What is a doula?

A birth doula is an experienced trained professional who provides continuous physical, emotional, and evidence-based informational support to the mother before, during, and just after birth, and provides emotional and practical support during the postpartum period. Doulas are not medical professionals and they are not there to replace partners, family, or friends.

How do I find a doula?

The Birthing Center of Buffalo is happy to help you navigate this process. We will happily offer recommendations based on your families needs. We have a small group of local doulas who have completed specialized training and educaion requirements in addition to their doula certification. Please check with the Birthing Center Coordinator (birthingcenterofbuffalo@gmail.com) to see if your Doula is approved, and has had the required training to work within our facility.

What is the cost of a doula?

All doulas offer different rates and packages. The average cost for a birth doula is $400-$1200 depending on the level of experience. The cost for a postpartum doula is between $25 and $35 an hour, with package rates being offered as well. 

What if I can’t afford a doula?

Ask your doula about payment options or a payment plans. Most doulas offer payment plans.

What is included in the doula fee?

While each doula offers different services designed to meet your needs, you can expect your birth doula to offer:

  • A free consultation to get to know each other and discuss your needs
  • One or two prenatal meetings to help plan for your birth, offering options, education, and guidance to help you feel prepared for your birth
  • Email and phone support during your pregnancy
  • Support during your labor, birth and the hours after
  • A postpartum visit


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