We are one of the most experienced doula groups in the state. Our group has supported couples in more than 1600 births! We service the metro Atlanta and Athens areas. Our labor doula fees range from $525 - $2470. Fees for labor services are dependent on the experience level of the doula.

Several of our doulas offer packages, and we also offer sibling doula services! To secure a doula, complete the online doula agreement and submit the retainer payment to secure your spot with that doula. Balance payments are due by your 38th week of pregnancy.

A Doula Is:

To accompany women in labor to help encourage a gentle birth experience. We draw on our knowledge and experience to provide emotional support, physical comfort and communication with care providers as needed.  We do not speak for you nor do we make decisions for you. We can provide reassurance and perspective to you and your partner, make suggestions for labor progress, and help with relaxation, massage, and positioning and other techniques for comfort.

Doulas DO NOT:

Perform tasks such as blood pressure checks, fetal monitoring, or vaginal exams. Our role is one of nonintervention and is non-medical.  We are with you to provide physical comfort, emotional support, and advocacy.  Doulas do not make decisions for you.  We will help you get the information necessary to make an informed decision.  We will also remind you if there is a change in your birth ideals that you have shared with us.  We will discuss your concerns with you and suggest options, but you and your partner will speak on your behalf to the clinical staff.  Your doula only acts as a liaison between you and the staff if you ask us to do so and when it is appropriate.

Availability:

Labor of Love doulas are on call for you 24 hours a day beginning two weeks before your due date (if your due date changes please alert us) – and ending after the birth. This is considered your due “month.”  We will inform you ahead of time if we will be unavailable during your due month. In those instances, or if your doula is ill or at another birth, you will be provided a backup doula. We do everything possible to be completely available for this 4-week period of time.

After your birth:

We remain with you after your birth until your family is ready for quiet time together.  We can help with initial breastfeeding as needed.  You are welcome to contact your doula after the birth for guidance if you are having issues, or referrals if the issue is outside of her scope of practice. A postnatal visit is included, which is a time to discuss the birth and meet your new baby!

During your pregnancy, labor
and postnatally we offer:

  • Educational resources
  • 1-2 prenatal visits to discuss birth plan and options
  • Labor support in-home and hospital
  • Labor support with NO time limits
  • Relaxation and pain coping techniques
  • Reflexology, acupressure, aromatherapy, massage and touch therapy
  • Position suggestions for labor comfort and progress
  • Photography (if possible/amateur!)
  • Birth timeline
  • Breastfeeding assistance
  • Follow up communication and 1 postpartum visit

For Labor Doulas…

After you have chosen your labor doula and paid the retainer, she will contact you to let you know the agreement has arrived. Communication via phone calls, emails and texts are always a welcome opportunity to get to know you better. Feel free to contact her along the journey. Around 34 weeks you should have your prenatal meeting lined up. This is an opportunity to meet face to face to discuss your birth ideals. At 38 weeks the final payment is due and this puts the doula officially on call. If you have a baby prior to this time, your doula will do her best to meet your needs, and if that is not possible, a back up doula from within Labor of Love will do so.