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 provide a gentle birth experience. Drawing on our knowledge and experience to provide emotional support, physical comfort and, as needed, communication with the staff to make sure that you have the information you need to make informed decisions in labor.  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.  We are independent contractors and self-employed.

Doulas DO NOT:

Perform tasks such as blood pressure, fetal heart checks, or vaginal exams. Our role is one of nonintervention and is non-medical.  We are there 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.  We will only act as a liaison between you and the staff if you ask us to do so and when it is appropriate.

Availability:

We will be 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 actually your likely due “month.”  You will have our contact numbers.  We will inform you of times when we are unavailable for labor support if something were to cause us to have to do so and let you know who is on call for us during this time. If it is during this four-week period, we will provide a back up doula for on-call time at our expense.  But, we will do everything possible to stay completely available for this 4-week period of time.

After your birth:

We usually remain with you after your birth until you are comfortable and your family is ready for quiet time together.  We can also help with initial breastfeeding, as needed.  We are available for telephone contact to answer questions about the birth or your baby and would like to get together with you again to review your birth, see your baby, and get comments from you about our role. It is up to you to schedule this meeting as each family has different needs.

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.