Thinking about hiring a doula for your birth? Wondering if they are truly worth the money?

Doulas are an excellent, and often overlooked, resource for pregnancy, birth, and even postpartum. But, a doula isn’t a new concept. This type of comforting labor support has been used since the Greeks in ancient times.

Because of the benefits a doula provides, more and more moms-to-be are hiring doulas throughout the U.S. But, doulas often come with a high price tag, so it’s natural to ask if a doula is truly worth it. 

In this post, we’ll cover 7 incredible ways that doulas make birth better, and why they’re truly worth the price.

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7 Reasons Why a Doula Is Totally Worth It

1.) They're There for YOU

With OBs and most midwives, they cannot be there with you 100% of the time. They often have other patients in labor to attend to or even other prenatal appointments. Doulas, however, will be there by your side for as long as you need them throughout labor and delivery. 

A doula does not replace medical care though. Your doula is there to support you emotionally, physically, and mentally. She cannot catch your baby or give you medical treatment.  

Throughout pregnancy and labor and delivery, your doula will also be there to provide you with educational resources, so you can make informed decisions regarding your birth. She will be there to help you have a safe and empowered birth. She will help you find your voice, so you can advocate for yourself. 

2.) They're Trained in Natural Pain Management

Birth doulas are trained to provide you with natural comfort measures throughout labor and delivery. They can provide you with encouraging words, reduce your fears, and even help minimize the pain.

They’re skilled in natural pain management techniques, such as using a rebozo, breathing exercises, counter pressure, and massage. A doula knows all the best positions to help you manage your pain, shorten your labor, and get your baby into an optimal birthing position. She’ll walk the halls with you and help create a peaceful birthing environment. 

3.) You're 60% Less Likely to Have an Epidural

Because doulas are so skilled in natural pain management, you’re more likely to get through labor without an epidural.

In fact, recent research has shown that you’re 60% less likely to request an epidural with the support of a doula. You’re also less likely to receive any kind of pain management when you have a birth doula. 

4.) And 50% Less Likely to Have a C-Section

By using natural pain management techniques and being able to make informed decisions, you’ll be more likely to avoid the cascade of interventions with a doula by your side. Research has even shown that women that birth with a doula are 50% less likely to have a c-section than those that do not. 

Of course, your doula will also help you understand when a cesarean is truly necessary, like with placenta abruption, severe preeclampsia, and fetal distress.

And if time allows, your doula can help you understand the benefits of a gentle cesarean and give you the confidence to request for one. If you do have to have a c-section, your doula will be there to help reduce any fears you may be having and provide you with the support you need. 

5.) They Get Your Partner Involved, but Also Give Them a Break

Many moms-to-be fear that their partner will feel left out if they hire a doula. This is actually quite the opposite of what typically happens when you hire a doula.

Doulas encourage partners to actively participate in the birth. They give them direction on how they can support mom and provide them with reassurance.

Plus, with a doula, dads are able to get a break, without mom having to be left alone. This will give dad some time to grab something to eat, go to the restroom, and even catch some zzz’s during those long labors.  

6.) They Assist with Initial Breastfeeding

Most doulas will stick around for a bit after your baby is born to help with initial breastfeeding. They can help with latch, positioning, and answer questions

I found this extremely nice, because a lot of nurses aren’t the most helpful when it comes to breastfeeding, and you often don’t see the lactation consultant for another day or two after giving birth

7.) They Ease the Postpartum Adjustment

The support of a doula doesn’t end at birth. Many doulas are also trained to nurture moms and support their families while they adjust to life with a newborn.

A postpartum doula can assist with meal prep, light housekeeping, errands, basic newborn care, and entertaining your older kiddos. They can provide you with breastfeeding support and help you determine if your baby is getting enough breast milk. She can even provide you with information for local resources, such as board certified lactation consultants, postpartum adjustment groups, and therapists, shall you need it. 

