Doulas registered with Doula UK are self-employed and clients pay them directly. 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. In addition some doulas may volunteer through various projects or work within the NHS.
Doula UK recommends parents contact individual doulas and discuss their package and fees directly.
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 a few local doulas to see if they can help.
A Doula UK recognised birth doula usually charges a fixed price for a birth doula support package which is fully explained and agreed at time of booking. 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.
Mentored doulas generally charge less to reflect their level of experience.
A deposit (retainer fee) is usually required on booking with a birth doula.
A Doula UK 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. Charges should be fully explained and agreed at time of booking.
Mentored postnatal doulas generally charge less to reflect their level of experience.
A deposit (retainer fee) may be required on booking with a postnatal doula.