in within 72 hours after delivery and are more likely to still be breastfeeding at six weeks. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics women who breastfeed are also less likely to have prolonged postpartum bleeding after birth.•According to the 1999 study in the Journal of Women's Health and Gender Based Medicine, women who have continuous support from doulas are less likely to experience postpartum depression.