As new moms, we often get told to remember to take care of ourselves, but sometimes with all of our responsibilities, that just simply isn’t possible. By having a postpartum doula, you will have the support and time you need to recover physically, mentally, and emotionally. 

A Doula Makes a Difference

Birth is such an exciting, but scary time. And, there’s so many things you have to decide on, including whether you want a doula or not. 

I know doulas can be quite pricey, but they’re certainly worth every penny

With a doula by your side, you’ll be able to make informed decisions, minimize your fears and pain, and just have an overall better birth experience. You’re also less likely to have an epidural and cesarean section. 

Your partner will feel more included in the birth, but also get a break. And, you’ll feel more confident with breastfeeding and adjusting to postpartum life. 

A doula truly makes a difference when it comes to pregnancy, birth, and postpartum recovery. 

What About You?

Do you think you’ll hire a doula for your birth? Share your experiences with birth and postpartum doulas in the comments below, and be sure to share this post with all of your expecting mama friends. 

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12 Comments

  1. Melanie on November 11, 2019 at 8:13 pm

    My first birth had sooo many medical interventions, I now wish I had a doula there to tell them no, that’s not necessary!

    • Nicolle on November 11, 2019 at 8:29 pm

      I wish I had one with my first as well Melanie. It was like night and day between my two births. Both without pain meds, but man, so many doctors will just turn to interventions for unnecessary reasons. Of course, it’s important to know when they really are necessary, but having a doula definitely helps you weigh your options, benefits/risks, and choose the right decision for you and your baby.

  2. Stephanie on November 11, 2019 at 3:49 pm

    We LOVED our doula for both of our kids’ births. She was so helpful, encouraging and empowering! I highly recommend doulas for anyone. <3

    • Nicolle on November 11, 2019 at 8:23 pm

      Yes!! So happy to hear your positive experiences Stephanie. <3 Birth can really be so empowering with the right tools and support system.

  3. abby on November 11, 2019 at 11:06 am

    Great article on whether or not a doula is worth it! The personal help with breastfeeding alone would have been great! As someone who prefers to do things as naturally as possible, I was certainly intrigued with the idea of a doula while pregnant with my first (and currently, only) baby. I have to say, though… I had no idea where to start, or whether or not it might be covered by insurance, or how much out of pocket was a reasonable amount to pay for one. Do you have any posts with info about how to find one or what to expect to pay out of pocket? If so, I’d love to read in case I have another baby!!

    • Nicolle on November 11, 2019 at 8:21 pm

      The price of a doula can vary so much. Especially depending on where you’re located. I’d recommend joining the Facebook group “Natural Birth Support Group” and searching the threads there. You’ll find so much on doula costs!

  4. Katie Frazier on November 11, 2019 at 10:23 am

    I feel like I might get a doula for my second baby! I feel like they would give extra support that I need. I did everything natural, but I was scared every time nurses would leave during delivery.

    • Nicolle on November 11, 2019 at 8:19 pm

      Yes, they definitely provide a sense of security when the nurses aren’t in the room!

  5. Jess Jones on March 28, 2019 at 8:57 pm

    I would love to hire a doula should I have more children. With my first baby we didn’t hire a doula, and in hindsight I wish we had, especially to help me voice my concerns and wishes during the birthing process. As I remember my busband’s face nearing delivery I’m sure he would have liked the support too! Lol!

    • Messy Mom Nicolle on March 29, 2019 at 3:22 pm

      I can totally relate Jess! I wish I would’ve hired a doula with my first birth as well. It was like night and day with having one for my second baby. Our husbands’ support means so much, but they just can’t provide the type of support a doula does (most of the time). They’re usually scared as well. Sometimes more freaked out than we are. Lol. I highly recommend a doula if you decide to have more children.

  6. Shannon McKinney on March 25, 2019 at 3:25 pm

    We hired a doula this time around, not due till May but I’m excited to have her support. I’ll let you know how it goes!

    • Messy Mom Nicolle on March 25, 2019 at 10:39 pm

      That’s awesome Shannon! Wishing you a safe and positive birth. 🙂

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