How can I make it happen?
At AthensBorn, most of our clients hire a postpartum doula in one of two ways.
#1- When friends and family members ask what gifts or what kinds of help would be welcomed, these parents express how grateful they would be to receive a contribution to postpartum doula care. If you were to put a postpartum doula package right there on the gift registry for a baby shower, chances are it would not be the most expensive thing on the list and people generally love to contribute to these kinds of services! Becca and I have gone a step further to make this as easy as possible by offering the option to gift services through our website. Friends and family members can choose the services they’d like to gift in whatever amount they prefer and pay directly online. Done! We also provide the option to have a pretty, paper gift certificate mailed for those who wish to have something more personal in hand to give. Everyone likes a little glitter and ribbon from time to time, right? So, having the name and website for a postpartum doula you’d like to work with at the ready when people ask is a great way to start.
#2- Prioritize. Many of our clients simply make postpartum doula care a priority and set aside a small amount of money every month toward their services. It’s important to them to feel supported and cared for in those early days, so they plan ahead and make adjustments where needed. It’s usually not as hard as it might seem. If a family sets aside $15 every month of their pregnancy, they’ll have enough for a helpful postpartum package. Many businesses (including AthensBorn) also offer payment plans.
If you’re not sure if a postpartum doula is the right option for you, ask around among friends and parents in your community. Talk to someone who hired a postpartum doula and find out about their experience. And, as always, we’re happy to answer any questions you have!