Looking for a Doula? Not sure what to look for or ask about? Here are some basics...
Why an Agency? Agencies are groups of 2 or more individuals, usually independently-owned contractors, who work together with one web presence. You contract with individuals, and they usually have teams or guarantees for service. Every contract looks the same and tends to have one prenatal visit and one postnatal visit plus the birth for a Birth Doula, or a set dollar amount for Postpartum hours and packages available for large needs including a discount. Generally they tend to be on the higher cost end of the pricing spectrum
Why a Boutique? Want a tailored approach? These are the true chameleons of the Doula community!
Boutique, or small business Doula options are more personal. You tend to connect with a single Doula or a Doula team rather than a group. Boutiques offer a range of services individualized to their training and philosophies. They tend to take a limited number of clients and focus on service rather than numbers. The contracts are also individualized and more open to your needs - not to Agency Policy. There are more options for the number of prenatal or postnatal visits as your Boutique Doula generally grows a one-on-one relationship in this personalized service. The options are limitless! Services vary by each Doula.
How much sill it cost? Prices ranges depend on the services desired - Many Boutique Doulas can save you as much as 50% off an Agency Package!