Are you thinking of hiring a doula? Or just curious about what exactly a doula is? Maybe you want to take a childbirth class, but you’re overwhelmed by all of the options and not sure which one is the best fit for you.
To help you find answers to these questions, Summit Birth Utah is hosting a FREE Virtual Meet & Greet! Join us on Zoom on Tuesday, Aug. 1 from 8:00-8:30 PM MDT. Register here to get the link! If you're not sure you can make it, you can register anyway, and we'll send you a recording of the Meet & Greet afterward!
Here's what to expect at this FREE event:
For the first ten minutes, each member of the Summit Birth Utah team will introduce herself. We have three incredible birth doulas: Eliza, Esther, and Sarah, and two fabulous childbirth educators: Charity and Sara. Each team member will introduce herself, sharing her background, why she loves birth work, and some logistics about the area she serves/the class she teaches.
Then, we'll answer questions that were sent in from registration forms and social media polls before the event. You'll hear answers to questions about the services we offer, our grant program for families with financial constraints, and your questions about pregnancy, birth, and the postpartum time period.
For the last several minutes, we'll open it up for questions from live participants. This is a big perk of attending live! Based on what you've heard from the first two-thirds of the Meet & Greet, you can ask follow-up questions or anything that has popped into your head. Take advantage of having five experienced birth professionals at your fingertips, and pick our brains!
After the official end of the 30-minute event, we'll turn off the recording and stay on the call for a while longer if you have questions you'd rather ask off-record or more privately. (We'll even send you to a private virtual breakout room with a member of the team if that's most comfortable for you.) We know that pregnancy and birth can be intimate, vulnerable topics, so we'll provide a respectful space for you to ask your more private questions.
After 15-20 minutes for non-recorded questions, we'll call it a wrap!
We hope you'll join us for our FREE Virtual Meet & Greet! And please share this post with the other expectant parents in your life!
If you're a parent-to-be researching adding a doula to your birth team, you may have asked this question. Depending on your area and the experience level of your doula, a complete doula services package is typically $1,000-$3,000. That can feel like a big investment! But I guarantee, an excellent doula is worth that much (and more)!
In order to understand a doula's value, it's important to first know what a doula is. If you're not quite sure, read this post for a detailed explanation, and then head back here to keep reading!
In addition to the physical, emotional, informational, and relational support outlined in the "What is a Doula?" post, doulas do so much behind-the-scenes work that adds value to what they offer as a member of your birth team.
In addition to all of this value that doulas offer to their clients, consider how doula support can be an investment that ends up saving you money in the long run!
Ideas: How to Afford a Doula
I'm hoping, by now, that I've convinced you that doulas are well worth the doula package price of $1,000-$3,000. Even so, it may still feel out of reach for you to hire a doula. What can you do?
You may need to think outside the box a little, but there are definitely ways to make having a doula a possibility for you! Here are some ideas:
Sometimes, even with all of these ideas, hiring a doula may still feel unreachable for you. If finances are tight and the above ideas aren't working for you, or aren't reaching far enough, please fill out an application for a grant for birth services. We offer grants of various sizes based on client need and current grant fund balance. We're typically able to offer at least a small grant (and sometimes a very substantial grant) to everyone with true need who applies!
At Summit Birth Utah, we truly believe that everyone deserves a supported birth, and we will do everything we can to make doula support a possibility for you.
Have you ever wondered what exactly a birth doula is and why people choose to have them as part of their birth team?
A birth doula serves as a trusted companion, offering physical, emotional, informational, and relational support throughout your pregnancy, labor, and postpartum period.
During labor, birth doulas offers techniques and guidance to help manage discomfort and promote optimal positioning. They may suggest comfort measures, provide massage, and use relaxation techniques to alleviate tension.
Pregnancy and childbirth can bring up a range of emotions, and birth doulas understand this. They offer a nurturing presence, a listening ear, and words of encouragement to uplift and empower you.
Equipped with evidence-based knowledge, birth doulas share the information necessary to make informed decisions regarding your birth preferences. They provide resources, answer your questions, and help you understand the various options available, empowering you to actively participate in your birthing journey.
As a valuable member of your birth team, birth doulas work collaboratively with your healthcare providers, partner, and support network. They facilitate open communication, ensuring that your needs and preferences are respected and understood.
Would you like to hire a birth doula to experience all of these benefits? We have a team of three fabulous birth doulas serving Utah County and Salt Lake County. All of our doulas offer free consultations, so you can find the right fit for your unique personality, needs, and values.
We believe that everyone deserves a supported birth, so we also offer grants for families with financial constraints. If you would benefit from this, visit www.summitbirthutah.com/grants to fill out an application!
Share this post with others who may benefit from understanding the invaluable role of birth doulas. Together, let's spread awareness and support for positive and empowering birthing experiences!
Hi, I'm Sara. I'm a childbirth educator and birth + postpartum doula serving Utah county. I'm a twin mom (plus one!), natural VBACer, and birth lover!