Most of the doulas registered with Doula UK are self-employed and clients pay them directly or they are paid on behalf of clients by projects specific to their area or certain clients. They may also volunteer or work within the NHS. The Doula Access Fund (formerly a Doula UK project, becoming a standalone charity in 2018) exists to help make support from a skilled doula available to those who could not otherwise access it, and there are also various projects around the UK enabling access to doula support.
How much a doula charges will vary depending on the area they work in, their level of experience, what they include in the fee and what they feel their service is worth.
As all of our ‘recognised’ doulas offer different packages and Doula UK recommend parents to contact individual doulas and discuss their services and fees directly.
The details below relate to privately booking a doula and paying their standard fee. Many doulas have some flexibility about their fees and how they are paid, so if you looking to book a doula, but are concerned you cannot afford their fees – it is worth talking with some local doulas to see if they can help.
A birth doula usually charges a fixed price for a birth doula support package. Exactly what this includes will vary from doula to doula. Expenses and mileage may be included in this package fee or may be invoiced later.
A Doula UK Recognised birth doula, with a fairly typical birth doula support package, will usually charge in the £800-£2000 range, depending on the area they work in, their level of experience, what they include in the fee and what they feel their service is worth.
Doula UK Mentored birth doula packages typically start at £600.
A deposit (retainer fee) is usually required on booking with a birth doula.
A postnatal doula usually charges an hourly rate. They may have a minimum number of hours for booking, and/or a minimum number of hours (e.g. 3 hours) that they will be at any one time. Expenses and mileage may be included or may be additional.
A Doula UK Recognised postnatal doula will usually charge in the £15-£30 per hour range, depending on the area they work in, their level of experience, what they include in the fee and what they feel their service is worth.
Doula UK Mentored postnatal doula rates start from £12 per hour.
A deposit (retainer fee) may be required on booking with a postnatal doula.