Free and Low Cost Doulas in NYC
If you'd like a doula at your birth but think you can't afford one, you've found the right place!
FALCD of NYC is here serving as a community bulletin board to connect families seeking a low cost or free doula services with a great doula in their price range. Most doulas offering services for free or low fee are less experienced and/or seeking certification.
That doesn't mean they can't be the perfect doula for your family. Take the time to interview 1-3 doulas and find your match.
If a doula is working on her certification, she may ask you to fill out paperwork before and/or after your birth. She will also need paperwork filled out by your doctor or midwife and nurse. Its helpful if you help make sure your provider fills out her necessary paperwork.
FALCD does *not* screen doulas, endorse, guarantee and/or promise any outcomes. Figuring out if a particular doula is the right fit for your family is up to you. Fees generally range $0-700 on this website.
You can still get a doula:
You can still get a doula if:
Doulas work with the woman's family and medical care team to help a mother have a safe and healthy birth respecting the mothers wishes for her birth.
Find a doula: If you would like to contact any of the doulas listed on our website, please contact them directly.
Note: FALCD does not screen any of the doulas or other providers on this website. FALCD does not recommend nor endorse the competence or expertise of anyone listed and shall not be responsible, directly or indirectly, for any damages or loss caused or alleged to be caused by or in connection with the use of or reliance on any provider on this website.
Most doulas are self employed and can charge whatever they like. Doulas on this website charge between $0 and $700. To give you an idea of what going rates are in NYC:
0-3 births $0-500
0-10 births $200-1000
10-20 births $750 - 1400
20-50 births $1000 - $1500
50 -100 births $1500 - $1800
100+ births $2000 - $4000
Why are some doulas so expensive???
A doula is a professional labor support person committed to supporting women during their childbearing year. A doula invests a tremendous amount of hours and energy into a client, and many years into her practice. She is also on-call for 5 weeks or more per client which means she is committing to missing important events with her family, is unable to make or keep other commitments to most types of other jobs and forms of income, has to pay her own taxes, insurance, childcare (if a mother herself), and will surely lose sleep. After a birth it can takes days for a doula to recover her sleep schedule. When a doula commits to an expectant family, she commits to dropping everything at any hour of the day or night and staying by your side. A doula also has to cover the expense of her certification and some certifications require continuing education credits. Many doulas invest heavily in keeping current of obstetrical practices, policies and general information which is a huge time and energy commitment. An experienced doula may have been to 100s of births and can be an expert at helping guide a mother to have her best birth possible. A lesser experienced doula can still provide amazing support using her training and her intuitive feminine wisdom. A doula can be with a woman in labor for days. No one else in your medical team is going to do that. Hospitals work on shifts. Homebirth midwives aren't coming to your birth until your labor is active. No one is quite like your doula who is there just for you. That's why its all the more amazing you have this opportunity here to get a free or low cost doula!!!
What a doula? Why should I get one? Do I need one?
Why hire a doula? Google it. You will see many answers to that question. Ask your friends who have had one, and do your own research. Here are some reasons to help get you started!
There are numerous benefits that are a direct result of continuous Doula support during labor. These benefits include but are not limited to:
"If a doula were a drug, it would be unethical not to use it.".
~John H. Kennell, MD
According to the “Doula Scope of Practice” from the DONA International:
“The doula accompanies the woman in labor, provides emotional and physical support, suggests comfort measures, and provides support and suggestions for the partner. Whenever possible, the doula provides pre- and post-partum emotional support, including explanation and discussion of practices and procedures, and assistance in acquiring the knowledge necessary to make informed decisions about her care. Additionally, as doulas do not “prescribe” treatment, any suggestions or information provided within the role of the doula must be done with the proviso that the doula advise her client to check with her primary care provider before using any application.”
"I can't imagine delivering without a doula!"
"Everyone should get a doula!"
"I loved my doula, she was amazing. She helped me so much!"
"Doulas are great!"
-quotes from mothers after having amazing doula care for their births