I also offer an option called shared care. Shared care is a way that doulas work together to bring our complementary skills and experience to the table.
The two of us attend every antenatal appointment together (which means that you get the knowledge, wisdom and experience of us both) and you get to know us well, so that when you call us in labour, you are guaranteed to be supported by someone who you trust and with whom you have developed a relationship.
If we are both free when you are in labour, and you choose to do so, then we can also both come to support you during your labour and birth. It also means that, should you have a long labour, we can “tag team” and you can get a “fresh” doula to support you.
It also means that, after the baby is born, you find you need some postnatal support, you already know two postnatal doulas!
The fee for shared care is the same as hiring one doula. The reason for this is because we both may have other commitments and can’t cover the whole of your on call period.
You may, however, need or prefer two doulas – for our particular skills or because you have additional needs. We are happy to work out a price for this that isn’t double the price of one.
It can be complicated and confusing to understand shared care – so do talk to me if you need clarification!